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Thread: Organizing fabric

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    Thank you all for the great ideas. Now I just have to get to work and continue my quest for a neat sewing room. lol. As usual this board always has a lot of great ideas.

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    You can also buy fairly cheap cd/dvd cases / towers. I have one that holds my fat quarters perfectly - there are many shelves and each section is a perfect fat quarter size, and it is tall but small in size they usually are about 20"L x 10"W x 50"H in size and start at about $25. You might even find one at a thrift or goodwill store.

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    fat quarters

    Quote Originally Posted by crowley7 View Post
    I am cleaning out my craft room and I am trying to be more organized. lol. I would like to know how to store fabric quarters, Panels and half yard fabric. I put 1 yard fabric on the comic boards that were mentioned on this board. Thank You very much for this tip. My fabric now looks neat. I found doubles of fabric I didn't know I had so I purchased more. Now I have to organize the rest. Thank You for your help. Everyone on this board is always very helpful
    I buy the small (3 litre) size plastic container boxes from Office Depot. Fat quarters fit perfectly. The handles snap into place and boxes are stackable. Clear ones work best for me. I found them on sale for $2.00 one time but usual price is either 2/$5. or $3.99 each.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mgrubbs View Post
    I buy the small (3 litre) size plastic container boxes from Office Depot. Fat quarters fit perfectly. The handles snap into place and boxes are stackable. Clear ones work best for me. I found them on sale for $2.00 one time but usual price is either 2/$5. or $3.99 each.


    Great idea! Haven't that many but I used a plastic container set on its side and stacked the folded pieces on top of each other with the folded side showing. However, the one I always need, is in the middle or the bottom, so the whole mess topples over. I have a number of the 14" sq. ones for thread and blocks, but this idea for the fat quarters is next on my list of to-dos. Thanks!

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    I have mine in plastic bins, one for fat quarters, one for scraps, one for holiday fabs., etc.
    If a woman's work is never done....why start?

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    My son built a system similar to the picture and all my fabric is sorted by color, holiday, boys, girls, etc. It is floor to ceiling on one wall. Then I have the drawers on wheels and keep my fat quarters in them, and all the other ones have special fabrics in them. I makes it easy to see what I have. I have a huge open grid metal rack that is full on fabric that is also ruler folded. I love having my fabric ruler folded. I have a huge closet that is full as well but there are no shelves in it and things are in bins. I don't like bins. I have to pull them out to get in the bottom ones and it's a pain. Part of the problem is I have tool much, LOL, fabric.

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    I live in Louisiana, pretty humid here, and keep my fabrics on shelves in an open closet (no door). We have an A/C in the studio and I keep it as cool as possible so that it removes the moisture as much as possible. I don't really do anything else except try to keep fabric stored so they aren't in plastic bins. However, I do have some in closed up plastic and it's been fine. I've been quilting for 20+ years and have old fabric from my mom that may be 40 years. So far I haven't had a problem with mold or moths (although mom's stuff did smell musty but washing took care of that). If you're still concerned, visit an LQS once you get there and ask if they or their customers do anything special about the humidity.

    Oh, and good luck! Enjoy paradise!

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    My fats are stored in baskets from Dollartree. Color coordinated.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tartan View Post
    I have one of the plastic drawer units on rollers for my smaller pieces. Top drawers is fat quarters, second drawers is bigger pieces and panels and the bottom drawers is for a mess of scrap pieces.
    I have this too. I bought my own corrugated board from Home Depot and cut it to 4x6" size and put my scraps and fats on these - then have drawers by color. I have 4 of the large 3 drawer units and I stacked 3 of them...one on rollers to move out of the way.

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    I have an entire wall of white Ikea book cases ('Billy' I believe) that are inexpensive, with glass doors installed. I fold the fabrics to fit inside (about 11" deep) that are at least fat quarter sized. These are sorted by colors, baby/children, batiks, unusual, Australian, Christmas, metallics and a section for 'All Creatures Great & Small' which is critters that will go into a quilt eventually. Separate containers hold the pre cuts that I cut down the less than fat quarter sized fabrics. It works quite well for me.

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