Asked on Jan 11, 2014

Looking for ideas for fabric storage? Container Ideas?

Simple Joys
by Simple Joys
Looking for a way to separate and organize my fabrics. Using plastic totes now, but that looks kinda shabby. Any ideas for cute organizing bins I can make myself?? One of my New Years Resolutions this year to finally get it under control! Thanks!
  9 answers
  • Terri Austill Terri Austill on Jan 11, 2014
    Vintage suitcases make for great storage. Plus they can be stacked for a really cool look!

    • Simple Joys Simple Joys on Jan 12, 2014
      @Terri Austill, @Bess Rickus @Moxie @Laura Dennison THANKS for the great ideas. Going to start sorting! Found a old Entertainment Center, that I am going to repurpose for the craft area and use these ideas.

  • Bess Rickus Bess Rickus on Jan 12, 2014
    use foam poster/project board. Cut the board in even widths and wrap the fabric around the board as they do in fabric stores. you even cut them to fit in the tubs to keep the dust from settling on the fabric. hope that helps!!!

  • Moxie Moxie on Jan 12, 2014
    I made these for some of mine - they look great all lined up and you can use this idea to decorate in any way that fits your space - the chalkboard paint would allow you to label them, and change them and contents change. You could also put small swatches of the contained fabric on the inside of the lid so you could just lift up and know what was in the box.

  • Laura Dennison Laura Dennison on Jan 12, 2014
    I found a hint on pinterest and bought packs of Ultra Pro Golden Age Size Comic Boards and am wrapping my quilting fabric on those. Right now they are still in plastic bins but when we move next year I'm going to have bookshelves in my sewing room and will fill them with those. I think it will be beautiful.

  • Shannon Shannon on Jan 12, 2014
    if you ask the fabric store they should give you the bolts they use to wrap fabric, you can cut them in half, collapse them flat if needed and file in bookcase. I use that method for my thinner fabrics and ones that I have a good amount of. Fleece and heavier fabrics I roll and tie with a ribbon on lower shelves then I have 2 large baskets on top for smaller amounts that I also roll to save space and that way I can see them all and just pull out the one I need without redoing a bunch of folding. I've also found with the bolts it's helpful to put a giant rubber and around it from top to bottom, slide the beginning of my fabric under band then roll. Hope that helps, would post a picture to show you but can't seem to figure out how to do it.

  • Helen Capone Helen Capone on Jan 12, 2014
    I use corrugated sign boards cut in 9" widths, wrap the fabric around the board and use rubber bands to hold in place. I can always tell how much fabric I have by counting the layers on one side, then dividing by four. 16 layers = 4 yards

  • Marge Marge on Jan 13, 2014
    You could use a file cabinet for storage. Or if you have a fabric store getting rid of their pattern drawers, they have dividers in all their drawers! I use plastic containers and separate my cottons for color. Folded for easy viewing from the side is the best.

  • Dorris Burr Dorris Burr on Jan 25, 2015
    I use a fileing cabinet. I take hanging files cut in half and hang fabric over each piece and just hand in file. This way I can see each piece of material when I open the drawer. I saw this on pinterest and It works very well for me.

  • ThomasMaloney ThomasMaloney on May 04, 2016
    I prefer to utilize a drawer as compared to a cabinet. I roll my fabrics into nice little circles and arrange them according to material in the drawers. If necessary, I would make small partitions using cardboards to separate them further by colors or patterns to create a neat storage area.