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Thread: How do you store your fabric stash?

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    I like the look of folding with a ruler -about 2/3's of my fabic are like that the rest I use comic book sleeves .

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    I don't use foam boards. I have a tall bookcase and have found a way to fold the fabric that fits the shelves really nice. I don't stack them too high so that first of all when I want something at the bottom I don't have t go down too far and mess things up plus the way I do it allows me to sort it better; like blue solids separetly from blue prints, etc. I took one of the removable shelves from the case and went to the hardware store and had them to cut me some more shelves and then bought the little spokes that fit into the holes to hold the shelves so that I have more shelves which allows for better organization. I have a very large clear plastci zip up bag that came with my comforter in it that I keep all of my Christmas fabric in since it doesn't have to be seen all yr long. I have another smaller one that has the other holiday fabric in. Then I have a skinny tall bookcase that I put FQ and smaller pieces of fabric on. I have found out that when I had the fabric in totes that I forgot what I had so would buy more when I didn't need to. Plus, some of the fabric I got for a particular project but when it was stored out of site it really was out of mind. I have to be able to see my fabric. Now I do have all of my civil war fabric in totes on another shelf but I only use it for Civil war quilts at this time. I also have the large cube bookcases from Walmarts that you can get the canvas totes to put in; I have these stacked 2 high (I have 4 of them) and with 9 shelves each that is a large unit. Some of them I have thread in; some have projects in (those I take a picture of and put on the outside of tote so that I don't forget) others have other things. I'm still organizing but I think it'll be like my embroidery designs on my pc; I'll be forever reorganizing as a new idea hits. I think the boards would take up more space and I'm not like some on here that buys bolts of fabric or even lots of yards of it at a time.
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    I do not use the boards, I do not have the space for open shelving. I use wire bins from Lowes my husband installed in the closet of my sewing room. They are open so the fabric can breathe. They pull out for easy access.
    My fabric is sorted according to color. Theres enough room between the bins to stack fabric I'm sorting for
    my next 'todo' quilt(s)

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    Trying to keep a large stash like that organized would drive me insane. Think I will keep to buying fabric for the project at hand.
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    My question is this- I went through my stash and folded all of it using the ruler method and then stacking it. Can anyone tell me if using the ruler fold method and stacking allows you to store more fabric than the foam board, with fabric standing like a book? It seems the stacking method allows for more material storage. Anybody know?

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    I don't have the wall space & or shelves to store my fabric on shelves - either on boards or folded flat. All my fabrics are stored in covered plastic boxes, stacked on top of each other, some 4' high. Most are by color: red, pink, blue, purple,teal/turquoise, yellow/gold, etc. I do have some multi color prints that are labeled as multi color brights = bright &/or white backgrounds and multi color darks = those with dark colors or black backgrounds. I also have a box for each of the following : Fall prints, fabric for OBW's, Christmas prints and fruits/vegie prints. Solids, Batiks and hand dyes are mixed into each of the boxes for each color. I save and use even tiny strips (1/2" wide), so keeping them in boxes work best for me. The stacks are stored under my cutting table and against a wall. I started out with smaller boxes (shoe box size or twice that size) and bought larger ones as the need arose. I also have a large box for muslin & ready for dyeing fabric and one for smaller pieces and scraps of batting. I marvel at those of you who take the time to wrap your fabric around boards or actually have numerous bolts of fabric for your stash.

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    I don't have the wall space & or shelves to store my fabric on shelves - either on boards or folded flat. All my fabrics are stored in covered plastic boxes, stacked on top of each other, some 4' high. Most are by color: red, pink, blue, purple,teal/turquoise, yellow/gold, etc. I do have some multi color prints that are labeled as multi color brights = bright &/or white backgrounds and multi color darks = those with dark colors or black backgrounds. I also have a box for each of the following : Fall prints, fabric for OBW's, Christmas prints and fruits/vegie prints. Solids, Batiks and hand dyes are mixed into each of the boxes for each color. I save and use even tiny strips (1/2" wide), so keeping them in boxes work best for me. The stacks are stored under my cutting table and against a wall. I started out with smaller boxes (shoebox size or twice that size) and bought larger ones as the need arose. I also have a large box for muslin & ready for dyeing fabric and one for smaller pieces and scraps of batting. I marvel at those of you who take the time to wrap your fabric around boards or actually have numerous bolts of fabric for your stash.

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    Very nice. You could be a fabric store.

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    My husband cut small boards for folding the fabric out of masonite. They are thin and hold a short piece of fabric or several yards.

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    lord please let me loose in your fabric. lol i thought i was doing good with about 150 yards of fabric. i had to show my husband this because he wouldn't believe me. he thought i had alot. i don't think i will ever have to worry about having that much. just wish i did. thanks for posting it was an eyeopener. love it.

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