Organising your stash, how to keep it neat

More ideas for how to fold and store your fabric stash so you can enjoy looking at it even more  :-)

I did an article a little while back now about the new smart and tidy way I was storing my modest fabric stash.  I shared it in the group and got so many new ideas to try that I wanted to do a follow up with some extra bits and pieces.  Especially about securing the end of the fabric once it was on it’s new mini bolt.

I don’t know about you, but for me, a lot of the pleasure from sewing actually comes from just looking at fabric, dreaming about fabric, stroking fabric, and browsing through fabrics online, even if I don’t buy many of them.  So having my fabric neatly displayed gives me a lot of satisfaction, makes me enjoy sewing even more, and also saves me time because I can find and match what I need faster.

Fabric envy! How to fold and organise your fabric stash. Makes things so much easier to find and match. I'm doing it!

I enjoyed looking at my neat fabric so much that I even splashed out on some more fabric, another plastic storage bin and another pack of those magazine boards.   You can buy these ‘magazine boards’ from Amazon.  They are basically designed for people who collect comics and things like that and are ‘archival quality, acid free’.  It’s a thin but stiff cardboard board, glossy and the ideal size for folding and storing fabric.

(Amazon US link and Amazon UK link)

how to fold and organise fabric

I’d been using some cheap pins but know in my salty and humid environment that’s not a long term solution because I’m sure I’ll end up with rust spots on my fabric.  As usual the lovely ladies in the chat group came up with so many ideas, and here are just a few.

Fabric  Storage Ideas

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With thanks to Amelia for showing us how to fold using the fabric envelope method, Shamra for suggesting the plastic covered paperclips, Cherie for suggesting cheap elastic made into bands, and Mandy for telling us how you can use rings cut from pantyhose (that’s tights if you are in the UK).

Now I know my fabric not only looks good, but is stored safer too.  Thanks ladies.

Want a big roll of cheap elastic to secure your mini fabric bolts?  Check out these ideas on Amazon US and Amazon UK.

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10 Responses to Organising your stash, how to keep it neat

  1. Marlette Louisin says:

    I purchased the plastic fabric boards online through a website called Sew Its For Sale. I paid $50.00 for 75 boards. The notions website sells them 50 for $64.00 so I did buy at a considerable savings.
    Since I have a fairly large stash of quilting cottons AND garment fabrics, the boards have helped get the quilting cottons in order, tho I still have more pieces to arrange. I think I’ll try the magazine boards.
    I store my fat quarters by color (a cut 18″x22″) folded in plastic shoe boxes.

  2. While I have seen many people do this with their stash, I’ve never contemplated tackling mine until I read your post. Three day weekend, nothing better to do than binge watch Craftsy, why not organize while I watch. OMG…I had stacks of fabric everywhere. One package later and the majority are now on one shelf of my bookcase looking ridiculously neat. I even managed to wrap up some of my fashion fabric(the thinner stuff). Now to figure out what to do with the larger, bulkier fabric….suggestions…seriously… thanks. 🙂

  3. Carmen says:

    I did this last year with my fabric. A yard or more went on a “comic book board”. Less than a yard, I folded like a triangle. (If you’ve ever folded a flag, that’s how I did it) I stood up the fabric on the boards and the triangles in front of them. It’s like having my own fabric store! I can see what I have and not have to dig for anything.
    I bought a used dresser and have used the drawers for my fat quarters. All sorted by colors. Love it!!!
    I like the suggestion of the coated paper clips. Pins are coming out.

  4. Anke says:

    I still did not organize my fabric, but on my long and windy road to be an organized sewist I have managed to create a dustfree and organized way to store my thread! Thought you might be interested 🙂

  5. Helen Barclay says:

    It’s ok mentioning Amazon but for me the postage would be over $US 130 which makes it ridiculous. I have been looking a long for something to keep my smaller fabric in/on and they look great. Do you know of anywhere else I could buy them. They are not advertised here in Australia

    • You could try looking in sci-fi and collector shops, or where they sell collectible comics. They would have these sort of boards I’m sure.

    • Eileen says:

      I am a cross stitcher and very interested in this article. I am thinking about the acid free mounting board that is available to mount my creations onto. In the UK it can come in sheets up to A1 from art shops. I know that yuo would have to cut the boards but it is something worth considering. Hope this helps

  6. Karen white says:

    I love the large plastic coated paper clips. Have been using these since I been using the comic book boards – about two years.

  7. Ann Turner says:

    I purchased some fabric clips which fit over about 3 folds of fabric. They are made like a little less than 1/2″ PIECE of aluminum folded over leaving the folded end wider than the opposite end. The opposite end raises up for you to easily put it on or take it off.
    Companies who make the pre-cut, acid free plastic fabric holder boards sell them. Look in the back of quilt magazines for these. I am switching to your boards though. Less expensive, and more practical I think.

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