as messy as creativity can get, i always need a clean surface before i start new designs. and when i’m done, i have piles and piles of fabric all over my cutting table and desk!
i actually love organizing my fabric. it gives me a chance to get a closer look at all that i have, make lists of what i need to reorder, and more often than not, i end up creating new pairings of fabric along the way! compared to casual sewists, i may have quite a bit of fabric. but as someone who works with fabric every day, my fabric collection is really not all that big. i keep almost all of my fabric close at hand to my cutting table.
i store my less frequently used fabric under my table, behind simple curtains.
the big deep basket drawers are perfect for holding all my heavy weight fabric, for products like my messenger bags.
the next drawer up holds random fabric, my snaps, and a basket full of my tiniest scraps which i’ve cut into circles for covered buttons (like for my bitty button earrings). i have a really hard time throwing away any fabric!
the top drawer holds minky fabric for baby blankets.
i keep all my quilting weight cotton fabric out in the open since i use it the most and its the prettiest!
i keep it organized by rainbow order, and try to fold it all in the same manner. if i have scrap pieces that are large enough to use on a future project, i just tuck those scraps in the folds. can you tell i kind of have a thing for dots?
the last stack of fabric on the shelf contains all the multicolored fabric that doesn’t fit in well with the more solid stacks.
i also have a small stack of bolts of fabric, with the christmas fabric on top of that. i rarely buy fabric by the bolt because i love trying new things and i’m afraid i’d tire of a fabric if i had a whole bolt of it!
the little enamel container holds scraps of oilcloth and while i’m prepping products, it holds all the tiny scraps that will eventually have other homes (like the covered button bag just below the desk).
and here’s where the rest of the scraps go. the bottom locker basket holds the smaller scraps (destined for scrappy lampshades and covered button circles). the next basket up holds larger scraps for travel tissue cases, posy pins, and scrappy bunting. the third basket up holds all the pieces for posy pins and hair clips. and the top baskets hold ribbons.
last spot: behind the door i tuck rolls of fabric, usually leather or oilcloth.
i hope this was helpful, seeing how i organize my fabric, down to each nickel-sized piece!