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Storing Fabric

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When storing fabric, it is best to do so in a way that allows you find what you are looking for, and in a manner that keeps the fabric clean and ready to use. This is a guide about storing fabric.
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By 2 found this helpful
September 21, 2009

Most of the fabric I purchase is on bolts that are 54 inches long and difficult to store. I found a cardboard blueprint storage box at Staples and now all my bolts are stored on end. They stay neat, don't fall all over the place and I can easily view the fabrics.

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By Gon2oahu from Victoria, B.C.

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March 22, 2012

I found a shoe rack when I was browsing the local "as is" store. It was $1.00 so I scarfed it up and have all my larger pieces on it. Smaller ones I put in zip lock or clear veggie bags so I can see what I need. Clear plastic tubs can be so very handy, and I get mine secondhand to save money.
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I hope this helps. Staying organized means never having to say "where is that"!

By Sandi from Salem, OR

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By 0 found this helpful
May 5, 2005

Tips for storing and organizing fabric for crafts. Post your ideas.

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January 12, 20050 found this helpful

I use a unused chest of drawers in my guest bedroom to store fabric. Under the bed storage boxes will work well, the ones with rollers are especially nice.

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January 12, 20050 found this helpful

An in-expensive way, this is the way I do it, is to got to your local liquer store and get empty boxes. When storing your fabric in it, cut a swatch and tape it the outside of your box so you know what is inside. Not only do these stack real well it saves on time on trying to find the type and color of fabric if it is on the outside of the box.

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Sally

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By guest (Guest Post)
January 12, 20050 found this helpful

If each piece of fabric is large, try doing this. Place each piece folded into a gallon or Jumbo resealable (generic Ziploc) bag. Then place all these resealable bags into the clear zippered bags that blankets come in. Using this method, you will be able to see exactly which fabric is in each zippered bag, and the fabric will not come unfolded when reaching in for only one bag.

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January 12, 20050 found this helpful

If you're a quilter and use fat quarters cheap plastic storage drawers on wheels are handy. I have some tall thin ones with 5 drawers in each. The drawers are deep back to front and very similar dimensions to a folded fat quarter so I 'file' them upright in the drawers grouped in colours, plains, patterns and light, medium and dark tones. Larger pieces, up to 2 yards, are folded and put in the bottom drawers. This allows me to open the drawers and flip through to find a suitable piece.

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Jo

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By guest (Guest Post)
January 13, 20050 found this helpful

I haven't tried this, but I have heard of folding fabric pieces into rectangles and handing the pieces over coat hangers, like you would hang pants. Hung this way in a closet or on a rod installed on the wall, it would be easy to see what colors you have and flip through pieces to find what you need.

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By guest (Guest Post)
February 4, 20050 found this helpful

Fat quarters and 1/2 yards can be folded into 1/4th's then 1/4th's again, which fit nicely into the Sterlite CD boxes on end, so you can see all the fabric in the box. For pieces up to 2 to 3 yards, rolling the fabric at 8" (per Nancy Johnson-Srebro) and folding into thirds will fit nicely into the 22 quart plastic boxes. I'm still working on the thicker cloth at 3 yards and above.

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By guest (Guest Post)
February 9, 20050 found this helpful

Check out this website.

You can store your fabric on a mini-bolt, just like they do in store!

http://www.thefabricorganizer.com

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By guest (Guest Post)
February 13, 20050 found this helpful

I recently purchased on-line these great fabric storage sheets that actually store your fabric without having to store away in bins, you can visibly see all of your fabric and its super easy!! You might want to check out Polar Notions.com for information. Im glad I did.

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February 20, 20050 found this helpful

I use the vacuum sealed storage bags. I recently stored two laundry baskets of fabric in one bag, and when I vacuumed the air out of them, it was only 1.5" thick. Great for stacking on the top shelf of my closet. I packed like colors together and now have no clutter in my closets

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February 27, 20050 found this helpful

I purchased (from Ikea) wire baskets which fit into a frame, and the frame has rollers. There are several size frames. I purchased four frames which contain 4 baskets each; a frame can be attached to the top of another. So now I have 2 frames which each contain 8 baskets that roll into a closet. The Container Store has similar frames; have also seen the frames at Lowe's.

