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How do you store your fabric??
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Date: 8/8/12 10:50 PM

So... I just moved into my new house - my first home purchase - very exciting and very stressful which is why I haven't been around the past couple of weeks... I MISS THIS PLACE

Anyways... I'm setting up my new sewing room (yes, my very own dedicated sewing space), I'm so excited I could just about pee myself

And now it's time to put away the fabric stash. I don't have a huge stash, but definitely a bit - prolly about 100 yds I'd guess.

And I can't decide how I should organize it, so I thought I'd ask my fave sewing buddies how you organize your stash??

I can't decide between types of material or color or prints vs. solids or what???? Any help would be greatly appreciated!

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Date: 8/8/12 11:13 PM


I do type then colour.

A shelf of jersey knits ranging in colour, then silk knits, sweater knits and double knits;
A shelf with suitings, shirtings, denim+outdoor

Cheap fabrics, like cheap shoes, are a false economy.

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Date: 8/9/12 0:15 AM

I primarily make children's clothing so most of my stash is cotton.

Florals/prints by color
Polka dots by color
Boy prints
Other: A couple each of fleece, corduroy, seersucker, knits, lawn, gauze

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Date: 8/9/12 0:55 AM

I store my fabrics in stackable plastic crates (28 litre size, so they're not too heavy when full). The crates are translucent so I can see the fabric colours, although I label the crates as well.
The fabrics are sorted by colour, one colour to one or more crates, but if I have more than one crate in a colour I may subdivide by type (black; black wool) or by pattern (red; red patterned), depending on what makes up that particular colour range. Colours I rarely buy or use, such as yellow, orange and pink, I put together in one crate.
I use crates because the clothes moths are really bad. It works so well I store my yarns, projects and all sorts of stuff (even office stuff and kitchen stuff I use only occasionally) in the crates. It goes without saying that I have dozens of crates--luckily I discovered I could buy them at a very good price from the manufacturer in Sydney.

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Date: 8/9/12 0:58 AM

Mine are more or less by type. Stretch, non stretch, flannelette, upholstery fabrics. That is how it started anyway, but don't ask about what is stacked under the cutting table (Lynn Rowe has something to answer for there! ) or what is currently in the trunk of the car. Or in the dining room. Yes, it is definitely time for a sewing room make over at my house.

------ to follow the progress on my next ballgown.

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Date: 8/9/12 1:35 AM

Congratulations on your new home!

I organize by yardage and delicacy.
At the bottom, delicate and specialty fabrics are on hangers.
Pillow forms and batting at the very top.
High yardage pieces stored flat on bolts below the pillow forms.
In between I have two shelves of everything that can reasonably be rolled and secured with strips of scrap fabric. The fabric rolls are stacked and it is easy to pull some rolls out to study them and stab them back in.

I have a drawer with very special small pieces in gallon ziplock bags, pieces set aside to repair special items, precious scraps rescued from my grandmother's damaged needlework, remnants worth saving for special projects...

I keep wool in soft flat folds and store it with seasonal bedding which helps me to remember to refold it.

Silk is purchased for specific projects and sewn quickly but I am going to research the best way to store that since I am using more of it. Just checked and the recommendation for silk is dark and dry. Two or three archival document boxes should take care of that for me. Glad I checked, I leave the fluorescent light on in my closet and will need to get my silk clothing under cover.

Starting another shelf specifically for high quality knits to be stored horizontally on mini bolts.

And will be starting a little craft section to be stored on mini bolts.

Considering the Life Magazine archival magazine backers for my mini bolt cores. There is also a comic book size backer board.

Before I had everything on hangers, it was all labeled and enclosed in bins. That was probably better for the fabric but I like to be 'with' the fabric, especially when I start considering combinations.

Bet you've already figured out that it wil be your space and personal preferences that are the deciding factors.

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Date: 8/9/12 1:54 AM

I don't have too much of a stash right now... I have 2 small bins with fabric for future projects... one knit and one woven. I hang everything I can on skirt hangars along with the pattern that's going to be used for the fabric. I have a few things on cardboard thingie... batiste, selvedge wool and a seersucker. These I stash on the shelf in the closet.

This is up at my cabin, which is tiny. The rest of my sewing stuff goes in a 3 drawer dresser. Top drawer is the current project, middle drawer is elastic, buttons and stuff, bottom drawer is interfacings.

All of my notions are kept in either fake books or shoe boxes and stored on the upper shelf of the closet. One for cutting out, one for hand work, one for thread and zippers.

Patterns are kept on baskets on the dresser, unless they're clipped to fabric in the closet.

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Date: 8/9/12 1:54 AM

I store by nothing, except the stuff in my cedar chest is either the silks/wool and stuff I want to use soon. The rest goes into big totes under my cutting table in the garage.

Since I spent the time to electronically catalog it, it doesn't matter where it is, since I marked where it is stored (or at least what bin it is in), and I can search to look for the other stuff in the same bin.


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Date: 8/9/12 2:54 AM

First by material, then by color. This works well as in most cases, I start a project by selecting a pattern and then search for matching fabric from my stash.

I like Sew Ducky's solution a lot but have no idea when I could find the time to enter all my stash into an Excel spreadsheet or into a database or app or so.

Happy Sewing!

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Date: 8/9/12 3:20 AM

I have two tall metal racks in my walk-in pantry (my mom calls it a butler's pantry??). Those are full of fabric. I refuse to buy more fabric than fits on those two shelves. It's gotta fit properly on the shelf too, not fall out the sides because so much is stuffed in there. Since they're open, I can easily see everything, which is just folded up. It's not sorted, because it's not necessary when everything is visible.
I often take out 4-5 different fabrics when trying to match them together and then they just get put back on the shelf folded, but not necessarily in the same place. I figure when my stash is so large that I need to start sorting by fabric type, then I seriously need to cut down on stash or open a store

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