Fabric Organization – at a glance, scraps and all!

I started sorting through and organizing my fabrics this week. I am organizing them by colors. Here are the greens and the reds:

I am very happy with my current system in that I can get a glance at ALL the fabrics I have in a color. I also put in a scrap box in the tub to hold all the scraps of the same color. That way, I have both fabrics and fabric scraps all in one spot at my disposal.

This system is super handy when I am working on scrap quilts, especially scrap applique quilts. Currently, my scrap quilt project is the Civil War Bride quilt. So, when I am looking prospects for a particular leaf on my block, I break out my green tub and start shopping there. It’s pathetic, but I like to exhaust all my options before settling for a particular fabric for a particular applique piece on a block. That’s another reason why I am so slow in my Civil War Bride progress:

To get an organization system like mine going, you only need:

1. A long and wide plastic tub (but not so big that you can’t lift it after it is filled with fabrics) – I like to not stack my fat quarters more than one layer deep. So, my tubs are no more than 6 or 7″ deep.

2. A second smaller plastic tub to go inside the big tub. I have been using those plastic salad mix tubs from the grocery store.

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you have a fun weekend. Meanwhile, I’d better get back to work.

Disclaimer: I am not a fabric-aholic even though I work with fabrics all the time, but I am surprised at how much I have amassed over the years. I guess the moral of the story is that we always seem to have more than we need or know. :)