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Thread: Fat Quarter Storage-how do you do it?

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    Super Member quilter1's Avatar
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    Fat Quarter Storage-how do you do it?

    I am setting up my new sewing studio and it has been a surprise to find out how much fabric I really have. It has been in bins, plied on top of one another so if I needed something it was impossible to find. So the answer, of course, was to go and get more! Now I have the space to arrange it in a cupboard. My DH set up 2 Ikea cabinets- 7 feet wide and floor to ceiling, I thought 20 shelves was more than enough space- wrong. It is full of fabric yardage, arranged by color. The problem I have now is my fat quarters. I had planned to put them on 3 or 4 shelves, but the shelves are all used by yardage. I have 4 large bins of fat quarters that need a storage spot.
    My question to you all is- how do you store your fat quarters? I would like to have them accessible as the bin storage was difficult at best.
    Then there is the issue of batting storage. My big roll of W&N will live under the cutting table, but what do you do with the other pieces?
    Thanks for the input everyone.

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    I have something I bought at Lowe's. Its not really wood, but looks like it, has 20 pidgeon holes, deep enough to have 2 stacks of FQ. Its pretty big, if you bought 2, would probably hold what you have. It was less than $30.00 I think they had them in white also>

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    I use two of these wire basket systems made by Closetmaid. I got them at either Lowes or Home Depot.

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    I keep my FQs with my yardages, so I can see the colours all together.
    So maybe just go back to Ikea and get a 3rd shelving unit, so you can have all your cabinetry to match, and have full flexibility.

    Some use CD storage shelving for FQs.
    I've often seen it done that way in LQS' as well.
    Sew many ideas ... just sew little time!!

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    Some use CD storage shelving for FQs. this is what I have done and they show quite nicely.

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    This is an example of what I use to store fat quarters. You can get them at Lowe's Home Improvement stores for about $30. They're pretty heavy, so get someone to help you if you have problems carrying heavy items. Good luck with your space!

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    I have an eight drawer dresser. The drawers are just right to stand the folded fat quarters on end. I have my fat quarters sorted by color. Need a color, find the drawer and all are there. And I have the top of the dresser for a ironing surface.

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    I store mine in a drawer also. I have seen people re-purpose CD racks for fat quarter storage.

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    I have mine in a set of plastic drawers. I fold them so they fit in the drawers. When I pull out a drawer I can see all the fat quarters. I store by color and theme.

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    Fat Quarter Storage

    I use plastic baskets to store my FQs. Currently I have 4 baskets labeled: solid, blender, print & novelty. I have saved cardboard squares that will fit the baskets. The same size that some FQs are sold with. The FQs that are bought off the bolt are wrapped on a square. I stand them up in the baskets so the each one is visible. This is the cheap way to go. I have seen a cabinet that is made to do the same thing. Like a filing cabinet or an old-fashioned card catalog. Within each basket, I have sorted the colors keeping like colors together such as different shades of purple or pink. You can flip through them easily when you need to find that certain color.

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