It isn't pretty. It's actually kinda gross. And when you're working out of a small office that the two of you share, it becomes a disaster area. Kind of frightening and pretty dangerous.
This is what my floor looked like before I decided to put in a system. A plan is what i needed, for sure. Originally, all my fabric was folded semi-neatly and stuffed into a big plastic tub. That was all well and good until I needed to look for something. Then everything that was nice and neat was dug through, and nothing was so neat anymore.
Here was my original solution to the rubber bin situation. Granted, the concept was a good one and the fabric was more organized with this method than before. However, even though this was a prettier solution since I could color-coordinate my fabrics, it had two downfalls.
First, hanging shelves go in the closet. Great if your hall closet isn't stacked waist-high like mine is right now. (Hey, moving from a 3 bedroom house with a garage to a 2 bedroom apartment ain't easy!)
Secondly, as you can see, this just becomes a more evolved version of the fold-and-stuff method, in the long run. Not exactly what I'm going for.
This is when I decided to just change it!
So when I decided to change my fabric storage, I started eyeballing the shelves I had in the office. Now, I'm no neat freak by any means, but these things had just become a big fat mess and I didn't like it anymore. It was time to start over.
I began by cleaning off the top two shelves on either side, and slowly breaking down all the supplies into less bins. Any loose supplies were either put away or found a permanent home elsewhere.
I also purchased more individual bead organizers and got my huuuge mess of bead goodies sorted and organized. (Man, that project made me feel a little OCD)
Then, I purchased a box of chipboard comic book boards online, and patiently awaited a chance to start wrapping.
I found this method so exciting when I first saw it here:
Fabric Wrapped Around Boards
I saw several people have lots of success with it on Craftster.org, so I decided to give it a try myself. Here's a small pile of the starting fabrics I wrapped.
Basically, this method uses comic book boards, usually made of chipboard, as a sturdy form to wrap fabric yardages around. A fat quarter neatly wraps around, and I have up to around 4 yards wrapped nice and smooth.
I fold my fabric first, to ensure a large enough piece to wrap around the board a few times, but small enough to manage and control neatly.
So here it is. The left side of the new wrapped fabric storage.
I really enjoy that I can see every piece of fabric I have. It makes me aware of what I have in my stash, so I'm less likely to just buy fabric at random and end up with something verrry similar to what I may already be storing.
Also, looking at all these great fabrics inspires me to actually want to do more sewing, which both gives me a reason to use up fabric, and also allows me to buy new fabric every so often and not have it end up in a pile or stuffed into a shelf as storage.
So isn't it nice to make a difference in your own life by putting some organization into it all? Using craft supplies as decor makes a lot of sense to me. If I'm looking at it all the time, I'm much more likely to decide to use it more often.
I love crafting, but I also have this problem with hoarding supplies. Fabric is my greatest downfall in this department. Heck, I just spent $50 on a big box of jersey knits, AFTER I organized all this stuff. But what can I say, a deal of 3 dollars or less a yard is hard to pass up sometimes!
Well, at least when it shows up I know exactly where I'll be putting it!