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Thread: How do you manage your stash when you don't have any space for it?

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    I didn't want to risk ruining any of my fabric...so I used those space bags for ....our clothes....now I use the space I made for stash... :lol: :lol: :lol:

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    I know some knitters that store their stash in bins in the freezer.......I wouldn't, but..........:)

    I'm reducing my stash and kitting up what I buy. That way I don't have to store as much and I get more done.......I use bookshelves and a cedar chest and an old chest of drawers for my stash.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pocoellie
    We're supposed to manage our stash?LOL The overfill of fabrics goes into the very large plastic totes, sorted more or less by color of type of fabrics.
    Sounds like my method!!!! :lol: :lol: :lol:

    When I first started out sewing (long ago and far away), I would put fabric in drawers, under the bed, closet shelves, etc. Of course, I soon outgrew those methods and now I use plastic totes. The only drawback is now I can't always lift them to see what's in the tote below... :oops: :oops: :oops: :oops:


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    I used to use under bed storage but now have a sewing room and a closet to use.
    How about those hanging cloth shelves? I have one and it hold quite a bit of fabric.
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    It has become somewhat of a dilema for me as well. I currently have a large bookshelf with fabric sorted by color and about 3 large stacks of fabric on the floor and a 5 drawer plastic cabinet. The bookshelf is great bc I can see it all. The stacks are terrible bc I have to dig through to find out what I have. I agree, it's easier to buy more than it is to dig, lol, adding to the problem. Good luck and let us know what you figure out.

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    I like the way I have my stash organized. Maybe it would work for you. The plastic shoebox way is a good choice, especially if you can see through them. I have mine sorted by their dominant color in ROY G BIV order, and I have an extra couple of black, white, brown and multi. (Pink is in with red and gray is in with black.) I use the shoe boxes for fat quarter sizes. Then I have some of the plastic stacking bins with pull out drawers--one larger for yardage and one quite small for bits and pieces that I might use in paper piecing. It works for me. The small drawers for bits and pieces are especially nice because I can pull out the whole drawer of pieces rather than having them spread all over my table. You say you don't have much room, but if you can stack the bins, you can fit quite a bit in a small space. Hope this helps. I can post pictures if you would like. My methods have evolved according to my needs. Sometimes it's helpful just to look at, say, The Container Store (which can be expensive), and see what's available. Then decide what method would work best for you.

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    Thank you so much for the suggestion. I would love to go to Joann's as I've read so much about this wonderful place... but I'm in England. I'm sure that I'll find something that is similar back here that will work... just got to shop around.

    I just can't wait for my shelves to arrive.
    Joanne

    Quote Originally Posted by mic-pa
    THis weekend Joann's has their plastic storage containers on sale at 50% off. That might work on your book shelves as they are clear plastic and you could easily see what you have. Just a thought. Marge
    Quote Originally Posted by Damkina
    Only this week am I trying to sort out the very same problem. I've got one small drawer under the bed and bags piled up in the corner, a precarious couple of piles on top of the computer unit then the bits I've just left on the dining room table that I'm using.

    So, totally fed up with the set-up, yesterday I've ordered some extra deep book shelves which are arriving on Monday, and now looking for some suitable baskets or nice boxes for all the fabric, books and the plethora of sewing stash.

    I picked book shelves so that I can actually see what I've got at a glance without all the rummaging for something I remember buying last year... sometime.
    Joanne

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    Go to your local supermarket and ask the fish department to save those long, flat containers they get filets in. You will have to wash them really good with a lot of soapy water, but they will be free and will fit under the bed with no problem at all. As a matter of fact you can even stack them a couple high under there.

    BY THE WAY EVERYONE, I got the book "Country Christmas Quilting" yesterday through Amazon.com. I paid $1.85 plus shipping which is a steal because there is NOT ONE THING in this book that I don't like. Also, it was so neat to see Sandra Hatch right on the first page in her beautiful Holly Jacket.
    Way to go girl!!!!!

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    I have two book shelves in my sewing room, which is very crowded. I file my fabric by seasonal, plain colors, etc. on the shelves. I have also added roll down window shades to the front of the shelves to help keep dust off the fabric. I sprayed adhesive to the fronts of the shades and put white felt on them. When they are down I can also use them as a way to audition my blocks. When I need fabric I can just roll up the shades. Works well.

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    I have a few of the under the bed storage units and they are ok, I only put flannel in them. when they are empty i just fold them up and wait for a sale to refill.

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    Until I moved to the mountains, my stuff was scattered all over the place and I never knew what I had. It was in the master closet, guest closet and in stackable cabinets and a cedar chest. I now have two shelving units 5 ft long and 12 inches deep and most of what I have is there. It makes a world of difference to be able to see what you have. So maybe a book shelf unit would work for you. It sure helped me!

