Asked on Mar 12, 2017

I'm looking for Ideas for storing my fabric yardage...

by Susan
I've seen ideas for storing quilting fabrics (fat quarters) but my fabric stash is all multi-yard pieces, anywhere from 1 to 5+ yards. I am in the process of setting up my sewing room and need some ideas! The room is about a 10x12, with a small closet. Thanks for any ideas!
  18 answers
  • Betty Pirtle Betty Pirtle on Mar 13, 2017

    Plastic bin/drawer things?

  • Nancy Gramm Nancy Gramm on Mar 14, 2017

    I fold mine onto comic book backer boards. Here's a blog link, not mine, with directions. My cupboard doesn't look as neat as hers (first photo) but I have much more fabric, and mine needs more tending than it gets!

    There's also specially-made fabric organizers (second photo) but I'd bet they're Bmore expensive. (Backer boards cost about $13 for a hundred.)

    For additional ideas, do a search for Fabric Storage on Pinterest. Lots there. Good luck!

  • Susan Susan on Mar 14, 2017

    Thanks for the ideas!

  • Ljr10627467 Ljr10627467 on Mar 17, 2017

    I had a client whose husband bought the house next door for her fabric and supplies. I am not kidding. Lucky lady.

  • Susan Susan on Mar 17, 2017

     And I thought my husband was the greatest!!

  • Deanna Nassar Deanna Nassar on Mar 17, 2017

    Heavy duty coat hangers for larger pieces. Thrift stores put sheet sets on wood hangers. Bookcase for any you fold up. Depending on usage organize by color, place in those storage bags where you vacuum out the air, and put on bookcase. Yard sale dresser or chest of drawers.

    • Jeannie Herman Jeannie Herman on Apr 02, 2017

      They also sell those super large zip lock bags that would be good for smaller pieces of fabric!!

  • Mar21172658 Mar21172658 on Mar 22, 2017

    l just roll my spare up on left over rapping paper tubes.

  • Rita Smith Rita Smith on Mar 22, 2017

    Same size as my room. I use a bookshelf along one wall. Smaller pieces fold on the shelves where I can admire them. Larger pieces, I roll tightly and secure with rubber bands. They fit standing up in wire crates (the crates fit the lowest shelf and can be pulled out to see what I have in there. I found odds and ends of small shelves and turned my closet into a storage unit too!

  • Dfm Dfm on Mar 25, 2017

    most of my fabrics are on pants hangers. the thicker support soesn't crease the fabric as bad.

  • Susan Susan on Mar 25, 2017

    Love the hanger ideas! I have a ton of pant hangers!

  • Vickie Vickie on Mar 25, 2017

    I buy foam craft boards at the dollar tree and cut them into 10 x 10 size. Then I iron, fold and wrap my fabric around them. I bought cubby shelves and I put them in those.

  • Marilyn Ericson Marilyn Ericson on Apr 02, 2017

    I store mine in "under the bed" boxes.

  • Annie Doherty Annie Doherty on Apr 03, 2017

    Brilliant suggestions, I made several small trees from the foam shaped Christmas trees. I pinned small pieces if trimmings, fabric, ric rac, braids, lace etc and keep those in a glass fronted cabinet. Maybe not practical but they look fabulous, I love them anyway as they spark ideas and colour combinations.

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Dec 10, 2023

    Polythene bag, Throw them in, be prepared to Iron them when they come out for use.

  • Mogie Mogie on Jan 03, 2024

    For large fabric, like half- and one-yard cuts, pick up (or build!) a cubby bookshelf. Sort fabrics by color, then fold them to fit the width of your shelving. Add decorative bowls on top to hold pins and other notions — and consider those another opportunity to show off even more of your style.

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Jan 03, 2024

    Here you go:

  • Betsy Betsy on Jan 03, 2024

    Hi Susan: I'm in the midst of doing the same thing. One thing I do is to stand the folded fabric on their edges, like books, in a clear plastic bin. That way I can see what I have and can lift out what I want without digging through everything. For the Fat Quarters, you can use the clear plastic shoe boxes. And you can use a piece of cardboard and write on it what's in the box, felt, fleece, cotton, silks, etc., and put that right in the box where you can see it. Easy to replace, too :) And, they stack nicely.