Recently I’ve developed a fabric obsession. There are so many absolutely gorgeous colors and prints of fabric. I find that I want to collect every one of those lovely fabrics. Hi, Susan from Organized 31 here. My newly developed love of fabric led to a messy, sloppy sewing room. I had to do something to get organized and do it quickly.
Fabric comes in all different widths and lengths which can make it difficult to fold them in a uniform size. A completed uniform size is key to organizing fabric neatly.
To gain a uniform folded size, I simply wrap the fabric around this plastic ruler. If you don’t have a similar ruler, you can make your own out of a piece of sturdy cardboard. The ruler needs to be sturdy enough to hold up to the folding process. My ruler is 5 inches wide, but the size isn’t important. If you are making your own ruler, choose a size that fits the space where you’ll store your fabric.
When you come to the end of the fabric, tuck it neatly under and then fold the length of fabric in half.
The uniform size of the folded fabric makes it easy to stack. I store my fabric stacked on a shelf in my craft room. But folding fabric in this style also makes it easy to file the fabric in a drawer so that each piece of fabric is easily accessible.
Decide how you want to organize your beautifully folded fabric. Organizing fabric by categories makes it much easier to find what you want. Some different categories to consider are:
- Fabric Type
- A combination of categories – I store fabric purchased for a specific project together (the fabric on the left below is for a retro inspired quilt), but I store other fabrics by color (in ROY G. BIV order, of course).
For scraps of fabric too small to fold with the ruler method, I use a magazine holder to store the fabric scraps. I keep all my felt scraps in one box, which keeps them neatly out of sight but still easily accessible. If you don’t have a magazine holder, you can create your own free one from a repurposed cereal box to organize your sewing room.
Organizing your fabric will allow you to be more creative since you’ll be able to find the fabric you want with no frustration. With these tips, organizing fabric can be done easily and quickly (depending on how big your fabric stash is) and for free. How do you organize your fabric stash?
Be sure to check out more craft organizing ideas from Susan at Organized 31.