Monday 27 February 2017

Sew Much Fun Blog Hop

While reading some Facebook posts on the Craft Your Blog page I came across a blog hop for showing our sewing areas. This was just the impetus I needed to clean up my disaster. I like to be organized and let me tell you my stash had grown and everything was a mess. No organization here what so ever. See for yourself.

yup one big mess and hard to find what I was looking for without having to move lots out first

Everything was stored in a closet on shelves, but my oh my it was a task finding anything in there. The only good thing I could close the closet doors and pretend the problem didn't exist. Off to Ikea to help with my storage problems. I purchased a Kallax  unit. I first sorted out all my FQ's you can read about that here. That left my yardage.

I folded the fabric around a 6'' x 12'' ruler 
Here's how I did it without comic boards, leaves more money for fabric. Open out your fabric and then fold it selvage to selvage edge to make it approx. 22 inches wide. Then fold in half again to make it 11 inches or so wide, by however long your fabric is. Lay out the fabric and place the ruler across it, around 4 or 5 inches from one of the ends.  Fold that end over the ruler, then flip the ruler end over end to wrap the fabric around it until you get to the end. 

neatly folded and yardage marked

I used paper clips to hold the tucked ends in and to also mark the yardage. One paper clip one meter or yard, two paper clips two meters and so on. Now at a glance I know how much is in each little or big folded piece.

neatly folded and stacked
This is only one shelf of fabric, there are more shelves.

I seem to have gathered a few different blacks

FMQ books and thread charts are now at the ready and easy to access

All this makes my heart sing beautiful fabric all neatly organized and stored. At the ready for the next project.

My machine all set for some FMQing. After sending it back in again for servicing, it seems to be working a whole lot better. I'm keeping my fingers and toes crossed that it stays that way.

Is your sewing area all neat and tidy or does it look like my first photo?

The hop runs the week of Feb 27. Here is the list of those participating in the Blog Hop:

1: Jen Frost of Faith and Fabric
2: Raylee Bielenberg of Sunflower Stitcheries & Quilting
3: Tisha Nagel of Quilty Therapy
4: Emily Carroll of Toothpaste and OrangeCat
5: Sherry Smedley of Adventures in Life
6: Emma Wengier of Emkie Designs
7: Anne Beier of Hudson Valley Quilts
8: Eleanor Carleton of Cat Approved Quilts
9: Cindy Pieters you are here
10: Ivete Tecedor of Gotham Quilts
11: Amanda DeYoung Hilldore of Fabric Engineer


  1. Your fabric is so well organized! I have mine sorted by color in drawers, but like how much easier yours is to see.

  2. Great tip on folding your fabric. It's so organized too.

  3. I love the little trick with the paper clips. That's such an easy/quick way to tell how much fabric you have on hand without having to unfold and measure. I'm still drooling over that Ikea shelving unit :)

  4. great trick for folding fabric i need to fold the larger pieces i have for better yet just use them up

  5. I really, really need to do this to my sewing space too. My area looks like your first photo. I feel that I don't use the fabric because it is hard to get to and I am uninspired by the mess. Maybe I should plan a pressing and folding day this weekend.

  6. I really like your idea with the paperclips too!

  7. My sewing room is a bit of mess right now. I'm slowly trying to organize...and stay organized.

  8. I've recently moved into my new craft room and organization was a goal of mine. I sorted and stored my folded fabric in open plastic bins and have them labeled and stored in some upcylcled shelves. I'll do a post next week. You are so right, storing fabric in closed bins does keep the fabric clean but is so hard to see what you have. Before, I had my fabric stored all over the house in those tubs. It's so much better to have it all in one place and available to see what I have. I'm new to FMQ. Any books you suggest for a beginner?

  9. neat idea with the paper clips for marking yardages!

  10. Oh gosh, I am in the middle of a multi-week project to clean out my stash closet too! It just seems like the right time of the year for organizing.

  11. What a great way to keep your fabrics organized, and know how much you have with the paper clips. Great idea. Glad I met you through Jen's blog hop.

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