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« on: May 03, 2009 11:05:38 PM »

I am trying to organize my craft "room" and Im doing pretty well, but Im totally stuck on what do do with the smaller chunks of material. Anything that is 1/2 yard-ish or more I have folded around cardboard, but I have an insane amount of material left over that I dont want to just throw in a box, because I never remember what I have! any ideas? Space is limited!

this is my room, most of the large amounts of material have been moved out and are folded, but all the plastic bags you see and some of the boxes are full of scraps. and for size reference I only keep scraps if they are a fq or bigger.

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« Reply #1 on: May 04, 2009 07:15:59 AM »

I think your best option would be to send it all to me!!!   Grin   I love left overs!!

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« Reply #2 on: May 04, 2009 08:53:00 AM »

I think your best option would be to send it all to me!!!   Grin   I love left overs!!
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« Reply #3 on: May 04, 2009 10:04:19 AM »

I found a couple of ideas online.

What about a smaller organizer similar to your cardboard ones that you use for larger fabrics? This site has organizer cards made for fat quarters, ribbons, trims, and scrap strips of fabric - http://www.thefabricorganizer.com/

This site - http://quilting.suite101.com/article.cfm/organizing_your_quilting_fabric suggests cutting down your scraps into specific sizes that you use often and then organize them in bins based on size.

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« Reply #4 on: May 07, 2009 06:46:08 AM »

I sort things by colour as I usually know what colour I'm looking for.  I make dolls' clothes, so have large Ikea boxes with labels by colour.  And, for quilt fabric, I have an old dresser with colour by drawer.  I know what you mean about bits.  It's the hardest thing to find a spot to put there where you can find them again.
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« Reply #5 on: May 31, 2009 08:10:16 AM »

would it be an idea to hang rope( like a washingline) along a wall? Just hang some ropes along a wall above each other with a feet or so appart. You can then hang the fabric pieces from the rope with a clothes pin. You can rearrange the fabrics by colour or pattern and it would look really jummy.

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« Reply #6 on: May 31, 2009 08:29:30 AM »

Plastic bags have no structure and go untidy so easily.  Put them in boxes or plastic crates and stick them in those nice shelves you have there.  Order them by colour or type of material or whatever that suits you to make groups and put these in different crates, so you will be able to find them easily when you want them.  You could even make an index list for every box, or take pictures of the contents and stick them on the front side.

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« Reply #7 on: June 11, 2009 10:51:31 AM »

do the same thing you did with the larger fabric on a smaller scale. Get some heavy weight index cards. Or store then in clear plastic bins they sell, the ones that are roughly the size of a shoe box and sort them by color.

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« Reply #8 on: July 11, 2009 06:31:36 AM »

Maybe get a clothes rack and hang big pieces of fabric on hangers? For smaller pieces, keep them organized in bins or those three-tier drawer thingies that have lots of compartments so you can sort by color....
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« Reply #9 on: July 21, 2009 10:22:52 PM »

I agree with the first post... Send some of it to me! But, really, the plastic bins are the best idea. They have to be clear. Big Lots is a good place for those, pricewise. They carry an extensive selection, and are just slightly less than Wal-mart. I have all my stuff in them, that is not on rolls. A clothes line sounds interesting too, especially if you are in the middle of a quilt, or some project where you want tosee a lot of stuff at hand. You could hang what you're working with, to keep it off the table. I did know an old dressmaker who kept fabric on hangers. She used tissue paper between the fabric and hanger, and plastic dry-cleaner bags on top. This was a good solution for expensive pieces. Until you go out and buy containers, sort different fabrics into groups, into all white kitchen bags. Then you can see which size containers you really need. You may need a variety of sizes, so think about how they fit into your shelves, or the closet, etc. K

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