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Thread: Fabric Storage

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    What is the best way to store your fabric if it is not going to be used right away?

    Thanks in advance,

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    For my projects that I am working on for Christmas, I put all the fabric in one of those plastic zippered bags you get when you buy the "bed in a bag" set.

    Otherwise my fabric is on shelves in my closet, or in plastic tubs with lids. I keep cut up squares (3" up to 10") in a set of drawers in a little stand next to my cutting table. My FQ'S are in a wooden cabinet with lots of cubbys.

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    I store mine in totes. When I cut up the fabric for a project I put the fabric and pattern in a large plastic bag so everything is together.

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    I store some of mine on shelves, started projects in the comforter bags with zippers, and I have alot of totes for everything else. I like using ziplock bags to keep smaller projects in and I usually end up storing them in a smaller bin so they are easy to find.

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    I have most of my fabric stash sorted by color (with a separate stack of kids prints and Xmas prints) in those hangling sweater and shoe bags in a closet. The bolts and larger pieces of several yards are on shelves or up-right on the corner of the closet and scraps are sorted by color in clear plastic bins with lids. No matter how you store it, periodically you should still un-fold and re-fold the fabrics as they will fade where the outside creases are over time. I found this out the hard way and have several pieces of fabric with faded stripes thru them!

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    All my fabric is sorted by color on shelves that DH put up for me on two walls of my sewing room. I have a plastic tote that I put labels on for particular projects.

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    I store mine in totes also.

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    i store mine in plastic totes out of the sunlight

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    I store my fabric in a dresser, sorted by color groups. I don't let myself buy more than what can fit into that dresser, so if I want something new, I either have to purge or produce.

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    All of my fabric is stored in old lawyer's glass front bookcases. By collections, specific holiday types, batiks, tonals, childrens and any other category necessary. I also keep all my widebacks together. I can look and enjoy it all the time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SLHughes
    What is the best way to store your fabric if it is not going to be used right away?

    Thanks in advance,
    Uuuhhhmmm, at my house???? :lol: :lol: :lol:

    I just have all my stuff on shelves. I do have a few totes that hold batting and other project fabrics.

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    From what I've read and heard, it's best to keep it covered and out of direct sunlight.
    I have mine on the North wall (with no window on the south) and it's got glass doors to keep the dust/cat hair/and anything else that is flying around in the air off of it.

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    Are we supposed to sort fabric?

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    I have some in a big plastic tub, some in plastic bags and yet more in drawers in a craft shed.

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    Thanks for the great ideas on how to store my fabric. Very much appreciated!! :thumbup:

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    I have mine sorted by color in gallon size storage bags. Those are then stored out of the way in plastic storage bins. :)

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    I have mine in an old dish cupboard with windows(my grandmothers) also a 9 draw dresser(fat quarters) and a closet with shelves (kid fabric and flannel). Oh also totes have my scraps.

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    I love reading blogs and here is a link to one that has all kinds of ideas for storing your stash

    http://stashmanicure.blogspot.com/

    I am not affiliated with that blog I just love it. Some people have so much fabric it is hard to believe and the ideas different people have for storage is so amazing. If you go back through their blog posts you see different ideas for storage.

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    I store mine in four draw file cabinets that i bought for 5 dollars each. they are just the right size if you fold your material with the ruler or us the mat board that you cut you can also just open a draw and see every piece at a glance

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    Quote Originally Posted by karenfae
    I love reading blogs and here is a link to one that has all kinds of ideas for storing your stash

    http://stashmanicure.blogspot.com/

    I am not affiliated with that blog I just love it. Some people have so much fabric it is hard to believe and the ideas different people have for storage is so amazing. If you go back through their blog posts you see different ideas for storage.

    wow-great site-thanks!!

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    For small projects, you can also use the plastic containers that salad mix comes in.

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    I read somewhere that Rubbermaid tote boxes are made from a type of plastic that won't hurt your fabric. Of course, the one's I have are not Rubbermaid and I'm not planning on replacing them all right now, that would be quite an expense.

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    I store all my small pieces in those square cardboard decorative boxes that you see at Tuesday Morning and Joanns. I have big ones but I don't see them at Joanns much anymore.

    I fold the fabric in to uniform sizes that fit standing up on edge and organize by color. My daughter who is a super organizer started this plan for me and it works. I have to stop now and then and refold when I get too messy. I hung paper tags from them with the colors & info like "Red Green & Blue Small Prints".

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    Mine is stored in plastic totes, copy paper boxes, ziploc baggies, etc. And kept away from the light.

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    Cute cat.

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