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Date: 1/11/09 7:31 PM

Before I get too carried away with this idea that was born when fabric I bought (and don't need after all) met Christmas and my daughter's birthday (empty wrapping paper tubes), I want to make sure nothing bad can happen.

To make a long story short, I bought 4 yards of charcoal gray taffeta for a theatre costume and then used a costume I already had instead. I was trying to decide how to store the fabric and noticed an empty wrapping paper tube. At 22" wide folded, the taffeta rolled up perfectly onto the tube. This would appear to be a great way to store many kinds of fabric but are there any reasons not to?

I'm also now using empty ribbon spools (the large ones that gift wrap ribbon is sold on) for the different widths of elastic that I keep handy.

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Date: 1/11/09 8:41 PM

For long term storage cardboard is acidic and will eventually damage many fabrics. So part of the answer to your question depends on how long will it be before you use this taffeta?

One way around this problem is to first cover the tube in muslin or other white 'neutral' fabric and then wrap your fabric on it.

Lots of fabrics in high-end fabric stores come rolled on tubes, so your idea is basically a good one!
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Date: 1/11/09 8:44 PM

Nice idea on the empty ribbon spools.

I have some fabric on empty cardboard tubes as well. And, of course, much of the fabric we buy at the store is stored on the bardboard bolt holders.

I've read that cardboard isn't good for fabric long-term. Given that it is frequently used, the effect is probably minor or very long term. (Then again, the way I go through my stash....)


Just read goodworks1's suggestion on muslin - nice idea.
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Date: 1/11/09 9:11 PM

Thanks for the heads-up on the cardboard! I have lots of muslin scraps so it would be really easy to roll some around the tubes first.

I've started buying different types of fabric whenever I find really good sales as I do costumes for my son's theatre group and I never know what I'll need. After the most recent production (final performance was this afternoon), I discovered my stash was starting to get a little out of control and that's when the tube idea came to me. I knew the experts out there would let me know if it was a good idea and I really appeciate your input.

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Date: 2/29/12 2:19 PM

This is an old thread but the subject is something I've been grappling with.
Currently I store my fabrics, folded, in large plastic bins.
But since I'm just starting to sew again after a few years away from it I know my stash will be growing fast (two new machines to work on!)
I've seen these roller carts with multi-colored, pull-out bins; do any of you store fabric this way?
Do you think it's a good option? And is the size satisfactory?
(I see these are available in several configurations._)

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Date: 2/29/12 2:59 PM


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Date: 2/29/12 3:23 PM

I have my fabric folded and stored in plastic storage bins. Currently the only place I have for storage is a small extra closet, and I can stack the bins on top of each other. We have a basement, but it's too moist to store anything down there, even with the dehumidifier running.

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Date: 3/1/12 9:10 AM

Sorry, but I need a little more help here.
I used the terms you cited and keyed it into "search board' tab.
Nothing came up. Did I put it in the wrong area?

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Date: 3/1/12 10:22 AM

Just try fabric storage as the key words for your search.




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Date: 3/2/12 9:49 AM

Thankyou, PattiAnn...that worked perfectly!

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