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How to Organize and Store Fabric

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 top image - folded fabric in wire basket , bottom image - close up of stacks of neatly folded fabric with title text overlay reading How to Organize and Store Fabric

I love to organize and I love to craft. So you can guess that it makes me giddy to share how to organize and store folded fabric in your sewing room. I find that I’m more inspired to sew and craft when my supplies are organized.  And I’m able to focus on my project rather than searching for fabric supplies.

Why organize fabric?

  • It preserves your fabric in better condition
  • It makes it easier to find the exact fabric you need for a project
  • Viewing all your fabric will inspire you to new projects
  • It’s just so very lovely to look at
  • It prevents over purchasing because you know exactly what you already have and you can easily access it and use it

How to Organize and Store Folded Fabric

Organize Fabric

  • Color
  • Fabric Type
  • Designated Sewing Project

You choose how to separate your fabrics in a way that makes sense to you. I choose to organize most of my fabric by color, but I also group fabrics by project for fabric selected for specific projects. 

If you find that your first choice of organizational grouping isn’t working for you, don’t hesitate to try another organizational grouping. Keep trying until you find what works best for you.

Once you’ve decided how you’ll organize your fabric, it’s time to decide how you want to store your fabric.

Before you start organizing your fabric, you’ll want to check out my tips on how to fold fabric. 

Close up of folded fabric on shelf

Ideas to Store Fabric

  • Organize Fabric on a Shelf – When you’ve folded fabric into uniform sizes, it’s easy to stack it on a shelf or in a bookcase. The uniform sizes keep your stacks of fabric neat so that they don’t fall over.
 Close up of stacks of neatly folded fabric on shelf.
  • Organize Fabric in a Drawer – You can store your fabric in drawers. If you choose this location, file the fabric vertically rather than stack it so that each piece of fabric is easily visible and accessible when you open the drawer.
  • Organize Fabric in a Basket – Use a pretty basket or a lovely industrial wire basket to organize and display your fabric.
    • Stack Fabric in the Basket – You can stack your folded fabric in your basket. I store fabric that is designated for a specific project this way. I don’t need to worry about accessing fabric at the bottom of the pile since it will all be removed and used when I begin the project.
Neatly folded tie dye fabric stacked in wire locker basket.
  • File Fabric Vertically – File your folded fabric vertically in your storage basket so every piece of fabric is easy to see and access (rather than wrestling with a pile of fabric when you want the piece at the bottom).  

Do you have a favorite way to organize and store fabric? I’m always interested in other ideas for organizing my craft room and I’d love to hear yours. 

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3 Comments

  1. Thanks for your info on organizing fabric, when I get to make table runners I have some difficulty guessing the yardage of the folded fabric. I think after reading your suggestions that i will but the 1/2 yard pieces together instead of strictly by color. i will definitely use the ruler method.

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