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May 5, 20050 found this helpful

I need some suggestions for storing fabric. I have a nice sized room for storage but now it's a mess and is very overwhelming.

Janet

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May 5, 20050 found this helpful

I use and save lots of material. I purchased from the Dollar store the sweater bags or under the bed bags for my fabric. They are clear and cheap. I can store the material anywhere and see what I have.

By Diane

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By guest (Guest Post)
May 6, 20050 found this helpful

The hangers made for multiple pairs of pants or skirts make it wasy to keep fabric visible and wrinklefree in your closet. Use the plastic hangers that come with skirts or slacks for lightweight yardage..

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By guest (Guest Post)
November 23, 20060 found this helpful

DON'T STORE FABRIC IN AIRTIGHT PLASTIC!!!! Fabric needs to breathe. Fold fabric to fit on a shelf and put a little wrapper of muslin around it, to keep dust off. To make a visual reference of what you have, cut a triangle off one corner, glue it to a 3x5 card, and note down how much you have. Also, note on the card cleaning/washing instructions, where you bought it, and ow much you paid.

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By guest (Guest Post)
January 31, 20070 found this helpful

I store my fabric in a bench that I use as a seat at my dedicated sewing table which is a console table. They were both unfinished pieces so when finished (if ever I get to it) they look meant to be. Projects I am working on or really want to do stay out on nice wood hangers so they look me right in the face and motivate me. Leaving your fabric out long term will fade them even in indirect light.

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By 0 found this helpful
February 15, 2007

I am looking for ideas to store large, heavy quantities of fabric. I read some posts and saw some really cool ideas, yet my problem is a lot larger. I have approximately 35 bins of wools and denim given to me and I would love to find a better way of storing them. The woolen are about 5 yards each.

Your help would be great!

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February 16, 20070 found this helpful

It sounds like you have alot of fabric there. I don't have anything close to that, but i do store all my fabric in trunk, i got it at a clearance store. I know they sell them at walmart. If thats not big enough you may want to try a plastic storage cabinet meant for outside. many of them can be disguised as furniture. good luck

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February 16, 20070 found this helpful

Is this fabric on bolts? If so, why not get a clean plastic garbage can and stand them up inside it. Maybe one with a lid would work to keep them clean.

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February 16, 20070 found this helpful

Another thought.....if your fabric is just flat pieces perhaps you could put onto bolts. Wal-Marts craft dept usually has some empty bolts in the trash can or ask if they have any....they might even save for you as they use up fabric. They are just cardboard type things but your fabric could be wrapped around them and then those could be stacked on shelves or in a closet ....or stood up inside some sort of a barrel type container.

Hope that helps,

Debbie52

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February 17, 20070 found this helpful

I use apple boxes and clear plastic tubs with lids. I am so jealous of your fabric! What a wonderful windfall!

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By guest (Guest Post)
February 17, 20070 found this helpful

Place the fabric in hefty bags, use a vacuum to remove ALL of the air - these re home-made shrinking bags. You can find exact instructions on how to do this with a Thriftyfun search.

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By 0 found this helpful
June 16, 2014

Some people have yards of fabric. I have a room full. All colors, all types, all different yardages, tons and tons. I hate keeping them in large storage containers. I even tried putting a swatch outside the storage container to see what is inside. It still doesn't work. Any ideas?

By Marie

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By 0 found this helpful
November 23, 2011

I'd like to know any suggestions for storing and organizing fabrics. I have bolts and bolts of it, probably close to 100 bolts or folds of fabric. Right now it's all in huge TV boxes and 30 gallon plastic containers.

By Winnie-007

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