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Easy & inexpensive Fabric Storage tutorial

February 11, 2016 19 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?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 




19 Responses

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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