Rethinking Fabric Storage

My new sewing area is still a work in progress and my biggest problem is how to best store  and  organize my fabric. Most of my fabric cuts are 1 yard or smaller. Previously I’d begun using the comic book board “mini bolt” method but I’m finding that cumbersome to maintain so I think I’ll be switching to something else.  I still love my Clip It Up system and will continue utilizing that for fat quarters and small leftover pieces.

Current Fabric Storage Method – Comic Book Board Mini Bolts

Clip-It Up Fabric Storage System

While I think the Comic Book Board mini-bolts work well I’m thinking I need to utilize the space on my shelving a bit better and make it easy to store fabric without having to wrap it around the board and pin.  I ordered a Prepac Storage Shelf with doors to keep my fabric safe from light, dust and corgi hair in my new sewing space. Stuff I don’t use regularly can go in the spare room closet so I can de-clutter.

Future Fabric Storage cabinet

See Bonnie Hunter’s Lessons in Stash Folding tutorial

Folding the fabric the Bonnie Hunter way seems like it would be a better use of the square inch in each shelf. I also save myself the cost of buying comic book boards and pins (I guess the boards will have to go onto Ebay or something).   The mini-bolt system wasted a good 4-5 inches of each shelf depth so I think this folding system will work a bit better.

Who wants to come over and help me fold?

Comments

  1. Best of luck keeping Corgi hair off your fabric. 😉

  2. Fabric storage is a constant dilemma for me. Good luck with coming up with a solution that works for you!

  3. Diana LaFaro says:

    I have two similar storage units. It took me a month but I measured every piece of fabric, folded it and wrote the measurement on the end in the selvage. I used every square inch of room. Now everything is neatly stacked and easy to see with minimal effort. It works great for keeping light and dust off. I organized sections of batiks only, my large Laurel Burch collection, projects ready to start, precuts, then everything else. Good luck with your reorganization. It was a lot of work but I was very happy when mine was finished.

  4. Barbara Vickery says:

    Put an UPSIDE DOWN throw rug underneath it. It will be easier to move in the future, when the rug pile faces the floor. It will also help prevent scratches on your floor. Just food for thought. Saving your back and your floor.

  5. Beth Shamblin says:

    Thanks for posting Bonnie’s idea. I think I will switch to this method as well. I don’t like the thought of my fabric being constantly exposed to light and, though I keep the blinds closed and all away from direct sunlight, I’m moving mine into a closet and folding this way soon. Right now my stash is mostly in small bins organized by color and that quickly begins to take up more space than it ought. Look forward to seeing everything as you put it together!

  6. I am wondering whether you could use your redundant comic boards between the stacks as a sort of support, to stop them leaning into one another. They could be stood vertically if they are the same width as the depth of the shelf(else you couldn’t close the doors.)Just a thought, or you could just sell them as you first thought and recoup some of your outlay. I struggle with my stash because all the fabrics are different shapes and lengths which makes it very difficult to get a uniform pile. It started off in general colour schemes but has ended up with shoving new additions wherever there is space which means I am continually discovering pieces that I have forgotten I’ve got and usually after they would have been useful.I think that stash storage is a problem that vexes most of us who are hoarders, although there are a few who do manage to keep their sewing rooms looking like they have been styled for a magazine shoot…(oooh, the envy)

    • Mine rarely looks like it’s been styled for a magazine shoot – ESPECIALLY if I’m in the middle of one or two projects. Then I have piles of stuff EVERYWHERE. My creative process gets a bit messy and I think that’s normal.

  7. Quilting Tangent says:

    I use a dresser. Fold fabric to fit drawer (like you have it on your bookcase). This way the fabric is protected from dust, animals etc. You just pull out a drawer for the color(s) you need to play with.

  8. I’m considering changing as well and am going to try the folding method. I have shelves of various sizes so I think I can better utilize my space. Currently some of mine is the comic book method and some rolled and standing up in large bins that are too heavy and awkward to be of use. Thanks for the inspiration.

  9. G’Day from Sydney! I too am in the middle of reorganizing my enormous stash. I use the cardboard used in bolts of fabric in the quilt shops. I ask for them and they are only too happy to get rid of them !!! I roll my larger fabric (metre plus) onto the full cardboard and for the smaller pieces, I cut the board into three, then roll the fabric on these. Both sizes fit perfectly on my Billy bookcase shelving from Ikea. My fat quarters I fold into rectangles, placing them on the shelves from front to back in colour piles, easy to retrieve and easy to see, and a perfect fit too. Good luck !

  10. I have a 2 Ikea shelving unites and they have fabric boxes that fit in them. it does make it hard to know what is inside but I pretty know my fabric so it isn’t that hard. One nice thing is my room is tidy. Well as tidy as it can be…. NOT.. haha

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