6 Creative Fabric Storage Ideas to Organize Your Stash

Posted by on Jul 19, 2014 in Quilting, Sewing | Comments


When it comes to your fabric stash, part of the challenge is knowing what you have on hand and what fabrics you still need to purchase. Sorting your fabric by color, type and manufacturer may help to “tame the beast,” but organization is the key to keeping your fabrics within reach and usable for your next project. To help you get your fabric collection in order, we’ve collected some creative fabric storage ideas!

Discover 6 affordable and achievable fabric storage solutions for a more organized space:

Fabric creatively sorted and stored on Craftsy.com
Photo via Maureen Cracknell

1. Sort with shelving.

How do you store your half-yard and one-yard cuts of fabric? Maureen shares a beautiful fabric shelving solution which holds the majority of her large fabric cuts. She picked up a 25-cubby bookshelf, enlisted her children to help sort fabrics by color and folded her stash into uniform stacks the width of her shelving. The decorative bowls on top of the shelf hold pins and other notions.

Fabric storage solution using a curtain rodPhoto via Craftaholics Anonymous

2. Use a curtain rod.

If you don’t have room for a large storage cabinet, you might try this creative fabric storage idea from Linda. She used an IKEA curtain rod on the wall and strung curtain rings (with clips) to hang her fabric. The fabric is folded lengthwise into uniform panels and sorted in rainbow order. Linda warns that you should always hang the curtain rod into your wall studs, or else the weight of the fabric may cause it to fall. Need more incentive to hang your fabric? In addition to having fewer wrinkles than folded fabric, this storage solution serves as colorful wall art.

Using a filing cabinet to creatively organize fabric
Photo via The Thinking Closet

3. File it away.

Raise your hand if you have an old file cabinet in your house that is filled with years of no-longer-needed paperwork. Store fabric in a filing cabinet with this great tutorial from Lauren. It’s easier than you might think! This low-cost storage solution is perfect for keeping your fabric organized and off the closet floor. Best of all, you won’t have to worry about disturbing the whole stack of fabric by pulling one piece out.

Using a crib side rail for fabric storage!
Photo via Dwell Delightfully

4. Create repurposed racks.

Here’s a great fabric storage idea from Lisa. When it’s time for your baby to transition from the crib to a toddler bed, you can turn a crib side rail into fabric storage! If you choose to hold onto the extra crib side, you can lean it against the wall and hanging your fabric. Several cuts of fabric will fit on each rail. This is especially great for large cuts of fabric like vintage sheets and quilt backs.

Using an old cassette holder to creatively store scrap fabricPhoto via Create Celebrate Explore

5. Clean up quarters like cassettes.

Now that the larger cuts of fabric are organized, it’s time to sort your fabric scraps and Fat Quarters. Tonya picked up an old cassette holder at a thrift store for $3, and found the perfect use for it! She now sorts and stores fabric scraps in the slots. Keep an eye out at antiques shops, thrift stores and garage sales for shelves and other boxes that can be used to store fabric.

Organizing fabric scraps by color
Photo via Craft Buds

6. Color code and seal away.

If all else fails, you can sort your small fabric scraps by color. Then store each group of colors in zipper-seal freezer bags. Learn more about how to sort and organize fabric scraps in under-bed storage boxes in the post from Craft Buds.

Once you’ve tamed your fabric stash, celebrate color with a quilting class like Color Play for Quilters taught by Joen Wolfrom. Or, turn those tiny scraps into fabric art with Sarah Fielke in her course Big Techniques from Small Scraps.

More into sewing? Trying putting together fabric to make your own unique purse with the sewing class Design Your Own Handbag.

We’d love to hear your best ideas for creative fabric storage!
How do you sort and organize your fabric cuts, large and small?