Our fabric stash has recently been organized because we were unable to remember which fabrics were prewashed. We created a swatch library when we needed a way to track information after pre-washing some fabrics multiple times!
After pre-washing all the unwashed and unsure fabrics, we created an organizational template to keep everything organized. Creating a swatch library is a great idea, so here are some notes on the process and why it’s a good idea.
What Is A Swatch Of Fabric?
A swatch of fabric is a small piece of cloth used for testing colors. The term comes from the French word “soufflet,” which means “a puff.” Swatches were originally made by hand, but today they are usually printed onto paper using a computerized machine. Swatches are also called samples, mockups, or proofs.
Basically, it’s a small piece of fabric. You can get it from:
- Your stash of fabrics.
- Fabric shops (online).
- A wholesaler.
Why Do You Need Fabric Swatches?
Especially if you haven’t started your project yet, it’s a great way to determine whether the fabric is a good match before you purchase several meters. It’s especially important if you’re shopping online!
A fabric’s feel, color, drape, washing, or handling are never known until you touch it. Taking a chance is OK for some projects, but when working with expensive fabrics, I’m not willing to do so.
You should still save a swatch of your fabric if you already own it or use it for a project. When looking for similar qualities online or for future projects, you can use them as a reference.
How Do You Get Fabric Swatches When You Shop Online?
Most online stores offer fabric swatches that you can buy or request from a fabric store. There is often a small fee and/or shipping charge.
It was free to pick up a small strip of fabric at our local fabric shop, but we had to buy 10 cm / 4 inches of fabric in other shops. Visit at a quiet time, not at peak shopping hours, and ask about your shop’s policy on fabric swatches.
Organizing and storing fabric swatches can be difficult once you have so many. Swatch libraries or fabric swatch books are great places to store your fabric samples!
What Is A Fabric Swatch Library Or A Fabric Swatch Book?
Keeping a swatch library and writing down the details of fabrics for future reference is similar to cataloging your fabric swatches.
Why Create A Swatch Book?
- You can easily see what you already have without rummaging through neatly folded fabrics.
- When shopping online for fabrics, keep them with you.
- If you need to keep track of how many meters/yards of a particular fabric are left, you can use this tool.
- Keeping a log of pre-washed fabrics is a good idea.
- You can track where fabric is stored if you have multiple locations/boxes/drawers where it is kept.
How Do You Make A Fabric Swatch Book?
It can be very simple. Write down the details of the fabric next to the swatches using double-sided tape, pins, paperclips, or staples. We usually procrastinate and put off ironing the pre-washed fabric while we work on my page layout. Attaching the swatches to a piece of paper can be done with staples, double-sided tape, pins, or paperclips.
The swatches can be stored in a binder once they have been attached to a piece of paper. A binder can be used to store everything in, or clear plastic sleeves can be used to hold the pages.
It is more convenient for us to use clear plastic sleeves. They’re easy to flip through without ripping the paper, and we’ve got tons of them lying around from my college days, so we are able to reuse them. The paper with swatches could also be stored in an accordion file folder / expanding file organizer.
It is common for shops to send you little swatch books that combine all your swatches and staple them to cardboard. In our case, we usually keep the booklet like that and keep it in a plastic sleeve or accordion file folder.
What Information Can Be Included In The Fabric Swatch Library?
In terms of possibilities, there are countless, but it depends greatly on what you need. You can use these ideas to inspire your own system.
- The type of fabric (batiste, poplin, denim, gingham, tweed, jacquard, boucle, voile, double gauze, taffeta, etc.).
- The name of the design (printed designs often have names)
- Designer’s name (prints can include the designer’s name in the description)
- What store did you buy it from?
- Material (100% cotton, 97 percent cotton + 3 percent elastane, 100 percent linen, 100 percent tencel, etc.)
- Guidelines for care.
- The location where it is stored.
- If you have prewashed it.
- The amount you have or have left.
- Its price.
- The fabric’s weight.
How Do You Organize Your Fabric Swatches?
Swatches are randomly placed in our library, but you can arrange them however you like. There are several ways to group them:
- Assortment of colors
- Fiber content
- The store
- Type of fiber (stretch, non-stretch, knits, etc.)
What Size Is A Swatch Of Fabric?
Depending on the shop. When we bought wholesale, we often received fabric swatches as large as A4/letter size instead of the usual 5×5 cm. The majority of the time, however, we cut off a very small amount of fabric when cutting into a new piece of fabric.
What Is A Fabric Swatch Book?
A fabric swatch book is a collection of samples from different fabrics. A fabric swatch book aims to help you find the perfect fabric for your project. If you’re looking for a particular color, texture, pattern, etc., then you’ll want to look at the swatches.
What Is A Fabric Sample Book Called?
A fabric sample book is called a swatchbook. They are used for measuring fabrics and other materials such as leather and plastics. The swatches are usually made from strips cut out of the material.
How Do You Make A Fabric Swatch Book?
The first step is to create a fabric swatch book. This is done by taking a piece of paper and drawing out all the fabrics you want to use for each project. Next, cut out the pieces of fabric from the patterned paper. Finally, place the fabric pieces in order according to color.
How Do You Make A Swatch Board?
To create a swatch board, first, you need to find some old boards from when you were younger. Then, cut them up into strips. Next, glue them together using a hot glue gun. Finally, paint the entire thing white. This project is fun for kids and adults alike!
Now that you know how to make a fabric swatch book, it’s time to start gathering your materials. Choose a selection of fabrics that you love and that work well together. Once you have your fabrics, follow the steps outlined in this article to create a beautiful fabric swatch book that will help you keep track of your favorite fabrics and plan future projects.