February 11, 2016
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!
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?
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Hello, it looks beautiful! I make cardboard boards from old boxes (I get them for free) and I store them in drawers so that the colour does not change. I allow myself to have a limited amount of fabric (for religious reasons).
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February 02, 2021
So do any of y’all have issues with your fabric ‘sun’ or ‘light’ fading on the exposed folded edges?
I store my large pieces of fabric (all washed and pressed) on 5 tier pant/skirt hangers that have attached clothes clips. Every piece is labeled with the length and width so I know exactly what I have to work with. They hang in a closet in my sewing room.
December 16, 2020
I started buying the fabric boards to store my fabric and he got pretty expensive. So I went to the dollar tree and bought some foam boards and cut them the same size as the fabric boards and I could get four per sheet for only a dollar much more economical.
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.
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.
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
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!
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.
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.
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.
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 🧵😀✂️🧷❤️
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
July 28, 2019
fantastic idea. Please can you tell me what thickness board do you use.
July 25, 2019
I’ve been doing this for years and I love it!!
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.
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
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🙄
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
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!!
December 02, 2018
I never thought of the foam board.
I use cardboard the same way. I have s fabric addiction to. And it was free. And works same way .
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.
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
October 29, 2018
Where did you buy the foam core board?
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.
August 29, 2018
Love your sewing room.
How did u make your big ironing board?
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.
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.
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.
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…
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.
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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I purchased some foam board to organize my fabric. Thank you for the organization tip!
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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