It’s time to organize your fabric stash, but where do you begin? Here are 5 tips to help you get started.
1. Watch the sun exposure.
Keep fabric out of direct sunlight, as it could fade over time.
2. Keep it visible.
Not only does it look so pretty on a shelf but you can also see what you have at a quick glance. Fold and file fabric vertically in a dresser drawer so you can see everything when you pull open the drawer. When you pile fabric horizontally it hides the fabric underneath. This means you will have to pull everything out to see what you have which creates a mess that will eventually need to be cleaned.
The Craft Mummy suggests see through plastic bins so you can see what you’ve got. CD holders are fantastic for storing fat quarters.
3. Keep it as uniform as possible.
This folding fabric tutorial from ialwayspickthethimble.com is simple and really helpful to keep your fabric uniform and neat.
Color blocking, or grouping the same colored fabric together, looks great and is much easier to maintain. Patterns can easily clash with each other and requires more thoughtful coordination.
4. Keep it tight and contained.
Don’t let it take over your entire space, which adds to the visual clutter and chaos. Leave room for wall decorations or other types of storage so that you space has variety.
Like this post from sewmanyways.blogspot.ca , I filed my fabric and was amazed how much more fabric I could store by filing.
Why not hang your fabric in a closet, wardrobe or the back of a door? Or use cardboard to make “mini-bolts” like this post from andreasnotebook.com .
Or my favourite, why not try this DIY crate bookshelf from taramichelleinteriors.ca to house your fabric.
5. Keep it neutral.
Paint your walls a very muted color. There is a lot going on already with the colors and fabric patterns. Don’t add to the visual clutter with your wall color. This way, the fabric display becomes the “star” instead of overwhelming your brain with too much color.