Shame on anyone for ever calling fabric ‘clutter’. It is artwork of the highest caliber and/or very specially stacked home decor. But for when you absolutely do need to clear some of it up (ahem – make room for more), here are some of my favorite tactics for clever fabric organization.
Our 6 year old daughter asked Santa for a sewing machine this year. BE STILL MY HEART!!! That child is totally mine! She has also recently been found going through my fabric stash and asking if she can have various textiles. Admittedly, my initial internal reaction is usually NO. But one second later, the greedy hoarder in me subsides and I gladly hand over whatever fabric she wants so that I can help foster this love of sewing in her.
But two fabric lovers in one house? I don’t think my husband will survive. So for Christmas I made her a fabric shelf of her very own. Using magazine holders, I glued on paper letters ‘F’ ‘A’ ‘B’ ‘R’ ‘I’ ‘C’ to the outside, and inserted some of the fabrics she has been asking for. Placed neatly inside of a bookcase shelf, the fabric is tucked away and hangs out neatly in her room.
To get the fabric to sit nice and neatly on shelves or inside of the magazine racks, I use this trick.
How to get nice even fabric stacks:
● Recycled Cardboard
● Box cutter
Step One – Using a box cutter, cut out a rectangle the size you want your fabric to be.
Step Two – Use this first rectangle as a template, and continue to cut out more rectangles from the cardboard the same size.
Step Three – Wrap fabric around the cardboard templates, and stack as desired.
I love doing this as I feel it cuts down on the amount of cardboard we recycle every day, and gives me beautifully stacked fabric just like you see in the store.
A few other clutter organization ideas that I use in my personal sewing studio include…
Using L brackets to hang a classic bookcase horizontal above my door. People looking into the studio cannot see my stash, yet I get to lovingly look at it while I work. It’s a win/win.
I hang my ironing board on a coat rack to help keep it off the floor when it is not needed. I also love the classic linen striped ironing board cover, as it doesn’t scream ‘I am an ironing board’ while it is hanging on the wall. It just blends in and looks nice behind my dress forms.
For a good ironing board cover DIY, you can see this one I wrote for Pellon.
I also like to store all of the super bulky fabric I purchase inside storage lockers. This keeps them out of the spotlight, yet I can still reach for the fleece or Pellon bolts when needed.
And the most recent purchases of fabric get the place of honor, directly on my open shelving. Where I can easily reach them for my current project list. Baskets and bins are a sewing lovers best friend.
Quilt artwork gets hung in my studio, with the use of curtain wire and clips. And I like to use a nice high table for my pattern cutting, so as not to hurt my back with constantly bending over.
And last, but certainly not least, my precious sewing machine. It sits on a lovely secretary desk. The desk pulls out for when I need extra room for larger projects, or I can keep the nice small table for quick work.
It may not be the perfect studio in everyone’s eyes, and it certainly never looks this clean (except for photographs) – lol – but it is all mine, and I love it. By keeping it as organized as possible, my creative mind can work freely with the space to think and dream. These tricks keep me sane, and ready for my next project.