Friday, September 18, 2009


I decided to take a week long break from creative projects as I return from vacation and get my boys settled into their fall schedules. It felt like a good time to do a little reorganizing and studio clean out.

One area that I hadn't tackled for over 5 years is my fabric stash mainly because I find it almost impossible to let go of any of it. You just never know what you might need in the future! But my cabinets were disorganized messes, I couldn't shut the doors, and I found I kept using the same fabrics from the top of the heap.


It took a while, but I finally started letting some pieces go. I really enjoyed revisiting long-forgotten fabric that was wadded up in the bottom of the stack. Basically I have two large cabinets with cubbies. I organize my fabric by color with separate bins for silks and velvets. Since I use bits and pieces more than lengths of fabric, I keep ziplock baggies in each cubbie for scraps in that color and a special tuna box full of ziplock bags of my precious torn pieces.

It's not going to appear in any fancy studio magazine, but it works for me.



Chris said...

That was weird. I thought for a moment that my fabric piles had somehow ended up on someone else's blog!
Maybe I'll clean up my mess this weekend...

Cindy O'Leary said...

I see you've got the organizing bug too! Must be something in the air... Hope you've got some space reserved for a few extra remnants/treats--aren't I the tease?! :)

Paula McNamee said...

Robin, I'm impressed with your getting organized- something I think about but don't do. Your idea to bag little fabric pieces together by color is a good one. Now you're ready for new projects.

Robin Olsen said...

It's funny how many of us have similar fabric issues. I have no illusions that my fabric will stay organized once I start stitching again. An occasional clean up is all that I hope for. And yes, Cindy, one of the main purposes of cleaning out is to allow new things to flow my way. :)