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Old Fabric Storage

Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com
Creating a sewing room to meet all of my needs is a challenge to say the least!

Starting with a blank slate our first step was to build the desks I would need. My sewing room needs a computer desk and sewing desk. I will have a 6 foot desk with drawers for under $100 and 14 feet of sewing table with drawers for just under $200. Before I started moving the abundance of fabric into the room I did take some sewing time to create the Tote Bag with Recessed Zipped Top and have to say I LOVED working on my new sewing surface. See the desk projects

Now the fabric is finding it's way into the room. I really must learn to control my urge to buy fabric. I won't venture to guess how many yards of fabric I have but I know when I see a bargain I bring it home. Since it cost me 200 miles last week just to buy the purse zippers I wanted I justify my fabric addition with the miles I will save by having the fabric on hand. Many people will not understand how it could take so many miles to buy a zipper, but upstate New York is horrendous for finding sewing supplies. Planning ahead to order online supplies, doesn't usually fit the idea I want to create when the urge strikes so my obsession continues.

I know exactly where I want the closet in the new room. Exactly what size I want the closet is yet to be decided so that I can maximized the storage space.

After experimenting with 90 and 58 quart plastic tub storage. I decided that 58 quart tubs work best to meet my space needs and hold an amount of fabric that is movable. The 90 quart tubs ended up very heavy and un-manageable to find the fabric I wanted to find.

I'm actually organizing the fabric as I fold and pack it for storage. I'm determined that I will be able to find the fabric when I want it, so each tub is also being labeled.

Here's a list of the labels I'm using to give you an idea of what might work for your storage needs.
  • Cotton
  • Cotton Scraps
  • Nylon & Ripstop
  • Lycra
  • Coat Fabric
  • Lining Fabric
  • Clothing Lengths
  • Lightweight Knits
  • Heavy Knits & Ribbing
  • Fleece
  • Wool
  • Denim
  • PJ Fabric
  • Home Dec
  • Felting
  • Leather/Suede
  • Blanks
  • UFO
The old sewing room did have cubbies that my husband built specifically to hold baskets I have of various notions. We will be using that same design in the new closet on a larger scale to hold the bins of fabric and keep them accessible.

The other end of the closet area is going to be the original smaller cubicles for the small baskets of notions. Rather than waste space we are working out a "double closet area" so that I can have the baskets two deep but still accessible. Once I finish organizing the fabric, we will know how much space is left for the basket cubbies.

Eventually the new closet will be a shopping center better than anything available in this area so I can actually create without traveling 200 miles for a zipper.

Stay up to date on the changes as they happen. A lot more organization is ahead!

See the cutting table I choose for this new sewing room.

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