In an attempt to introduce some order into my sewing space my dad built me a shelf and attached it to the back wall of my sewing area yesterday.
Not even 5 minutes after I started putting things in it…
Clyde always has to check out new things and see what is going on! I heard he was sitting on the table watching my parents very intently while they were putting the shelf up, and when my dad was building it he sat there watching him the entire time. Sometimes I think Clyde worked in construction in a previous life. Meanwhile nothing makes his sister Bonnie happier than “helping” me cut something out.
I was able to get some stuff up off the floor and now I have all of my Style Arc pattern binders in one place. My dad said “do whatever you want to it, I just used some junk wood” so we’re working on adding nails and/or hooks for hanging rulers and scissors and possibly making some sort of extension of the shelf to fit into the corner. He’s also going to hang my thread rack inside one of my closet doors so the cats can’t get at it.
Now I just need to work harder at reducing my stash. I’m at the point where I have enough fabric to open my own store. In my room I have nine 18″x24″ (45×60) storage containers stacked in various places, an 18″x36″ (45x90cm) footlocker, and 3 underbed storage containers plus multiple boxes and Mood totes full of fabric. Plus more is squished wherever I can fit it, and of course there’s more containers of patterns, supplies, etc. I’ve got a few more boxes in the basement too. Now you see why I struggle making things look orderly in there! I don’t regret most of my purchases though. Many of them were fantastic deals and if I went out to purchase the same thing now I would either not be able to find it, or it would be much more expensive. I still buy fabric, but instead of being something pretty to add to the “someday” collection it usually falls under one of the following categories:
- I need it for a specific project
- it is a great fabric in an unusual color (cobalt blue/royal purple/bright pink wool crepe, a vibrantly colored wool coating)
- It was something on sale that can be difficult to find affordably on a regular basis (lambskin, merino wool jersey, good quality ponte, 4-way stretch fleece, 4-ply silk crepe, silk jersey).
Anyone else attempting to do “spring cleaning” in their sewing area? Is your stash also in danger of turning into an avalanche of fabric and collapsing on you one day?