Friday, June 8, 2012

Organizing and Storing my Fabric Stash!

I like to store my fabric on shelves.  My husband works at a cabinet shop in this area, and is a very talented carpenter. He installed 2 walls full of shelf cubbies with adjustable shelves for storing fabric.  I like to see at a glance the approximate yardage of each cut.  And this is the best way I have found to do this.
When I buy my fabric, it is cut from the bolt measuring 44-45 inches with the fold on one side and the selvages on the other. It looks something like this.

I like to fold it a second time longways so that it looks more like this.

Then I start folding from the right side in 9" sections something like this.

I then continue to fold the 9" sections all the way to the left side.  And I wind up with something like this.

I use a shape cut ruler a lot and this makes it convenient to use when I need to cut the fabric.  Like this.

It also makes it easy to check to see how much fabric is in each cut. Since each fold of the material is 9" (1/4 yard) you can then count the folds and  figure the yardage pretty close.  Just count folds from the middle--2 folds = 1 yard.  Easy!

And the stash looks great in the shelves.  Well anyways, it works for me!

Let me know what your thoughts are!


  1. Great idea!!! I hadn't thought about folding that way - what a quick way to see what you have!! Thanks for sharing!

  2. How lucky you are to have a carpenter in the home!!! My DH would have a list of things to build a mile long. Your fabric folding technique will help me a lot. I love to have it all stacked and folded evenly. Thanks for sharing. -Steph-

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  4. Pat that's both clever & lovely! A brilliant folding technique you've devised for quick yardage checkability ~ and visually it's a lovely way to store and show your impressive stock of fabrics.... Being surrounded by all the colors and patterns must be endlessly inspiring (and cheerful) :-)
    Great tips ~ thank you for sharing!

  5. Thank you all for the lovely comments. I enjoy reading all of them!
    Be Blessed!