I have to make a confession…I have a craft problem. Specifically a craft supply problem. Like I go to Hobby Lobby to buy one particular thing for a project and walk out with 10 other items that I “might” need later. This problem has only increased since I started doing machine embroidery. Now I have my eyes on a new beautiful supply…fabric. The possibilities are endless with applique fabric combinations. One design can look so different depending on what fabrics you fill the applique with. Now that I have a fairly large stash of different fabrics, I thought I would share how used my DIY craft table for fabric organization.
DIY Craft Table
In my last post, I shared how I put together a craft table to create a workspace for embroidery and crafts. Part of the table includes a 9 cubby shelf that I use for fabric organization and blank clothing storage.
Most of the time, I only use a small piece of fabric when adding an applique to clothing. Because of this, 1/4 of a yard is more than enough for multiple projects. The average price of most of my fabric is between $1-$3 for 1/4 yard. This does not help my craft supply problem when an adorable piece of fabric, that I may or may not need, is only a DOLLAR! BTW I’m doing my best Liza Koshy impression in my head right now. If you haven’t seen her Dollar Store video yet, go watch it now, I’ll wait…
Now every time you see something at the store for $1 you will say “a dolla” four times in a row LOL.
Speaking of the dollar store, that is where I got the 4 colorful baskets that hold my fabric :).
For me, the most logical way to organize my fabric is by color. That, and I really like rainbows :). While looking for baskets that would fit the dimensions of my cubbies, I found the pink, red, green, and blue baskets at the Dollar Tree.
Like I mentioned before, I mostly buy a 1/4 yard so I am able to fold them into small pieces and line them up in the basket. This makes it easy to see the pattern of each piece.
My red basket fades from red to orange to yellow. My green basket contains different shades of green including mint. I also have some Mardi Gras fabric in the back of the green basket. #bestpartyonearth
The basket in the middle of my cubby shelf is a clear Sterilite container. I mainly wanted it for my neutral colors but it also holds my collection of basic chevron in a rainbow of colors.
I’m just noticing that I didn’t do a very good job of making a rainbow with the chevrons, haha.
My last basket of fabric I keep in my craft cabinet since I ran out of room in my cubbies. It holds all of my black and gold and some purple and gold for Saints and LSU projects.
Blank Clothing Storage
The four aqua bins in my craft cubby shelf hold all of my children’s blank clothing. When I was receiving orders on a regular basis, it was important that I kept every size in stock so that I can finish orders in a timely manner. Also when I order from some blanks companies online, shipping can be quite expensive. So it made sense to stock up on items to lower overall costs.
In my baby bin, I keep onesies from newborn to 12 months. I also have bibs, burp cloths, and bloomers. If you attend a lot of baby showers for friends and family, an embroidered onesie, bib and burp cloth make a wonderful gift :). In my girls and boys bins, I mainly keep white shirts from 2T to 5T. In my fabric bin, I keep any large pieces of fabric that are over a yard along with overflow from the baby items bin.
If you are just getting started with machine embroidery, by no means do you need this much fabric and blank clothing right away. This is what I have collected over the past 4 years. So, in reality, I think I’ve done a pretty good job of containing myself, cause it could be a lot worse LOL. Since having my second baby girl a little over a year ago, I have really slowed down on how much I make for others. But now that Elise is older and we have a good routine going, I’m hoping to start taking more orders again.
I hope you enjoyed today’s post and it helps you to organize some of your craft stash 🙂 If you have any tips of your own on fabric organization, please share in the comments below!
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