How To: Store Fabrics

If you quilt or sew, chances are you have a fabric stash somewhere in your home that you pull out for projects. We put together a guide to organizing and storing your stash that includes shelves, drawers, closets, and tubes...
Before you organize your collection, edit it down and get rid of unwanted fabrics on freecycle or donate to an organization. Project Linus uses donated fabrics to make hand-sewn blankets for children in need.

Shelves:
Fold fabrics into squares and stack them. Use shelf dividers to keep the stacks organized, or use a cubicle shelving system like the Expedit Bookcase from IKEA (starting at $79.99) or the Cubits System from DWR (starting at $198).

Drawers:
Fold fabrics, stack them, and store them in translucent drawers so that you can see what's available. If you have a large drawer, use shirt boxes to keep fabrics neat and organized.

Closets:
Hang fabrics on wood or fabric skirt or slack hangers. Do not use wire hangers, since they can stain the fabrics over time.

Tubes:
If you have a long shelf or drawer available for storing fabric, you can wrap fabrics around cardboard tubes, which avoids creasing. Attach one end of the fabric to the tube with masking tape and roll the fabric carefully around the tube. You can find cardboard tubes in various lengths at a shipping supply store or at the Container Store.

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