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« on: April 12, 2007 06:44:39 PM »



Just plain binders?

Hardly. I have a huge fabric/pattern collection, and needed a halfway decent way of organizing them. Like a lot of garment seamstresses, I needed a way to bring swatches with me to the fabric store. But with a fabric collection of over 220 different pieces of fabric, I needed something far more "organized" than a stack of swatches on a binder ring. So... I used the whole binder! This idea extended to my patterns as well, so I could reference it to make sure I didn't buy a duplicate (I've done that before. xD)



That's the table of contents for the "Patterns" binder. It has a table of all the patterns we have, arranged by maker and number, and then it's divided by type of pattern (Clothing, Costuming, Home Decor and Crafting (for things like stuffed animals and bags))



What one of the pattern pages looks like. Room for size information (in case we have more than one size range) and comments regarding the make-up or plans of a certain pattern (you can sort of make out some of my notes)



The sheer thick-itude of the "Fabric" binder
(about two inches of swatches and info). You can see my lame attempt at segregating different fabric samples. I should probably make a table of contents, but currently they're in there by content, and then sorted by weave.



One of my favorite pages, and a good example of the info that comes with every swatch. The Tag # (every cut of fabric has a tag with a number that corresponds to the swatch binder, and a entry in a more extensive database), content, width and yardage, whatever plans there might be for it, and comments. Generally the comments will include notations about stretch, or if multiple people have claims to the fabric, what it'll be used for, etc.

So what do you think guys? Is this a little over the top?

For reference, a pic of my fabric stash...


That closet's about... two feet deep by about six feet wide and eight feet tall.
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« Reply #1 on: April 12, 2007 06:51:08 PM »

**jaw dropping** That's awesome!! Wanna come do mine? Grin
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« Reply #2 on: April 12, 2007 07:12:57 PM »

niiiice. I have about the same contents as you do but not nearly as organized! sheesh! My patterns are in shoe boxes and my fabric in miscellaneous carboard boxes.
way to be organized....
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« Reply #3 on: April 12, 2007 07:20:18 PM »

**jaw dropping** That's awesome!! Wanna come do mine? Grin

Heh. Everyone I've shown this to has asked that! Even the cutting ladies at the fabric store!

niiiice. I have about the same contents as you do but not nearly as organized! sheesh! My patterns are in shoe boxes and my fabric in miscellaneous carboard boxes.
way to be organized....

Ahaa, yea. My patterns are still in boxes, but they're at least sorted by clothing/costume. And I'd die if my fabric was in cardboard boxes! I'm constantly getting it out and fondling it! XD
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« Reply #4 on: April 12, 2007 07:30:41 PM »

This is awesome! I tried to organize my fabric a while back- I made some index cards with swatches but never finished. I have way too much fabric.
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« Reply #5 on: April 12, 2007 07:39:39 PM »

This is awesome! I tried to organize my fabric a while back- I made some index cards with swatches but never finished. I have way too much fabric.

You can never have too much fabric! I have over half a mile total and am still lusting after more! Cheesy

And I know what you mean. This project took me an entire weekend, because I kept getting fed up with it. XD
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« Reply #6 on: April 12, 2007 07:44:12 PM »

Amazingly good idea!!! That's great you have the space for all of it.
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« Reply #7 on: April 12, 2007 09:27:45 PM »

Wow! Shocked I aspire to get there but never do.... Cry Sigh....
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« Reply #8 on: April 12, 2007 09:33:04 PM »

amazing without a doubt.
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« Reply #9 on: April 12, 2007 09:38:47 PM »

Amazingly good idea!!! That's great you have the space for all of it.

Hah, we moved into the house we're living in currently just to have more room, and yet we're still rapidly running out!

Wow! Shocked I aspire to get there but never do.... Cry Sigh....

Heh. This is like, 5 years in the making, at least. Several fabric clearances, lots of online shopping... It gets to this point eventually.

amazing without a doubt.


Awh, thanks!
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« Reply #10 on: April 13, 2007 01:06:00 AM »

Oh my gosh!  I wish I could be so organized!  my fabric gets all thrown around by a week after organizing it--I'm not good at keeping a clean house  Wink.
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« Reply #11 on: April 13, 2007 05:03:53 AM »

I can't remember where I read this quote, but this brings it to mind: "I'd love to be OCD, but I'm just too lazy"

Translation: Awesome organizing!
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« Reply #12 on: April 13, 2007 06:12:23 AM »

For reference, a pic of my fabric stash...

That closet's about... two feet deep by about six feet wide and eight feet tall.

