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Posted on: 2/6/10 5:11 AM
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There are a few great tips for keeping track of your stash. My favorites are the ones that suggest index cards because they are portable. I was in the drug store today and found spiral-bound index cards. Now you can have a little book to take with you to the fabric store when you shop for notions. No need to buy anything else to hold the cards.

I used Deepika's form for organizing your stash.

In addition to the info on the form, I wrote down any patterns I was considering for the fabric, if the fabric was pre-washed and any notions I needed to complete a particular project. I also noted if the fabric was a favorite. Things like fiber content I wrote in ink. If I needed thread, I wrote that in pencil.

To make things easier while shopping, I flagged swatches that needed notions with a Post-It tabs.

My stash is less than 100 pieces, so the spiral-bound cards work for me. If your collection is bigger, you'll have to use the traditional cards and buy a separate binder. There is a wonderful suggestion on here about using a CD case, but I can't find the link. You could also make multiple "books."

See my cards here.

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Haydee said... (5/30/10 10:14 PM) Reply
I just Love your Idea. Thank you
paulakiss said... (2/7/10 1:41 AM) Reply
Great idea! Thanks!
Elaine Dougan said... (2/6/10 9:59 AM) Reply
Great tip!
Nancy Mac said... (2/6/10 9:47 AM) Reply
I like that this is very easy to do. I'm definately going to start one myself. Thanks for the great tip!
 
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