How I Store Fabric Thread And Hexies
Updated: Jan 28
This months Aurifil Artisal Showcase's motto is "sew organized"
And if I there is one expression to describe my sewing process it is got to be anal retentive.
I like things neat and tidy. Not just because I am very particular about it but also because it helps me focus.
I am easily distracted so I like things out of the way.
Also: Cleaning up my sewing space gives me instant gratification.
I was not always so neat. When I was a child my room was in a constant state of disarray.
But I found ways to stay neat. Because I like it that way.
And here is a few tips to share with you.
Step 1: Organize your fabric
As a Quilter I collected an unhealthy amount of fabric and it was flowing out of my fabric storage and into my living space. That was when I knew I needed to organize.
I knew it was gonna take a while. But bit by bit I got it done.
First I took all my fabrics and organized them by size.
Everything smaller than a Fat Quarter (But not fussy cut worthy) was cut into strips of 1", 1.5", 2" and 2.5". I put those into a box so I have some strips for scrappy projects.
The pieces that where smaller than a FQ but still fussy-cut-worthy I put into a separate box.
After I had done that I folded every single piece of fabric that was bigger than a fat quarter around a piece of comic book backing board.
In order to do that I folded the full length of the fabric that was already folded selvage to selvage in half once more. The piece of fabric was now just a bit taller than the comic book backing boards (current size, 171/266 mm). Comic book backing board is perfect because it is the right size, it is sustainable (biodegradable) and most important: It is acid free.
Thus it will not hurt your fabric.
I then fold the fabric around the board like it was a mini bolt of fabric.
In the end I secure it with a flat head pin (I use clover pins for this)
I have a mini bolt that is super neat.
Only about 500 more to go.
If you do have as many fabrics as I do (or more) It can be a seemingly impossible task to fold them all. But you can tackle them 10 at a time and eventually you will get it done.
Now I just need to do it to my new arrivals.
(I recommend buying comic book backing board in bulk)
Organize your notions.
I have quite a few notions so I need a system. I used to have an antique desk with a ton of storage but recently my husband and I bought a hight adjustable table.
(Covid and home office and all)
So I needed a new Storage system. The ALEX drawers are perfect for sewists. They are deeper than your ordinary drawer unit and if you cut them to size just a little, they fit a STÖDJA cutlery tray (I cut off the lips on the side so they would fit nicely into the drawers. They also fit without cutting anything off but then they float about an inch over the bottom and I cannot lose any storage space ;)
With the drawer units and the trays I could organize my stuff quite neatly.
Oh and here is another special trick:
As a sewist you have a healthy addiction to Aurifil thread now don't you?
So you probably have a box (or two) of the 12 packs of large spools lying around.
They are not only great to store threads but they are also perfect for Schmetz needle cases.
I hate not having the right needle for a project so I tend to have plenty of everything.
The little needle holders fit perfectly side wise and I cut up a piece of foam to make them fit length wise with the bonus of having a place to stick used needles that are too good to throw out just yet.
Organize your thread.
Now that you have emptied out your thread box what to do?
Well I am glad you asked.
You put them on a spool holder of course.
I got mine of etsy and it holds 60 spools. I have a rainbow of colours on there and they are above my sewing machine for easy access.
I may or may not have every other colour of Aurifil thread there is (I definitely do) but they are stored in the fabric vault.
Brag about your new found tidiness on Instagram.
You deserve it.
Make sure to only show the tidy bits so people don't call your bluff though.
Maintain your tidyness.
This is probably the hardest part for some.
I like so put away most of my project after I am done for the day.
Only rarely will I leave it out and only if I know I will continue the next day.
There is something about a tidy workspace that really gets me giddy :)
I know some people say they need the creative chaos but here is a controversial yet brave opinion: Those are all sad excuses for laziness.
There, I said it.
Here is a bonus idea: I store my hexies in paper boxes that contained fine artisanal chocolates. Sadly I had to eat all of the chocolates first.
Sacrifices had to be made.
Thank you for reading my ted talk