Sewing frenzies, buying frenzies–about every 6 to 9 months I need a big reorg on my vintage fabric collection.
1) Open shelves work best. Stack flat folds of fabrics on shelves and boxes for remnants and trims.
2) Organize by color.
3) Then think like a fabric store. For example, my blue fabrics are sub divided by weight–heavy blues like denim in one stack, light-weight blues in another. And each color has a section for remnants–smaller pieces of blue go into the blue remnant box.
4) Keep hot projects close at hand. My color stacks are in the garage. In my sewing room, I have labeled plastic bins for the projects that are top of mind–my scarves for example. I have two bins of silks, embroidery, gauzy fabrics, even some reclaimed mink. While my crossover bags have their own bin full of heavy wovensand rich brocades. ( Both are labeled.)
5) Finally. don’t be afraid to down-size. If you’ve struggled with a piece of fabric over time and still don’t have a vision for it, it might be time to let it go . The Hospice Flea Market Store is a favorite charity of mine. And I love giving my cast-off trims and fabrics to a friend who teaches kindergarten. After all–playing with fabric is great fun.