As you all know, I love to quilt, I love to sew and I love to read. True Happiness is a cozy quilt and a good book. (A clean, quiet house doesn’t hurt either, but now I am living in a fantasy land! Is it possible to love quilting, sewing reading and cleaning? I think not.) Every once in awhile you come across a great book, you know, the cannot put downers…the “Who Needs Sleep?” kind of book. I love those books and I am always looking for suggestions. If you have any, send them my way.
Well I have one for you. Have you ever read The Persian Pickle Club by Sandra Dallas. It is a great read. The novel is set in the 1930’s in Harveyville, Kansas. Queenie Bee is a young wife who lives on a farm during a drought. Queenie’s favorite day is when The Persian Pickle Club meets. The Persian Pickle Club is a group of women who gather to improve minds, exchange gossip and quilt. Does this sound like a group of Girlfriends we know? Maybe that is why I related to this book. The general message of women who unite in good times and bad is such an important part of my life. Another aspect of this book that I loved is the women collect and share precious scraps of fabric to sew together quilts.
Well…after reading this book, I am never throwing another scrap of fabric away again, EVER. Who am I kidding? I never threw one away before. Girlfriends….we bought the fabric for a reason, right? We loved it and so why throw that precious love in the garbage after a project. But, where do we store it? As my fabric, projects and scraps slowly seep into every room in my house I know I need some organization help. This is the point where you message me your favorite book and tell me how organized you are. Pictures help?
I did some research on my own and I would like to share a couple of great ideas I found for storing fabric scraps. These are simple easy solutions and gave me a new way to think about reclaiming my guest room and keeping fabric in my craft room.
If you do not have an armoire or hutch already, start shopping second hand stores or thrift stores. They are all over the place right now. Not only can they be refurbished and painted some awesome color (or not.) they are usually large and have drawers, shelves etc. I cleared mine completely out and added various clear bins. I can see what is in the bins. I can stack them on top of each other. But the best thing….I can shut the door. I like an armoire because it keeps sunlight off of my fabrics as opposed to open shelving that does not.
Like an armoire, a filing cabinet is a great way to store fabric scraps. Who said you needed to use filing cabinets for paper only. If a scrap is long enough, they can be wrapped around cardboard and stored in files. I love filing cabinets because I store patterns in a drawer, notions in a drawer and “STUFF” in a drawer.
Hey scrappy quilters and applique lovers…I love this idea. Why not store small pieces of fabric in clear glass jars. Imagine the visual, beautiful array of colors. Glass jars come in so many sizes and this is a great way to see what small fabric pieces you have.
Wow! Finally a purpose for the cupboard full of pillow cases that I no longer have the sheets for. Pillowcases tied with a pretty piece of ribbon would be a great way to store fabrics. This is also a great way to keep certain scraps or projects together. Plus, I can clear out a whole linen closet shelf and put those pillowcases to good use. This is also a good way to let your fabric breathe and keep it away from light. Let’s be honest. Were you really going to use those pillowcases for anything besides Trick-or-Treating?
Now, to find the Time to get my stash organized. Maybe you better not send me those book suggestions just yet. I may be sorting fabric and dreaming of new ways to use them. You know how that goes. I can here my exclamations now. “Oh, Yeah! I forgot I bought that.”