A question about fabric storage...

iVillage Member
Registered: 01-03-2001
A question about fabric storage...
Sun, 08-19-2012 - 9:59am

Do you have an orga­ni­za­tional sys­tem for your fab­ric? If so, what is it? If not, what do you store your fab­ric in?

How do you store your fab­ric, espe­cially those small but poten­tially usable pieces? Do you sort by count?  By color? by size? by fabric content (lien, cotton, silk, etc.)? How do you label it or oth­er­wise know what each piece is?

iVillage Member
Registered: 01-03-2001
Sun, 08-19-2012 - 10:11am

To answer my own question --- I'm not really that organized, and it is really affected by my inability to put things back where they belong! But I try...

Quilting/sewing: fabric yardage is folded and stored in plastic bins (much like these but a little deepr: http://www.walmart.com/ip/Sterilite-Small-Handy-Basket-in-White/16661912) by fabric color or, in some instances, theme. I have two fat quarter "bags"  that I purchased somewhere (not Nancy's Notion but these look similar: http://www.nancysnotions.com/product/fat+quarter+bag.do#) that hold most, but not all, of my fat quarter collections. The others are piled on a shelf in the cupboard that holds all the bins... No labels. I pretty much can see what is in the bins an dstacks of ffat quarters. I do have to take the bags out of the cupboard and search through them, however...

If it's a quilting or sewing WIP, the fabric chosen for that piece is stored altogether with the pattern and whatever part of the project is completed. This is usually in a tote bag but sometimes (GASP!) in a stack on my cutting table --- and now you know why there's no room on my cutting table to cut! LOL

Embroidery: more fat quarter bags and bins here. I store by count and fabric type (Aida is spearated from evenweaves and linens...). Again, no lablels... It's a matter of search until I find the right piece.


iVillage Member
Registered: 01-03-2001
Mon, 08-20-2012 - 11:10am

In the event you need some inspiration for fabric storage, check out this thread for craft space organization in general: http://forums.ivillage.com/t5/Sew-Much-To-Say/Organizing-your-stitching-space/td-p/12796010

And these specific posts for various aspects of fabric storage and inventory...

for folding fabric stashes: 

Specifically for remnants: http://forums.ivillage.com/t5/Quilting/Managing-Your-Quilting-Stash/m-p/12800015#M1598

and these posts specifically for fabric storage:

Hanging your fabric: http://forums.ivillage.com/t5/Sew-Much-To-Say/Organizing-your-stitching-space/m-p/12796038#M11012

Use a trouser hanger: http://forums.ivillage.com/t5/Sew-Much-To-Say/Organizing-your-stitching-space/m-p/117966275#M14153

Use an old CD rack: http://forums.ivillage.com/t5/Sew-Much-To-Say/Organizing-your-stitching-space/m-p/12796057#M11031

More racks: 

How about a file cabinet: http://forums.ivillage.com/t5/Sew-Much-To-Say/Organizing-your-stitching-space/m-p/119239545#M14703

Sort and store: 

Home made fabric bolts: http://forums.ivillage.com/t5/Sew-Much-To-Say/Organizing-your-stitching-space/m-p/117176819#M13923

and some basic approaches: 

Here's a sample inventory system: http://forums.ivillage.com/t5/Sew-Much-To-Say/Organizing-your-stitching-space/m-p/118885373#M14587

Hope this inspires you in your search for the "perfect;y managed fabric stash"!

iVillage Member
Registered: 01-03-2001
Sun, 09-23-2012 - 12:38pm

Great link  - thanks for sharing - and I love the idea of using that CD shelf for FQs!

Would love to see a photo...

Community Leader
Registered: 07-31-1998
Mon, 09-24-2012 - 7:54pm

What an interesting way to organize quilting fabrics. It does make you play with colors!