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Date: 11/25/12 1:28 PM

Like many of you, it's time to reorganize the stash. What "method" do you use?

Here's what I do (in separate bins) and I'm looking for ways to improve. Like colors are grouped together in the bin.

Wools
Coating
Fleece poly
Fleece sweatshirt
Bottom weights (woven or stretch woven suitable for pants/skirts)
Linen
Silks
Knits - solid
Knits - print
Knits - silky (ie poly, rayon, etc.)
Knits - sweater
Cottons (quilting fabrics are separate)
Shirting

I also have fabrics that I've purchased to go together that are different. For example: linen for a bottom, knit for a top, and a boucle for a jacket. Would you store them separately or in a bin for coordinates?

Looking forward to hearing how others organize!

Susan

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Date: 11/25/12 2:47 PM

My stash storage isn't ideal, but it's what I've got - a closet with only one shelf, so everything is in boxes (I'd rather have it in rolls on shelves where I could do a visual inventory).

I have several boxes of wool suiting which I inherited but am not up to using anytime soon - they are grouped by color on the top shelf.

Everything else is grouped more-or-less by what it would be used for. I've never bought fabric with an outfit in mind, so I don't have any 'coordinates'. Sometimes I add notes about what exactly is in a box. My boxes are labeled:

skirt fabrics (suedecloth, twill, wool blend)
knits
fleece
linen
curtain fabric
cotton eyelet
quilt cotton
apparel cotton
corduroy (brown, sage, black)
corduroy (red, brown)
scraps
fancy fabric (fur, satin, brocade, etc.)
leather
suede
woven for muslins
knit for muslins
kilt fabric (twill, canvas)
outdoor fabrics

As you can see, I have large quantities of a fairly small range of fabrics. When I want to make something, I grab the box that has the appropriate type of fabric and take it out to my sewing area (a corner of the living room).

Because I inherited most of my stash, it is getting smaller, not larger - I rarely buy fabric anymore, so it doesn't matter that it's a pain to get to some of the boxes, or that there isn't room to add fabric to most of the boxes.
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Date: 11/25/12 5:19 PM

I've come out of the bins. I've lined a drawer with undyed cotton for storing silks. And sweater knits are in another drawer. Everything else, with the exception of very small pieces is on display in the closet. A shelf with rolled and tied knit bundles and one with woven rolled and tied bundles. I can pull the bundles out and easily stab them back in place. Space for hanging fabric under the shelves and a shelf for goods on bolts.

A handful of long rolled drapery goods stand on end.

There is a 'library' shelf, a couple of hoop shelves, a dedicated shelf for the embroidery unit and pillow forms are on the top two shelves.

The closet is open in the center with the shelves running across either end to allow the light on the ceiling to illuminate everything. And the doors have been removed. They were dark, oppressive and in the way.

I've been taking photos of everything as it comes in the house and photos of planned and potential fabric combinations. I keep those on the iPad.
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Idahodogs, I inherited a stash after our children were grown. It made everything seem out of control. For a while I sewed for every niece, nephew, second cousin and friend until I was able to reduce the inheritance and bring peace and harmony back to my sewing life.

I am not really a natural stasher. It is the lack of readily available quality fabric in our area that has led me to Internet fabric shopping and stashing to help reduce the overall cost of the Internet shopping.
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Date: 11/25/12 5:37 PM

I have a simple system. Everything is sorted by what I will use it for. Top/blouse fabric together, pants fabric together etc. My storage system is made up of 5 - 18" square metal shelving unites. I have a few plastic tubs to hold odds and ends.
The shelving units are lined up on one wall of the computer room. They got moved when my sewing room was repainted this summer. Shoved the units in the computer room to get them out of the way and decided I liked it that way so left them there.

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Date: 11/25/12 6:17 PM

I don't have a huge stash...I've got part of it in my sewing room closet - the newest acquisitions and what I plan to use soon...and the rest in a spare closet. I see most everyone stores their fabric in totes but I store mine rolled. The super cool fabrics, like sequins, I connect 2 rolls together so the fabric can be rolled without being folded...likewise with the vintage ODL and any other special fabrics. I do have alot still in the packages as it came from EOS. I don't quilt so I don't need as much fabric on hand. LOL I keep telling myself that.

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Date: 11/25/12 7:00 PM

Your system sounds like what I wish I had! Before I had much stash, that's how I stored it, but it was in a cupboard, not a closet. It really worked nicely for me, and I hope to go back to it someday.

I got rid of probably 90% of the stash that I inherited - it was just all kinds of fabric that I knew I would never use. I only kept stuff that I could actually picture what I would make out of it - even so it's 10x what I had before. I also don't have access to local fabric shopping, and I hate buying without touching.

I'm not (normally) much of a fabric stasher, but I do have more patterns than I need. Hopefully I can reduce the pattern and fabric stash together

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Date: 11/26/12 1:15 AM

I downsized so my stash now fits in a repurposed buffet & hutch. Fabric is stacked by type. The silverware drawers are perfect for threads and notions and the glass hutch area displays and protects my cone threads.
The rest is in closet see through bins.
I keep my muslins in a bin with pattern making supplies.
My foreseeable projects are in a different bin. I use the plastic envelopes that sheets and curtains are sold in to make kits. Each kit contains the pattern, fabric and notions so I can just pull out a kit and get started- I don't buy stash anymore unless it goes into a kit.
I have a third bin for the slippery lining and lingerie fabrics because they don't stack well.
I had a few years of imagination and creativity. 2013 is going to be production (I hope!).

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Date: 11/26/12 9:44 AM

SandiMacD, I really like your idea of kitting your projects. I have a stash that I'm trying very hard to reduce, and am making progress. This sounds like a great way to stay focused a project or two into the future as well. I even have the bags already!

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Date: 11/26/12 3:16 PM

I used to categorize by color (whites/creams, pinks/reds, blues/greens, grays and misc, black and mostly black) but now I have changed up my wovens so that they are sorted by weight and purpose - blouse weight, dress and jacket, denim and cord, that sort of thing. My knits are still sorted by color for now, which works OK because they're mostly all top weight jerseys. Everything is in plastic pull-out large drawers that I got from Target, stacked to make a sort of bureau.

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