Monday, September 14, 2015

Oranizing the Stash!

Stash Headquarters
This is a nine-drawer bureau, which used to be my mother's, which is in the 3rd bedroom (also known as the guest room/crafts room/home office, but used mostly for storage!).  It is 5 ft. 3 in. in length, 15 in. deep and 28 in. in height.  This is where the majority (not all) of my fabric stash is housed.  It also doubles as a bed-side table for any overnight guests.

I apologize in advance for the quality of the photos.  I'm taking them with my laptop, which doesn't take the best quality photos.  There is a big picture window above the bed and the wall behind is painted white.

On the top are the two baskets of fabric scraps (for patchwork projects, etc.), a plastic shoe box with my paper sewing patterns (a total of 10 envelopes/zippered bags), a Singer "Tiny Tailor" sewing machine (bought for daughter, one year, when she was still a little girl, as a Christmas gift, because the toy sewing machine she had didn't actually sew and she wanted a "real" machine), and the latest "in progress" project (the Irish Chain quilt top), plus a radio/tape player and a table lamp.  When I have an overnight guest, things get pushed off to one side (or to other areas) to provide more room near the bed.

It's not very clear in the photo, but the 3 drawers in the middle are slightly smaller than the drawers on either side.   The measurements of the longer drawers on either side are 20 in. long (side to side) by 12 in. deep (front to back) and 5 in. high (top to bottom).  The middle drawers are 16 in. long and the same depth and height.

The very top drawer on the left (our left when looking at the photo), contains some of daughter's clothing accessories.   The next drawer below that, contains my velvets, silks, satins, gold and silver lamé, etc.  These are mostly uncut lengths of fabric (as opposed to remnants/scraps).  Almost all of it was bought by my mother:

Velvets, Silks, Satins, and Lamé

The bottom drawer on the left contains my solid colored cottons/cotton blends (mostly broadcloth, bought for $1/yd. when on sale).  Again, mostly new fabric, 1-4 yards in length.  The rather fat piece of fabric at the very left is actually a twin-size bed sheet that was given to me, stored here, rather than in the linen closet, because I am planning to use it as a backing for a quilt. And an extra long piece of red broadcloth, since I need red for Christmas gifts.  I like to store my fabric upright, like files in a file drawer, because then, I can see at a glance what I have and can remove a particular piece of fabric without making too much of a mess.   

Solid Colored Cottons

The middle drawers, next.  The very top one holds all the black fabric (cottons, silks, satins, all mixed up).  Most of these are large pieces of remnants, leftover from my mother's sewing.

All the Black Fabric
The next drawer has all the white fabric:

All the White Fabric
The bottom drawer has all the Christmas/Holiday print fabric, including the scraps in a gallon size zippered bag:

Holiday Prints

And now the drawers on the right hand side, closest to the bed.  The very top drawer is storage for non-sewing related items like daughter's baby shoes!  And some picture frames.

The next drawer has larger pieces of fabric remnants, from silk to cut off legs from daughter's old jeans!  This is the "messy" drawer, where things are stacked, rather than "filed".

Larger Fabric Scraps
The last drawer has print fabric, both flannel and cotton/cotton blends:

Print Fabric
Quite a few novelty prints in there.  I have a weakness for novelty prints!

In addition to what's stored in the bureau, I have flannel fabric stored in another drawer of a chest of drawers, along with daughter's stash of polar fleece, and "home decor"/upholstery fabric stored in a suitcase!  :o  All bought on deep sales.  What an abundance!  All waiting until I have enough time to get to them, someday, when I retire!  Hopefully.

I shan't be buying any more fabric unless it is NEEDED to finish a project!

I like storing the fabric stash in drawers because it keeps the visual clutter to a minimum and the dust (and cat fur!) off the fabric and minimizes fading, too.  

Do you have a fabric stash?  If so, where do you keep it?  How have you organized your fabric stash?  


