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"Our mouth was filled with laughter and our tongue with joyful shouting;
then they said among the nations, "The LORD has done great things for them."
The LORD has done great things for us; we are glad!" Psalms 126:2,3

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Fabric Swatch Book~A Tutorial

Do you enjoy organizing?
I most certainly do. 
I love each item having a place to belong in.
Therefore, as I am a seamstress, I figured that it was finally time to organize my fabrics. Good idea, right? To finally come up with some sort of system to remember all of the materials and supplies I own so I don't re-purchase them?
Enter the Fabric Swatch Book!
The Fabric Swatch Book is a wonderful way to see all of your fabric inventory at a glance without having to dig through your closet and the depths of your desk. 
I've seen these fabric swatch books through the years, but never realized the helpfulness that having one around might be. Until now, that is.
To begin with, I shall explain what a swatch book even is. A fabric swatch book is, quite literally, a book filled with little fabric samples. It shows you, at a glance, the entire inventory of fabric that you own. It's much more convenient than a mere list because 1) it helps you to visualize your stuff, and 2) it shows texture and sheen.
 To make one of your own, you simply go through your entire fabric collection and cut a 2" square off of the selvage with a pair of pinking shears.
 At this point, you will have lots of little 2" squares of fabric floating around your workspace. Our job is to turn them into some semblance of order. To commence, you simply find a some white paper and staple the first fabric swatch onto it. See how easy that was?
 Now comes the more difficult part. You need to write down everything you can possibly remember about this particular fabric. Name, fiber content, weight, hand, etc. Also write down the fabric width (usually 45 or 60 inches) and yardage. This is the difficult part because you might not remember much at all about the fabric, especially if it was purchased awhile ago! But persevere, my dear, and you will love the end result.
If you wish, you can also write where you purchased the material and if it was for a specific project.
 Repeat for each fabric sample; staple first, then write. If you wish, you can then staple the all the pages together to make a book or hole punch them and put them in a 3-ring binder for your convenience. Or, if you're like me, you can just leave them as they are and hope that all your hard work doesn't get lost.
 And that's all there is to it! Wasn't that fun? See how easy organizing can be?

1 comment:

  1. That's a great idea! I'm going to do this in my costuming/sewing book. Thanks for the organizational idea! :)