I love fabric shopping.

I simply cannot resist buying all the thingz whenever I peruse fabric online or visit a fabric store on a Saturday morning, which is my favourite thing to do when I need a little pick-me-up. Raise your hand if this is you?

As a result, my fabric collection has grown considerably. When I recently did an inventory, I found that if I sewed one garment a week, it would take me over three years to work my way through my stash!

How I organize my fabric collection | Scarlet Stitch
I bought all these fabrics online from Lowry Fabrics

I found that if I sewed one garment a week, it would take me over three years to work my way through my fabric stash!

The system I came up with works so well for me, that I thought I would share it with you in the hopes that it might inspire you to get your fabric collection organized if you haven’t already done so.

How I organize my fabric collection | Scarlet Stitch How I organize my fabric collection | Scarlet Stitch

I have a big ring binder file with plastic sleeves where I store all of the sheets above. This is a swatch book template I created. It includes all the details of the fabric – the contents, yardage, width, and any additional notes.

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I cut a tiny rectangle of fabric and I staple it to the page as a reference. I also created a numbering system as I add more swatches. For example: #200, #201, #202, etc. This swatch book is pretty handy whenever I need to pick a fabric for a make.

How I organize my fabric collection | Scarlet Stitch

My hubby bought me this amazing label maker from Brother for Christmas last year and I love it so much! I use it to create labels to put on each fabric piece. Before I had the label maker I just wrote the details on little sheets of paper and pinned it to the roll of fabric.

How I organize my fabric collection | Scarlet Stitch

I include the number (i.e. 200), the yardage (i.e. 2M) and the “PW” means I have already pre-washed the fabric.

How I organize my fabric collection | Scarlet Stitch How I organize my fabric collection | Scarlet Stitch

I store my fabric in rolls like this. It’s easier for me to see all the fabrics in my linen cupboard when they are all stacked up on one another. It saves a lot of space, in my opinion. Whenever I use a fabric, I mark this off in my swatch book along with what I ended up creating with the fabric.

How I organize my fabric collection | Scarlet Stitch

I hope this post has inspired you! Do you have any fabric organization tips to share? Please leave a comment below, I would love to hear from you.

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Yours truly, Raylene xoxo | Scarlet Stitch

How I organize my fabric collection | Scarlet Stitch

2 Comments

  1. Love how you catalogue your stash. For such a creative person you are meticulous with your admin. Both sides of the brain working 100%.

    • Raylene Harvey Reply

      Hi Sheral, thanks so much for your kind comment 🙂 May I share a secret with you? I’ve never been this organized! Hehehe.

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