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Tips for Buying and Organizing Fabrics

September 26th, 2018 Nick of Time Textiles
Buying and Organizing Fabrics

If you sew, and sew often, then you’re going to buy and use a great deal of fabric over time. It’s important to buy and organize your fabric so you know what you have, where it is, and how much you have of it.

Buying for Need

For starters, buying fabric can be intoxicating. You might get the urge to buy fabric you don’t really need and you’ll never use, just because it looks so pretty and you think, “Well, maybe someday I’d use it, right?” Be careful with this notion, because you don’t want to wind up with a large collection of fabric that just sits on a shelf somewhere, never utilized. So, buy fabrics you know you’ll use. If you can say to yourself, “I know for sure, 100%, I’m going to use this,” then buy it.

Make a Priority List

Next, when buying fabric, make a list of what you want to get, and do your best to stick to that list while shopping. Take stock of your inventory at home or work so you know what you need more of– and what you don’t need more of, right? Besides fabric, your list might include zippers, buttons, thread and ribbons. Just like a grocery shopping list, you can and should make a fabric shopping list.

Organize With a Purpose

As for organization of your fabrics and accessories at home or work, you’ll want to creatively store your stuff so you know where things are located when you’ll need them. You can organize by color, texture, or some other system that works best for you. Maybe try putting together “project piles,” whereas you lump together all needed stuff for one certain project, and store it all in one spot. Also, make a miscellaneous pile, shelf or drawer, which will be for scraps, oddities, and other items. Meanwhile, organize your patterns and prints. Oh, and one last thing: sewers often like to separate solids and patterns when storing fabrics. Try it.

Finally, if and when you go through your fabrics and find there are certain pieces you haven’t used in years, then bundle them up and donate them to a fellow sewer who’d use them.

If you’re looking for a particular fabric, the experts at Nick of Time can help.


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