A few weeks ago on Facebook I noticed a conversation among fiber artists on the best way to organize their fabric stash. Several people swore by plastic bins, others shunned plastic for wire. Some preferred static shelving while others sang the praises of pull-out racks. Brands were bandied about-each drew praise from some and poor ratings by others.
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The only consensus I could see was this: Everyone has "too much" fabric and the best way to corral it depends how they work and the fabric they use.
Now that spring is here, you may be looking to organize your own fabric stash. Here are some tips to consider:
1. Consider downsizing. We all keep fabric around because we love textile, we know we're going to use it "someday," or we know we're never going to use it, but don't know what to do with it. Do yourself a favor and donate, sell, or give away fabric that's been sitting around. Let someone else appreciate it.
2. Sort according to how you work. Some quilters sort by color, and some by value. Some separate prints or hand dyes from solids. Fiber artists who use a lot of fabric scraps for collage or small piecing often jumble everything together to get ideas for unusual pairings. The point is, sort by how you like to use the fabric, not how you're "supposed" to do it.
3. Contain. Does seeing all your fabric on display inspire you or confuse you? For the former, go for clear storage containers or open shelving. If the latter, use closed or opaque containers, or keep your stash behind closed doors. Be sure to label opaque containers so you can easily put your hands on the fabric you need.
We want to start you out in a good spring cleaning mood, so we're offering a contest to get you thinking creatively about organizing your stash. To enter, simply leave us a comment below with your best tip on storing or organizing your fabric stash, and you're entered.
UPDATE: The winner for most helpful tip has been selected, check out the winning tips plus some of our other favorites over on this blog.
Ready to get started? Leave a comment below and tell us your best tip!
Contest Rules: To enter the contest, leave a comment below and share your fabric stash tip. The Contest begins 12:00 am Eastern Time ("ET") on April 4, 2014 and ends April 7, 2014, 10:59 a.m. ET. Due to the variety of rules regulating contests worldwide, we can only select winners from entrants that are U.S. residents (excluding Puerto Rico), 18 years old or older at the time of entry; and Canadian residents (excluding Quebec). The afternoon of April 7, 2014, our panel of judges will pick one winner for best tip from the entered comments. Check back on April 7 to see if you’ve won, approximate prize value is $64. View the full rules here.