Well …I finally really, truly, and completely …organized my stash of fabrics. I had already put some away for sharing with my church quilt group before I moved to BC, so what I had left was just what I dearly loved and knew that I would sew.
Here’s what I did: First of all, I made a whole lot of copies of the Fabric Worksheet from Claire Shaeffer’s’s book: “Fabric Sewing Guide”. It is a wonderful information sheet that includes a place for a 2-inch square of fabric and all kinds of information that includes content, width, yardage, the pattern you plan to use and a place for a photo of the final project. It also has lists of the fabric description (fiber) and fabric structure as well as fabric characteristics. She refers to pages in her book with all of these to help you describe your particular fabric.
Finally, it has a place for the garment history when completed and all the information so that you will have it in case you want to make another one like it (or not), as the case may be.
I completed a page for every piece of fabric I have in my stash, and put all the pages in a note book. I also added another piece of information on the top right corner of each page, which was the number of the box where I can find the fabric listed. I have all of my fabrics in those clear boxes and put a number on the outside of each box. This way, when I am ready to do a project, I can go through my book, see a sample of the fabric, the content, how many yards I have of it (including width), and then decide on a pattern. On some of the pages in my book, I have included the original pattern company & number that I had intended for the fabric when I purchased it.
I had already organized my findings years ago, what with thread, buttons, trims, zippers, elastic, etc. in appropriate boxes sans lists, as I can easily see what is there. Patterns are all categorized as to type of garment. I also have a box of lining fabrics and another for various kinds of interfacings and tailoring supplies. I always purchase the latter in 5-yard lengths.
I have another box with just surface design supplies and tools in it, i.e. stencils, fabric paints, etc. My embroidery thread and CD designs, and additional hoops are in another, rather large box by themselves.
I would love to hear other ideas you all have used to organized your stash and all your supplies so you are ready for sewing future projects. I know there must be better ideas out there, but I hope this will work for me for now.