My first confession:
I am a hoarder, not just an ordinary hoarder, I collect patterns, trims, notions, threads, fabrics, books. If it is sewing related I own it or it is on my wish list.
My second confession:
I have a terrible habit of not cataloging my patterns, my fabrics, my notions, … well you get the picture. I don’t have a lot of room to store all my supplies neatly so I live out of cardboard boxes, plastic tubs, and what ever else I can find. In my world this makes me sometimes forget what I have, where it is.. yada, yada, yada. I keep projects in my head, I might have a pattern at home that I want to make but I have no idea how much fabric it takes, do have matching thread, do I have the zipper or the buttons I need. You get the idea, I have no organizational skills. I started out with a notebook but it quickly became too large to carry around or I didn’t have it in the car when I needed it.
A couple of years ago I found an app for my IPhone, it is called Sewing Kit HD and it can make you an organizational wonder.
(You are going to have to excuse the pictures, my IPhone no longer takes screenshots so I have to take pictures with my camera of my phone)
And before you get too excited this app is currently only available for Iphones and Ipads.
Sewing Kit HD
Track all of the information you need about your sewing patterns. Automatic download of envelope images from Simplicity, McCalls, Vogue, Butterick and more! Scan bar codes and add patterns quickly and easily! If this option does not work you can always take photos and add them to the app
Take photos of your fabric, add the amount you have, fiber content, Fabric width, woven or knit. You can also add storage location.
Here is the perfect place to store measurements, likes and dislike of each person you will be sewing for.
Link to People, Patterns, Fabrics, Threads and Notions. Take photos and track your progress.
You can scan bar codes here or just take a photo and always know if you have the correct spool of thread on hand.
This option also lets you scan bar codes or take photos to see which books you have in your library.
Again this lets you bar code scan or take photos.
Add your serger, sewing and embroidery machine here along with the date of purchase, length of warranty, and any service records that you have.
I love this category. Maybe it is a Blog that gave you an idea for a garment, a building that inspires you to make a striped pair of pants or a dress you saw at Macy’s. You can photos, the idea, blog addresses and more.
Whether it is lace, piping or strings of rhinestones you have a place to store the types and colors you have along with the yardage.
Now you can get you manage your sewing stash and it will always be at your fingertips, whether you are in a fabric store, flea market, estate sale or where ever you get a chance to score another item to your sewing arsenal.
Yeah, you have to use it, it takes time to put all that you already have into the database, but it is easy to use.
What techniques do you use to organize your stash?