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Thread: What do you store your fabric in and would you change it?

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    Super Member mar32428's Avatar
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    I was lucky and started out with a totally blank room so was able to pick anything I wanted for storage. I finally bought four, six foot tall, double doors plastic cabinets from the Wally store. Very inexpensive compared to built-ins. I store fabric flat fold now but would like to have them upright like the stores. I can see all my fabric for easy choices and the doors keep out the light from several windows.

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    Right now I'm using some snap boxes I got from Wal-mart on sale. They snap together and come in 3 sizes. I use them for fat quarters and "honey"? buns (small), small scraps in ziplocks (medium), and larger pieces up to a yard (large). I have the yard or more in a giant gift bag leftover from my daughter's baby shower. Projects in the works are kept in gift bags that we have saved.

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    i just came back from j's and looked at a storage unit there. you might have seen it. it's a column of drawers, some about 3" deep and some about 1.5" deep. it's framed in black and made of plastic. when i asked the price, the young man separated it into three sections, three very thin drawers and four thick drawers each and told me each section was - are you ready? - $80.00.
    since i was looking at the whole column as a good storage unit, it would cost $240.00 for plastic. one of the handles was already broken off and it was tilting. all this for $240.00. that's why people shop ikea. at least you're getting something that approximates wood for that price.

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    That is an ingenious idea. I love it. I am new and have not much material yet. Do you just buy a yard or two when you see something pretty? To accumulate that much, I guess that is what you do.

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    Jeanne,
    There are some really good ideas here. We're lucky we have this forum to share.

    As for me, I started with purchasing only the fabric I needed for a specific pattern.

    Then I moved into fat quarters to add as fill-in's and interest to the pattern.

    Then I decided to buy half yards, resulting in 2 fat quarters, which cost more than 1 fat quarter but less than 2 fat quarters.

    Then I decided to buy a yard and a half, so I would have a square (for little baby blanket backings), plus some left over.

    Then I decided I should buy more - if fabric was on sale. I could use it for a focal point for a new pattern. Besides I was planning to retire from my job and I wanted to have plenty in case I couldn't afford it.

    At about this time, I really couldn't find any particular piece of fabric - things were too chaotic. Had I had the forum then, I would have started this topic! Anyway, I tried a few things and finally ended up with my lateral filing cabinets.

    Now I don't buy much fabric, cause I can find what I've already bought.

    And that's how I buy/bought fabric!

    Linda

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    I use a cupboard with glass doors and store my fabrics by color. This way I can get to the fabric I want. I also have a dresser to keep things like christmas fabric, or fleece, etc. This system is the best one for me.

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    I use a cupboard with glass doors and store my fabrics by color. This way I can get to the fabric I want. I also have a dresser to keep things like christmas fabric, or fleece, etc. This system is the best one for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ladybalcom
    I use a cupboard with glass doors and store my fabrics by color. This way I can get to the fabric I want. I also have a dresser to keep things like christmas fabric, or fleece, etc. This system is the best one for me.
    I am hoping to get a different media stand and move the glass door one upstairs for my fabric. Our grandsons like to open and close the doors and the glass scares me. Our machines don't turn on unless the doors are open, so that is no good either. So I can rationalize the need to move the current media stand upstairs to my sewing room.
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    Some of it is in here. Home Depot sells oak unfinished kitchen cabinets, and my husband just put them on the wall, the whole wall, floor to ceiling
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    Curse you all, I've just spent the last hour moving my CDs out of the CD tower in the living room (which is right by my sewing desk) and putting my fabrics into it, arranged by colour! Probably not the wisest move for someone with severe ME/CFIDS who spent most of today lying in bed looking pathetic. Anyway, the rainbow effect is great, and I have got the whole of one plastic tub (which is under the desk and doubles as a foot-rest) in there. It was of course a tight squeeze, and I am banning myself from buying any more green, but I am rather pleased with the effect. I don't dare delve into the other tub just yet...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lobster
    Curse you all, I've just spent the last hour moving my CDs out of the CD tower in the living room (which is right by my sewing desk) and putting my fabrics into it, arranged by colour! Probably not the wisest move for someone with severe ME/CFIDS who spent most of today lying in bed looking pathetic. Anyway, the rainbow effect is great, and I have got the whole of one plastic tub (which is under the desk and doubles as a foot-rest) in there. It was of course a tight squeeze, and I am banning myself from buying any more green, but I am rather pleased with the effect. I don't dare delve into the other tub just yet...
    There are a lot of other colors, isn't there a crayon box of 64? Just 63 to go!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sueisallaboutquilts
    I really like those flat plastic things to wrap fabric in but I don't feel like buying a million of them!!
    I'll watch this thread b/c I'm forever trying to get organized.
    Nothing seems to work for me :cry:
    You don't have to buy them. I use the trays that my meat comes packaged on from the grocery store. Wash it in hot soapy water and you have a fabric board to wrap your fabric around. Also if you ask at your fabric shop,they will probably give you some.Their fabric comes already wrapped on bolts so they just throw the empty ones away.Anyway that's what I do.

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    dejavu this is the exact cupboard I use which in its past life too was a media center. Works great for my needs.

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    I store my fabric in an old "country" cupboard that my Dad rescued from my grandfather's basement. He had it stripped and refinished, and it appraised for something like $1600.00 (with mostly original hardware). He used it for years in his country kitchen. He handed it down to my sister, who eventually decided it wasn't quite right in her home. Well it suits my old, simple, colonial-style home perfectly! I used it in my country kitchen for quite a few years before we remodeled, and now it's wonderful for fabric.
    When it stood in the kitchen, my DH used to look at it and talk about how poorly it was constructed. Over the years he has warmed up to it, and decided he would like to make another one some day. We're still a little cramped for space, but maybe when my DS moves out, there will be room for another, and I would welcome it!

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