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Thread: How to organize my stash?

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    Super Member M.I.Late's Avatar
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    I cut and use these (Mini-Bolts) to store my fabrics. http://www.quiltingboard.com/items-s...g-t200145.html
    I have them in my pantry in the laundry room and in the two bookcases along side of the TV in the living room. I don't have any stored in my sewing room. I keep the scraps on a bakers rack in clear plastic shoe boxes by color. The ones wrapped on Easy Cores, I organize by style first, (novelty, blenders, etc) then by color. I have some plastic drawers in my office/sewing room that stores cutters, threads, ribbons, projects in the works, I have a lateral file that's just used for office stuff except one drawer that has my stabilizers and fusibles. My quilting books and magazines are stored on top of the lateral file and templates, rulers etc are either in a hoop hanging on the side of the bakers rack or a letter holder behind my printer. So far, so good! Good luck with your project. If you need some Easy Cores cut for you - just send me a PM.
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    So many great ideas that I never thought to do. I went back to my FQ's, resorted by color and some by type children's etc and they seem be better than my first attempt. At the beginning, I said I would never have more than 1 tote of stash now I am way past that ,of course when my mom died I received her 3 totes, some I look at and have no idea what I will use them for. I think I'd like to make them for nursing homes and other charities as others have done on this site and will look into that soon. I found something like M.I.Late easy cores that we were trashing at work along with a box that held paperback books for a endcap display at the book store, will see what I can do with them. THANK YOU every one is so helpful and I am learning so much! Love the site.

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    I have been cleaning and organizing my fabric. I bought 10 plastic shoe boxes (not using lids) and I fold my fabric to fit the shoe boxes and put most of them in by colors. I also have one with 30's print and I have my Thimbleberries separate but also by color.
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    Thanks for all the great ideas! I have my stuff all over. Most of my fabric is in large totes under my quilt frame, but I have it under one of my beds and on shelves in my sewing room. It would be wonderful to have a large room to put everything in, but then I would probably just have more stuff LOL
    -Life is like a quilt...bits & pieces, joy -and- sorrow, stitched with love- http://spudgrandma.wordpress.com/

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    Just what are comic book cardboards???? I Have been reading about putting your fabric on these, thanx ahead of time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quilting in my60s View Post
    I have been cleaning and organizing my fabric. I bought 10 plastic shoe boxes (not using lids) and I fold my fabric to fit the shoe boxes and put most of them in by colors. I also have one with 30's print and I have my Thimbleberries separate but also by color.
    I use clear shoe box size containers too....for scraps & fqs. I found a canvas shoe 'rack' that holds 26 pairs of shoes or 26 shoe boxes. It's canvas, so it's sturdy. I went back & got 1 more & stacked them. (It's sad that I can fill all 52 boxes with stuff) Whats great about the shoe holder, is that I can stack up my boxes, & still get at the ones on the bottom without having to move any off the top of the stack first. (I always hated doing that) AND I can see everything that I have in them (love that)

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    That's a great idea Mindless!
    -Life is like a quilt...bits & pieces, joy -and- sorrow, stitched with love- http://spudgrandma.wordpress.com/

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    I used to buy batting by the roll--had it hung from a large rod that I could just roll off what I needed. Unfortunately, mice also loved the batting. I kept finding tugs and pulls along the top of the roll; they must have really nice nests someplace!! Now, I buy it as I need it until I can figure out how to keep mice out of my sewing room!! They even ripped open packaged batting!

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    If you look on the top of the cupboard you will see one of the two giant bags I made to keep my batting dust free. I made these before I moved into my quilt room and they stood in a corner of my bedroom. I prefer them laying on their side as the batting doesn't slide down the roll.
    Each bag fits 2 rolls of batting side by side and they just have drawstring closure.
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    I'm going to get more of the 15 quart sterility boxes to sort my fabric with. They have nice locking lids and are clear. I want to sort by themes and color. I truly hope to get all of my fabric into the closet in my space and start getting more done with the precious leftover time I have to sew. Right now, my space is so cluttered and messy. When I've accomplished the sorting, I'm planning on banning all plastic shopping bags from the room. So much can hide in those. As Momma used to say, "everything in its place"! Wish me luck.

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