Until recently, I had a shelf in our ‘study’ closet that stored my quilting fabric. (Our study is the extra bedroom in our house that has our desks, Eddie’s piano, and all my crafting stuffs. I love that it has a bedroom-sized closet where I get to keep my unnecessary quantity of crafty things). It was all folded in different sizes and haphazardly squished into the shelf. I didn’t realize it, but it had gotten to where I didn’t even know all the fabrics I had anymore. Last weekend, I brought some shallow shelves up from my parents’ house and helped Eddie mount them on a wall in our study.
I folded each of my fabrics into roughly 5.5″ squares using some cardboard, then loaded them up onto my shelves. I love being able to see all my fabrics, and easily pull out a few at a time to see what goes together. Being able to see all my favorite fabrics at once really inspires me to want to make things with them! Its also made it very clear that my fabric color palette is severely weighted towards a few colors. And now that I can see how much and which fabrics I have so easily, maybe I won’t feel as inclined to buy as much fabric. That’s what my husband suggested, anyways 🙂
UPDATE: Since I’ve gotten a few questions, I thought I’d talk some about how I sorted my fabric. I spent a long time thinking about how I wanted to organize my fabrics, and ended up deciding that color (instead of designer, fabric type, etc.) would work best for me. I’m a visual person, so that’s ultimately how I pair fabrics, anyways. I also found it really helped to discriminate between colors – for example, the blues aren’t just all mixed in, there are a couple stacks for navys, for bright aqua-type blues, for pale baby blues, and for dusty blues (apparently I have a thing for blue fabric!) I did similar things for the greens and reds as well. For fabrics with several colors – I either folded up the square and decided which color it ‘read’ – which color seemed to dominate – and put it there. If you look closely, you can tell I also have a stack of red & green fabrics on their own (love Christmas fabrics!) and there’s one stack on the middle shelf that is just fabrics which are mostly white with random colors thrown in.
See those cute little penguins up there on my red shelf? They were one of the many many projects I made for our wedding. Here’s a closer look.
To make them, I spray painted a small wooden plaque red and wrote on our names. I shaped the penguins out of polymer clay, and added a tie for the Eddie penguin and a bouquet and hair piece for the Julia penguin (the veil is some leftover tulle from making my actual veil and is hot glued on). They’d been in our kitchen for a while, but I think they’re much happier here. I love having pieces of our wedding scattered around our house for us to enjoy 🙂 Here’s one last picture of them, this time from their main event, our wedding.