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Stash storage

I few weeks ago, this image came across my facebook feed:



I kind of can't stop thinking about it.  I've been struggling with a way to store my fabric hoard, because my current workspace is quite small, and I now have so much jewelry stuff that there really isn't room for my fabric.  Eric keeps suggesting that I put it in the attic in rubbermaid bins, but the idea of having it all hidden away made me nervous since I knew I would lose sight on what I have (which means I'll buy new stuff intead of using stash fabric...not good or necesary!).  Currently it's all folded on a wire bakers rack, so I can SEE what I have, but I could use that space much more efficently if I could move my fabric out of there.

But I love the idea of doing these little cards.  I could do them on larger 3x5 note cards which would allow for room on the back to write things like length, width, fibre content, and I could update if I use some yardage or have any comments about it.

Does anyone else use a method like this for storing their fabric?  How do you like it?

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sadievale
Aug. 5th, 2016 05:45 pm (UTC)
Ooooo, nifty, I like this idea! I take little fabric swatches in a book or little plastic bag with me on occasion to color match/coordinate, but this key ring idea is great!
tayloropolis
Aug. 5th, 2016 07:28 pm (UTC)
yes! It would be so easy to pull off a few and drop them in your wallet for reference!
jennylafleur
Aug. 5th, 2016 06:44 pm (UTC)
I have done index cards on a ring in the past. It works well BUT you have to commit to keeping up with it. When you use fabric or add to the stash you have to update your card inventory or it's a worthless system. Just something to keep in mind. :)

Edited at 2016-08-05 06:44 pm (UTC)
tayloropolis
Aug. 5th, 2016 07:28 pm (UTC)
I can already see where this is going, lol...
williamsburg24
Aug. 6th, 2016 10:50 pm (UTC)
This is definitely something I want to try!!!!!!
vanessa_lynne
Aug. 5th, 2016 09:34 pm (UTC)
I have a binder with swatches & descriptions, and on the reverse side a place for notes, ideas, other photos, etc. I use it more for brainstorming or seeing if I have the right fabric (vs digging through bins in the garage at 2AM in the dark) while CADDing. Then if I move forward with a fabric/design, I can either use the swatch to send out for trim matching (I just staple swatches) or to hang on the "idea" board while working. I made my own template for a swatch book, which has 4 to a 8.5" x 11" page.

I will 2nd what Jenny said about making sure you keep it up to date. ;)

I make a notation when things have been used up...and then it becomes a sort of memory book, also.

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