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I wanted fabric for a skirt…..

So I went to my fabric stash, which is all too massive and out of control in my bedroom and I found amazing things. I had all this great fabric in there that I had been “saving” for when I get “good” at sewing. Well, I am good at sewing now so what am I waiting for? One huge problem is that my fabric just isn’t organized in a way that’s easily accessible. I have my larger pieces on bolts, but anything under the 3 yard mark (skirts and shirt fabric cuts for instance) have been put into a bin with everything else.

At the beginning of the year I said that I wanted to start making my own clothing and I made a skirt from Stitch magazine that turned out pretty well (after I altered it a bit to make it more my size). I think that’s a good start. But by the end of January along with everything else I was hoping to turn around in my life, it had been put to the back burner.

Well, no more. If you read the kro studio blog at all you will have seen my rant about getting back into a place where I feel healthy and in many ways, my craft practices are the same way. I did the huge reorganization of my hooks and needles – which more on that tomorrow – I finally figured out what to do with those dpn and circ needles. I cleaned my studio area.

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I’ve been knitting and crocheting like mad to use up my yarn stash, I got back to my loom and am untangling my warps, and now I’m turning my attention to my fabric.

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I got the book SEW U quite awhile ago and I think that the way she arranges her fabric is just great and that’s pretty much my plan for mine. Since I’m going to try to convert as much fabric as I can into skirts, shirts, pants, and such – with all the scraps becoming fodder for Craft Leftovers – it makes since to me to arrange my fabric that way.

And I don’t want to buy any more rubbermaids so it’s going to take some shuffling things around, but I have a plan.

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I have clear bins that I keep my yarn for dyeing in and they are all on top of my utility shelf in nice stacks. Well, what if I took those bins and put fabric in them instead and then put the yarn into bundles or clear bags (so they don’t get mixed up) and put those into the big rubbermaid? I think that might work well. And then I have another rubbermaid that I could put all the random small pieces of fabric that I use for Craft Leftovers in. This might just work. Or it might not. I guess I’ll just have to try it and find out.

So how do you arrange your fabric? Any pictures you could link to in your comments would be great. I’m really struggling with this. Even more so than my yarn issues. Is there really a good way to keep fabric organized?

Oh and on another note. I did find some fabric for the skirt I want to make and will be working on that tonight and over the weekend so I’ll post all about it on Monday :)

See you tomorrow!
Kristin

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2 thoughts on “I wanted fabric for a skirt…..

  1. Jim from Rubbermaid here – I had one suggestion. You may want to label your bins and plastic bags so you know exactly what type of yarn you have in each. Although in the one photo they all look like the same yarn, but since I don’t know much about knitting I’m just making a guess.

  2. I love that you got the rubbermaid guy to comment on your blog! Actually, I like the idea of labeling the yarn, too. Do you know all the contents of each bin?

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