No matter what your definition of organization, here are some tips for sorting and storing your fabric stash.
Outfit a closet for fabric storage. A wire-drawer storage rack organizes works-in-progress and precut fabrics. Built in cubbies hold plastic bins full of sorted fabric. And hang finished quilt tops waiting for quilting from clothes hangers.
Sort your stash by color. Ribbons pinned on each canvas box denotes the fabric color, so you can easily switch ribbons as certain colors in your stash grow or shrink.
Plastic tubs are the fabric storage of choice for many quilters. If you want to avoid sunlight damage, keep your stash behind closed doors. Organize fabric by color, by manufacturer, or by patterns such as polka dots and stripes.
Hang quilt tops ready to be quilted in a closet on pants hangers. If you've chosen the backing and/or already cut the binding, loop it over the hanger.
A basic serving tray (you can find inexpensive wooden ones at your local crafts store) makes transporation of works-in-progress easy. Use them to corral cut pieces and half-done blocks.
Store your fat quarters in dresser drawers, separate from the rest of your stash. You can look there first if you're chosing fabrics for a fat-quarter quilt.
Back-to-back wire shelves hold collapsible fabric totes and boxes full of fabric. Buying extra shelving units allows you to add more shelves to each unit, while arranging the wire shelving perpendicular to the wall makes for a more functional solution.
Store colorful items like yo-yos, ribbon, leftover binding, buttons, selvages, and trims in clear glass jars. Not only can you easily see the items in each jar, but they make a pretty arrangement when grouped on a shelf.
Bankers boxes (available at office supply stores) provide heavy-duty storage for your fabric. They're stackable and have space to label the contents of each box, making storage fast and functional.
A roll-around commercial baker's rack can easily hold many works-in-progress. Each tray can be pulled out to lay on a cutting or sewing surface. And because it's on wheels, it can be moved out of the way to make space.
Do you like open and visible fabric storage? Wire baskets hold fabric organized by color, so you can easily see (and grab) what's inside.
Custom-built shelving in a closet allows you to maximize space for storing more fabric. Sort it by color to easily find the pieces you need. When you're done sewing, close the closet doors to keep clutter hidden.
A repurposed sawhorse acts as an adjustable cutting and ironing stand, and also offers shelves below for stacks of fabric. Corral smaller pieces in baskets that fit under the sawhorse. In-progress projects stay organized in an sheet pan on the table.
An over-the-door organizer easily fits yardages of your favorite fabric. Clear windows allow you to grab what you need without rifling through pockets. Smaller pockets are perfect for holding cutting tools and spools of thread.
Look for unconventional storage at flea markets. Fabric piles can look creative and contained when you store them in fun containers that fit your decor.
Utilize space under a table for storing fabric. Add rolling carts with drawers or wire basket holders under your work space, so you have fabric close at hand while you're cutting or designing.
And old office cabinet can easily be converted into sewing storage. Stack fabrics by color on the shelves and use the tiny drawers to store smaller supplies, such as thread, rulers, and scissors. Add labels to drawers and shelves, so you always know where to return items.
If you're not a neat freak, this is a great way to store your scraps. A pull-out garbage can store both tiny scraps and bigger pieces of miscellaneous fabric. Install one right next to your cutting board, so you can easily toss scraps while piecing.
Food storage containers are an afforable way to store supplies. Corral all fabrics for one quilt in a larger container or stash ribbon or buttons away in smaller containers. Not only are food containers stackable for easy storage, but they're also very portable!
A wire bin right under your work space keeps your favorite fabric within reach and makes it easy to see what you have. If you have too much fabric to fit, consider displaying only what you need for your current project and keep the rest stored out of sight.
Don't have the patience to organize and label your fabrics? No worries! Simply stack (or stuff) your fabrics onto a shelving unit. You can hide smaller scraps or supplies in bins, but precuts look pretty on shelves whether they're sorted or not.
Mount cafe rods on a wall or the side of a cabinet to make great hangers for fat quarters. Organize fabric by color or by designer to make finding the perfect piece a breeze.
Organize precuts by color or collection using clear photo boxes. Hide them behind doors or buy boxes with a tint to them for colorful storage.
Storage doesn't have to by ugly. Turn a bookshelf into fabric storage and a work of art! Neatly stack fabrics on some of the shelves and use some to display spools of thread and ribbons in pretty glass containers and baskets. Display your favorite quilting books, pretty supplies, and vintage collectibles on top. Add a wall hanging for a pop of handmade style.
Contain rolls of felt or fabric using this quick and thrifty idea: cut a fabric measuring tape to size and sew on a colorful snap.
Let your favorite fabrics double as decor. Fold fabrics neatly in a cabinet that looks as tidy when the doors are open as when they’re shut.
Hide unsightly supplies under a table covered with a cloth. Overlap the edges of the tablecloth in front, so you can easily lift up the curtain and grab what you need. Add a decorative ribbon around the top of the tablecloth for a bit of style.
Keep the height between shelves to a minimum. That way, pulling out a stack of fabric to sort through is manageable and you avoid creating leaning towers of fabric.
Have bits of ribbon and trims stashed in places you can't see? Wind them around uniform-size cards and store them in a pocketed, over-the-door hanger meant to hold shoes or toiletries.
Shoe organizers are a natural option for storing fabric. They're great for keeping rolls of batting, fusible web, and freezer paper from rolling around. Plus, they're just the right size for stacking your favorite collection of precuts.
Stash getting out of control? Shoe boxes might be the solution to manage your collection. Stash all your scraps by color, then cut a piece of fabric the same color and tape to the outside for quick reference!
Colorful and fun metal bins can hide fabric and look at home in any room! Tuck them onto bottom shelves for a bit of uniform or keep them on the top shelf for easy access.
If you only have room for underbed or big tub storage, don't forget to organize within those bigger containers! Use smaller boxes or dividers to keep fabric collections, precuts, or colors organized.
Organize fat quarters by color on an open shelf. They're easy to access and the pretty display of fabrics will allow you to see what colors you're running out of!
Don't toss out fabric scraps! Instead, stash them in baskets sorted by color. When you're ready to make a scrappy quilt, pull out your baskets and get busy.
Coordinate fabrics by designer, style, or manufacturer, and store in baskets of different shapes and sizes. The baskets allow you to keep various bundles and shapes of fabric in one location. Label the baskets to take organization to the next level!
Don't overlook storage spaces that can do double duty. For instance, this storage bin system holds fabric and also serves as the base for a cutting and ironing surface.
Stop searching and start working! Clear, resealable bags can hold magazines, fabric, and works in progress. Just open the bag and start sewing.
Whether you cut specific sizes from every fabric or cut yardages with a particular quilt project in mind, sorting by dimension is a storage option. Use clear-plastic storage boxes to hold fabrics of the same size and label the boxes for true efficiency.