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Thread: Store/organizing fabric treasures

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    Super Member JUNEC's Avatar
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    Although I am relatively new to quilting, I have caught the fabric bug. I have purchased a lot of fabric, HOWEVER, I am not sure the best way to store it. Shelves, bins, by color etc.

    Please help

    My fabric runneth over
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    I have mine by color. They are stacked in a bookcase where I can easily see them.

    Someone suggested, if you bought fabric for a specific pattern, to bundle them together with a ribbon and the pattern so they stay together and you don't grab a fabric intended for something specific.

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    Mine are sorted by size, then by color or by thems. I have most of my fabrics in cabinets with doors so that they don't get faded. I can open all the doors and step back and see my collection when looking for something. The overflow is in clear Rubbermaid 60 Quart totes in the garage. I think I have 8 full ones out there. The door to the garage is in my "sewing" room (family room) and they are only 6 feet from the door so I don't have far to go. With them being clear I can easily see what's in the tub w/o having to unstack them all.

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    I have 7 of the pattern cabinets, from fabric stores that have either gone out of business or got new cabinets. Each drawer has a certain background color in it. The overflow is stashed in big(65 qt. or bigger) plastic totes. I have about 2 dozen filled.

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    A favorite method for a lot of quilters, me included, is to fold our fabric so everything is one size, making it easier to store it. Here's a link someone posted a while back:

    http://tipnut.com/fabric-folding/

    I don't do the last "fold in half" because I have a deep bookcase. Ir you use the search feature at the top of this page, you can hunt for "fabric folding" or "organization." There's been a lot of buzz about those lately. Welcome to the Quilting club!!!

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    after seeing everyone organising fabric and getting some good ideas here I went to a Spotlight store (chain store ) yesterday. They had 30% off if you bought whatever was left on the bolt so ofcourse I thought that was a good deal! One was already reduced so got that one at $3.50m (aussie dollars) and the other one at $6m.
    I bought two lots of material both being over 4metres long so as I was paying I recalled someone using the cardboard that the material came on to store their fabric at home. i was quite pleased to recall that so asked the lovely saleslady if I could possibly have 2 of the cardboard inserts. She said that they were not allowed to give out the cardboard!!!! She said she thought it was stupid too as they only get thrown out :thumbdown: :thumbdown:
    I thought i would be doing them a favour taking the cardboard but obviously not!

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    I have been quilting for 9 years and still don't know the answer to that. I change they way I keep my fabrics way to often. Mostly I just keep them in a cabinet and every time I organize it I find fabrics I forgt I had. Is like Christmas allover again. If I get a fabric for a special project I keep all the supplies together with the pattern.

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    I sort by color, but have two special bins. One is for holiday fabrics and the other is for larger than 2 yard cuts. The 2 yard cut bin is large so the don't have to be folded as much.

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    Mine are sorted by color. I have one tote for fabrics that I bought specifically to be used together. They are tied together by ribbon and just waiting for the right pattern.

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    Hi, I don't have many fabrics. But what I have I left some on the bolts cardboard from the store and have them stacked that way. I also put a sticky note on the end of each bolt and put the date purchased, how many yards and price. So when I use some of the fabric I can subtract it and mark on the tag so I always know at a glance how much I have left on that bolt. The fat quarters on a shelf in the closet and a few of them in a cute basket in the extra bedroom.

    Karen

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    Here is something that I found and have tried: http://quiltville.com/scrapusersystem.shtml

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    Quote Originally Posted by joeyoz
    I have mine by color. They are stacked in a bookcase where I can easily see them.

    Someone suggested, if you bought fabric for a specific pattern, to bundle them together with a ribbon and the pattern so they stay together and you don't grab a fabric intended for something specific.
    bundling is a great idea.

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    I have most of my fabrics sorted by color, however things like Christmas fabrics or flower fabrics, or the vegetable fabrics, etc are piled together. Also if I have very special, or expensive fabric, or hand dyed fabric, in special piles. Stripes are also in their own pile. I have them all in cabinets with doors so I can keep them free of dust, and light.

    I try to do all scraps by color in one big box and all those scraps of a certain color in small bags so I can find a bit of color fast and not have to cut up a big piece if I only need a bit. When I get enough scraps, I make string quilts!

    All fabric for specific projects is bundled with the pattern!

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    I have my fabric stored in metal bins. My husband bought them for me for Xmas a couple years ago from Lowes. He installed them in the closet of my sewing room. There are 3 deeps ones and 1 shallower one. I have my fabric sorted by color. Two stacks will fit in each bin. They are made out of woven metal. You can see the fabris at a glance. And they slide out to remove/add fabric. Or they can be pulled all the way out. They are sturdy enough I also have fabric stacked on top of each section. As well as on the top. Since they are in the closet they don't get any sun/dust. I have tried stacking on shelves, plastic containers. This works the best for me. Wouldn't trade them for anything. Pieces

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    This is a great site to visit

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    i sort mine by color in a stack with the solids on the top of the pile and cordinating prints under the solids i have 3 shelving racks across my wall they sit on so i can just look at the racks and see what i have to work with

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    I have 8 cabinets with three shelves each on the wall over my sewing table and computer/printer. The cabinets contain most of my fabric, sorted by the color wheel. I also measure all my fabric, pinning a note on each one listing the yardage. Some of the shelves are bursting with fabric (reds, blues and purples), however, I'm able to put patterns, steam-a-seam packages and embroidery memory cards on other shelves (green is not my favorite color, so I've a lot of room in that cabinet!). Fat quarters are stored in see-through totes and bolts of fabric are under my cutting table (which my husband made to my height - no back aches here when cutting fabric!). Any fabric that I feel is too small to work with, I donate to a Bee in my Guild that uses small pieces of fabric and batting to fill pillows for dogs in the animal shelter. I love quilting in my quilting/computer/sewing
    room! :D :-D :thumbup:

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    Take a look at MistyMaries fabric stash photos.

    Do a search for "too much fabric" (without quotation marks) and go to page 2 for her post.

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    Mine are cleverly sorted by age. The new fabric goes on the top of the pile.

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    Renee765..........you made me laugh!

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