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    Standing OR Laying Down?

    We just recently moved & have finished most of the remodeling to our home. So, I can finally begin to set up my new sewing room. SOOOOO, my question is, how do you store your fabric? Do you lay it down or stand it up? I have mine on the boards and was wondering which way takes up less space. To some of you I'm sure this sounds like a stupid or trivial question, but, since I have mine standing up I was wondering if laying them down would use less space. I'm running out of space & still have quite a bit more fabric to find space for. I really don't have room for any for bookcases, etc. I would appreciate any suggestions you may have, except getting rid of my fabric. I couldn't bear to part with it until it's made into quilts. Happy Thanksgiving to All!!!
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    I fold my fabric pieces that are larger than 1/2 yard around my 6 inch wide ruler, pull the ruller out, then fold them in half. Then I stack them on top of each other with the fold side showing. Takes up less space yet I can still see the fabric. I store them in those vinyl covered wire boxes that you can stack in several formats. They are 14 inches square, so I can get two large stacks in nicely.

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    It really all depends on the shelves or the space you are using for the fabric. If you are limited of shelves then with laying down you can stack a lot more fabric than standing but then you just take more time pulling out fabric when choosing and making a bigger mess. I bought shelves from a closing borders book store and have a lot of shelves but. Still use both methods for storing my fabric depending if I have them in bolts or folded or on boards.
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    I grew to hate stacks of fabric. I don't care how it's folded, it's still a stack of fabric. It seemed like every time I wanted a fabric it was on the bottom and the stacks would end up huge messes. I love having my fabric upright on shelves. I can pull one or two out and put them back without having to restack it. The shelves are always neat now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scissor Queen View Post
    I grew to hate stacks of fabric. I don't care how it's folded, it's still a stack of fabric. It seemed like every time I wanted a fabric it was on the bottom and the stacks would end up huge messes. I love having my fabric upright on shelves. I can pull one or two out and put them back without having to restack it. The shelves are always neat now.
    I agree with this! Everytime I would pull out a fabric, the stack would get all wicky jawed (haven't said that term in a long time!) and then I would have to pull all the fabrics out and re stack them. I really like the look of the fabrics wrapped on boards (I used foam core cut to size) and lined up on shelves. My friend says it looks like I have a mini quilt shop in my sewing room!
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    I use both methods. Anything over a yard is wrapped on boards, less than that is folded and stacked, then when less than a fat quarter, stored in drawers until I need or can get to it to cut into strips, sqs, etc.

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    i like my fabric standing. much easier to get to..
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    I stack mine. I have tall bookcases that I had extra shelves cut at home depot for so that the stacks of fabric aren't stacked too high and its easier to keep them organizied by color/design. Before I put in extra shelves I agree it was a pain to have to get fabric out of the middle or bottom of the stack. Now that the stacks aren't as tall, it's a breeze. I would not be able to store the same amount of fabric standing up or on boards. I also played with the folding until I came up with a fold that is the same depth of my shelves and saves space at the same time. I don't like my fabric in totes because I forget what I have and buy more. This has saved me so much money because I can work from my stash instead of increasing it with extra purchases.
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    i flat fold on my ruler and store flat. i don't have the room to store it any other way.
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    Like QuiltnNan I have to much fabric to in any manner except lying down. I fold around a ruler and stack by color.

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    I fold mine with a ruler and then stack in stacks about 6 or each stack. When picking out fabrics I slide the stacks out and lay on sewing table or countertop to get to the one I want. restack and put back the same. Keeps all stacks neat and ready for the next selection. Keeping things neat is easier if done all along. This is the only choice I have and I make it work.
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    For full width fabrics, fold in half, the ruler fold, then fold in half again. The final fold will be on the 6" side, so you can do narrow stacks that are about 10" deep. Less wasted space behind the stacks this way.

    I prefer them standing up though. No boards because they waste space. Fold in half, then in half again. Then ruler fold. Stand up, 10" tall and 6" deep, with fold out. It takes up more space than the first method, but it stays neater for me.


    Eta: this link is really great and uses boards.
    http://cuttopieces.blogspot.com/2011...-tutorial.html
    Last edited by misskira; 11-20-2012 at 10:34 AM.

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    I stack mine flat. I wouldn't be able to store it all any other way.
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    now that elections are over, I've gone out on a hunt for all the plastic corrugated signs!! They are perfect for folding my fabrics around them! I take them home, cut them to size, then let them soak in warm bubbles in my kitchen sink to clean them. They are plentiful and FREE! And I've never had any problems with the ink coming off on my fabrics. Standing fabrics on edge is so much neater and easier to access.

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    Personally I would have them standing, as I agree with Scissor Queen. It's a whole lot easier getting a certain fabric out when it's standing than when it's stacked.

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    I have mine hanging on clothes hangers in the closet arranged by color.

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    Both but mostly I fold it flat then roll it up,then stack. I've found the rolls are easier to see and I seem to get more in my shelves. When I take out I just spread my fingers around the other rolls and pull out what I want.Usually it leaves a hole that stays waiting for my new roll up addition to slide in.Sometimes I just pick roll from the top and slide it in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Debbie C View Post
    now that elections are over, I've gone out on a hunt for all the plastic corrugated signs!! They are perfect for folding my fabrics around them! I take them home, cut them to size, then let them soak in warm bubbles in my kitchen sink to clean them. They are plentiful and FREE! And I've never had any problems with the ink coming off on my fabrics. Standing fabrics on edge is so much neater and easier to access.
    I don't want to be stupid sounding but are these signs acid free?Some of my fabrics might be there for a LONG time...

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    Mine stands up but then again, I do not have alot of stash.
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    If you have room for a chest of drawers, it can also be used for storage. Fold your fabric down to 12" by width of fabric, then fold that down to depth of drawer, mine works well at 6". So these 6"x12" folded fabrics stand on end in the drawer, 3 or 4 rows wide (depending on the size of your furniture). This also gives the added benefit of protecting from light and dust on the fabrics. The top of the dresser can also be used for additional storage for stacking containers, etc. lol Hope this makes sense.
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    Oh to have the option, how lucky you are. I am just trying to keep from bringing more home until I use what I have. That is the hardest part for me.

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    I have mine in clear plastic totes from SM and xcan see what is in there. Everything gets too dusty here and I have no place to store, this way I can move totes around and see what is in them. Oh to have a sewing room, the dream I have about given up on.

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    I meant WM plastic totes, we have sugar sand and too many dogs so every thing stays much cleaner in the totes and I can keep things together in totes.

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    I would recommend standing it up. I don't know if takes up more room or not, but you won't have a mess to clean everytime you need that fabric that is in the middle of the stack. Also, depending on the size of your fabric cut, it can get lost between fabrics. Good luck!

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    I used to store my fabrics in plastic totes, sorted by color. also some newer fabric in plastic bags. I Never knew what fabric I had. One fine day I ordered some bookshelves from Staples online which arrived the next day. my grandson put them together. Would not recommend them for books but worked well for fabric. Was able to buy comic boards from a place not far from home. 7 x 10 size. Since my shelves were 11 inches high. each shelf has its own color. I love the way it looks and I can find whatever fabric I want in a minute. I also have not purchased fabric in a month. Except for some fat quarters at Joanne's yesterday. don't know how long that will last.

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