Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Got Fabric?

I know I really shouldn't show you this. But here it is.
 I went down there today and started working around the edges. Kind of picking through this and that to see if I could figure out what to do about my fabric. I was hoping that I could kind of whip through there and get things organized enough so that I could start working on a new beach bag and blanket. I saw this really cute big bag at the Gap a couple days ago and I am sure I can figure out the pattern and make one out of a canvas drop cloth and I want to tie dye it. So I was really excited to get started on it. But then when I saw all this...
 You see, I have a lot of fabric. And when I work on a project I just have this habit of pulling out more and more fabric and spreading it all around so I can see what I have to choose from. And then I push it all aside and put it in piles here and there.
There is actually a full size pool table behind this stack of bins and bolts. You can see how big my problem is?
 So Big K got home and said I need to just move it all out of there, organize it and box it up, paint, put up some new shelving and then put it all back in. But then she kept saying "How did this happen?"

And I am not making this up: I started stuttering every time I tried to explain. Now I have never had a stutter in my life and at my age I consider this a frightening new development. One that I really should do something about.
 Then she went in the laundry room and announced "You have more fabric in here too you know!"
Yes, I do know. There is a whole wall of fabric in there and she knows it because she does her laundry in there every week and I think she was just trying to rub it in. Or maybe she thinks it's funny to hear me stutter.

Now I know that this looks like a scene from "Hoarders" but believe me, most days you can walk straight through my house without running into a bit of clutter, my bed is made every day, the laundry is folded and put away and the dishes are washed almost every single night. I even tidy up my outdoor room almost every day. It's just this fabric thing.

So I signed up for the September Stash Buster Challenge at The T-Shirt Diaries. She even had a little tutorial for how to organize your fabric. I thought it was really nice but in my case I think investing in a lot more plastic bins is going to be more practical. So if I finish clearing this out tomorrow and bust out the paint I should be all reorganized and ready to go by September. Right?

Or if I move it all aside for now I could get that beach bag made and deal with it later? Maybe I can learn to live with a stutter. Right?


  1. I cleaned a lot out and donated a whole bunch of fabric this summer. Makes my sewing room a little more manageable! Seemed like I didn't get back into the stash to use much of it, so out it went. Sometimes that hard to part with. The ones I did keep are now all color coded in clear plastic totes so I can see without having to open them up.

  2. Get the beach bag made...deal with it later...then your stutter'll go away!


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