Welcome to the Quilting Board!

Already a member? Login above
loginabove
OR
To post questions, help other quilters and reduce advertising (like the one on your left), join our quilting community. It's free!

Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 15

Thread: Ideas for using a Free Standing "Closet" for sewing room??

  1. #1
    Super Member Nanamoms's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Location
    MS
    Posts
    3,173
    Blog Entries
    1

    Ideas for using a Free Standing "Closet" for sewing room??

    When my grandson was living with me, we purchased one of the fabric zip around closets to hang his clothes in since the bedroom closet was already full of "stuff"! Since he has moved to his apartment, I want to use it in some manner for my sewing room. It has a zipper across the top front and down the right side, a rod across the entire width and it does have the cloth bottom. One side (outside) has gusseted pockets about 6" inches deep and varies in width.They are not see thru. It is 36" wide, 24"deep and 60" high. I know I can't overload it with too much heavy stuff. I "think" I would like to store some of my fabric in it (I know it all won't fit.) and maybe WIPs I don't have a lot of yardage to use hangers so trying to figure out another way. Right now my fabric is stored in labeled plastic totes stacked in the middle of my sewing room and I have a narrow path to walk in. (I'm sure I'm the only one with this problem!! LOL)

    Any ideas on how to organize fabric in it? TIA

  2. #2
    Super Member katier825's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Location
    FL
    Posts
    6,484
    Blog Entries
    3
    if it has a rod but you don't have yardage to hang, what if you put in those closet organizers that to over a rod? They have some that are narrow, like for shoes, and some wider, like for sweaters/shirts. they are like little cubbies or shelves, but made from fabric. maybe that would help?

    Like these:
    http://www.containerstore.com/shop/c...gs/shoeSweater
    Last edited by katier825; 08-10-2012 at 01:49 PM.

  3. #3
    Super Member auntpiggylpn's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Location
    Michigan. . .FINALLY!!!!
    Posts
    6,622
    Blog Entries
    1
    Quote Originally Posted by katier825 View Post
    if it has a rod but you don't have yardage to hang, what if you put in those closet organizers that to over a rod? They have some that are narrow, like for shoes, and some wider, like for sweaters/shirts. they are like little cubbies or shelves, but made from fabric. maybe that would help?

    Like these:
    http://www.containerstore.com/shop/c...gs/shoeSweater
    These are the first thing I thought of also! You can get them at any big box store and I have seen them at Dollar General.
    No one has ever become poor by giving. - Anne Frank
    Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. - Martin Luther King, Jr.

    http://www.etsy.com/shop/TheQuiltedPig

  4. #4
    Power Poster
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Location
    Ontario, Canada
    Posts
    16,993
    Fabric is HEAVY. Every time I have to shift a Rubbermaid tote of it I about get a hernia. I don't think it would be a good idea to use it for fabric. I think I would use it or storing quilt batts and the funny shapes things like rolls of Wonderunder and fusibles.

  5. #5
    Super Member Nanamoms's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Location
    MS
    Posts
    3,173
    Blog Entries
    1
    Quote Originally Posted by katier825 View Post
    if it has a rod but you don't have yardage to hang, what if you put in those closet organizers that to over a rod? They have some that are narrow, like for shoes, and some wider, like for sweaters/shirts. they are like little cubbies or shelves, but made from fabric. maybe that would help?

    Like these:
    http://www.containerstore.com/shop/c...gs/shoeSweater
    I had thought of these but couldn't locate them at Dollar General...sure i have seen them there until I needed them, of course. I had one in the past but it sagged with sweaters in it. I could probably reinforce each section with stiffer but lightweight board of some kind.

    Thanks for the site!

  6. #6
    Super Member Nanamoms's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Location
    MS
    Posts
    3,173
    Blog Entries
    1
    Quote Originally Posted by Tartan View Post
    Fabric is HEAVY. Every time I have to shift a Rubbermaid tote of it I about get a hernia. I don't think it would be a good idea to use it for fabric. I think I would use it or storing quilt batts and the funny shapes things like rolls of Wonderunder and fusibles.
    Tartan, this is a great idea also, I have my batt in Space Bags which I don't complete suck the air out of but these are so lightweight I can store them across the bottom. I could also use some of the cubbies for embroidery stabilizer, both the kind that comes in the plastic cylinders and the yardage that I buy. It is always so unruly. Now the ideas are flowing but it's 2:00 am in the morning here so hopefully the ideas will still be rolling tomorrow!!

  7. #7
    Senior Member ghquilter53's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Location
    Wyoming
    Posts
    591
    How about keeping batting in your "closet"? I always have pieces left over and it just seems to pile up.

  8. #8
    Super Member mjsylvstr's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Location
    Spring Lake, NJ
    Posts
    2,342
    I use 2 of the sweater unit hanging closets for my fabric and in some of the cubbies, I have purchased drawers for them, great for patterns.
    I also use a shoe hanger which has 10 shelves for my PPing scraps. I have plastic containers like the ones used by manufacturing companies for vacuum packed cold cuts..each shelf hole two containers.......so easy to find and it's all out of the way when not in use.

  9. #9
    Super Member gardnergal970's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Location
    Covington, Indiana
    Posts
    1,620
    I have one of those too and I don't thing it's sturdy enough to hold a ton of fabric. Perhaps as someone suggested if you could get those shelf units organizers that hang from the rod and space them well across it you could get quite a bit in it. I have a couple of fleece batts on the top of mine and even that weight makes the fabric bow down quite a bit. I think putting batts on the bottom would shorten it's life considerable. It seems to me that the fabric is designed to shelter not bear weight.

  10. #10
    Super Member amyjo's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Location
    North Dakota
    Posts
    2,155
    Blog Entries
    13
    When DD #4 was home we redid some of my fabric. I had a cupboard that had adj shelf and fixed shelf. We arranged according to flannel, cotton, baby, solid and stacked it in place. Have one more to get set up in there and then some more of my totes will be gone and I can actually open the door and see the fabric and decide what I want out. My biggest problem is that it is in my living room and I need MORE SPACE. Have an old porch on the west side of the house that should be torn off and then a small (16x26) width of house is 26 ft. have 12 ft wide roll of carpet and put shelving up on plain floor and carpet out to walk on etc. Need a carpenter. DH says he ain't doing it. so need to hire someone. Just put out 1450$ for propane for the winter so short on building fund now. must save more or work more to get more--whatever.

Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

SEO by vBSEO ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.