As the enabler/assister/financier of this endeavor, I must object.  Wink  Our fabric stash.  And you've been amazing about organizing everything and coming up with this plan.
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« Reply #13 on: April 13, 2007 06:23:04 AM »

Ooh. Most lovely. And if I was a true seamstress/had fabric that was in big enough piece to be stable, I'd do the same!  I think it's a magnificent idea (although I have nearly every other thing in my house that could use organizing organized in binders, and make 1-5 lists of "things to do" in different capacities every day... ha. So I'm a little tedious. But still very very messy. You're stash even looks marvellously organized!)
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« Reply #14 on: April 13, 2007 07:07:37 AM »

I think it's brilliant. You will really be glad later that you put this binder together. I kind of want to make one for me now, and I'm not a professional!
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« Reply #15 on: April 13, 2007 09:27:02 AM »

I can't wait till the day my stash is so big I have to organise it!
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« Reply #16 on: April 13, 2007 09:28:28 AM »

Not OCD, just organized.  All my sewing patterns and knitting patterns are organized in notebooks too.
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« Reply #17 on: April 13, 2007 01:48:41 PM »

For reference, a pic of my fabric stash...

That closet's about... two feet deep by about six feet wide and eight feet tall.

As the enabler/assister/financier of this endeavor, I must object.  Wink  Our fabric stash.  And you've been amazing about organizing everything and coming up with this plan.

Eeee, Mummy's on Craftster. <3 Yay. Most of it's yours anyway. Cheesy

Ooh. Most lovely. And if I was a true seamstress/had fabric that was in big enough piece to be stable, I'd do the same!  I think it's a magnificent idea (although I have nearly every other thing in my house that could use organizing organized in binders, and make 1-5 lists of "things to do" in different capacities every day... ha. So I'm a little tedious. But still very very messy. You're stash even looks marvellously organized!)

It is! It's all organized by content (for the most part).

I think it's brilliant. You will really be glad later that you put this binder together. I kind of want to make one for me now, and I'm not a professional!

As long as it stays in it's semi-organized state, I think so. Cheesy It's sort of fun to make, when you don't mind tedious-ness for several hours.
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« Reply #18 on: April 13, 2007 10:44:37 PM »

Definitely AWESOME!!! I so want to be that organized someday! You are my new role model of fabric organizing! I just recently got all of my scrapbooking in order, I really need to do something like this! I just went to a $1 fabric sale and came home with almost $200.00 worth! I don't even know what I"m gonna do with some of it, but I just couldn't stand to leave it in the store! You truly are genius!  Shocked
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« Reply #19 on: April 13, 2007 11:11:09 PM »

Definitely AWESOME!!! I so want to be that organized someday! You are my new role model of fabric organizing! I just recently got all of my scrapbooking in order, I really need to do something like this! I just went to a $1 fabric sale and came home with almost $200.00 worth! I don't even know what I"m gonna do with some of it, but I just couldn't stand to leave it in the store! You truly are genius!  Shocked

Holy crap! $1 fabric! I would KILL for a sale like that! Even with my Hancock's closing, we don't have deals that good!

Congrats on a ginourmous addition to your stash!
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Eeee, Mummy's on Craftster. <3 Yay. Most of it's yours anyway. Cheesy

As long as it stays in it's semi-organized state, I think so. Cheesy It's sort of fun to make, when you don't mind tedious-ness for several hours.

Yep, I finally broke down and registered.  Just what I need, more fuel for the obsessions.   Roll Eyes

And, I think, that since you've been so thorough on the groundwork, it won't be difficult to maintain.
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« Reply #21 on: April 16, 2007 07:58:55 AM »

Way to go ladyV! The accomplishment must feel great and you should be proud of yourself! Thanks for doing the hard work and sharing it with us!

I bet it just looks pretty when you open it up too!
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This is brilliant. Wow. Grin Color me impressed.
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« Reply #23 on: April 16, 2007 08:20:35 AM »

Wow. I've been trying to figure out how to organize my ever growing fabric/pattern stash (justified by a failed, but still very encouraging, audition) and this looks promising.  Very promising.

Though knowing me, it will all fall apart in about 17 days, as long as it traditionally takes me to lose interest in a project (like my unitentionally nearly month long blog hiatus, heh).
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« Reply #24 on: April 16, 2007 05:29:03 PM »

omgomgomgomg - you are awesome! I would love to be organized like this, I DREAM of being organized like this...  you could make some serious $ hiring yourself out, donchaknow...   Cheesy
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« Reply #25 on: April 16, 2007 05:45:51 PM »

Oh my goodness! I LOVE YOU!
Last night I was staring at my various stashes, and I was wondering "How the hell am I going to organize this?!" and then I tried to come up with different systems but none of them seemed to be worthwhile to do, but this is amazing.

I know what I'm doing this week!
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« Reply #26 on: April 16, 2007 05:52:32 PM »

Oh my goodness! I LOVE YOU!
Last night I was staring at my various stashes, and I was wondering "How the hell am I going to organize this?!" and then I tried to come up with different systems but none of them seemed to be worthwhile to do, but this is amazing.

