This is part two to my sewing room project. I started this project during a lock down here in my city. It kept me busy and helped to take my mind off what was going on out in the world. While I was working on figuring out how I was going to design a sewing nook, I figured I should also organize my fabrics. Is that what they call them? Or are nooks only for books…here we go again, it’s DR. Seuss time. Anyway, while I waited for the shutters I cleaned up and sealed to dry, I decided to work on organizing fabric supplies.
I was given a ton of fabric one year by some neighbors who were cleaning out their garage. They just knocked on our door one morning and asked my husband if he wanted it since everyone knew in the neighborhood that I volunteered teaching kids arts and crafts back then. I still have some of that fabric. Some of it I made into masks to give out when we had a shortage. Everything happens for a reason.
One of the areas I needed to be more organized with was my ribbons and fabric scraps that I want to add to my kits.I have been working on getting fabric scraps ready for some kits I am designing. Sitting at my kitchen table and drawing out patterns and drawing up fun little instructions and coloring pages.
I am still shocked at all the work involved with putting together anything we make by hand, takes up a lot of time and there is so much detail to kits. The instructions are the hard part to me. I am not the best at communicating or giving directions. I have resorted to checking out books and looking into how others give instructions on things.
Having all my fabric in one place will save me so much time. It is taking awhile to get organize but I will be happy to have a system down when I do start putting kits together.
Sometimes when I am working on a project that uses fabric there will be tiny scraps left. These are perfect to roll up and add to other art projects. This was something I did as a child, using all those little scraps in our home to create art with. Nothing was wasted or thrown away and everything became something pretty.
Tiny rag dolls, bedroom decor, ornaments, paper cards and flower picks…everything was turned into something when I was a child being creative. We did not have the huge art stores and hobby places like we do now. We had to be creative with what we had around our homes.
There are all kinds of ways to store fabric. You can use just about anything.
I use a lot of baskets I pick up at church sales, yard sales and second hand shops. Baskets are perfect for organizing fabric in a sewing room.
An old filing cabinet is my favorite way to store fabric. It’s a little messy right now because I have been busy working on a craft book. I’ve been pulling out fabric, paints and glue to create Christmas ornaments and fun DIY projects. Last summer I wrote it up, the craft book that is, then I changed the whole thing and started over. Think you get it, this is taking a long time because I have no idea what I am doing. This summer it was all about the photos and creating the projects. I shoot everything outside or in our Arizona room because I like natural light. Let’s just say it is a sauna out there right now. This summer was brutal here in Arizona. The hottest summer on record. I had lots of fun pulling out fabrics, threads, yarn and glue, designing fun shots for the crafts but it was an oven out there. I had moments of heat exhaustion.
Sometimes I will have so many items on my kitchen table when I am creating that our cats will jump up there looking for a toy to play with. I have lost tiny gnome hats, colorful pipe cleaners, yarn and even buttons become mini hockey pucks when the cats see my messes.Poor Alley cat, she jumped up on the table when I had some decoupaged items drying and now she needs a bath because her whole tail is covered in glue. She hates baths. Her favorite part is when they are done and she smells so clean.
The filing cabinet holds a lot of fabric. I was surprised to see how much fabric I could fit into it.I can not take credit for this cool storage idea. I saw it online years ago and I’m so glad I never got rid of this old filing cabinet.
This filing cabinet I picked up for $10. I have seen them being thrown away all over our city. I painted mine white because I didn’t really like the color it came in. It was originally a gray color so I painted it a turquoise blue when I had it in my kids playroom. I kept all their home school projects, medical records, crafts and supplies for art. I filled the whole cabinet with alphabet magnets and magnets the kids made. Now it is white to match my sewing area better.
Okay, that’s it for the fabric, next post will be on pin cushions. There was lots of detail to my sewing creative space. I think everyone should have a space in their homes to be at peace and make art. You don’t have to be super creative. Still, I do I believe everyone has a little artist in them. Just find a place to shut off the social media world and the stress from your day. Play soft music or something you love to listen to. My art instructor always did this when I was studying art in college. It was a fun place to be.
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