Hey everyone! It's the beginning of a busy holiday week, so I thought I'd share a quick tip on how I inventory my fabric stash. I recently shared with you that I reorganized how my fabric is stored, affording the benefit of using all the shelf space in my Sewing Room closet.
Several years ago, I decided I wanted to be able to quickly identify the fabric in my stash along with their relevant details, like yardage, width, content, etc. without having to actually remove each from its storage location. So, I created a form using Word to capture all of the desired details.
Some of my fabrics have been in my possession for many years, so I categorized and stapled a swatch to an available section on the printed form and wrote the details I could recall about each fabric and slid the forms into clear sheet protectors.
With more recent purchases, I began collecting more details, including where I purchased it, cost, and recommended care instructions.
All of the loaded sheets are then inserted in a 3-ring binder, with each fabric category labeled with adhesive-type binder tabs affixed to the section header sheet protector. This makes identifying fabric for specific projects much easier.
Extra forms are stored in a separate sheet protector directly behind the binder cover...
...which is then stored on a shelf in my Sewing Room.
Whenever I want to review the collection, I just grab the binder and flip through the inventory pages. And the best part - I can do this anywhere, so I'm not chained to the fabric closet.