Sunday, January 20, 2013

Studio Closet Organization Expanded To Entire Studio!

I decided one necessity was to organize the fabrics in my studio. They had been purchased and shoved in any available nook or cranny.

It was interesting to see what I had. I found I had almost no true blue – no navy, no royal, and no powder blue and very little brown.

When I started quilting that was about all that was available and I had boxes of those colors.


I decided if I wanted fabrics visible and accessible I would have to fold them so I could see each one.

No more “stacks” of fabric in a drawer.

For everything over 1/4 yard I found my 6 inch ruler was the perfect tool.


I laid the ruler across the fabric that was folded in half crosswise.


I start by bringing the end of the fabric over the ruler.


I continue until the entire length of the piece is rolled around the ruler.

Then I slip the ruler out, which slides out easy.


I then fold the entire piece in half. If it is from 2-7 yards this is the end of the process and I put it in a drawer with the edge up.


If it is from 1/2 to 1 yard I fold it one more time and it is ready to be put in a drawer.

I did not come up with the idea of using a ruler to fold fabric. I read about someone else doing it.

But – I did have to come up with a way to fold my fabric into a size that worked in my storage drawers.



This shows two dresser drawers that hold most of my 1/2 to 1 yard pieces.


This shows one of the Elfa drawers that holds larger pieces of fabric or collections of similar fabric.

I found fabrics that I had forgotten about or never knew I had. I have a lot of fabrics that were given to me for winning quilt competitions and that is why I wasn’t aware of some of them!

I hope this may be the spark that gives you an idea of how to store your fabric palette.

It is so much easier to design a quilt if you can look at your fabrics and see what you have.


Anonymous said...

I don't have drawer space, but I do have my stash folded and on shelves. I love having it out in the open where I can see what I have to play with!

So how do you store your scraps? Those I have shoved into drawers. LOL!

Mary Stori said...

Inspirational....but please stop.....I'm already feeling guilty enough at the state of my fabric storage!!!

Kay Koeper Sorensen said...

If my scraps outgrow a small plastic bin, they get cut into either strips or shapes with my AccuQuilt and stored ready to do something with when the urge to create gets to me.
I don't have to cut before I start and can just make ART!

Su said...

Thanks for sharing your organization process. I discovered folding my material using my 6 inch ruler a couple of years ago and when I re-folded everything, I had more room! I agree, it is so pleasant to now just look at my shelves and see what I have for the next project. Still playing with how to organize my scraps. I like idea when container gets full to cut into specific sizes for future use!

Sandy said...

You're an inspiration! Now if *I* refold all my stuff will I find some of that parakeet fabric hidden in the stacks??

Cathy Perlmutter said...

Very inspiring, Kay. I'm a long way from ever being able to show anyone pictures of my stash piles.
Plus that wacky parrot fabric is to die for!
Thanks for the useful post!