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Thread: How do you folks organize your fabrics?

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    Oh the organization of it all .. By Color unless its baby material then its a separate bin for that one. Then that way anytime I have a baby shower to go to; ta da its there and I can shop my bin to find something for a baby quilt .. Oh speaking of which I have till next April to make 2 quilts for a set of twins ! and their "older" brother a quilt also.
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    My solids and prints are sorted by color (if the prints have a dominant color). My mixed prints and novelties are sorted by theme (flowers, 30's, kids, patriotic, Christmas, Halloween, Easter, Thanksgiving). They are all on shelves. I also sort my squares and strips. I have my fat quarters sorted similarly, but I store them separately.
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    most of the people on the board are pro's at organizing. I have made it as far as to have batik, Christmas, and baby fats separated. Then there is the box with all the oher fats and the box with yardage and the box with scraps. Nothing compared to the organizational skills of many others

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    Thank you for your reply. I was able to get 500 of them on Amazon with no shipping.
    I'm hoping that will get me started as the fabric is taking over the room and don't really mwant to move.
    Thaks again,
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    Yes, pretty much. I was going to buy them online and then I thought to check. There are 2 comic book/record stores within a 10 minute drive so I was able to get them immediately and avoid postage! You might try seeing if there is a store close to you too.

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    I had all my fabric in plastic bins on metal shelving in my 10x10 BR. My problem was finding the fabric I wanted for my project. Then I saw the ruler fold method by someone on the board. I tried it and wow! I was able to fold all my fabric and put solids on one shelf, prints on another and novelty and fat quarters on the third shelf. I took 9 shelves w/bins and only use 3 shelves now. But the best part is that I can see ALL my fabric at a glance. Recently, my apt was inspected and the folks went WOW when they saw my fabric. It looks like art. Only downside is that I need to keep the window covered so the light won't damage the fabric. I prefer looking at my fabric to looking out the window. I highly recommend using the fold method to store your fabric.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cowgirlquilter View Post
    I have lots of fun organizing mine
    Me too, but around here it's called 'Mom fondling her fabric" and has a link to us not needing to spend money on therapy!

    I can't add to the answers for the question, as mine are 'organized' in a such a detailed way that really only benefits me

    A few days ago my husband was talking about his pension, the amount can be seen online, and I mentioned HIS pension. He commented that he would give me his pension. Knowing how much he values money, I offered to give him one of my boxes of fabric. In my mind, even trade!
    You know that feeling when you've finished all your quilting projects and your studio is perfectly clean???? Me neither.

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    I'm still trying to figure it out but for now I group the fabrics by color and put them in clear plastic shoe boxes, although I do have 2 boxes just for Christmas fabrics. For fat quarters, I put those in a plastic three drawer organizer I got at Walmart - I have 2 drawers full of just fat quarters. The third drawer is for kits that I have bought that I need to work on. In my other three drawer plastic organizer I have one drawer for panels (I love panels for some reason) and then the last two drawers contain my batting scraps. I also bought a GIANT round tub with thick rope handles that I stash under my cutting table that hold all my fabric scraps. I also have a bag hanging on the back of my sewing chair that I put really small scraps - I use those for stuffing small projects (small ornaments, etc) after I cut them up in to really fine pieces.

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    I admire all the people who are so organized. I have an old dresser with four drawers and most of my fabric is in there helter skelter. I do save very small scraps in a couple of shoe box size plastic boxes. Started trying to cut left over fabric into strips until I decided I am better off not cutting anything until I want to use it. Do have a large clear box for big pieces of leftover batting. And one of those stackable 4 drawer things for thread, scissors, cords, and random stuff.

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    I am using down my horde of fabric. How you organize depends a bit on what you make and what you have. I tend to buy a lot of novelties. Other quilters only buy novelties occasionally, if at all. Keep in mind that fabric on a shelf is subject to light damage - I've ruined some really nice fabric due to that, so now store it all in boxes with an acid free paper liner.

    I have 8 boxes sorted by color (red/pink, blue, green/turquoise, yellow, white, purple, brown and black).
    I have two boxes each of Asian, Thimbleberries and flannel fabric. I have 2 boxes just of backing fabrics. I also have individual boxes of Christmas/Yule, Halloween, Landscape, Ocean, and a couple of other themes.

    I am gradually eliminating boxes. I'm using up the last of the children's fabric in 2 quilts, the green box is nearly empty.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JulieR View Post
    What is this word you say, "organize"...
    LOL I have to agree!

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    I organize by color.
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    Please explain to me the ruler fold method - sounds like it would really be a space saver. Thanks!
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    I messed up my perfectly organised stash during the last year. Will need at least a week's leave to sort out and fold all the new additions that just got piled on a shelf and the fat quarters that landed haphazardly in a see-through plastic container that looks like a suitcase with dividers. Usually I sort by colour, but now I'm beginning to think about sorting by type and design series.

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    I keep my fabrics in plastic drawers in my sewing room closet or on shelves in my master bedroom linen closet. How I organize my fabrics changes each time I look through them just feast my eyes on the patterns and colors for enjoyment. I love fabric and have told my DH I am a collector as well as a quilter. He is fine with that and always ready to take me shopping for more. Anyway, back to how I organize. Each time I look at them, I find new ways they will go together. It might be by color, theme of prints, projects I want to make, size, or any other way that strikes my fancy while I am enjoying going through them. I have a few that have been together for a few years while I search for just the right fabrics to add to them to make a quilt design that lives in my head. I know someday I will find just the right complimentary fabrics to create my dreamed of quilt. I have a few special fabrics folded over hangers in my sewing room closet so I don't forget to use them in current projects.

    I'm sure when you finish reading all of the posts here, you will find a system that works for you. Let us know what you decide on, please.

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