My fabric stash was getting out of control. I had piles gathering in various places around my sewing room, and between projects I hadn't been putting it away correctly, so even my storage was a mess. This picture is after I've started tidying up:
I realized if I was going to fit it all in the bins it needed to neatly folded and I needed to get rid of fabrics I knew I wouldn't ever use. A few years ago I came across this post on how to fold your fabric to fit in this style of bin, so that's what I am following.
|Fabric folding area. My old methods are on the far right and left, the new method in the center.|
The first (of four) bins was kinda fun! I got to revisited/discover fabrics, and I was trying to be critical about what was really my style, and what I thought I would actually use. I created a pile of fabrics to try and destash on IG (@quiltsnfeathers though I may set up a second account to destash stuff) and another pile of stuff to donate.
|Destash pile as of this morning! There is a second pile in another area. My bin of solids is next to sort and fold.|
The second bin was where things started to be an eye-opener. I was folding and folding, my motto being "just because it was given to me doesn't mean I have to like it, use it or store it for all eternity" but I started to feel anxiety about all the fabric I had! And guilt over how much I had purchased, and how much I wanted to get rid of. To be honest most of the fabric I want to get rid of was given to me, or was part of a scrap pack, or was from a giveaway and I didn't end up liking all of it, or was for a project for someone else and isn't really my style, or I've already made what I wanted to from the fabric and am ready to get rid of the rest of it.
|My bin of neatly folded fabrics! Greens-blues, browns, tans, low volumes and purples. Don't worry, teal is kept in a different bin!|
Today I don't have quite as much guilt or anxiety about the fabric I've decided to keep, but it is a bit worrisome how quickly and easily ti accumulates, and how much I'd forgotten I even had! And a few pieces I have absolutely no memory of at all.
This really helped to support and encourage my resolution to buy fabric with more intention! How do you store your fabric and keep track of what you have? How do you monitor your stash and make good buying choices?