Let me start by saying I LOVE GADGETS. Last year I was lucky enough to go to The International Quilt Festival in Houston, Texas. Gadgets were on my list and I bought a number of them. Almost six months later and many are still sitting unused. But not my Swatch Buddies… not only have I used them but I have ordered more!
Swatch are little plastic cards that can be used to help you store and organise your fabric. Each plastic card has a label on which you can record the amount of fabric, the designer and range and also the shop from which you bought it. On the other side you stick a little sample of the fabric, cut with pinking shears to avoid fraying. I learnt this the hard way; I was so keen to use them I couldn’t wait for my new Gingher Pinking Shears to arrive.
I now have four plastic storage containers with my large pieces of fabric. At first I had it all in there randomly but last weekend I sorted it by colour and then by length. Since I started using the Swatch Buddies I have used so much more of my ‘yardage’. It is now so easy to find pieces to throw together a backing without having to rummage through loads of fabric.
This is a must have gadget for those who love to be organised. Also if you are trying to match fabric for a project you can just take the swatches with you and they take up less room in your suitcase or handbag. can also buy refill packswith stickers only. Visit www.swatchbuddies.com for more information.