Get Sew Organized Challenge for January 2020: Fabric

by Cathy Ellsaesser, posted on

Fabric organization is a real “bug-a-boo” for me, so I thought, let’s get it over with, and have it be our first area for our 2020 Get Sew Organized Challenge.

I mean, how do you organize fabric? By color, by theme, by type, by what?

Oh, and there’s so much of it to organize. Where do you keep it? In bins, in shoe boxes, in drawers, on hangers, where?

Oh, and how do you manage yardage, precuts, scraps, how?

Some Tools to Use

So we brought in to our store some notions that we thought the following items to help you “Get Sew Organized” with fabric.

Fabric Organizers


These 10 x 14″ fabric organizers stores up to 10 yds of fabric without creasing. Use it to organize your fabric strips, binding, ribbon and more. There’s also a “shorty” version that is 7 x 10.5″. Tabs make storing large and small pieces a breeze and the cards are acid free and reusable.

Photo of large fabric organizer for fabric challenge

We also got in some organizers for yardage that are designed for just one fabric rather than several.

Photo of single mini bolt

Got Fat Quarters?

This fat quarter organizer neatly stores 1/2 yards or fat quarters, fat quarter bundles jelly rolls, strips, scraps, trim, ribbon, borders and much more. Your fabric is easy to find and ready to cut when you are ready to quilt.

If you want to just have one fat quarter per board, we have the 4 x 6 mini bolts for just that purpose.

Pre Cuts

We have a couple of precut organizer available as well.

I really like the fabric strip case to store my 2.5″ wide strips once they’ve been released from the jelly roll.

We also have some cases that are just perfect for 5 x 5″ charm packs, or your own scraps that you’ve cut into 5 x 5″ or smaller squares/rectangles.

Photo of bin forcharm packs for Fabric Organization Challenge


Get 30% off these fabric organization tools at our stores with this coupon.

coupon for 30% off fabric organization notions

Notions Available Online

All notions available for the Get Sew Organized monthly challenges to date are available online under Products/Sewing Notions/Cathy’s Blog Shop. Products are discounted 30% off, and we’re offering free shipping for a limited time

Please note, some items may be out of stock, and have to be ordered from our distributors. Someone from the store will let you know if this is the case.

Get The Tools, Get Started Organizing

So pick up some of these great fabric organization aids at your local Rocky Mountain Sewing and Vacuum store and get started on this month’s “Get Sew Organized” challenge.

We’d love to see a before and after picture of your efforts taming the fabric tiger. So post one or more pictures here in the comments below, on our Facebook page, or on our Instagram. Please use BOTH the hashtags #RMSVfabricchallenge and #RMSVGetSewOrganized when you post on Instagram. That way, we can find you when you post, and enter your name in the drawing for the $100 gift card to be awarded in early February after the January Fabric Challenge closes.

All photos must be posted by February 1, 2020 for the January Fabric Challenge. And remember, if you use of the the products we have in the stores for this challenge and include that product in your picture, your name will be entered twice for the drawing.

For all details on the 2020 Get Sew Organized challenge, checkout my previous blog.

Oh, And One More Thing

While you’re organizing, stock up on more fabric! Our bolts of fabrics are in and ready for sale at our Aurora store only. Check your email next week for a special offer to kick off our new fabric inventory. You’ll know just how to organize it!


Cathy Ellsaesser

I am so sorry. I made a mistake and jumped the gun on the drawing. The blog did say to post by Feb. 1. I’ll be announcing the Feb challenge on the 4th, so stay tuned. If you participate and post a picture, I’ll give you two chances to win (or three if you use one of the notions we bring in for the challenge) to make up for my mistake.
Thanks for bringing this to my attention.

Deborah Deans

I thought I could still upload on the 1st, so missed this one … maybe I can do February’s

Cathy Ellsaesser

No need to move it here! Just so it’s on either Facebook, Instagram or the blog post. I’ve got your name in the drawing!

Donna Newton

I think I got it finally. I truly posted my pictures on the 31st of January. Thank you Cathy

Donna Newton

I posted my picture on the rocky facebook page on Jan 31. Now I can’t figure how to move it here. Thank goodness Brenda saw them and commented. here is the link.