  1. If only I sewed. The thought interests me, but have no sewing machine or knowledge for it.

    1. Jess, you really don't have to have a sewing machine in order to sew. I learned to sew by hand, first, and still prefer to sew by hand. A sewing machine is faster, of course, but people sewed their clothes and household goods by hand for centuries before there were sewing machines. I wish I could show you the basics, but search on-line and I'm sure you could find some videos. Search for basic stitches such as "basting" which are larger stitches to temporarily hold 2 pieces of fabric together; "running stitch" which is a small stitch meant to sew 2 pieces of fabric; "backstitch" which is a lot like the running stitch, but more reinforced; and "hem stitch", which is used when hemming a garment. You could sew a lot of things, if you know these basic stitches. Maybe I'll do a post about how to sew, if you like.

    2. I've attempted to sew by hand, but just could never get the hang of it either. My husband does any needed sewing around here (he just sewed holes up in the feet of my boys pajamas) and learned in the Navy. I just pass things like that off to him, I can't get the hang of it. I wouldn't say no to a post on how to sew :-)

    3. Jess, that's great that your husband can sew! But, if you want to learn how to, then, I will do a post or two. I think, if I can sew, then, anyone can sew! I HATED sewing when I was a child and was being taught - I could never sew as neatly as my teacher wanted. But later, I started to enjoy sewing. I just tell myself that it doesn't matter if it isn't as neat as it could be. :)

  2. Oh BLess, I am such a fabric hoarder..[not kidding,ha]. My daughter is 42 yrs old. I learned to sew by making baby dresses for her.. I Just love to sew and always have.
    I have 4 granddaughters,and sewed for all of them, especially , when they were young.
    I love, love fabric sales.. I can't resist the $1-$2 yd sales.. I am so bad to buy more and bring it home.
    My sewing room is overflowing [but I always have fabric, when the kids want me to make them something, Or I want to sew for my self. That is nice...]
    I have a bedroom turn sewing room, so have had lots of space for my sewing stuff..Now, when we sell our house, I will not have a sewing room.. So,, I MUST reduce my stash.. I have been trying, but not good
    Have fun sewing..

    1. Judy, there's nothing as good as knowing we have just the right fabric for what we want to make and it was bought on sale. :D I loved the skirts you had made for your granddaughters. I am still not very good when it comes to sewing clothes, but I can manage well enough.

  3. I like the way you store fabric upright in drawers. So easy to find just what you need at a glance. I don't really sew but use fabric for craft and home decor. ... Burlap, canvas drop cloths, felt. Currently I store it in fabric cubbie containers (containers made of canvas fabric). Thanks for the tip to store them upright ... Will do that with mine. So helpful, Bless ... Thanjs for sharing!!!

    1. Carolyn, glad to have helped! You'll be able to store your fabric upright in those containers without any problems. I just fold the fabric to be just below the height of the drawer. One of these days, I'll sort out the fabric in the baskets, too.

  4. Bless, you have a far larger stash than I. I hope you'll not be distressed when I confess to reviewing all that yardage with a desire to deflect your attention to another new project that requires thinking, planning, drawing and effort.

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    I wonder if you would even consider a cream or white + color combination?

    I hope it's ok to mention that fabric stores sometimes give away their cardboard 'bolts.' Alternatively, stores give boxes for free which are so easily sliced with a bread knife to meet the dimensions best suited to your drawers with fabric wrapped for 2" edge top and bottom.

    1. Hon, thanks for all the ideas! I actually have a set of royal blue curtains that I made for my window, when daughter had my room and I had the one she currently has. If needed, I could use them (but they wouldn't go with my no-longer-in-style-but-I-love roses wall paper border) and they darken the room too much (only that one north-facing window). Daughter liked the room dark; I like a lot of light. I might go for a pink/light green curtain, though, to coordinate with the wall paper border.

      As for wrapping the fabric around cardboard, seems like an extra step and the cardboard takes up room, too. Just folding them works well enough for me. I'm lazy like that. :)


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