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« on: January 03, 2006 03:58:33 PM »

OK, here's the scoop -

I'm beginning to get a LOT of requests for fabric selections for the purses I make, and I have so many fabrics at home.  I adore going out and getting new stuff, and since I've already seen all my fabric, I'm not as excited about it  Tongue

I want to make some sort of a swatch book, so I can show people fabrics I have available.  My thought was to just use index cards, with customer info on front (type of fabric and available styles), and on the back, purchasing info for me (store, item #, price, etc)

With all the fabrics I have (several hundred varieties, I'd estimate), this is going to get bulky FAST.  Is there an easier/better way to do this?  Every single fabric is going to have a "subject to availability" disclaimer on it, so I'm not too concerned about suddenly not having the fabric on hand (plus I live near several excellent stores that usually stock what I need).

This will need to be decently portable, I just can't seem to think of the best, most professional way to display the options.

Any suggestions?
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« Reply #1 on: January 03, 2006 04:55:03 PM »

What worked out well for me ended up not being a swatch book but a swatch keychain.  I simply cut out swatches of fabric, grommet punched them (if you don't have one you can just cut a small hole or square in the fabric, but the grommets seem to make it easier to put on a keychain), and then put them on a MEGA keychain from the hardware store (about 75 cents).  It is the size of a bracelet and opens via a hinge on the side.  On the back I stuck a label with the information (how many yards I had of the fabric, cost, if it was able to be reordered or if it was OOAK - like vintage fabrics).  It is so easy and portable (despite having 80+ swatches on it) that I take it with me to the fabric store so I don't buy 83759374587435 more yards of pink fabric when, duh, I have tons at home.  Cheesy
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« Reply #2 on: January 03, 2006 07:39:36 PM »

That's a great idea!  A friend of mine suggested making a bolt bound book with covers and all, so I can change the pages as needed.  I think something like this might work better until I need a formal book.
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« Reply #3 on: January 03, 2006 10:37:23 PM »

Okay, so I'm impatient.  I don't have the tools to do a keychain, etc right now, and I've vowed to not spend more money yet - unless absolutely neccessary.  I have a ton of index cards, so it's going to be a handwritten catalog, with swatches.  So far, I have my yellows, purples, greens, and most recent misc purchases cataloged.  I'm so proud of myself!  It should only take one or two more evenings to finish this up Smiley  I do like the keychain idea a lot, but I would probably have to assign my fabrics a number then, as I'm tracking where, when I buy them, how much, the item number if given, and how much I have.  I'm kind of anal about stuff like that - but it works well when someone gushes about fabric but wants a bigger/smaller/taller/shorter/smooshier/etc bag than the one it's made up in at the moment.   Grin

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« Reply #4 on: January 04, 2006 09:43:59 PM »

In case anyone else needs to do something like this, here's what I did - I got index cards and (surprise!) and index card binder at Target.  Didn't know such a being existed, I like it, but it doesn't hold many swatches.  We'll see if I stick with this....


Front


Swatch Guts - Info for me, swatch for customer


This is the info I need right now


And this swatch is on the other side of above info

DH suggested scanning the swatches and making a booklet, and we might go with that (we own a print shop...comes in handy for such craftyness!) as I'm not even halfway through my fabric.
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