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« Reply #30 on: February 17, 2008 12:26:35 PM »

My fabric stash is epic Smiley I have six horizontal filing cabinet drawers full and more in boxes that don't fit in the drawers. I essentialy fold it like the others, but instead of open shelving the folded pieces then go in hanging file folders (plastic ones) in drawers. This is important where I live because our sun is harsh and the dust gets thick, I also have a lot of vintage fabric. I have some extra deep closed side hanging pockets for small pieces, if it's under a yard it gets tossed in these. These pockets are organized by color, it's a pretty rainbow drawer Smiley
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« Reply #31 on: February 21, 2008 02:03:10 PM »

I roll my fabric and just yesterday installed a new heavy duty metal shelving unit in a closet to hold all my crafting supplies. Grin

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« Reply #32 on: March 01, 2008 07:52:46 PM »

My mom does the hanging shoe bag thing, and it's great. I just don't have anywhere to hang something like that.
I have a cube thing. It's got 9 squares and I roll the fabrics and stack them in the cubes. Some cubes have little fabric drawers for scraps and purse handles. One open cube has my threads and one has other sewing-related junk.
It works really well for me.


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« Reply #33 on: March 01, 2008 08:15:09 PM »

Burst. I like that. Very neat and organized and most importantly easily acessible and out of the way

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« Reply #34 on: March 02, 2008 05:33:49 PM »

I fold mine flat (kind of like those that are using those boards, I'll have to go looking for them) and then insert it into a gallon size ziplock baggie since we have a dust issue. Then all the ziplock baggies go on end in storage boxes (like printer paper boxes) that I bought at the office store. The boxes are turned on their side and sit on a shelf. then I can just thumb through them. It looks a lot like the system that was posted with them on their side in that bookcase, except mine are in baggies. I also have mounted four 8foot long closet poles and have fabric folded and hung over hangers. Three of the poles are on one wall above eachother and the other one is on a different wall underneath where the shelves of baggie fabrics are. This is all in a huge basement room though. I have a lot of fabric lol. And I haven't even finished organizing all of it yet. I suspect there will end up being another hanging rack and another shelf of baggie fabric before I'm done. Smiley It sounds like I've been building my stash for a lot more years than the rest of you have.
« Reply #35 on: September 27, 2008 07:47:19 AM »

With the concept of us having more kids my current craft room must be sacraficed, and I'm on my way to the basement. After much cleaning, damp riding, a dehumidifer, and some painting and minor finishing it will be my 300+ square foot studio again. (I was done there before but the dampness was killing my stuff and my allergies)

I'm working on my plan of howvere will be done, what needs to be done, creating a budget etc, and cannot decide HOW to store all my fabric. It has concrete block walls, so wall shelves are out. And the budget needs to be as low as possible. I really like to be able to SEE everything, but how??

There are just so many options. The ceiling is beams, and will stay beams, so I can hang items. I was thinking of those hanging "sweater" bags for closets. Plus I could put bug scaring away sachets inside, and have a little extra protection. I could also use large bin/baskets, one for each color? I could try to get a cheap armoire, but really how long until that is outgrown?! The room has a large table already, so I could put shelves or something underneath.

Please everyone give me fabric storage ideas!

Also has anyone done something similar and if so any idea of a reasonable budget to set? 

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« Reply #36 on: September 27, 2008 05:55:08 PM »

OH MAN I am sooo understanding what you are going through right now. Though I get to hang shelves and such I have a nearly micrscopic sized room to use.

I would go through the IKEA catalog and make a wish list for some of those GORM series adaptable shelving..... as seen here http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/categories/departments/hallway/10898/

They are all pretty cheap, but since things can add up, I would get my happy little butt on craigslist.org and look for them second hand and negotiate a proce for next to nothing, YAYE!

Then all you have to figure out is the type of bins you might like to put them in or someway to keep them covered, or not you may like them stacked up all pretty just by themselves...

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Seriously though, if you come up with a cool plan I'd love to know what solution you come up with.

Best of luck to ya! Grin
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« Reply #37 on: September 29, 2008 09:00:31 AM »

It is always an issue. I purchased an armoire and used a great tip for fabric folding using a quilting ruler. Results can be seen here:


However, I realize an armoire might be a little pricey. It was a treat for us to get one. I recommend using an old dresser or perhaps getting some crates that you can set on their side. You could ask your liquor store if they have any wine crates you can have or purchase cheaply. Fabric folded in the manner mentioned above allows for creative storage.
« Reply #38 on: September 29, 2008 12:03:52 PM »

I'm also working on my crafting space. So jealous of your 300sqft, i have a 5'x8' closet i'm working on so everything is being hung on the wall, including a drafting table on one wall, and a desk for my sewing machines on the opposite wall.

Anyways you could anchor shelves from the ceiling beams, we did this in our storage unit. We built everything ourselves, so it was all custom. If you have someone handy, makes it pretty easy. It wasn't to expensive mostly just lumber, screws and bolts. But i would suggest also using plastic bins if there is any more moisture. Good luck

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« Reply #39 on: September 30, 2008 10:00:54 AM »

Here's mine so far:

For reference, the brown and teal polka dot fabrics are 2 yards and 1.5 yards, and there is still room left...The khaki near the bottom is 4.5 yards and the space is full. So, much more than just a yard each! The organizer was like $7 at walmart, cheaper than I could make it for, really.

Now I just need four more...the closet in that room has two big wide doors that swing out, so I could totally put one organizer on each side of each door. I just wish they sold things like this that were made to go on a clothes hanger, so I could fill the closet with them!

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