Saturday, October 16, 2010

Stashing the fabric without spending a fortune

As part of the "Use Your Crap Challenge," I needed to be able to see what crap I needed to use.    I cannot show you how the stash looked to begin with because it would take too many pictures--it was all over.  (Not to mention that I would die of shame if I posted pictures of the mess.).  Now, I can show it off!

 and this:
Lessons learned from past attempts are that you HAVE to have dividers or the stacks will fall over as you rummage through.  You also cannot stack things too high.  It makes it sooo difficult to get at the stuff on the bottom.

Taking out the wire closet organizer was not an option--too expensive to replace it right now.  Fabric or plastic cubes would have been nice, but at $5 a pop at the very least, that was not happening.  Instead, I folded large pieces of fabric over hangers, used corrugated storage boxes small enough to fit  between the shelving to hold fabric and serve as dividers, put in a hanging cloth piece meant to hold sweaters, and used plastic containers on the floor. 

Yes, I know the cardboard storage boxes are not acid free. I'm planning on that being encouragement to succeed at the goal of USING the fabric rather than just looking at it.

Let the sewing begin in earnest.


  1. What a great idea! I currently have all my remnants rolled and sitting in an armoire. Now that I am getting more and more fabric using hanging shelves in the closet is a perfect solution. You are right the stacks to topple if you dont separate. I already have a couple of those hanging shelves "hanging" around ;)

    Thanks for following FMA and entering the giveaway!

  2. The old, "out of sight, out of mind" adage holds true for me. I was amazed at the amount of fabric that had accumulated! Hopefully having it staring me in the face will keep me motivated. That and not getting to go to a fabric store until I make a serious dent in this stash!

  3. Thanks for doing away with word verification! You just made the blogging world a better place:)

  4. please, please, please come and do that to my 'all over the place' stuff. You've done a brilliant job. x

  5. Wonderful! I found this cause I'm looking at ways to use my stash. Among it I found my petticoat from my wedding...43 years ago. Waist was 26". Sort of looks like dolls' clothes now!

    I like the fact that you didn't spend a lot of money on storage. I'm determined not to do that with all of my collections.