|Keeping track of my fabric stash is essential for me. I easily forget what I have. I started out by using a binder and stapling fabric scraps onto a form (see
Deepika's Tip This worked great for me, but I didn't want to have to carry the whole binder (or even a page) with me when I went shopping for notiions, patterns, etc. Also, my fabrics were all over the place (different types mixed on each page) since I added them to the book as I added them to my collection.
I decided to staple the scraps to 3x5 cards and put them on a ring. This was OK, but then, I didn't like having to flip through the cards to see what I had. Finally, I came up with this idea.
I bought page protectors that are made for baseball cards that open at the top. The sports cards are 2-1/2 X3-1/2 inches. I bougt 4x6 index cards and cut them to 2-1/2 by 4. These slide perfectly into the pockets and leave 1/2' sticking up that you can staple the fabric to. On the card I write the yardage, content, where I bought it, price paid (if known) and any other information. (see picture above)
I have my pages organized by fabric type: wools, cottons, silks, knits, etc. Now, when I get a new fabric, I can put it in its appropriate category.
I store my fabric in boxes. Right now I have my boxes labeled A, B, C, D etc . Now I write the box letter on each card so that I can easily find what I need.
Now when I want to take a few samples to the store, I can just pull them out of the page protector and take them with me!