Easy & inexpensive Fabric Storage tutorial

February 11, 2016 34 Comments

Easy & inexpensive Fabric Storage tutorial

See this pile, this is how I was storing my fabric. It was fine for a while, that is until the addiction really began. I am absolutely addicted to fabric! It used to be scrapbook paper, and now I am 100% addicted to sewing and fabric! Quit shops are my new favorite destination! So I had an idea, and since I have a brilliant husband, he was able to take the idea right out of my head and build it! We used an old bookcase that was out in the garage, so it was also free! 

So while he was busy building I was cutting foam core board and making my own mini bolts of fabric.

I took a piece of 20 x 30 foam core board, and cut it down to 10 x 7.5 You can get 8 from one sheet.

 

Next I wrapped the fabric around the bolts, the great thing about them being foam board is that you can use stick pins to secure the loose ends.

 

Now the shelf is done, and on the wall, ready to organize my delicious selections of fabric! 

Here it is up in my craft room! It is beyond perfect! 
I love how this came together!! 

 

Now for all of the scraps! Wire bins sorted by color! All stored under my giant ironing board! Its great for when I am making my scrap maps!

 

What is your secret for fabric storage?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 




34 Responses

Karen
Karen

July 19, 2020

I saw a tip on-line a few years ago and loved it. I have stored a lot of my fabric (less than 2 yd pieces) in a 4 drawer filing cabinet. Each drawer has a color theme. I drape the folded fabric over the hanging file folders and can store a lot of fabric that way. I am planning to move to smaller quarters, so bought stackable plastic hanging folder bins I can transfer my file folders of fabric. I have some larger pieces that are 2yds.+ and bought soft side bedding storage (from Amazon) for those. The best part about the filing cabinet is that the fabric is protected from the sun, dust, etc, but I can pull a drawer out and see all in that drawer.

Judie
Judie

June 01, 2020

I buy comic book boards from Amazon. They come in batches of 100. To hold fabric on the board, I order shirt clips. Both are inexpensive. The comic boards are 8-1/2 by 11.

Marge
Marge

May 12, 2020

I get foam board from the dollar store and sometimes it can be 50 cents a sheet but even if 1 dollar a board- you do get 8 of it. Cheaper than buying at the craft stores

Mia
Mia

February 29, 2020

My husband is a picture framer and he makes me bolts from acid free mat board. Ask at your local framers for scraps!

Linda
Linda

January 31, 2020

I’m lucky enough to have access to used “VOTE FOR ______________________ FOR ___________________” signs as hubby was a county supervisor for 2 4-year terms. I washed a lot of those that weren’t broken to pieces, and cut them with an exacto knife or box cutter to the size that fit my full extension cabinet drawers, and happily wrapped fabric around the pieces. Hubby is also a realtor, and as the “FOR SALE” yard signs become faded, etc, I snag those and cut them up as well. (This stuff is like corrugated plastic.)
Just a note, though … please ask the sign owner if they’d be willing to part with any of the signs. The realty office and the agents are constantly having their signs stolen, and they’re really expensive to replace. And if the person will be running again for re-election, they’ll likely be using the signs again.
And just to let you know … I’ve never had a problem with any of the remaining word/copy/ink coming off and recoloring my fabrics.

Shelly Golding
Shelly Golding

January 22, 2020

I use the comic book back board and it is available at Amazon for a really good price for a large quantity. Pay attention to the size listed though.

Marie-Claude
Marie-Claude

January 08, 2020

Vous parlez de plaque de mousse mais comment s’appelle ce matériau. Dans un magasin de bricolage je n’ai rien trouvé qui convienne, surtout que vous parlez de quelque chose de bon marché. Merci de partager vos bonnes idées de rangement.

Rose Redd
Rose Redd

November 24, 2019

Outstanding ideas ! Thank you SO MUCH for posting ! This may FINALLY help me get my fabric organized 🙌 woohoo excited to try it ! Extra room since daughters moved out got married , so I will actually get my own room for sewing 🧵😀✂️🧷❤️

Kathy Bledsoe
Kathy Bledsoe

September 19, 2019

I use backer boards for comics or magazines to wrap my fabric on they are 8 1/2 by 11 and fit nicely on bookshelves I have several Ikea shelves with glass doors I keep it all in. Looks great keeps fabric clean and I can see at a glance what I have

Ruth Rodgers
Ruth Rodgers

July 28, 2019

Hi,

fantastic idea. Please can you tell me what thickness board do you use.

Ruth

Jackie
Jackie

July 25, 2019

I’ve been doing this for years and I love it!!

