Before I could get started on my new quilt project I needed to assess my fabrics to see what I could use. I came up a bit short so have to make a run to the fabric store, but in the meantime I went through 4 stash drawers and refolded every piece. You think that's nuts? I had those thoughts kicking around in my head too until I managed to condense two drawers into one because the fabrics are all folded the same way (more or less) and take up less space.
I got this idea from a You Tube video and adapted the process to my needs. I store my fabric in an outdoor storage shed in stacking towers with drawers. I label them with the appropriate color name. It is a nuisance to go out there especially in the cold and fuss through a drawer to find the right fabric. Using my new method I can easily see every piece of fabric in the drawer. I have decided that every time I tromp out to the shed I will bring a couple of drawers into the house and refold the fabric. It is also a great project for getting reacquainted with my fabrics, and I have been able to weed out a few fabrics for discard. What on earth compelled me to buy those in the first place?
So, how do I do it? I fold the fabric so its width is almost the length of the drawer and roll it all up over my 6" wide ruler, pull the ruler out and it is ready to put away. If there are any loose pieces of a particular fabric I lay them on the bigger piece and roll them up inside....all nice and tidy. Anything too small to go around the ruler (very few) I fold into squares that slip down in the front of the drawer. I draw the line at ironing out the wrinkles. That would really be nuts! I am not obsessive-compulsive.
|Folded. It is a bit uneven but is a cut, used piece. Unlike a show quilt it can be|
somewhat imperfect, but close.
|Not quite full.|
|Width-wise vs lengthwise plus a yellow anomaly. Will I redo the white/yellow box? |
Probably. It was the first on my folding spree.
Sew a happy seam this week. I wish you an organizing opportunity.