As a seamstress, having an organized fabric stash is important to me. Lately, though, I have been running out of space on my Expedit shelves for my fabric bolts. I recently cleaned up my shelves with some must-have products so I thought I would share the end result with you.
My main fabric storage area consists of two 2×4 Expedit shelving systems and one 4×4 Expedit shelf. These are found at Ikea, but are called Kallax now. My Expedit shelves have been modified a bit. Last year I took the inner shelves from my 2×4 shelf system and swapped them out with the 4×4 inner shelves in order to fit my fabric bolts.
Also from Ikea are the blue Drona bins, Kvissle magazine/book holders, and Expedit (Kallax) cabinet doors, and drawers. Inside the Drona bins I store bulky fabrics such as flannel, minky, and quilted cotton, and wide-back remnants. I also use them to keep my shipping supplies, precut fabrics, and Riley Blake basic remnants.
The 4×4 shelving system will hold about 48-54 bolts of fabric vertically when placed in double rows. The range depends on how much fabric is left on the bolts. Horizontally, only one row of bolts works well. I keep several of my solids and my interfacings in the top two shelves.
Lately I have wanted to remove some of the fabrics from the bolts when there were only a few yards left in order to make more room. I found some awesome plastic mini-bolts from Polar Notions to help with that. The mini bolts will hold anywhere from one to 15 yards of fabric. I started with a 25 piece order, but realized I quickly wanted more. I currently have 45 in use. I love that I can still clearly see the fabrics on each bolt, while taking up minimal space on the shelf. These mini-bolts would fit nicely in the Drona bins as well.
Polar Notions also makes a fat quarter sized mini-bolt for cuts smaller than one yard. I found that these work great for half yard to yard cuts, but I wouldn’t use them for fat quarters due to their cost.
I simply fold my fat quarters up and store them in my Double Deep Super Satchels by ArtBin.
These work well for storing random yardage as well, just leave the dividers out. You can also configure the bins to leave some dividers in for storing pre-cut fabrics. The bins measure approximately 15.25″ x 14.125″ x 6.25″ so they hold a great deal of fabric or supplies.
The Double Deep Super Satchel bins are wider than the Expedit/Kallax shelves, so I keep them in my craft room closet. The large three-drawer bin stores misc fabric scraps. The hanging organizer is from Ikea many years ago but you can find these at most department stores. The shoe organizers up top are the Skubb boxes from Ikea. I keep small ready-to-ship items organized in them.
Finally, I collect/display my selvages in pretty glass jars because I might use them one day 🙂 Using selvages is apparently a thing on Pinterest so I hopped on the bandwagon.
We have been in this house for five months but I am just starting to feel like everything has its place in my craft room… (well, close enough for now anyway).