How To Organize And Store Fabric ~ This is for all of the sewers, quilters and fabric collectors. I know for those of you who are passionate about working with fabric, you are also just as passionate about having a fabric stash. I thought I would share with you how to organize and store fabric.
I am what you call an on and off sewer. I used to do a lot of sewing before my children were born and then let it slide because of not having the time trying to balance being a full time working mother. I have a little more time now so have several projects in the works.
I also grew up in a household with a lot of fabric and a lot of sewing projects. My mother was a master seamstress and sewed all of my clothes when I was a little girl and continued to sew all of her own clothes. She was also quite a fabric collector and had her stash stored all over the house. I remember finding fabric in dresser drawers, under beds, bookcases and numerous banker boxes stored in a walk-in closet.
Unfortunately, she passed away seven years ago but she did leave quite a legacy for my daughters and I. She passed down her high-end sewing machine, a serger and all of her fabric. I ended up donating most of the fabric to charity but kept the pieces that I knew I would eventually sew into quilts. I also tend to pick up fabric at different times for different home décor projects that I have planned. Needless to say I have a fair bit of fabric and of course it has to be organized and stored.
I see a fabric stash as not only an investment but also a treasured collection that you want to make sure is well taken care of. There actually are a lot of things to think about when planning how to organize and store fabric so it stays in good condition and is easily retrievable for all of your sewing projects.
How To Organize And Store Fabric
Where To Store The Fabric
I am fortunate that I have a sewing/hobby/office that we call the studio in my home. It isn’t big but it holds a computer desk, sewing desk, plenty of storage and has a walk-in closet! That’s where my fabric is stored. Hopefully, you have a location that is convenient for you. I know some avid sewers who love having their fabric on display on a bookcase or tucked away in cardboard boxes. What is fabulous is that there are a lot of choices and options.
How To Store The Fabric
I have tried different methods over the years and there are so many wonderful ideas if you just do an image search on Google. I am now really happy using clear plastic bins with a secure lid. I love working with the clear bins because I can immediately see what’s inside making that a real timesaver. I recommend a bin with a secure lid so nothing can get inside like critters, moths, humidity, dust and anything else that might spoil the quality of the fabric. I don’t have to worry about sun damage and fading fabric because it is being stored behind a closed door away form the sun’s rays but that is another factor to consider.
Inside The Fabric Storage Bin
I tried stacking the fabric in the bin but found it cumbersome going through it looking for the colours, patterns or specific fabric I was looking for. Most of the time I had to take out all of the fabric, pick out what I wanted and then put it all back in again. Then I found a smarter solution!
First I sorted and organized the fabric according to colour. I have mostly cottons but also mixed some flannel and synthetics in the stacks. Then I put similar coloured fabrics together in a 13” x 16” (33 cm X 41 cm) resealable bags that I bought at the dollar store.
Here are my red and variations of red fabrics in this bin.
Here are my blue tone fabrics in this bin.
Here are the greens.
I also have a bin for yellow, orange and brown colours and another bin for Christmas fabric. I have dedicated a bin to white fabrics and a couple of bins of fabric and materials for projects that are waiting to be completed.
Now I can line up the fabric in the bags straight up just as if you are filing paper in a filing cabinet. The beauty with this system is I can see the fabric right away and not have to rummage through the entire bin and mess everything up. All I have to do is pull out the resealable bag with the fabric I am looking for, pull out the fabric and return the bag by slipping it back into its original location. This system works really well when having to pull out several fabrics too!
This is what I see when I take the lid off! Now this is organized!
This is also a nice little detail about storing your fabric in plastic bags. Fabric tends to stick together if you know what I mean. The plastic is much more slippery and makes it easier going through the bin. I know it is a minor detail, but to me it really makes a difference!
There is one more thing. This is a trick I learned from my mother. She would place a bar of smelly soap or a dryer sheet in with the fabric so it stayed fresh smelling. I like to do the same thing and have a nice smelling bin without worrying about the fabric taking on any residue from the soap because it is protected in plastic.
So that’s it! That’s how to organize and store your fabric. It is a bit of an investment buying the bins. I have twelve bins that cost me about $120.00 CN. I just bought a few at a time on sale till I had enough bins to store everything.
If you have been following me, you know that I loooove to organize things and be organized. I think you can also call me the ‘queen of clear bins’ because that is my go-to system for storage! If you enjoyed this idea, you may also want to read these posts to find out how I use clear bins for storing lots of different things!
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I would love to hear about your fabric stash and how you organize and store fabric!