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    The plastic bin companies just love me to death. when they see me coming cha ching is in the air. the following is how I stash my stash- EVERYWHERE there is space! in my dresser( I dont have a lot of clothes but I do have lots of fabric), in my closet in bins and hanging on hangers, in my sewingroom in bins under the tables, in the guest room closet,under the bed in the guestroom and our room.BUT Santa thought I was a good girl this year so Santa is adding an addition on to our house to make my current sewing room (16x12) bigger (adding additional 20x20 room)SO
    with that said there is never enough room to stash the stash only creative stashing. Happy sewing to everyone!
    T.Farmer TX

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    The shades are a great idea ... wish I'd thought of doing that. I use book shelves too, with the fabric arranged by color. To protect from dust and fading, I just made some full-length muslin curtains with rings on the top making it easy to slide the panels out of the way when I want to access the fabric. I used plastic bins for a long time, but it was too difficult to find what I wanted. Vertical storage takes up just a bit of floor space, and I can see all of my fabric at once making it easier make color choices.

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    I have several Tennsco Bulk Shelving Racks - adjustable, sturdy, available in many sizes
    plus a bed and some plastic totes.

    Sometimes it is easier to just go buy some more than to excavate.

    http://www.tennsco-shelving.com/inde...elving%20Racks

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    I think I have the Z-Line of it.

    It's pounded together - no screws or bolts - and it's adjustable.

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    I've got you all beat! LOL!

    I've been sewing for over 40 years. I think I have fabric from way back when and you wouldn't believe where I find places to store it all.

    Under bed plastic bins- scraps.
    Plastic bins on closet shelf and floor-garment fabric.
    56 Quart plastic bins stacked in hall closet by color-quilting fabric.
    Cabinet over the fridge-upholstery pieces to make purses, etc.
    Dining room hutch has shelves on bottom with doors, put recent purchases of fabric there.
    Hutch has two doors on top with shelves, keep all my thread and notions there.
    I use the hutch drawers for notions, cutters.
    Gave away my buffet, put a six drawer matching dresser in it's place, stored fabric in drawers (current WIPS stored here).
    Bedroom dresser - larger yardage quilting fabric pieces (I now hang all clothes except for undies).
    I also hang large pieces of fabric on hangers in the hall closet. These are mostly for backings.
    File folder stand holds all rulers on my Bakers rack.
    Shelves of Bakers rack holds finished quilt tops, waiting to be quilted.
    I sew at dining room table mostly, but have a small folding table I can put in the living room and sew while watching TV.
    I cut fabric using my cutting table in the kitchen. It's sides go down, is on wheels and is tall, so I can push it against a wall, cover it and it looks like a nice side table.
    Replaced coffee table with hope chest, store fat quarters.
    End tables have doors with interior shelves, and drawer, for patterns, and magazines.
    Replaced entertainment center in LR with a six drawer dresser (TV sits on top) and I have six drawers to use that I have yet to invade.
    Quilting/sewing books on book shelf in hallway.
    You wouldn't know I sew except for the fact that the dining room table has a sewing machine on it! I no longer entertain so I leave it there.

    I save some worn out clothing (mostly denim) to make purses.

    The funny thing, is I am looking to downsize my living quarters in the next two years, so I am always on the lookout for furniture pieces with lots of storage for my sewing addiction.

    I've recently given away craft type fabrics used to make stuffed animals, Santas, angels, and the like, and some upholstery fabric to a 4H group that was making eye glass holders. I've also started to cut strips out of fabrics that I can use for scrappy log cabins from those pieces I don't see a use for otherwise.

    I'm hopeless but I LOVE fabric and creating things. I just can't pass up a beautiful piece of fabric or a great sale. My goal is to have enough storage for my addiction, but less furniture and rooms to clean! LOL!

    Diane

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    Do you live alone?

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    LOL, You win and good for you!
    Are you sure you want to move to smaller place? Happy sewing!
    T.Farmer

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sewing Grandma
    I have two book shelves in my sewing room, which is very crowded. I file my fabric by seasonal, plain colors, etc. on the shelves. I have also added roll down window shades to the front of the shelves to help keep dust off the fabric. I sprayed adhesive to the fronts of the shades and put white felt on them. When they are down I can also use them as a way to audition my blocks. When I need fabric I can just roll up the shades. Works well.
    Duh! Why didn't I think of that! My sewing room is on the second floor of a Cape Cod house, hip walls and all. I use a six foot set of rolling shelves (three sides covered) for storage, using a sheet as a "door" to access my fabric. I've been lamenting that I don't have a wall for a design board. The answer has been staring me in the face all along! Thanks, Sewing Grandma!!

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    I purchase trunks. Anytime I find one on sale. I like the idea of keeping my material out of the light. And I can sit them in any room, use them for stands or tables.

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    dmackey...you ARE the queen of storage!!! I love your ideas:D :D :D

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    I use the clear plastic boxes. I know that is not what you wanted to hear, but there is a shelf (of sorts) over my sewing machine and I store my fabrice not by colors, but by catagories. Christmas, Halloween, Animals, and one just has words like stars, flowers, music on the label. That way I know what box I want before I reach for it. Could hubby make a shelf like that for you?

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    Hnads down Dmakey, you are the best!! Love all your creative ideas!

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    Amma,

    I don't know if I am the queen, but I certainly am a fanatic.

    After I wrote my message, I called the DIL and told her she was welcome to all my serving dishes, platters, baking pans, etc, because they are just wasting space in my house. So, MORE STORAGE! LOL!

    Diane

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    Store I understand. Organize? Wha....... If someone wants to come help me do that, it may be difficult to find me down there. Great ideas here, all kidding aside. A good winter project for me.

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