Today I thought I'd show you how I organise and store my refashioning stash. It's growing at an alarming rate - pre-loved jeans, t-shirts, blouses, shirts, sweaters. If I don't stay on top of it, the pre-loved clothes will take over my sewing room.
I'd love to say everything is neat, tidy and exactly as I would like, but sadly, it's not. Definitely a work in progress. The more pre-loved clothes I accumulate, the smarter I have to be with organisation and storage.
When I first started refashioning, everything fitted into one of the plastic storage cubes in the photo above. It worked well. Sitting under my computer desk, in between two IKEA cabinets, the storage cube could easily be pulled out, unzipped and the contents easily sorted through.
As the stash grew, I bought another cube (from Big W). I'm sure you can see the problem. To access either cube, I have to lift the top one off. It mightn't look much, but it's actually quite heavy.
Ideally, I'd like to replace the plastic storage cubes, but I'm not sure what with. Another two drawer cabinet would fit, or maybe a large cane basket.
A tub on my IKEA Expedit shelves houses more of my refashioning stash. This works very well. The tub is easy to slide part way out so I can rummage through the contents. If I had any left over space on the shelves, I'd store more of my pre-loved clothes this way, but the shelves are chock-a-block.
And here's the last of the clothes waiting to be re-purposed. Definitely have to do something about this bag containing pre-loved t-shirts. I am not happy with it sitting on the floor, but I've run out of space. I am determined to keep the pre-loved clothes in my sewing room, so a solution has to be found.
Recently my eldest son brought me a large bag of pre-loved clothes, from a friend of a friend. Apparently the owner of the clothes had been hitting the gym and lost a lot of weight, resulting in loads of clothes that were too large for him.
I've become selective about what I keep. In amongst the clothes were several 100% cotton shirts in excellent condition. These I kept, but the rest I donated to an Op Shop (thrift store).
Normally I would store the shirts as is, but beginning with these shirts, I've decided to deconstruct most pre-loved clothes when I acquire them. If the clothes are going to be used as fabric, I might as well store them as fabric. They take up much less room that way.
Seeing how much room I saved by deconstructing the cotton shirts, I decided to start on my existing stash. First up, a few t-shirts. If you've never cut apart a t-shirt, check out Amy's post on deconstructing a t-shirt for maximum refashioning.
Again, I popped them into a zip lock bag and squeezed out as much air as I could. This was a good activity to do one night when I was too tired to sew or blog.
Bit by bit I'll work my way through my refashioning stash, but I won't de-constuct everything. Sometimes I want to keep elements of the original in the final garment...
Let's hope I can condense my refashioning stash and get everything off the floor packed away neat and tidy.
How do you store pre-loved clothes that you one day want to refashion?