Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Organizing Fabric

Hello, again!  Tonight I have another organizational post for you.  I originally had all of my fabric in one of the pink Ikea bins in my craft room that I showed you this month.  But since I've been sewing a lot more lately, I've accumulated more fabric/scraps and not everything fit in the one bin anymore.  This is what the bin originally looked like - I just folded up the fabric and stacked them inside the bin.

I was at Joann's about a week ago and happened to come across 2 fabric storage bins that were on sale for only $5.99 each!  I thought this was a great deal because usually for this size, the are at least $10 or more.  I would have liked to just get more of the same pink bins from Ikea, but the closest one is about a 2 hour round trip, so I figured these would do.  The ones I bought are on the left in the below picture.  As you can see, they aren't as tall as the pink bins, but they are a bit longer AND they also have the little window on the front for labeling.  Perfect!

I had also pinned this great idea I got from this All Things Homie post.
Via All Things Homie
So, I cut a piece of cardboard (ok, ok!  I used a soda box!) to the size that would fit in the bin.

Using this template, I folded the fabric to fit the template size.

Once I folded up the fabric completely, I took the template out (and reused them for each fabric piece) and used a safety pin to pin it together so it would stay nice and tidy.

And then I just stacked them all in the bin like a filing system.  Doing it this way makes it so much easier to see all the fabric I have and it also makes it much easier to take the piece of fabric I want out.  This bin holds all of the thicker fabrics: fur, mohair, felt and fleece.

The other bin holds all of my other fabric, leftover scraps, and leftover felt squares.

I knew exactly where I was going to put these two fabric bins - on top of my Ikea Expedit shelf.

As you can see in the picture, the air vent is right above the shelf, so I figured that it would get very dusty up there.  So, I shopped my house and found this roll of color wax paper that I had gotten with a Martha Stewart craft kit I ordered ages ago (see?  Sometimes it's good to be a hoarder).  I cut the pieces to fit on top of the bin and just tucked them in the sides.  It will do for now until I collect bigger pieces of cardboard to fit.

Since the bins had a place for a label, I decided to finally use one of the label templates that I found on the Better Homes & Gardens website. 

Here's the original label.  The new ones are much better (and prettier!).  The original labels were fine, but they would always flip around when I moved the boxes, so these worked better.

And while I was at it, I also replaced the labels on all of the other bins in the craft room.

So, there you have it (or should I say, "I" have it).  Fabric that is nicely organized and easy to get to now.  

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  1. Chrissy, I'm loving the home improvement tips and ideas. You are doing a fantastic job and your home is looking wonderful. Keep up the good work and keep those tips coming, we love them.

  2. It turned out great! Thanks for sharing the link with me, I love to see other peoples spin on a project.


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