How much excess fabric do you own? Maybe you have some remnants or larger bolts you're looking to store. These fabric storage ideas will work whether you have one bin worth of textiles or an entire room.
Before you pick a storage solution that will work for you, do a full inventory of all your fabric. Next, examine your existing sewing room or crafting area and think about where you could store this fabric.
Once you have picked a storage area like a wall, a closet or a section of floor space, you'll be in a better position to implement one of the ideas listed below.
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Learn How to Fold Fabric to Size
The first thing you should master when you start storing excess fabric is how to fold the pieces to size. Figure out where you are going to stack the fabric, create a template and fold accordingly. This tutorial will show you how to do just that.Continue to 2 of 15 below.
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File Fabric Inside a Filing Cabinet
If you have an extra filing cabinet you're using, repurpose it into a fabric storage caddy. If folded correctly, you'll be able to easily flip through your fabric remnants when you open the drawer. This fabric storage method might take some time to set up and maintain, but the functionality it offers makes up for it.Continue to 3 of 15 below.
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Hang Fabric From Clothespins
There are a couple of benefits to storing fabric on the wall if you have the space. First, fabric displayed on a wall will double as an art installation. Second, you'll be able to see all the scrap fabric you have, which will make it less likely that you'll purchase duplicates.Continue to 4 of 15 below.
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Repurpose an Old Dresser for Fabric Scraps
When thinking about where to store your fabric, consider any extra space you have as well as the amount of fabric. If you have the floor space, consider repurposing an old dresser for the job. Remove the drawers and paint the interior. This way, you'll be able to see all the fabric you have on hand.Continue to 5 of 15 below.
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Purchase Fabric Organizer Boards
Storing fabric vertically will make it easier to pull the fabric on and off a shelf. However, if you fold the fabric without a board of some kind, it will quickly lose its shape and defeat the purpose of placing it in an upright position. There are fabric organizer boards you can purchase, or if you have a bunch of excess cardboard, you can make some yourself.Continue to 6 of 15 below.
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Use Hangers Inside a Closet
Take advantage of any extra space inside your closet for fabric storage. If you have a bunch of regular hangers, you can use these to organize your fabric. You can also use trouser hangers or hangers that have multiple rods to maximize the space.Continue to 7 of 15 below.
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Sew a Fabric Storage Bin
Keeping like fabric together in a bin is a smart move if you find yourself crafting in different areas of your house. When you start a sewing project, you can quickly grab the fabric bin you need and put it away when you're done. One option is to purchase some inexpensive totes, but you could also make your own fabric baskets for this purpose.Continue to 8 of 15 below.
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Hang Bolts of Fabric on the Wall
If you need to store large quantities of fabric, you could store the rolls on dowels. However, another option is to hang the roll of fabric from a hook on the wall. If you have enough rolls, this will make a beautiful accent wall.Continue to 9 of 15 below.
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Lean a Ladder or Crib Rail Against a Wall
Hanging fabric from dowels or rods is ideal because it minimizes the chance of wrinkles and unnecessary creasing. To save some money, think about what you have at home that has rods and upcycle it. Some people have repurposed crib rails. You could also use a wooden ladder as seen here.Continue to 10 of 15 below.
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Stack Clear Plastic Totes
If you have to store your fabric in an attic or basement area, utilize some air-tight plastic totes. To help stay better organized, make sure the totes are transparent, so you can see what fabric you have in stock.Continue to 11 of 15 below.
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Keep Fabric Inside of an Armoire
If the idea of having your fabric out in the open doesn't appeal to you, conceal it inside an armoire. An armoire allows you to stack fabric on shelves and get full access to the collection by simply opening two doors. This solution is much less cumbersome than digging through drawers looking for what you need.Continue to 12 of 15 below.
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Roll up Fabric and Put It in Baskets
Fleece is hard to store and keep tidy. Instead of folding it, consider rolling it and placing each roll inside a basket. When it comes to fabric storage ideas, this one is easy. Simply purchase some baskets from a craft store and stack them for additional space. The size of the roll will give you a good idea of how much fabric you have left.Continue to 13 of 15 below.
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Organize Fabric by Color Inside Laundry Baskets
Head to a discount variety store and pick up a dozen or so laundry baskets for this fabric storage idea. To keep everything organized, sort fabrics by color and pick laundry baskets that have large gaps so you can see the fabric from the outside.Continue to 14 of 15 below.
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Store Fabric Remnants in a Vintage Suitcase
For stylish fabric storage, reuse vintage suitcases. Just make sure you don't toss the fabric inside and forget about it. To keep all your fabric remnants in order, print off some labels and wrap them around the entire roll.Continue to 15 of 15 below.
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Add Clips to a Pegboard for Hanging Fabric Storage
Pegboards are helpful for organizing all sorts of tools and craft supplies. In most cases, a pegboard can be easily customized to accommodate your needs. This crafter used inexpensive binder clips to hold the fabric together and hang it off a peg.