How to Organize Fabric

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One of the most common questions we get from quilters and sewers involves how to organize fabric. Face it, most of us are fabric addicts. We just can’t seem to get enough. So, the issue we face is coming up with attractive, functional fabric storage. We looked around the web and found six unique, yet practical ideas for organizing fabric.

How to Organize Fabric

1. File it Away- came up with a unusual way to organize fabric. File it! This innovative sewer used acid-free Pendaflex file folders already on hand, cut them down the middle, draped the folded fabric over top, and loaded up the bottom drawer with files of fabric. This blog shows you step by step how to make your own folders for fabric filing.

foam board bolts2. Put it on “Bolts”- Lots of sewers like to display fabric on bolts. We like this version from Prayer of that uses foam core, purchased from the dollar store. For just pennies, you can create your own custom sized fabric organizers with a craft knife. They look great displayed on a shelf. No more forgetting about what you have and how much you have. You can use a box cutter or a rotary cutter to cut the foam core, which is sturdier than cardboard.

hanging on curtain rods

3. Hang it Up- Linda, over at, used a curtain rod and clipped curtain rings to display fabric, which remains wrinkle free since it is hung. Be sure to secure the rod into studs so it doesn’t fall since fabric can be heavy. We like this idea for organizing smaller pieces of fabric.

 fabric scrap baskets

 4. Put it in a Basket- Gather smaller pieces of fabric and roll it. Use lined baskets to keep the scraps handy, arranging by color. These fabric baskets are handy and very visually appealing.

letter sorters

5. Sort it Out- Repurpose a letter sorter by displaying your fabric stash! This clever sewer hung three of the same sized letter sorters side by side and folded fabrics all the same way. How smart!


6. Clipped Fabrics- This system is perfect for organizing smaller pieces of fabric as well. If you have the space to devote to this circular file, these stands are attractive yet functional.

How do you organize fabrics? We asked some of our Facebook fans for some tips. Most of them commented that it helps to store the fabric along with the pattern and other supplies.

“It helps me to keep the fabric and pattern together until I “get to it”. I started doing this after I accidentally used my background fabric for one project on another quilt and then had to buy more fabric”. – Tami P.

“I have my different projects in clear bins too along with the pattern if I’ve decided on one for the fabric.” – Jan S. K.

If you enjoyed this article, you might like our article on organizing threads.


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6 Responses to How to Organize Fabric

  1. Nittey says:

    Hi..can anybody tell me where i can get that
    Letter sorter.?
    I want to buy that…bt i can find it on any online sites…Please help me.

  2. Alice Pullen says:

    I am looking f i r Tami to Baste a quilt I have done, 4ix64 is a n out the size, please leave a message if you call me back. I will get back to you

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  6. Melissa says:

    Love the hutch in the top picture. I plan to try the foam board idea as well as the letter holders! Thanks.

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