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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.


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