August 20, 2013

Organizing my workspace pt. 3

Today is the blog tour day of The Organized Fashion Designer. Visit Starcross Sewing, Sew Jereli, and The Fashion Incubator for their reviews of the book and a chance to win a copy of The Organized Fashion Designer.

I'm still searching for affordable wall baskets or containers to hang near my various zones (hmm, maybe I should go yard-saling?). So in the mean time, I've moved that pile of fabric off the floor onto my now clean cutting table.

It's time to start organizing my fabric stash - and believe me this is only one part of a larger whole! Any factory or design space needs to have some kind of procedure and policy in place for how to handle new fabrics. Swatches should be immediately taken and relevant information recorded. If this isn't done, it becomes incredibly difficult to hunt down the information later, especially when you need to do a cost analysis. Even when sewing at home, it helps to know the basics and it makes it easier to grab a swatch when heading to the store for additional supplies. I've learned my lesson after letting my stash of fabrics pile up.

Here are the tools and supplies you might need if you are following along.

  • Rotary cutter
  • Cutting mat
  • Ruler
  • Pen
  • Stapler
  • Book rings
  • Fabric headers*
  • Bone folder (optional)
  • Hole punch
I'm using the fabric headers found in the book (or ordered separately on Etsy). They can be printed on card stock or bristol board.

Book rings are incredible organizing tools for the factory or craft room. There are two sizes I like - 1" and 2". Any size you prefer will work just fine.

Acco Metal Book Rings, 1in Diameter, 100 Rings Per Box (ACC72202)
Acco Metal Book Rings, 2in Diameter, 50 Rings Per Box (ACC72205)

How to
  1. Cut strips of fabric. For the small headers 2" x 7" (or however long you prefer). The larger header is about 7.5" wide and however long.
  2. Fold the headers in half and staple in the corners
  3. Store and display as you wish. You can use the book rings to sort your fabric swatches by color, style, or type.
Here is the beginning of my swatches. I'm waiting on my order of book rings to come so that I can organize them better.


  1. The Mother Huddle has a tutorial for hanging baskets that might work. I plan to make some small ones for my bulletin board to hang pins, markers, small tools, etc.

  2. Thanks for sharing the tips on organising your workspace. Very helpful to those who want to arrange their own office too.