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Thread: Storing your Stash

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    I am trying to redo my sewing room and want a better way to store my stash. I would like the fabric to be easily seen and better able to find when I am looking for something. Currently everything is in a chest of drawers which is a pain to find anything! My sewing room is only 1/2 a room (the half with the closet though!), so any storage space would have to be simple and not too big. Any ideas on how to re-store my stash would be great.

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    i use the closet in my sewing room to store all my fabric. my DH pulled out the hanging rods and built shelves from the bottom to the top.

    it holds all my fabric and batting.

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    Have you seen this website? http://www.polarnotions.com

    A less expensive alternative with similar results is demonstrated here:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rkTlaMqRlwo
    Her organizing website is here:
    http://www.marilynbohn.com/

    Someone posted a website with detailed photos and instructions for folding fabrics, but I can't find it now. Hope someone else posts it so I can add it to my favorites list!



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    Here is one video not sure if it is what you are looking for!!



    http://revver.com/video/709774/easy-...olding-fabric/

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    I have 7 of the pattern cabinets full of fabric, they're organized and folded into the drawers by the background color. What doesn't fit in those are folded and organized into 24 68qt (or bigger)plastic totes. Three of the cabinets are back to back with a 2 piece long counter top, which serves as my cutting table. My scraps are in the 33 gal. plastic trash bags of which I probably have 7-8 full.LOL

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    I have two antique china cabinets with glass fronts.... It's a stylish way of storing my fabric. They look great, I can see all my fabrics and they're locked away from the dust.

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    I have a closet and a bookcase. All have shelves!! Nice to see all your colors at a glance!! :-)

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    I have built-in cabinets, dh got tired of seeing my very high stacks of fabrics falling over. All I have to do is open the doors and can see what I have. Except of course I have a dozen large clear rubbermaid totes in the garage full of fabrics too, so I have to move the totes around to see what's in them.

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    I have an old entertainment center with shelves. On the shelves I have large, medium, and small, clear plastic containers with lids . My backings and large cuts of fabric go into the large containers, and are on the bottom shelves (heavy). The fabrics that go into the other containers are washed and folded and sorted by color. I purchased some CD storage containers from Costco and these hold my smaller cuts of fabric. They're also clear and I can see what I have at a glance. They measure 22" long X 9" wide X 8" tall, these can be stacked. I even store my cone threads in one of these. This way of storing keeps the fabrics dust free and I know what I have at a glance. I hope this helps . :-)

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    I've been using wire cubes from Target or Wal-mart or Meijers ever since I started. There are webshots pics of them in my first quilting space in 2004. The stash has quadrupled or more, but we've just kept adding the cubes! I'll add some new pictures one of these days.

    I have a bolt core covered in a slippery fabric and use it to fold like it would be rolled on the bolt, then slip it out and fold over once. Nice rounded edge and very neat. And the fabric stores are happy to give you one.

    If you look at the photos, you can also see some extra cube sides that I've slipped in to separate lengths of fabric from fat quarters in similar colors.

    Oh--in my current space I also clip a doubled piece of batting at the top with a few bulldog clips. It serves as a display wall when needed, or flips up and away when not.

    There aren't many organizational things I stay satisfied with, but this has been one of them!

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    I keep mine in trunks, several of them. when I am working on a quilt, I only want the materials out that I am using. I keep them separate in a large basket on end of cutting table. When you walk into my sewing room, you see no material in site! When I start planning a quilt, I get it all out and sit in the floor for hours deciding how many to use and which values I want. Of course I am a scrap quilter, and this is what works for me.


    Ninnie

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    I just bought 250 fabric sheets from Polar Notions. I know they were definitely pricey, but I have spent a fortune on my fabric, and they deserve to have the best storage method that works for me. I will be storing them in a book shelf once I get it back from the guy that is painting my furniture pieces for my room. I can not wait to get those pieces back. Anyways, that is my storage stories.

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