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    Super Member EagarBeez's Avatar
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    I have fabric, that I had stored in plastic containers. Some I placed in small baggies, left open for air. I have been reading that this is not a good way to store fabric. I moved it to a some closed drawers.
    Where I live, we get lots of dust. High desert. How do you all feel I would be better storing fabric?

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    This is a good question. I am curious as to the answer, also. On another post, I think someone said use cotton pillow cases. I wonder if there is anything else out there. Maybe pillow cases and closed bookcases.

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    My pal who owns a quilt shop had some old samples stored in plastic tubs. They molded! No idea where the moisture came from. She now stores everything in cotton pillow cases. She buys cheap, white, cotton ones from the dollar store.

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    I store mine in those plastic boxes. My sewing room has lots of light, so storing it in the boxes keeps it from fading. I also have a wood furnace and we have dust everywhere from it. So the boxes keep my fabric dust free. I have no idea how storing it in the plasic will longterm affect it, but I worry more about the damage from fading and the dust.

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    I know there are things you can buy to keep closets dry, and most pill bottles come with small bags of whatever it is that keeps them from moisture.

    Seems that somewhere I saw some bags of a chemical that would keep tightly closed plastic containers dry and mold free. Can't remember where at this time. Brain fog....

    Should anyone find this, please let us all know.

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    I have had fabric in plastic totes for years and have had no problems with it.

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    I would be more concerned storing the fabric in a wood drawer where the fabric touches the wood. Over time it can stain the fabrics.

    I store in plastic tubs, I pull them out and check them periodically, and haven't had any problems yet :D:D:D

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    I have stored fabric in plastic totes for years; never had a problem with it ; except the cover not fitting tightly on some. But I visit them often to check on them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sueisallaboutquilts
    I have had fabric in plastic totes for years and have had no problems with it.
    Mine are stored in plastic totes under the daybed in my sewing room. I haven't had a problem , but I usually leave the lids askew so they get air.

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    I store my fabric in a long shallow plastic bin with wheels. It slides nicely under my cutting table. The lid folds up in the middle to allow easy access to either end of the bin, and its so stuffed full that the lid pushes up in the middle a bit and allows air circulation.

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