Today according to my Martha Stewart Calender alerts is “Organize Your Fabric Scraps” day! Do you have leftover fabric from projects and can’t part with them? How do you store them? Most of the time mine is just thrown into a drawer or tossed into my craft cabinet. Here’s an idea from Martha Stewart on storing them. But first you really need to go through them and purge:
- Take out all of your leftover fabric and sort according to:
- Is this fabric still in style?
- Will I really use this again?
- Can I donate it (if it’s a large enough piece)?
- Is there enough left to do anything with?
- Does it need to hit the trash can?
- How long have I hung on to it (if it’s longer than a couple of years, you may want to let it go)?
Once you’ve gone through your fabrics and sort them out, then you can work on storage. I know it’s hard to get rid of fabric! My grandmother worked in a sewing plant all of her life and sewed for herself and her family. She kept almost every scrap of fabric, but at least she had a room. I loved digging through it and finding all kinds of treasures!
My mom on the other hand, who had also worked in a sewing plant, but only for a while, kept very little fabric. Don’t get me wrong, in her sewing cabinet, there are two shelves of fabric!
Due to a disaster in my craft cabinet the other week, I was forced to do this very thing and go through my fabrics. I didn’t have a lot left over anyway. I usually only buy enough to do a project, so there’s really not much left over. But, now I’m down to one stack! I feel so much lighter and it’s easier to organize. So take some time and schedule a “Organize Leftover Fabrics” day!