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    Cool clear plastic storage

    my dh has been buying small containers with potato salad in them. I have taken them and washed them clean and am going to try to put jelly rolls in them for baby quilts. don't know if that will work yet, but have 4 of them now. they would also work to hold 3 in. squares for I spy quilts or similar. will try that tomorrow.

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    Good idea. And your recycling the containers too.
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    Good recycling idea.....Thanks..

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    I also like the "clam shell" plastic boxes veggies and fruits come in from Sam's Club. (They are a bit larger than the grocery store sized boxes.) I use grape tomato boxes for 5" squares and strawberry boxes for jelly roll sized strips, rolled up. The long, flatter boxes, like cherries come in, I use for smaller 4 in. crumb blocks I am collecting as I sew other things and use the "crumbs" as my starters and enders when piecing. They all stack together nicely, I can see through them, and they don't cost me a penny!
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    Great idea, thank you!

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    Fabric should never be stored in plastic containers. Fabric needs to breathe.
    Plus formaldhyde forms in closed plastic containers, which contaminates the fabric.

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    I use these types of containers all the time & have for years with no problem at all. If they were totally air tight it may be a different story, but they are not, so the fabric can breath.

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    I use those small containers to store my PPing fabric. Never throw away a piece of material that might be useful on another project and some PPing needs such tiny pieces.
    I have a hanging shoe storage unit with 10 shelves and each shelf hold two containers…so I now have all colors in their own homes……..makes life a whole lot easier.

    and my fabric doesn't stay in there long enough to be a problem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pieces2 View Post
    Fabric should never be stored in plastic containers. Fabric needs to breathe.
    Plus formaldhyde forms in closed plastic containers, which contaminates the fabric.
    The plastic containers veggies and fruit come in have lots of holes in them. (They also need to breathe.) Should not be a problem with fabric storage. I just collect until I get enough to make a scrappy quilt so the fabrics are not in there for many years.
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    I have my fabric stored in large plastic totes, some of them have a strong smell when I open them and others none at all. I wonder why? I have thought of using my wood burning tool to melt air holes into them but have not done it yet.

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    I thought about saving the cute plastic containers that dog food come in. I think they would be great for small stuff. She's just started eating dog food again!!! HOORAY!! LOL

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    I like the spinach bins from Sam's - large size and have a lid but are lightweight.
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    I went on a road trip today with a friend of mine who had a van. I had found a guy on Craigs list who had fabric to get rid of. My trunk is packed full and have at least 15 large garbage bags full of fabric and 4 with stuffing for pillows. Many many yards of good quilting cotton and all for $225. He had so much left, but I didn't want it as I am not going to sew myself any clothes. don't have time for that. lucky I get to do some quilting.

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    I have stored fabric projects in plastic shoe boxes by Rubbermaid and steralite for years and never had a problem.

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    I use those little silica gel packets you get when you buy shoes etc! I just pop one into my plastic storage boxes....seems to work!!
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    I use the rubbermaid and similar containers for lots of things. Everything in them are as good as the day they were put in them. Some things have been in them for years. I use to store fabrics in them, no harm done.
    Good not to believe everything you hear or read.
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