Stash Management

There’s a linky party on fabric hoarding collecting at Sarah Quilts. Since I’m on holidays I did some necessary sorting and cleaning in our flat, aka some fabric sorting and stashing. So it’s a good chance for showing off a bit of would-be OCD. 🙂

We live in a three-bedroom flat, so I don’t have a sewing room. All my fabric, sewing notions, sewing machine and scraps are stored in our living room. I sew on the table and have to move away everything for our meals, so handy storage is a must.

I’ve moved my fabric forth and back, but now I think I’ve come up with a workable solution which can be moved as it is into a possible future sewing romm (wishful thinking!).

I bought a stack of cardbord boxes with lid about half a year ago, and another stack of them a few weeks ago, to store my stash. My stash basically is in that stack of boxes when out of the cupboard:

I sorted my fabric in a color wheel into the boxes, all pieces in FQ size or larger folded into the box, all strips, strings and smaller than FQ pieces sorted into zipper bags and stacked into the boxes according to color. All boxes are labelled with the content. The insides of the boxes look like that:

black / grey
brown / neutral

While sorting I discovered several larger pieces of yardage in black and white I had completely forgotten about (ahhemm), so the boxes are quite full right now. White yardage goes fast, so the boxes will probably  be empty sooner than I want…

I tend to sew a few extra blocks when making a quilt top, so there is a box with an assortment of orphan blocks and a ton of 4-patches, for a mystery quilt from a German patchwork magazine which I did not like, to be sewn into some projects. I don’t know yet what I’m going to do with these…

There is a box for home decor weight fabric which I ususally buy at sales only for bags. I got some Union Jacks on sale the other time, they are made from quite heavy tapestry fabric and are going to make fabulous flaps for messenger bags.

There are a few more boxes with strings, HST for another Over the Rainbow quilt, quarter square triangles, 2″ and 2.5″ squares and some sewn 2.5″ squares for a postage stamp quilt, a project box for a leader-ender-project with checkerboard 4-patch blocks (finished 2.5″) and a basket with my ongoing quilting. So everything is neatly stored, into cupboards, like this…

sewing closet
sewing and household items in my closet
fabric boxes and sewing machine

Of course I’ve got a few fabric baskets with knitting and crochet work in them, but I won’t be showing them to you now.

A post on my crochet project is upcoming, I’m taking photos for the tutorial right now.

I got a lot of inspiration for my stash storage and scrap management from Bonnie Hunter’s QuiltvilleTheresa Rawson’s Stash Manicure and Amanda Jean Nyberg and Cheryl Arkinson’s book Sunday Morning Quilts.

BTW, here’s the link back to Sarah Quilts.

Now you’ve seen my undies drawer, what about yours? 😉

Happy sewing, stashing and sorting!