I know what I'm doing this week!

Yay! That's so awesome, glad it inspired you! Have fun with it!

omgomgomgomg - you are awesome! I would love to be organized like this, I DREAM of being organized like this...  you could make some serious $ hiring yourself out, donchaknow...   Cheesy

Heh, it'd be an awesome job, that's for sure. Going out and fondling everyone's stashes all the time!

Wow. I've been trying to figure out how to organize my ever growing fabric/pattern stash (justified by a failed, but still very encouraging, audition) and this looks promising.  Very promising.

Though knowing me, it will all fall apart in about 17 days, as long as it traditionally takes me to lose interest in a project (like my unitentionally nearly month long blog hiatus, heh).

I know EXACTLY what you mean. I have project ADD, but I'm getting better about it.

Way to go ladyV! The accomplishment must feel great and you should be proud of yourself! Thanks for doing the hard work and sharing it with us!

I bet it just looks pretty when you open it up too!

Hehe, you have no idea how much fun it is to open up to really colorful pages, with happy prints and such. Cheesy
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« Reply #27 on: April 16, 2007 10:01:07 PM »

Brilliant! you have really inspired me.

My fabric and pattern stashes currently exist in boxes stacked in a corner, I have no idea what is in them so I generally end up pulling out all of them in order to find what I have (or think I have)

Something like this is just what I need  Cheesy
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« Reply #28 on: April 17, 2007 03:01:23 PM »

years ago when I had a small amount of fabric I had this nice little rack that it was all stacked on and it was so nice to touch and look at and then one day I reached for some fabric and a crummy little mouse had been playing in my fabric. He didn't eat any, just left evidence that he'd been enjoying my fabric, so now I keep it all in nice mouse proof containers. And if I find a mouse in my house I will fire all 13 of my cats(they're not all in the house). I really love the way your fabric is organized.
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« Reply #29 on: April 18, 2007 12:22:58 AM »

years ago when I had a small amount of fabric I had this nice little rack that it was all stacked on and it was so nice to touch and look at and then one day I reached for some fabric and a crummy little mouse had been playing in my fabric. He didn't eat any, just left evidence that he'd been enjoying my fabric, so now I keep it all in nice mouse proof containers. And if I find a mouse in my house I will fire all 13 of my cats(they're not all in the house). I really love the way your fabric is organized.

That's the risk I currently take with my fabric stash. But, we're fairly infestation free (to the best of my knowledge), so I'm not too worried.

Brilliant! you have really inspired me.

My fabric and pattern stashes currently exist in boxes stacked in a corner, I have no idea what is in them so I generally end up pulling out all of them in order to find what I have (or think I have)

Something like this is just what I need  Cheesy

hahaha, if I had my fabric in boxes I'd constantly be pulling it out for no reason. Cheesy At least you have a reason!
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« Reply #30 on: April 18, 2007 07:04:23 AM »

WOW!!! I only dream of being this organized!!!   Smiley
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« Reply #31 on: April 18, 2007 01:43:30 PM »

WOW!!! I only dream of being this organized!!!   Smiley

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"Don't dream it, be it!"

(you have no idea how long I've wanted to say that!!!)
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« Reply #32 on: April 19, 2007 08:08:51 PM »

This reminds me of something Monica Gellar would do!! haha
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« Reply #33 on: August 26, 2007 01:27:50 AM »

Hi,

Love your idea!  I've done some of it but you went the extra mile.  You might consider getting a computer geek (or a dot com like www.wildginger.com) to design a computer software package to do your organizing then sell the software.  It could be a big money maker!  I would certainly buy something like that and save the time and trouble of copying, writing, etc.  You could also scan your fabric in or glue it in if you want to keep the binders (and feel the fabric like I love to do), whatever your little heart desires.  Great work!
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« Reply #34 on: August 27, 2007 09:52:51 PM »

That is amazing! I have my fabric organized in my storage cabinet (alas, it's only enough for a storage cabinet), but I'd love to be able to carry it around, so to speak. I actually went through my fabrics again the other day and forgot I even had some of the stuff I've stashed! I think while I'm at work tomorrow I'll design some templates along these lines...
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« Reply #35 on: August 31, 2007 04:24:07 PM »

I am so jealous of your fabric stash! You have great organizational skills. You could do it professionally.
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« Reply #36 on: December 22, 2007 08:47:02 PM »

I like it, it would be even cooler if you did all that but then organized the actual fabric like this http://blog.craftzine.com/archive/2007/03/fabric_organizer.html
I give you major credit for having the measurements , did you have to go & measure them all ? Ooh lord.
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« Reply #37 on: December 23, 2007 10:14:55 AM »

I love organization!  Let me give you my address...  Roll Eyes
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