Sarah
Sarah

July 23, 2019

I use foam board also but I do apparel, so I get 3 bolts per foam board instead of 6. If you take the store crease and fold it over again 45" fabric fits perfect. Different widths you just have to play with. In regards to the dust question, I have several bolts of very expensive beaded fabric, so I wrap mine in cheap plastic wrap after I bolt it. I just make sure to place them in the rack between inelastic-wrapped bolts so they don’t stick together. I keep all my bolts on a bakers rack I got from Lowe’s for about $ 75. It holds a lot of you lay them perpendicular to the shelves on their sides, and those bolts fit perfect without sticking out all jagged and you can pull what you need without disturbing anything else.

Mary
Mary

July 09, 2019

Oh and I also write how many yards are on the cardboard. I kinda of keep a record of what I have… It helps

Mary
Mary

July 09, 2019

Go to your local fabric store and take the cardboard bolts home and use them. They just throw them away. Make sure u get the ones that unfold and place the fabric on the cardboard and then fold the flaps back down. Not the solid ones. Not much work to do. And if that’s your addiction, mine is far worse. LoL….I need help🙄

Christine
Christine

May 01, 2019

Thanks for the great tip about folding the fabrics. We have just moved, and so I’ve got gazillions of cardboard boxes, and am now cutting them up to size to create my bolsters of fabric. A couple of years ago I bought a 200 hundred year old linen press but not the whole thing…(I wish!) ..just the cupboard from the top, with big drawers that can hold a lot of heavy fabric. Apparently there had been a flood and the bottom drawer unit was ruined, so I snapped this sad lonely cupboard up for a ridiculous £50 and started using it for my stash. Now I have your tip about folding them using templates measured to fit, I have no problem with the fabrics falling about and getting really untidy. I’m so grateful for this fabulous tip. xx

Kim Huculiak
Kim Huculiak

December 09, 2018

I LOVE THIS IDEA!! I was looking at how much the plastic boards are to store fabric and thought there has to be something else. Then I decided to use cardboard and since I had just received a recliner and the box it came in was really big so I planned to cut it up and use it for my fabric bolts. And at our recycling depot there’s a steady supply of large pieces of clean flat cardboard that I can go collect and make as many as I need. Then I read your article and what a better idea, it won’t bend as easy as the cardboard and will be a more firm bolt for all my fabric and it is available at our local dollar stores and I know that there’s NO WAY it’s had food or dirt or anything on it. So Thank You, I’m going to do that and the fact I can use pins to hold the fabric in place is great! Thanks for the idea!!

Jody
Jody

December 02, 2018

I never thought of the foam board.
Thank you!
I use cardboard the same way. I have s fabric addiction to. And it was free. And works same way .

Crystal
Crystal

November 28, 2018

If anyone was still wondering….I did something similar with my Mom’s fabric. I folded it in thirds and it perfectly. Foam core board can be bought just about everywhere, including Dollar Tree. It’s usually next to poster board. Hope that helps.

Nicole
Nicole

November 25, 2018

my question is how do you keep dust off the fabric? i love your idea but im concerned about material getting dusty

karla
karla

October 29, 2018

Where did you buy the foam core board?

Barbara
Barbara

September 15, 2018

I came up with exactly the same idea – love it! This is so inexpensive and you can see what you have. It is very neat – says the neat freak! Looks wonderful.

Gracie
Gracie

August 29, 2018

Love your sewing room.
How did u make your big ironing board?

Cathryn
Cathryn

July 27, 2018

I store my fabric the same way but instead of foam board I use those rectangular inserts comic collectors use. They are the perfect size, so no cutting involved, they’re also archival quality. They appear to be made of a heavy card with a plastic like coating. They are inexpensive as well. I too pin the end of my fabric but not into the actual card.

SHARON
SHARON

July 24, 2018

I use hanging shoe organizers from IKEA. I have a section for each major color, and a section for batiks, courntry plaids, animal prints (child prints) etc.

Carmella
Carmella

July 17, 2017

I go through my fabric fast so I use cardboard to wrap my fabric. I usually buy by the yard, so I know how much I have and sort by color.

Suzie
Suzie

June 06, 2017

Mines a question…which I may just need to pay with…but wondering more details on the folding on to the boards. If I fold my fabric in half lengthwise, it would be around 11 inches so still too wide for a 7.5 × 10 board. Can you give more details on this…

Cherri
Cherri

May 07, 2017

My husband hung decorative curtain rods on the wall, I use Café curtain rings to hold my fabrics 1 yard or less.

Agnes
Agnes

March 09, 2017

This idea is stunning! Thank You soooo much! I’m struggling with tons of fabric in my workroom with no idea how to solve it… Until now! :) You’re amazing. I’ll try to recreate Your idea – I’ll let You know if it worked for me :) Have a nice day! :)

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Michele
Michele

January 13, 2017

I purchased some foam board to organize my fabric. Thank you for the organization tip!

steph
steph

April 27, 2016

Thanks so much for the great idea. Your studio looks fabulous! I particularly like your giant ironing board!

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