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How to organize your sewing projects?

Stationery kit for DIY enthusiasts ✂️

We offer you a space-saving solution that will allow you to better manage your stock of creative materials, find inspiration more easily, make the most of the materials already in your closet, plan your projects, follow them step by step and keep a precious record of them once they are finished. This stationery kit and its mini-tuto are suitable for all creative activities requiring materials. A great gift idea for DIY enthusiasts!

You’ve spotted this beautiful pattern but don’t know what fabric or yarn to use to make it? Maybe you already have one that would work, somewhere in the back of your stash… But to find out you’d have to open that closet, then that box, then… And even then, you bought it so long ago that you can’t remember what it’s made of or what it weighs exactly. Do your sewing projects often look like this? Isn’t that when you wish you had a slightly better organized sewing area? 

How about a solution that will take up little space and allow you to :

  • Better manage your fabric and pattern inventory, 
  • Find inspiration more easily, 
  • Make better use of the fabrics and threads already in your closet, 
  • Plan your sewing projects, 
  • Follow your sewings step by step,
  • And to keep a precious trace of them once they are finished.

As you can see, this month we’re working on a rather specialized topic, but one that will be adapted to all forms of creative leisure, from sewing to ceramics, embroidery or painting. Since all these activities have in common that they require a certain stock of materials, and to be able to plan their projects and keep track of them. 

Materials needed to organize your creative projects (here, sewing example): 

We recommend that you use white foglietti so that the colors of your samples are not distorted.

Estimated time: depending on the quantity of fabrics and patterns you have in stock, between 1 hour and a whole afternoon.

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Create your own fabric guide or fabric library

We will start by taking stock of all the fabrics you own. To do this, we will make a technical sheet for each of them.

Start by cutting a small square of about 5 x 5 centimeters in a corner of your coupon. Attach this sample to a foglietti using the method you prefer (glue, staples, paper clips, brads…).

Then note for each sample the information that you find most useful: composition, weight, yardage in stock, date of purchase, brand, maintenance … Repeat this for each of your fabrics.

You will then have to classify these samples. To do this, define what is your main criterion of choice when selecting a fabric: is it its composition, its weight or its color? Then use the dividers to create categories in your box.

If you have a lot of samples, you can also set up a double or triple reading system. If your main criterion is weight, you can put three or four main weight categories on all the left-hand dividers. If your second criterion is composition, you can write on the middle dividers the different materials (to be repeated for all the “weight” dividers), and so on…

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Keep track of the patterns and designs we like

While it would be complicated to make fabric cards without fabrics (unless you order samples especially for this purpose), it is very simple to build a pattern library including patterns you don’t have yet.

You can do this in exactly the same way as for your fabric cards, by replacing the sample with a drawing or photo of the pattern that you have printed out and cut out and pasted onto your pattern card, also including all the important information.

In order to distinguish the patterns you already have in stock from those that are on your wish-list or potential shopping list, you can add a symbol on your card indicating if this pattern is already part of your collection or not. This way you can make a pattern library out of it, in the same way as you made your fabric library in the previous step.

Finally, as for your fabric cards, you can also classify your pattern cards according to different categories. The most obvious one that comes to mind is the type of garment, but you can also classify them by designer or level of difficulty!

It’s up to you, depending on how much fabric and pattern cards you have now, if you want to dedicate a box to your samples and a box to your patterns, or if you want to put everything in the same box. 

Don’t forget that you can also print the visual of your patterns, or a fashion silhouette, directly on your cards. You will find all the explanations on how to print on your Foglietto cards in our dedicated article.

Foglietto allows you to have a global view of your fabric and pattern stock at a glance and thus to easily test pattern/fabric combinations. You will be able to easily check if the length needed for a pattern corresponds to the length of the coupon you have in stock...

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Mix and match: how to plan your sewing projects for the year

Our little cards have already shown some of their advantages in these first two steps, but here comes the most creative and fun part…

Now you can take your pattern and fabric cards and put them together. Foglietto allows you to have a global view of your fabric and pattern stock at a glance and thus to easily test pattern/fabric combinations. As you will have all the necessary information in front of you, you will be able to easily check if the yardage needed for a given pattern corresponds to the length of the coupon you have in stock, and if the weight of your fabric corresponds to the weight recommended by the pattern.

Don’t hesitate to create a moodboard of your sewing projects by hanging your fabric and pattern cards with visuals of your inspirations and your ideal color palette that you will have printed beforehand. This is the perfect method if you are in the process of building a 100% me-made wardrobe or if you are embarking on the Make Nine Challenge.

If you don’t want to or don’t have the space to make a moodboard, you can keep your fabric-pattern associations with a paper clip, then in your box, create a special “sewing projects” section with a divider.

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Complete your sewing projects with Foglietto: the shopping list, memo of changes made to the pattern, your opinion, etc.

It’s up to you to imagine what other information could be added to this fabric/pattern combo: the list of necessary purchases (our to-do list cards will be perfect for this!), a small memo card summarizing all the modifications you’ve made to the pattern, a history of the versions made in each fabric or pattern, your general opinion on the pattern, etc.

We’ve also come up with other useful information that you might want to keep in your archive boxes, along with your fabric and pattern cards. For example: measurements, color palette or clothing preferences for each person you sew for. Or memo cards for specific techniques, button or ribbon cards, pattern cards for your knits (our checkered cards will be particularly useful for this)… 

There are no limits here! And you can easily adapt this concept to each of your creative activities. You can have one box dedicated to your fabric samples, another to your wool samples, another to your ceramic projects, another for your paintings, and so on.

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Archive all your sewing projects

What to do once your sewing is finished? Here you have two options. 

You can decide to put your fabric card back in its place, and do the same for your pattern card. You may want to attach a “modifications” sheet to it. You can hold them together with a paper clip for example. In this case, you can add a note on your fabric card, indicating that you used it on such and such a date to make such and such a pattern. 

Second option (our favorite!): you can create an archive of your completed projects. To do so, you just need to create a duplicate of your fabric and pattern cards. You will store the first ones as described in the first option, while the duplicates will constitute a new archive box dedicated to all your sewing projects already made.

You can organize these sets of project cards by garment type or by garment recipient, if you sew a lot for others. This way you can remember exactly which garment you sewed for whom. You can also attach your alteration sheets, buttons, etc.

In conclusion, to best organize your sewing projects

Having a well organized fabric and pattern inventory is now within your reach! Planning your sewing projects and making the most of the fabrics you already have in stock is possible with an archive box, some foglietti and a little time on your hands. We are convinced that this is the first step towards a more responsible and thoughtful sewing and wardrobe!

In summary, step by step: 

How to organize your sewing projects?

  • Make your fabric library: using Foglietto cards, make a fabric card for each coupon you have in stock,
  • Create your pattern library: do the same for all the patterns you already have in stock and for those you would like to sew,
  • Mix and match: combine your fabric cards with your pattern cards, make different tests and build a moodboard of your sewing projects.
  • Document your sewing projects: complete your fabric and pattern cards with a list of necessary purchases, a memo card on the changes you have made, but also keep measurement cards and color palettes for all the people for whom you regularly sew, button or ribbon cards, etc.
  • Archive your sewing projects: keep a valuable record of all your sewing projects to remember your fabric and pattern combinations and all the sewing you do for others.

To make your sewing project box:

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