Organizing fabric swatches

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TT button BLUEWelcome to Transformation Thursday! It’s the one day of the week we all get together to celebrate getting stuff done. No matter if you’ve been coming around for months (or years), or this is your very first transformation rodeo – everyone is welcome to link up your projects at the bottom of this post.Fabric Swatch Keeper

I use a lot of fabric. Some I keep in stock (basics like muslin & burlap), others I buy a whole bolt because I fall in love with it. Every now and then I buy just a yard or two so I can test it out to see if it sells before committing to a huge amount. I’m not naturally organized, so figuring out how to keep it all straight took a while. And, since I occasionally have to send Mr. SCC shopping on his own, I also had to have a system that he could use, too. After some trial and error – I came up with a pretty much fail safe way to keep it all together. Want to do one of your own? Alrighty then!Decorating Tools

You’ll need the fabrics that you want to keep up with. You can do a different set for each room or do them all in one pile – it up to you. Cut your swatch (that’s a funny word!). I use about a 2 inch x 3 inch strip.IMG_0358

You’ll also need a some binder rings from the office department. A pack of 8 is less than $2 at Wally World – so you get a lotta bang for your bucks.Cropadile

I used my Cropadile to put a small grommet in each piece of fabric.Fabric Sample Organizer

If you don’t have a Cropadile, you could use your sewing machine and put a button hole in the top of each one – or even sew a little piece of ribbon to the end of each one.

How to keep fabric samples organized To make sure I don’t forget where it came from, I write the store where I purchased it, then write the SKU# on back (you can find the number on your receipt). It’s MUCH easier to find a fabric if you have the magic number!Fabric Sample Keeper Now when you wanna get your shop on, or run out of your favorite fabric, you’ll know where & how to find it. Decorating Tools Ideas You could also use the same method with paint chips when you paint your rooms – just get your paint maker person to put the “recipe” print out on the back of your paint chip.
I just love simple solutions!

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Sooooooo……. whatcha got? I wanna see – and so does everybody else! Please put your PERMALINK into the linky – and link back here so everyone can find all the great ideas. Please, please, PLEASE – pretty please DO NOT LINK TO A SHOP!!! Be sure to visit your neighbors and have fun – it is a party after all.  *Please note! If the linky shows up twice, just put your link in the first one. Blogger would NOT let me edit a post – and Live Writer double links it – so it’s all or nothin’ :)*
Welllllllll…………. Let’er rip, tater chip!

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About Gina Luker

Gina Luker is a writer, photographer and lover of all things quirky. She's usually found with a drill in one hand and a cocktail in the other while blogging along the way. She's addicted to coffee, polka dots, rock stars, Instagram, and everything aqua.


  1. That is a great idea! I am pinning it for sure!! Thanks for hosting!

  2. Great solution Gina! I love your fabric colors too!

  3. What a great idea, Gina! Genius! Thanks for hosting…hugs…Debbie

  4. Thanks for the tip! The curtain panels in my dining room are that Hampton Bay stripe. (Great minds think alike!)
    Thank you for hosting.

  5. Good Evening Gina,

    Thanks for the fun party and your swatch idea is too fab.

    Have a great week.

    Janet xox

  6. I love you swatch idea. I MUST TRY!!!

  7. Hi there! It’s my first time linking up and I’m a new follower :) Thanks for hosting!

  8. That looks really cute! thanks for hosting.

  9. Thanks for hosting another great party!

  10. What a wonderful way to stay organized–I just love that! Thanks for sharing! And also thank you SO much for hosting such a wonderful party!

  11. Congratulations on reaching 5000 plus followers, Gina! Great blog and parties!

  12. Thank you again for hostessing!

  13. How smart are you? What a great idea! Gotta get me a Cropadile thingy! Thanks for hosting lady! Happy Friday Eve!

  14. Hi, thanks for hosting the party on Transformation Thursday! Lots of fun links to visit!

  15. This is a great idea for keeping track of fabrics! Thanks for hosting another fab linky!

  16. Gina, I love the swatches on that first ring! You’ve got such great taste.

  17. Gina,
    I just wanted to thank you for hosting this party … your blog has sent SO much traffic my way this week, and I appreciate the “help” so much! :-)
    You have such amazing blog and are so talented! Thank you for sharing with all of us!

  18. You always have the best idea’s!! Thanks for hosting!

    Also, I linked up Our House: Beofre & After – which also reminds me of a little cottage! Hope you come by and check it out!!

  19. “You could also use the same method with paint chips when you paint your rooms”.

    You just gave me an idea Gina. I’ve been organizing and reorganizing all my stuff for my next bedroom project and this one is great tip.

    BTW, I will redesign my bedroom with some hint of summer on it.

  20. Anonymous says:

    great idea to organize fabric! for paint, I have a few different methods. One of them is to tka ethe paint stick that I used to stir the paint with and once it dries, I write the name and number on the bare portion. I carry these with me in the car so that I can compare the colors when considering a new purchase. I also keep the paint lids if I finish off a can so that I have all the store info right there. The 3rd way I keep track is I have a scrapbook with photos for the home for inpsiration, one page of it has paint chips I’ve used in our home and are carefully labeled which room each color is in.

  21. Thanks for hosting another great linky party!

  22. I love my visits to your blog!Big Hugs and happy Friday!

  23. This is such a clever idea. My grandmother is really into quilting. I am sure she would love to hear about his idea. I know she has her own system but, I think this is a lot simpler. Thanks for sharing.


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