Some of you have asked me how I organise my stash, so here goes... (before I start, I apologise for the quality of the photos - not sure what happened with them, but I had a long day at work, so I am not going to pursue perfection on the blog post tonight :) )
So I have amassed quite a bit of stash. Lots, really. An amount that could be quite shameful, if I allowed myself to feel that why.
But I don't allow myself to feel that way. There are far worse things to do in the world than dream of sewing time while stashing for it!
In order to keep track of what I have, or for referring to for making a garment, I have catalogued my stash. I cut a small piece of fabric and stick it with sticking tape onto a small piece of card about the size of a business card. I buy the cards at my newsagent - he sells boxes of cards called visiting cards.
I write down the amount I have purchased plus the width . When working with black or navy, I write down the colour as it can be hard to tell navy and black apart in some lights.
I sort out my cards with samples on them and put them in some sort of order.
Then I place the cards in a business card holder. I now have all my fabric information at my fingertips.
I like using this system. I may vary it one day and take photos of my sample cards and store the photos on my mobile phone - that way I would have basic info with my when I shop. But I really am not supposed to shop at the moment, I am supposed to be using the stash. And when I do shop now, it's increasingly online - so my little folders are really useful to keep next to me when shopping.
I have another tip for you today - when you cut out a garment, place the pattern, the cut pieces and any notions you need in a basket.
Sarah Liz :)