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Thread: What do you keep your fabric in?

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    I am going to have to buy a new cabinet or something. The one I had- I broke. We got a new aquarium (my other addiction) and had to move everything around to make it fit. My husband said we could trade spots with the 3 aquariums that are in our bedroom- for the table. Then I could have the computer and sewing machine on the same table. Anyway I thought he ment for me to move my cabinet, it was only 3 inches so I didn't say anything. I shoved and shoved and then it busted. Fabric was everywhere. Now I have it all in laundry baskets. When I had him come look at it he said he was sorry, he just ment that it needed to be moved 3 inches, not for me to do it. I don't have anything else to put it in. I already have containers under the couches and under the bed. Wondering if there is anything out there that will hold alot of weight, and doesn't cost an arm and a leg.
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    Most of my fabrics are in built in cabinets in my sewing (family) room. The rest is in 64 qt size clear rubbermaid buckets in the garage. I have about 12 out there, organized by color, or flannels, or back size pieces.

    What size aquarium did you get? Freshwater or salt.
    I have a 100 gal freshwater in my living room. I love my aquarium and fishes. I'd love to get another but dh says "no".

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    I keep mine in huge chests, have about 8 of them.

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    I have my yardage folded on bookshelves. I have fat quarters in baskets and also in an over the door shoe holder. It's clear plastic and holds dozens of fat quarters in each section. I can see at a glance what I have. I paid about $8 for it at Walmart.

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    The shoe bag's a great idea--Thanks. My FQs are folded (ha!) in a couple of old wooden peach crates set on edge. Looks nice for a while and then I start digging and it's a mess.

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    Most of it is on my shelves my husband built in the closet and fat quarter or smaller in plastic bends by color.

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    I have 2 dressers and an armoir that holds my fabric.
    I went and bought this little cabinet thing, but it doesn't hold much.
    Try looking at thrift stores for dressers/cabinets. Most of them are cheap and most are pretty sturdy.
    The last one I bought at a thrift store was $30 and is pure wood, no press board anywhere in it.

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    i keep mine in the walk in closet in my sewing room. DH lined all 3 walls from floor to ceiling with shelves.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim's Gem
    Most of my fabrics are in built in cabinets in my sewing (family) room. The rest is in 64 qt size clear rubbermaid buckets in the garage. I have about 12 out there, organized by color, or flannels, or back size pieces.

    What size aquarium did you get? Freshwater or salt.
    I have a 100 gal freshwater in my living room. I love my aquarium and fishes. I'd love to get another but dh says "no".
    We got another freshwater tank to help consolidate LOL.Now after this one this is what we have
    125 Gallon, 75 Gallon, 55 Gallon planted, 55 Gallon, 15 Gallon planted, 10 Gallon, 10 Gallon, and 2 Betta Bowls
    African Cichlids (lots of different ones-and I can name them lol), Pleco's, Channel Catfish, Cherry Shrimp, Ghost Shrimp, Killifish, Guppies, Green Glow Fish, Corey's, Tropheus Kaiser, Convicts, Jack Dempsey's, and puffers.
    Now I have 4 empty tanks sitting on my porch- We need to sell them before we find something else to put in them.

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    That's ALOT of tanks and fish!
    I used to have a small tank....10 gallon and put some pretties in there, but with moving all the time, was hard. Had to find new homes for the critters. Can't wait until I get MY OWN house so I can have a tank again.

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    Most of my fabric is in my "fabric shop" room, in IKEA bookcases with glass doors - here's a pic of 2 of the 3 bookcases:
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    i use stacked drawers from walmart. i get the 7-drawer sets. in this photo, the sets are stacked 2-high. (just remove the top from the bottom set, and the top set snaps into place.)

    when i don't double-stack, they roll around wonderfully. if i double-stack and fill them, the wheels get all wonky so i have to leave them off.

    the double-stacks are in my store-room. i have a few rolling single sets in my sewing area to hold the fabs and tools for current projects. since the drawers come all the way out, i can swap them out between the "current" stacks and the storage stacks so the unfinished projects don't haunt me while i'm working on something else.
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    Wow!! You ladies have some fabric!! I'm still a newbie only been quilting for a year and a half, I have one bookshelf full of fabric and one big container of scraps. I want to go shopping in your sewing rooms!! Really well organized, just like a store. :D :D

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    I have mine in a small roll about made for scrap booking, also in a box that held reams of paper. My stash is pretty small compared to some of yours.

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    yowza! I only have a small small amount of fabric. I have this neat little in the wall shelving unit dh built in my closet and that is where my pitiful stash is. If I had what some of you have we'd have to add on to the house.....or kick one of the kids out! lol!

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    Most of my stash is now in Clever Store bins made by Rubbermaid. I don't like the deep totes - too much digging needed, which makes a mess. These are a little over 6" deep - perfect for fat quarters or up to about 1 1/2 yds folded and stood on end. Sorted by color. They fit well in a closet, and even full are easy to pick up so that I can move them to get to the bins underneath.


    I don't have a sewing room. Here's a pic of my cottons (flannel, batiks, homespuns elsewhere).
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    I have most of my material in an computer armoire, the fleece and batting I keep in totes. I use those tall plastic 'dressers' on wheels that are 12-14" wide with 6 drawers (two different sizes) for projects, small squares that I made too many of, small pattern templates, scraps of batting.

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    Clear plastic boxes. So easy. no dust. And I can see what is in there.

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    I keep most of mine in a dresser. You can pick them up cheap at auctions and thrift stores. I got a dresser at an auction for $25.

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    Clear plastic tubs. At one point in time my fabric was all sorted and organized. I guess I should go through and do it again since I inherited all of my mother's fabric when she passed away.


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    Quote Originally Posted by suzic46
    I have one bookshelf full of fabric and one big container of scraps.
    Give it a year - that will change :lol:

    I have mine in rubbermaid containers inside cabinets. I wish I had done an open concept so I could see my fabric (or rather the colors) at a glance. I'm very visual. As is, I have to remember which cabinet holds which color and pull out the containers and then audition. .....but then I get to pet my fabric a lot and that's not such a bad thing. :-)

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    I have wire shelves with plastic coating that costs 16 dollars at Target.
    They are not enclosed and are hard to put togather but they hold alot of fabric.
    Each cubbie is 14 1/2 in. square and you get 6. You can put them togather vertical or horizontal.

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    OK. I have probably the smallest stash of anyone on this board. My stash fits in 3 plastic grocery bags.

    I really need to start working on stash building. :lol:

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    Wow! Some of the pictures amazing. I have most of my fabric in huge rubermaid tubs. I had them stashed all over the house but have got them all contained in one room now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PatriceJ
    i use stacked drawers from walmart. i get the 7-drawer sets. in this photo, the sets are stacked 2-high. (just remove the top from the bottom set, and the top set snaps into place.)

    when i don't double-stack, they roll around wonderfully. if i double-stack and fill them, the wheels get all wonky so i have to leave them off.

    the double-stacks are in my store-room. i have a few rolling single sets in my sewing area to hold the fabs and tools for current projects. since the drawers come all the way out, i can swap them out between the "current" stacks and the storage stacks so the unfinished projects don't haunt me while i'm working on something else.
    I wish i could have those storage units, but like most u have i cant get in Norway :cry:

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