How to organize a whole attic full of fabrics .

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  • Michelle Leslie Michelle Leslie on Dec 01, 2021

    Hi Lida, I store all my larger fabric pieces in clear sealed storage containers by color. That way I can see what's inside and don't have to worry about dust or critters getting inside. for the smaller scraps I just use one of those binder folders with the plastic sheets.

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Dec 01, 2021

    I use bins with clear covers, the kind you keep under beds, that way they are dust free and visible when needed.

  • I would install shelving or cabinets and organize by type of fabric and color.

  • Tuula - Color Me Thrifty Tuula - Color Me Thrifty on Dec 01, 2021

    I use clear bins that are stackable, and I organize by color.

  • Clear bins on shelves might work for you, or do like a fabric store if you have rolls, bins to stand them up in or shelves to hold the rolls.

  • Janice Janice on Dec 01, 2021

    I'd begin by sorting the fabrics into "like" categories. Heavy to light, then perhaps measure roll the fabric onto a tube and label with the length of the yardage. Underbed storage bins can work well so you're able to view the fabric. An inventory list complete with a picture could also be made depending on how in-depth you want to go. Smaller raggedy pieces could be cut into small pieces so they are tidy and placed in a clear container or bag for use on applique or quilting projects. With the price of fabrics these days it would be wise to keep what you have in good condition until it is used.

  • Mogie Mogie on Dec 01, 2021

    Investing in shelves is always a good idea. Especially if you’re looking for the fastest way on how to organize fabrics. You can arrange them by fabric type or by color.

    You might think filing cabinets are only for folders and documents. But guess what? You can also store fabrics in them!

    It’s actually pretty nifty to store them this way. Not only can you see your archive of fabric, it also saves a lot of space!

    Fabrics can attract lots of minute particles like dust, bugs, and even small rodents. Keep your precious fabric-safe by storing them in dresser drawers! For aesthetic purposes, store yours in a beautiful dresser that looks very boho-chic.

    Of course there are wonderful plastic bins with lids. This will keep your material free from dish and bugs. Plus if they are see thru you can easily see at a glance what you have on hand but it is always nice to label the crate.

  • Cheryl A Cheryl A on Dec 01, 2021

    you could hang up rods and buy cheap hangers to hang them on in color order or pattern order

    Box in clear containers by color


  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Dec 01, 2021

    I would use the same process as they use in fabric stores. Like materials together and then sort by color. I'm doing something similar at my mother's home. She has multiple storage tubs (stacked to the ceiling) full of clothing and material. She no longer sews but my daughter and I do so we are donating some of it and splitting what we believe we will use. Then I am sorting by type & weight and grouping by color.

  • Betsy Betsy on Dec 01, 2021

    Hi Lidia: I, too, have a huge amount of fabric. Sometimes, fabric stores will give you the empty cardboard holders. If not, what I do is put my fabric into see through totes, folding the fabric and standing it on end so that it's easy to see and remove, instead of digging through a pile of fabric. I put them according to type of fabric and colour. I also have a large tote just for the smaller scraps of fabric. I put a note on each larger piece of fabric showing how much is on each piece and, if applicable, the shape. Sometimes I get some strange shapes, and need to know what it looks like and how big it is all over. Anyway, that's what I do and it works out for me. If you don't want to do the tote thing, you can get a tall book case, lay it on it's side and use that to store your fabric. I've done that, too and it works out pretty good :)


    Good luck

  • Flipturn Flipturn on Dec 01, 2021

    Is the attic heated during the winter, and air conditioned during the summer?

    Is is insulated?


    Any fabric will eventually take on a difficult-to-remove malodorous smell if stored too long in a container or area that is poorly ventilated. Many fabrics will also develop permanent crease marks from being folded if stored too long in one position. As well, there is also the risk that fabric will develop mildew stains from being stored where it is too damp or humid.



  • Flipturn Flipturn on Dec 01, 2021

    Here are some ways of storing fabric:

  • Flipturn Flipturn on Dec 01, 2021

    Here are some more ways. Of course it is always recommended that fabric be covered if being stored for longer than a short time duration, to help prevent fading and discoloration from occurring.

  • Dee Dee on Dec 02, 2021

    Is the attic a good place to store fabric? The heat can ruin the fabric. I would store under the beds in clear boxes according to color or type of fabric.

  • I would get some inexpensive shelves and organize the fabrics by color. Fold them and stack them on top of each other.

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Dec 04, 2021

    Stack them in Poly boxes and label them up.

  • Annie Annie on Dec 05, 2021

    Some pics or some dimensions of the space you have please. Rubbermaid containers work well