This was originally posted at Craft Hackers on April 22, but I thought it important enough to share again with a few changes.
I posted my spring clean for #springcleanyourstudio last Wednesday. The biggest question I received was “how do you display your fabric like that?”
There are many ways you can choose to store your fabric:
- Plastic storage totes or drawers
- Collapsible Bins on storage shelving
- Folded neatly on shelves
- Boarded onto shelves
You need to take a few things into consideration when storing your fabric:
- Will it be in direct sunlight?
- Do I need to easily see what I have?
- Do I organize by color, pattern, project, fabric line, or other method?
My space is in the basement out of direct sunlight and I need to quickly see every fabric I have. So this led me to boarding it. There are a few methods to boarding it. You can do it yourself with comic boards, cardboard, etc. You can also purchase specially designed boards meant to wrap your fabric like Fabric Organizers or Polar Notions. I have tried all of these methods for boarding my fabric and like the Polar Notions the best.
The problems I had with all other methods of boarding was the sliding of fabric down from the board or the board itself folding under the weight of the fabric. Polar Notions has solved both of those problems. The boards are strong and sturdy, holding the weight of all of my fabric. They also have metal clips that when you fold the end of the bolt in and clip it, solves the problem of slippage. It also allows the bolts to be put into and removed from the bookcase with greater ease without all of the loose fabric getting in the way.
How do I organize my fabric on the shelves? I separate the high quality from the low quality fabric and then color code it. It is easy for me to find and grab exactly what I need when I need it. How do you organize your fabrics? Let me know!