After no longer being able to close my small walk-in closet door with fabrics spilling out into the living room, I decided to do something about it and tackle the problem!
To go back to how the mountain of fabrics came to be in the first place…
shopping therapy – after I started sewing I almost stopped shopping for clothes. However, the urge to shop did not miraculously go away, and I just started to purchase fabrics and sewing patterns instead. Since fabrics are mostly not so expensive and one feels less guilty shopping for fabric (it is a hobby and used to develop a new skill afterall!) one is less likely to exercise self-restraint when it comes to fabric-shopping – at least this is so in my case.
shipping charges – when shopping on the internet (since I am paying the shipping fee I might as well buy more to make that shipping charge worthwhile:)
unrealistic plans and goals (image of self as an efficient dependable seamstress for the family) and purchasing fabrics to get ready to make items for loved ones). While I am getting the hang of sewing, it still takes me at least 2 weeks to 1 month to make one item, and the to-sew list for myself and for loved ones just gets longer and longer!
souvenir shopping – this relates to the first one, but I find it hard to go to another country and not visit the local fabric store to pick up some fabric or a pattern as a souvenir (even if the fabric is not something I can only find in that country).
Instead of storing fabric I purchased all over the place as I had been doing, I decided to put them all into two big plastic bins, and to cut out a small piece of each to make a booklet. I stuck each piece on a small card and wrote the composition (luckily I was still able to remember them all) of the fabric as well as any other note I remember (what it was intended for etc.) in order to create a booklet which I can use as reference each time I plan a sewing project. It has only been less than a year since I started sewing but I now have over 60 pieces of fabric, not even including lining! This exercise was much needed because now I know I NEED to use up my stash and to stop buying fabrics! I also need to be less selfish and start working on those projects for loved ones (you see, those striped shirting fabrics were meant to be shirts for my husband, and the chambray fabric supposed to be dresses for my sister…) I also realise that I only have mostly cotton and linen (which is great as they are very comfortable and easy to care for) and wish I have more wool for the upcoming season!
I wonder if fellow hobby – seamstresses are in a similar situation – do you have any tricks you use to remember the fabrics in your stash?