Thursday, September 13, 2012

6 solutions to your fabric storage problems

via Treasure 4 Tots

To know if you have a sewing addiction check these symptoms:
  • You buy fabrics everywhere you go
  • You buy fabrics even if you don't know what to do with them yet
  • You have ecstatic visions of the clothes you'll make
If the descriptions above fit you your addiction has already gone too far. The consequences of this illness are mainly the build up of piles and piles of fabrics around the house. You filled chests then drawers and in acute crisis you can end up taking off the clothes from your closet to put fabrics in it.
If we can't cure your sewing addiction (please don't watch fashion shows to avoid serious crisis) we can at least cure its consequences. I'm here to suggest some clever ways to store fabrics that will help you save space and money.
Do you have other ideas to store fabrics? I'd love to hear your solutions!


              1. Hanging folders

The first idea to organize fabrics I found on Sew many ways is simply brilliant. Fabrics are  rolled around hanging folders and stored in drawers as they were documents. Check out their webpage for the tutorial.
Isn't it clever? Fabric stored with hanging folders via Sew many ways

              2. Cloth hangers

The second way to store fabrics is keep them in the closet on cloth hangers. This is a good idea because it keeps fabrics away from the daylight that is responsible of color fading. We can also use cloth hangers for scarfs in order to use all the vertical space we have.



via Paper work Genie


via Everything Etsy
3. Cardboard

This is the solution I'm going to use. Every piece of fabric is just rolled around a piece of cardboard and then stored on shelves. The cardboard makes the roll stiff so you can easily take it from a pile, it's a very inexpensive solution and since the fabric is tidily wrapped you can save space. The Quilt board  tells us how big is the piece of cardboard and treasure 4 Tots shows us how to add a couple of tabs that keep the fabric in position. If you don't feel like diy them you can even buy fabric organizers here.

 
via Treasure Tots

via Quilt board
 Mail organizer, cassette holder and jars

Storage solutions 4, 5 and 6 are for fabric scraps. If you love patchwork techniques you'll have a lot of them. These are ways to store also all the remainder pieces of your sewing projects. The author of Living with kids stores her tiny pieces of fabrics into a mail organizer while Tonya Staab uses a old cassette holder but nothing decorates more than jars filled with colored fabrics.
mail organizer turned fabric holder via Living with kids
cattessette holder via Tonya Staab
Jar turned fabric scraps holder via Craft Gossip
Per sapere se la febbre del cucito vi ha già contagiato controllate questi sintomi:
  • Comprate stoffe dovunque andiate
  • Quando vedete una stoffa che vi piace la comprate nonostante non sappiate ancora cosa farci
  •  Avete delle visioni sui vestiti che realizzerete
Se vi riconoscete in queste descrizioni siete ormai in uno stato acuto della malattia, uno stato dal quale non si può tornare indietro facilmente. Le conseguenze di questo disturbo sono principalmente l'accumulo di rotoli di stoffa per la casa. Vi capiterà di riempire mobili e scaffali. Sebbene non ci sia una cura precisa possiamo sempre curare i sintomi. Ecco a voi delle soluzioni creative ed economiche ai vostri cronici problemi di spazio. 

1. Portadocumenti
L'autrice di Sew many ways ha trovato un metodo intelligente per catalogare le sue stoffe usando nientemeno che dei portadocumenti. Le stoffe rimarranno così ordinate in un cassetto o in uno schedario.
2. Stampelle
Ebbene si usate le vostre stampelle per appendere le stoffe, quelle per le sciarpe vi auteranno ad utilizzare tutto lo spazio verticale  a vostra disposizione. Le stoffe, tenute lontano dalla luce del sole non scoloriranno e si conserveranno meglio.
3. Cartoncini
Questa è la soluzione che personalmente ho deciso di adottare: è semplice da realizzare in casa e praticamente a costo zero. Le stoffe vengono piegate ordinatamente intorno ad un cartoncino e poi riposte negli scaffali. Il cartone rende la stoffa rigida quindi facile da estrarre da una pila. The Quilt board ci illustra le dimensioni del cartoncino mentre Treasure for Tots ci mostra come aggiungere delle alette che tengano ferma la stoffa.

Le soluzioni 4,5,6 sono per riporre ordinatamente pezzi di stoffa più piccoli, i cosidetti scampoli, rimanenze dei vostri progetti di cucito o materia prima per tecniche come il patchwork. L'autrice di Living with kids ripone gli scampoli in un portalettere mentre Tonya Staab opta per un vecchio portacassette. E che ne dite di riporre i pezzetti di stoffa nei barattoli? Diventeranno dei colorati elementi d'arredo.


5 comments:

Rita Carvalho said...

Cool ideas! I like the first one the most. I think it would be really nice to have my fabric all organized like books and be able to see them all at once!

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Guyanesesista said...

OMG I'm such a fabric whore. I'm gonna be using the card board method. I have my fabric folded up in a book shelf but it can get confusing.

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AD+SH DIY Fashion Blog said...

They are all such good idea, mine are all shoved in a box and i forget about them :(

anaalbimoreno said...

Que bonito y bien organizados están los retales de tela, desearía tenerlos así. mispuntosyotrascosas.blogspot.com

Aaseen Roy said...

amazing colors and prints used for the fabrics they are cool, i liked them all..

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