Yesterday I was anxious to get sewing on my wardrobe garments, but when I walked into my sewing room/guest bedroom, I realized I couldn't move! My fabric stash had outgrown my dresser and I had piles of fabric and patterns all over. The cats love this, but I don't. Time to destash...
I spent several hours going through all of my fabric, and got rid of a lot of stuff that have been languishing in the dresser for years. Much of it I had picked up at thrift stores and yard sales. I went through this period several years ago when I was making a lot of bags and I was crazy for vintage upholstery type fabrics. Then there are all the remnants leftover from garments I've made, you know, you have almost a yard left and so you feel like you should hang on to it because you might be able to use it for trim, pocket linings, etc.
I kept a few of the larger yardages to use as muslins, and ended up with 5 bags and 1 box of fabric to get rid of (oh my). I took a few pictures, posted an ad on Craigslist for "free fabric", and went back to organzing my work area. Within 30 minutes I had 5 phones calls and 4 emails from people who wanted the fabric. (Is there some kind of utility that will alert you when certain keywords are posted on CL? Must look into that.) Two hours later, it was out of my house.
This is what's left. I'm still deciding how to store it.
Fabrics that I kept were swatched and attached to index cards. I noted the measurements and as much information as I could remember: fiber, date purchased, source and price.
All of my index cards are stored in the cute little pink file box. I have to admit it was nice to "rediscover" a few fabrics that I forgot I had...
I am soooo happy I did this. Knowing what is in your fabric stash is a good feeling!
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