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        10-09-2013, 03:52 PM
      #11
    Foal
    In my sewing room I use the hanging clothing organizers like these
    Hanging Clothes Organizers - IKEA
    To keep my crazy huge amounts of fabric neat, visible, and easily accessible. You can get these at Walmart even cheaper. I put up some closet rods, also from Ikea, that can go on any wall and hang the organizers from them. I used to use the big rubbermaid containers but I was always forgetting the fabric I had in them and also hated digging through to find what I was looking for.
         
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        10-09-2013, 04:26 PM
      #12
    Trained
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Stillstandin    
    In my sewing room I use the hanging clothing organizers like these
    Hanging Clothes Organizers - IKEA
    To keep my crazy huge amounts of fabric neat, visible, and easily accessible. You can get these at Walmart even cheaper. I put up some closet rods, also from Ikea, that can go on any wall and hang the organizers from them. I used to use the big rubbermaid containers but I was always forgetting the fabric I had in them and also hated digging through to find what I was looking for.
    I actually just bought one of those at a thrift store to see if I liked it! Lol. So far, the cats have used it more than I have, as I haven't had time yet to go through all my fabric.
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        10-09-2013, 05:28 PM
      #13
    Super Moderator
    I have a tiny house and because Im moving stuff and remodeling as I go, there isn't a fixed crafty area yet. Im just starting to sew again, but I also crochet, knit, and spin.
    What I do is use a couple of 18 gallon tote tubs. I put the fabrics in one tote tub with various supplies into shoe boxes or big zip top bags on top of the fabrics.
    Yarns and stuff in the other one. When Im not working on anything my sewing machine sits on a bookshelf and I stack the totes on top of each other out of the way and cover with an end table drape.

    Yesterday I was looking for ideas for a cutting/crafting table and googled storage cube ideas and saw where several sewers used the storage cube things, or closetmaid shelf units as the base for tables and stacked all the fabric in the shelves and put a board on top to work on.
    Something like the ones below. I'm going to do something similar because I already have extra units as well as short book cases and like a high table to work on.... no stooping while cutting.
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        11-05-2013, 05:56 PM
      #14
    Yearling
    I know this thread is a month old, but I love this topic!

    When I lived alone, my extra closet was full of those pants/slacks hangers with 6 or 7 individual rungs on them - a folded length or three of fabric could be hung on each rung for great visibility and very little wrinkling. Now, my spare bedroom is part my craft room/part fiance's work from home office/part storage.

    I use the large Ziploc freezer bags to make neat little packages for my intended projects - I put the pattern, fabric, zipper, thread, elastic, seam binding, specialty needles, etc. inside so I can A) remember why I bought each item, and B) be more inclined to work on the projects because it's all together and ready to go. It's unlikely I can zip the bag closed, but at least it's neatly consolidated and easy to stack or file upright.

    My remaining fabric stash is folded up and given a quick handwritten tag indicating dimensions & fabric content, and a note on what I initially felt it would suit (dress? Throw pillow?) Then I separate into three places:
    - Many-yard cuts are in big Rubbermaid tubs shoved under my cutting table (nice, high pub table I got off Craigslist.) My spare sewing machines are also stored under this table.
    - Fat-quarters/small yardage is folded in one of several wicker baskets on a shelf, with a few big Ziploc bags in there to keep like colorways together. Baskets are from Hobby Lobby, purchased with their weekly 40% off coupons. Shelf was a garage sale find that I repainted.
    - The Ziploc packages of prospective projects occupy one drawer of an old metal filing cabinet (free, thanks to my work buying new furniture,) and my pattern stash and various other notions are in the other drawers.

    Since my fabric and pattern stashes are ridiculously large and I'm semi OCD, I've taken to cataloging everything as soon as I get it. I use a free software program called Evernote, which I can access online, on my iPad, or on my smart phone (great when you're at the fabric store cutting table and forgot how many yds your pattern requires.) There is a paid premium version, but the free has been my friend for nearly 2 years now. I take a picture of each item, name it descriptively (3 yds Blue/White Floral Liberty Lawn, or Simplicity 2444 Fit & Flare Dress) and file it in the appropriate catagory (Make This, UFO, Fabric Stash, Pattern Stash.) Then I can scroll through my entire collection in minutes, without disturbing my over-filled storage containers. Because you know if you take something out of a bin, you'll never get it all wedged back in!

