My Sewing Room: Organise organise organise!

Well after sorting out all my pieces of fabric onto boards, it’s now time to label them so I can pick them out quickly.

I popped into one of my home bargain stores and picked up these labels. I’ll stick the self-adhesive ones onto the luggage labels. And then with a black marker I will write my code letters P M F – pattern (if the fabric has one allocated, but most of them do), meterage (how much fabric is on the board) and fabric (is it cotton, viscose, wool, jersey, etc).


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Labels should keep me right!


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All ready to go!


Ta-DAH!  Oh so Pretty!

 Next, we have my pattern collection. It’s really expanded over the year quite drastically! I’m blaming these pattern sales!

I had already organised the into categories: skirts, trousers, dresses, combos etc but then when I was doing dividers, it was much simpler to do them by the pattern house name (vogue, new look, simplicity, grainline studio, sew over it, simple sew and the list could go on and on!).

With the reminder of the boards, I took 1.5cm from the top of the board and made two marks. Then I drew a line and then wrote a pattern name.


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First, mark 1.5cm down from the top of the board with the ruler and pencil, then draw a line where the marks are.


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I then added the Pattern Houses by name.


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It’s all coming together.

They work a treat as they fit in my white shoe box file system for the patterns and I can hunt quickly for them too!


I think I’m going to have to have a P.A to keep this system intact 😀

Until next time and remember – Measure twice, Cut once!




My Sewing Room: Fabric Boards

If you know me by following me on Instagram, you would notice I like to hoard fabric.  I’m surprised to actually see how much i have now that I’ve organised it on to fabric boards.

Why fabric boards you ask, well I’ve tried piling metres of fabric on each other and it doesn’t work for me as it ends up on the floor in a messy heap.  So using boards seems to be a great solution as it allows me to pull one fabric board out (well providing the shelf isn’t stuffed to the brim, it does require two hands at the moment).

I trolled the interweb to find a video/tutorial to guide me to what materials I should use and how to do it “pro” stylee! This YouTube video is great as it shows the fabric being wrapped around comic book boards, step by step.  This blog post (which I found on pinterest) is great too!

I’ve put a wee tutorial under here, but it’s so simple to do if you want to show off your fabric stash to the max.