I have a confession to make. I have too much fabric! Yep, it’s an addiction. Some I’ve bought but a lot of it I’ve been given.
I have some less used stuff stored in the garage (you know, bulky quilt batting and the like); and until recently I had stored the stuff I had immediate plans for or used more regularly in that cane chest pictured above. But when inspiration struck I would dive head first into that chest, turfing it all out, looking for that 1 perfect piece which I thought was in there somewhere. 9 times out of 10 it would be at the bottom or AWOL and I would be left with a mess of fabric. But not anymore!
A few weeks back my step Dad asked me if I’d like an old filing cabinet. He volunteers at the Citizen’s Advice Bureau and they were getting rid of one. I said yes, and when he dropped it off I could see why they were getting rid of it. It was a bit beat up and pretty ugly to tell the truth. So I painted it with Resene black board paint. (I primed it first and then applied 2 coats of the black board paint.) It dried really quickly and the black board paint was a dream to use, so it made for an all round easy project.
I then bought some suspension files from our local stationary store (which proved to be a bit pricier than I thought) ; and I started ‘filing’ my fabric. To get more bang for my buck I worked out I could get 2 bits of fabric to a file (one on each side) and also file some in the middle if I wanted to. I’ve got all my knit fabric in the bottom draw and some of my favourite woven fabrics in the one above that, with more to file. (Can you tell that I’m a knit fiend?)
In the top drawer I’ve also used the cabinet in the more ‘traditional’ way – to file paper! With a couple of the files devoted to my patterns. Previously I’d kept my PDF patterns in clear leaves in a (bulging) ring binder, often with the pattern pieces cut on freezer paper – so these were pretty easy to transfer over to this new system (see below).
The other thing I love about this cabinet is that as well as being a giant black board it’s also magnetic so it’s great for sticking bits of sewing inspiration etc on the side. (Plus a ‘teamwork’ chart for the kids – still working on that!)
My sewing space is in a second living area we have and the other half of it contains a play area for the kids so they can play while I sew. It works really well.
(Some old pics stolen from this post.)
Where do you sew? Kitchen table, or a separate space? And how to do store your fabric?
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