Sunday, 3 March 2013

Stash Busting

I'm sure I'm not alone in my hoarding of 'stuff' which may 'come in handy one day' for craft purposes - today I found a way to kill two birds with one stone and tackle the fabric and cardboard I've been accruing, and use one to knock the other into some kind of shape.

Like many of you out there, I'm a bit of a craft book addict and have developed a bit of an Amazon habit - here's the evidence! I usually tend to hang on to the packaging to reuse as packaging or as 'material' for various art & craft activities.

I had got rather a lot of the stuff though, and today I managed to put it to good use in organizing my fabrics. I don't have a before shot, but believe me it was chaos - various carrier bags of assorted yardage and scraps in numerous locations around the cupboards and under my worktable

Needless to say this isn't a very effective way of storing stash - I had no idea what I had actually got, and would never be able to locate anything if I did actually know I'd got it.

I wanted to store my fabics in drawers but in such a way they would stand on their side so I could see what I have at a glance.

The Amazon packaging was just the right length to cut into strips and wind my fabrics around like a bobbin. Because the card's pretty thick you can secure it in place with pins.

You can also write on the end of the card if you want to add any useful notes like fibre content, where purchased & price etc.

So I've made a start as you can see. This is great for larger pieces and yardage, but I think I'll sort the smaller pieces & scraps into colour groups and store in clear plastic tubs in the other drawers.

Another thing too is I'm now out of book packaging which can mean only one thing........?

Over to You

Anyone else got any good stash organisation tips you can share? I'm always glad of any hints so do leave a comment below to join in the discussion - I need all the help I can get!!

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