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« on: October 01, 2005 08:33:17 AM »

My name is Valerie, and I am a Fabricholic.

My collection is currently creeping up from my basement into the dining room, soon it will take over the entire house.
I am lucky enough to have my own little crafting set up in the dining room, with a desk, shelves, etc. But I need some way to store all this fabric. It will be visible so it needs to be somewhat eye pleasing. Any ideas?

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« Reply #1 on: October 01, 2005 08:54:38 AM »

Quilter's magazines sometimes show sewing rooms with bookcases or other wooden furniture with shelves stacked with folded fabric. The fabric has usually been organized by color. That's not very inventive, I know, but all the different colors and patterns of the quilting fabric makes a nice display.

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« Reply #2 on: October 01, 2005 08:56:22 AM »

I keep mine in one of those clear plastic storage bins. I pretty much know whats in it, but a good suggestion may be to make a fabric book. Put in a small sample, write down what bin it is in, and how much you have. My mom's workspace is in the baement and there is just fabric scattered everywhere around there. She is such a packrat, but never took time to containerize.
« Reply #3 on: October 01, 2005 09:08:04 AM »

I have the same problem. I can't really put shelves up in our house, because the studs are
very uneven. So, I was thinking I might build some plywood cubby type shelves that
could stack into a unit. I think I'll make some 2 ft long x 1 ft wide rectangles and some
1X1 cubes. That way if I decided to reorganize, I could move them.

I just came up with this a few days ago, so I haven't really thought it through.
Does anyone foresee any problems? I had a bookcase I thought about using, but it
really wasn't deep enough.
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« Reply #4 on: October 01, 2005 10:05:41 AM »

Thats my thing too, I have a couple trunks, but they are not deep enough. I'm thinking of just building a big square trunk and wrapping the fabric around carboard rolls or something.

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« Reply #5 on: October 01, 2005 02:19:41 PM »

I've used a couple of different systems over the years. For decent sized pieces, I have a stack of milk crates in the corner of of closet.  Fold the pieces and lay them flat, with a folded edge at the front.  I sort by fabric type (knits, fleece, shirt weight, wool and corduroy, dressy) but I know that some people prefer color.  Really big or bulky pieces may be rolled and put on a deeper shelf.

Mid size pieces are folded and stood on end in a drawer.  I can open the drawer and see what I've got.

Little scraps are folded or rolled and put into a shoe box, on its side on a shelf. 

Don't store fabric where the sun will get at it - you can get faded edges.  If you have woolens, store them in a container that you can seal against moths. 


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« Reply #6 on: October 07, 2005 03:38:47 AM »

what about getting a clothes rack and hanging all the pieces of fabric on trouser hangers?
you could also do the same but install a clothes rail in an alcove
« Reply #7 on: October 07, 2005 04:04:39 AM »

I just reoragnised alll my fabric today and yesterday - before now it was shoved in a basket, and some in an old suitcase, and some in my sewing cabinet, and i couldnt get to it because everytime i opened it it all fell out. and some in drawers too.

now its all folded nicely and in clear plastic crates.  i tried to make it so that each piece of fabric was against at least one side so i could see them from the outside, and i organised mine by the size of the pieces, so all the huge bits of fabric are in one crate, all the teeeny bits in another, etc.
I was gonna make a fabric bbok, but i figured it would be more inspiring to just look through my fabric.  plus, i thought of it too late.

« Reply #8 on: October 07, 2005 04:09:23 AM »

Another good idea is too sort your fabric in too different types such as colour, fibre, pattern etc and then store them in see through crates.

And so you know what you have already got ,you should make a fabric file which is basically a ring binder with small samples of your different fabrics stabled into it and underneath each one you could put a little info. You could then add and delete as you buy/use different fabrics.
« Reply #9 on: October 07, 2005 05:44:16 AM »

Wow...I have the exact same problem as PassionFaerie...too much fabric that is taking over my house (actually all my crafts are taking over the house)...but I have a mother in law that gives me lots of nice upholstry fabric so I have tons...these suggestions are great, and I think I'm going to make a swatch book or ring because half my problem is trying to find the material I know I have...but which container is it in?Huh 

Thanks for the good ideas ladies...I'll get my life organized some day Grin


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