    Now, I just need to find time to actually SEW all the fabric and patterns I've been collecting...
         
        11-06-2013, 01:08 PM
      #15
    Trained
    Great ideas, Cynical! Especially using Evernote.

    I have come up with a few temporary solutions (hanging shoe and clothing organizers for fabric, plastic drawers for notions and tools). They're working alright for now.
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        11-06-2013, 01:36 PM
      #16
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    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Cynical25    
    I know this thread is a month old, but I love this topic!

    When I lived alone, my extra closet was full of those pants/slacks hangers with 6 or 7 individual rungs on them - a folded length or three of fabric could be hung on each rung for great visibility and very little wrinkling. Now, my spare bedroom is part my craft room/part fiance's work from home office/part storage.

    I use the large Ziploc freezer bags to make neat little packages for my intended projects - I put the pattern, fabric, zipper, thread, elastic, seam binding, specialty needles, etc. inside so I can A) remember why I bought each item, and B) be more inclined to work on the projects because it's all together and ready to go. It's unlikely I can zip the bag closed, but at least it's neatly consolidated and easy to stack or file upright.

    My remaining fabric stash is folded up and given a quick handwritten tag indicating dimensions & fabric content, and a note on what I initially felt it would suit (dress? Throw pillow?) Then I separate into three places:
    - Many-yard cuts are in big Rubbermaid tubs shoved under my cutting table (nice, high pub table I got off Craigslist.) My spare sewing machines are also stored under this table.
    - Fat-quarters/small yardage is folded in one of several wicker baskets on a shelf, with a few big Ziploc bags in there to keep like colorways together. Baskets are from Hobby Lobby, purchased with their weekly 40% off coupons. Shelf was a garage sale find that I repainted.
    - The Ziploc packages of prospective projects occupy one drawer of an old metal filing cabinet (free, thanks to my work buying new furniture,) and my pattern stash and various other notions are in the other drawers.

    Since my fabric and pattern stashes are ridiculously large and I'm semi OCD, I've taken to cataloging everything as soon as I get it. I use a free software program called Evernote, which I can access online, on my iPad, or on my smart phone (great when you're at the fabric store cutting table and forgot how many yds your pattern requires.) There is a paid premium version, but the free has been my friend for nearly 2 years now. I take a picture of each item, name it descriptively (3 yds Blue/White Floral Liberty Lawn, or Simplicity 2444 Fit & Flare Dress) and file it in the appropriate catagory (Make This, UFO, Fabric Stash, Pattern Stash.) Then I can scroll through my entire collection in minutes, without disturbing my over-filled storage containers. Because you know if you take something out of a bin, you'll never get it all wedged back in!

    Now, I just need to find time to actually SEW all the fabric and patterns I've been collecting...
    I humbly bow down to your organizational superiority-ness!!
    Oh how I wish I could be that organized.
    My yarn totes have labels for type/brand and color, but haven't gotten that far with my fabric yet. And like you I have everything but the actual time to sew (crochet) the darn project.

    Remembering what I bought for which project is a big problem for me. However I can be happy go lucky so if I can't remember that, I just go in search of a new project just for that yarn (or whatever.)
    Oh darn..right?
    Connecting project and supplies together is half the fun anyway.
         
        11-06-2013, 03:35 PM
      #17
    Yearling
    My supplies may be organized, but the actual DOING get's very messy. There are currently two dresses and one skirt "in production." This means there are random bits of pattern and fabric pieces cut out, or even partially constructed, in haphazard piles which must be constantly moved around in order for me to access other stuff...such as my ironing board.

    One dress was started last March but I gave up on that slippery PITA fabric when spring came, one dress I started this summer but put on hold when I needed a dress to wear to a wedding (which I actually finished!) and the skirt was started two nights ago merely because I didn't want to finish either of the other two projects when I miraculously found 2 rainy hours to myself!
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        11-06-2013, 04:52 PM
      #18
    Trained
    I'm the same way. I didn't get my Halloween costume finished. It's 75% done, but I messed up one part of it and have to fix it and am just "meh" about fixing it. Lol

    I do have a project I need to start post-haste, though it shouldn't take me long. I'm making a capelet for my Marine Corps birthday ball dress. Shouldn't take long, just gotta do it. And I have two saddle pads to make.
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        11-06-2013, 06:05 PM
      #19
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    Um, yeah...not even going to fess up to how many unfinished afghans, scarves, saddle pads, and crochet projects I have started on...
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