How To Organize Fabric

by Destri on August 7, 2011

Betty-Ann from Texas sent me pictures of this brilliant idea, and I had to share!  She took one of those racks that hold slacks and organized her fabric on it.  Pretty smart.

What makes this so great, is that she clips the patterns right on the fabric she intended it for.  Then you don’t forget what was supposed to go with what.  Catch me after the jump, I rounded up some sources of where to buy!

This would work perfect for me because I have a stack of fabric that is at least a full yard cut, a stack that has multiple yards from one collection, and a stack that I bought to go with a certain pattern; all of which would be perfect for the rack!

I found this one on Amazon for $25.00.  And look, the racks pull out separately – perfect!

I also found this Wooden Trouser Rack too, that looks rather handsome.

Now I just have to decide which one to buy, because I am all over this idea!

A big thank you to Betty-Ann for sending me her great idea, and for letting me share it.

If anyone else has a great How-To idea they would like to share, let me know!  I would love to share it.  We have a formal invite coming up in about a month, but you can consider yourself invited now :)

Hope everyone had a great weekend!

~Destri

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It's About Time Mamaw August 7, 2011 at 5:40 am

Thanks this is a great idea. Now I just need to find the floor space to put it. On second thought I can just roll it under my cutting table. I enjoy your daily post.

Patricia aka Mamaw

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It's About Time Mamaw August 7, 2011 at 5:41 am

Was looking for the link for Betty Ann?

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Pam Pike August 7, 2011 at 6:11 am

I bought Fabric Organizers from here http://www.thefabricorganizer.com/
I love these!! They are small enough that I can use them on my book case but large enough to keep fabrics looking nice. Now I can see everything I have and can group them how I want. Well worth the money. I ordered 75 of the full size and plan to order more.

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mary August 9, 2011 at 6:27 am

What a fantastic idea! I foresee trouser rack shopping in my near future.

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Geraldine Lee August 9, 2011 at 1:10 pm

Hi, I have figured out a great way to have storage for my stash, I bought two tall and wide plastic green houses fron LTD.com. The frame Im going to use is a little heavyer than theirs, I will be able to store tripple layers in that thing, It will protect my fabric from any cooking odors or other smells that is floating around It zipps poen on both sides of the front from top to bottom. Best of all I paied $ 9.00 for each. check it out, and see what you can use it for. I just knew when I saw it, it was just what I needed for all my fabric. I have been buying plastic hangers for holding the fabric. Thank You for reading my Idea. Geraldine

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Jill Whitford August 10, 2011 at 12:38 pm

Great idea for larger (over a yard) pieces! I also bought those handing shoe and sweater organizers and keep the FQ’s and larger scraps by color in each of the shoe size and pieces larger(say up to 2 yards) in the sweater size, also by color. They hang in the closet side by side, kept clean by keeping the closet doors closed when not in use, and I can see each piece at a glance, made easier by having them sorted by color (with juvanile prints & seasonal prints in their own “cubbie”. The organizers are cheap at most discount stores, Ross, and the like. I also can keep a project that is waiting to be made (pattern, fabric etc) in a zip lock bag and in a sweater-size “cubbie” . Works for me!!

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Heather August 11, 2011 at 11:43 am

I love this! Have been looking for a storage solution for my sewing room and I’ve just ordered the trouser rack from Amazon. Thanks for sharing!

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zzipper August 14, 2011 at 7:37 pm

Definately go with the wood one. Y0u can put a table top on it and have even more space to use (and help keep the dust off the fabric).

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hayley l. August 14, 2011 at 7:53 pm

I’m now kicking myself for donating the garment-rack-on-wheels I used to have…

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Tammy August 14, 2011 at 10:11 pm

This is genius!

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Annie August 15, 2011 at 4:22 pm

I love the idea.. but my problem is I don’t have a lot of floor space.. I took thefabricorganizer.com’s idea and do it home made.. I cut out 8X11 size “forms” from cardboard boxes, packaging of things (like I just used the box my OXO kitchen scale came in), some stiff cereal boxes, whatever I can find… and I can store them in boxes or shelves.. works great and it’s free and takes up zip, zero floor space. The real mccoy have these fancy little plastic thin gees that hold the fabric but I’ve found you don’t need them unless you’re working with very slick material in which case I use a pen… easy measy

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Alecia from Denver August 15, 2011 at 9:42 pm

Great Idea! I love it and cant wait to organize my fabric just like this. Thanks Betty Anne :)

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Alycia Clark August 16, 2011 at 6:27 am

AWESOME IDEA!!

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Megan Raleigh August 16, 2011 at 7:31 pm

What a great way to get projects organized. Thanks for sharing Betty Ann

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Secret Admirer August 19, 2011 at 10:13 pm

My studio has been crying out for one of these thanks for the wonderful suggestion!

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Deena August 20, 2011 at 7:29 am

What a fabulous idea! Just in time for my sewing room re-organization project :) Thank you!

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Mary Beth|Cupcakes and Crinoline August 22, 2011 at 4:45 pm

What a wonderful idea….I had a decluterring phase {i.e. why did I throw that away????} and gave away almost all of my fabric stash….now with your great idea I can start hoarding…I mean purchasing fabric I will definitely use at some point {justifying my purchases just in case someone I know reads this!} : )

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Ashley J August 22, 2011 at 5:07 pm

What a great idea! I totally need to do this!!! I would love it if you linked it up to my link party starting tonight! http://mommybydaycrafterbynight.blogspot.com/2011/08/ta-da-tuesday-link-party-1.html

xoxo, Ashley J @ momybydaycrafterbynight.blogspot.com

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June Scott August 23, 2011 at 10:54 am

This is a great idea, Destri! Thanks for sharing! Those that don’t have floor space could utilize the hanging slack racks the same way!

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Erin of HomeSavvyAtoZ.com August 29, 2011 at 5:07 pm

This is genius! Well done. Now my wheels are turning for even more uses for these trouser racks. I am always seeing them and it never occurred to me to use one for something other than pants.

I would love for you to link your post up at my Savvy HomeMade Monday blog party at http://www.homesavvyatoz.com/blog-party-5/

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Marilyn March 8, 2012 at 8:33 am

I just posted a link to this great post in my blog today! Hopefully you will inspire others! Check it out!

http://4you-withlove.blogspot.com/2012/03/fabric-stashgetting-it-under.html

Have a great day!

Marilyn

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Destri March 10, 2012 at 9:10 am

Thanks so much Marilyn! You rounded up some great ideas!

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