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Old 10-19-2011, 09:21 AM
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I really really wish I had a better storage system for all my fabric. I have 4 huge tubs of fabric and the fabric is not in any particular arrangement...so when I go looking for something somewhat specific, I can't find it unless I empty all the bins :(
If you only have room for storage bins or tubs, see if you can fine the ones that are meant for hanging file folders. I got this idea from someone somewhere! Actually she was using a regular file cabinet and hanging folders.

Here is a picture of the totes I found at a Habitat store for like $3

so cool ! Have to remember this when buying large yardage of fabrics!
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Old 10-19-2011, 09:25 AM
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My sewing room looks like a bomb hit it! I get busy and don't put away properly. I do go through it once in a while and straighten and organize. Most creative people are messy--that's my excuse and I am sticking to it.
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Old 10-19-2011, 09:34 AM
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When I get mine all folded and stacked I find the next piece I want is from the bottom of the pile. So goes my nice neat stack....
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Old 10-19-2011, 10:32 AM
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I folded my fabrics and sorted by size. the larger pcs were put in a tub that I set on it's side. They fit better and you can see the choices. My scraps are sorted by size and in shoeboxes if fit, another tote if not. I also tried rolling my fabric with a pc of paper around it with size written on it and then rubber banded. Kind of like they do remanants at some stores. I tried to make them all the same length so they wouldn't hide one another. Worked until I cleaned up my room and made shelf space, then some of them stayed in their rolls on one of the shelves.
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Old 10-19-2011, 10:38 AM
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Originally Posted by blzzrdqueen
I really really wish I had a better storage system for all my fabric. I have 4 huge tubs of fabric and the fabric is not in any particular arrangement...so when I go looking for something somewhat specific, I can't find it unless I empty all the bins :(

I really suck at keeping the fabric in any time of organized fashion. I have no many large/small/medium sized scraps and only about a quarter of what I have total is yardage. I really do envy any of you that have shelf space dedicated to fabric, or any type of organized way of doing things....

Chaos is the only way to describe my stash. Story of my life.
Me to. know just how you are feeling.
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Old 10-19-2011, 10:39 AM
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Originally Posted by blzzrdqueen
Here is my chaotic stash
If I didn't know better, I would have thought this was my stash.
I just got 4 more bins w/lids at a yard sale for 25 cents each. Too bad they're not see thru's. The chaos continues...
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Old 10-19-2011, 10:57 AM
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I am fortunate to have shelves and cabinets but I do have overflow storage in clear rubbermaid tubs in the garage. I have my fabrics folded all nice and neat and organized in the tubs. One is flannels, another has Asians, another has McKenna Ryan fabrics and several others are filled with Back size yardage organized by color/type. most of the time all I have to do is look tru the side of the tote to see what I have. Other times I pull off the lid and can see what is in there that I want.
My scraps are in some of those rolling drawers, those are a little more mixed up. Fat quarters are also in those plastic drawers, folded to fit and organized by color/ type so I can see a sample when I open the drawer.
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Old 10-19-2011, 04:59 PM
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Don't be too hard on yourself. You have many compatriots!

I have no interest in being continually organized. But I do go at it about every 3 months -- resort, refold, replace in plastic bins. Then, eat some chocolate!
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Old 10-20-2011, 03:08 AM
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I started throwing my scraps in a box and once full, posting here to see who wants free scraps. I used to save everything (I mean everything!) but found this scrap buster very free-ing and a great way to get more room. Out with the old, in with the new!
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Old 10-20-2011, 03:20 AM
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I can totally relate to your situation. It helped me to have shallow tubs or bins so the fabrics are all visible and I don't have to dig. They are clear so I can see what's in there. When I use the deep big bins, my fabric gets trashed and it takes time to put it back together! Still have one large tub to hold the big cuts, and, looking at it right now, it's a wreck. The shallow ones look great!

Good luck! BTW: one of my boys is in Troy for his college career. Beautiful area. We went hiking in the Catskills last fall.
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