Oh, how we wish we could wave a magic wand, and come up with the perfect solution for organizing, storing and accessing all of our fabrics! It's simply not that easy, and as our fabric stock grows, we try to edit and keep it as neat as possible. So on Day 8 of this challenge, we are just dipping our toes in the water. Trying out some new (to us) organization possibilities here in the DIYStyle studio.
Clean, Purge, Organize :: Day 8
If we could take an inventory (Pleeeaaassee do not ask us to!), I can guarantee we have WAY more fabric stash than we will ever be able to use. In this challenge, our self-imposed clean-out, it's far past time for us to do an edit. We are definitely in need of finding some creative ways to store our fabrics.
As far as our sewing studio is concerned, besides all of our sewing machines and sergers, fabric is by far our largest investment. We want solutions that will protect our coveted fabric while making it easy-to-find (not buried in a dark plastic bin). And it has to "encourage" us to keep as much order as possible. While one solution may work for woven fabric like quilting cotton, another is needed for delicate fabrics, knits, or bulky fabrics like fleece.
Storing fabrics on Comic Book boards has gotten a lot of attention.
Here is an excellent quick tutorial from Sara at Sew Sweetness on how to do just that.
Another modern storage solution (and one that we love!) is using cube style shelves, and storing folded fabric in pull out bins, or shelving the fabric folded on comic book boards.
Bonus: These cube organizers from Target go on sale frequently, so you can keep adding to your organized sewing space as you go.
While searching for creative ideas for fabric storage, we found several Pinterest worthy blogs for inspiration! Here's just a couple to check out:
In the DIYStyle Studio we utilize hundreds of clear plastic shoe boxes, each labeled for solids and like fabrics. Larger 16 Quart clear bins with lids are another inexpensive option, and stack neatly on shelves. Clear is always our choice for fabrics--we need to be able to see our fabric, but do not want them exposed to dust, sunlight, or absorb scents.
Take today to slow down a bit. Don't push too hard here! There is no one "right" way to organize fabrics. And it's equally important to remember that "Rome was not built in a day", nor will tidying up your fabric pile most likely get done in one sitting. If your fabric stash is minimal, we commend you--and are uber jealous of your self-control! Find what works for you, and share your ideas in the blog comment contest below.
Watch for Day Nine of "21 Days to Your ULTIMATE Sewing Space" to arrive soon.
Question of the Day?
What is YOUR #1 favorite way to store your fabric stash?
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