How do you stash your stash?

How do you stash your stash?

Post by SallyKna » Tue, 15 Oct 1996 04:00:00



Hello everyone

Just wondering, before I go out and buy some storage boxes, what you all
do you with those vast piles of fabrics you've gathered over the years.  I
was thinking about buying stacking boxes and dividing them into various
colours or themes.

Any thoughts?

Sally
(in Scotland where the midges have stopped biting!)

 
 
 

How do you stash your stash?

Post by Marilyn Ro » Tue, 15 Oct 1996 04:00:00


I have stacking bins along one wall.  They are 3 high and the bottom one
has wheels.  Easy to see the colors and prints.  Most are by color but one
contains Christmas fabric.

Marilyn

 
 
 

How do you stash your stash?

Post by Nancy Dool » Tue, 15 Oct 1996 04:00:00


Quote:


>Subject: How do you stash your stash?
>Date: 14 Oct 1996 01:26:42 -0400
>Hello everyone
>Just wondering, before I go out and buy some storage boxes, what you all
>do you with those vast piles of fabrics you've gathered over the years.  I
>was thinking about buying stacking boxes and dividing them into various
>colours or themes.
>Any thoughts?
>Sally
>(in Scotland where the midges have stopped biting!)

...well, 3/4 of my stash went at a garage sale last Saturday ;-)  I finally
realized I would never live long enough to do it all.  (Don't worry, I still
have a pretty hefty stash left.)

I used to use the storage boxes; now I room elsewhere for my stuff.  But I put
juvenile fabrics in one; wool and respective linings/blouse materials
together; quilting stuff together; trim and notions together, etc.  I found
them sturdy enough and very handy.

Nancy Dooley

"Celebrate our State."  Iowa's Sesquicentennial year, 1846-1996.

 
 
 

How do you stash your stash?

Post by Rhoda E. Wick » Tue, 15 Oct 1996 04:00:00


Quote:

>Hello everyone
>Just wondering, before I go out and buy some storage boxes, what you all
>do you with those vast piles of fabrics you've gathered over the years.
> I
>was thinking about buying stacking boxes and dividing them into various
>colours or themes.
>Any thoughts?
>Sally
>(in Scotland where the midges have stopped biting!)

Dear Sally,  The way I have re-stacked my loot follows:  I bought both
enameled and plastic bins.  I envited two of my granddaughters over for
lunch and after a good lunch topped with ice cream, I laid out the plan
which started with wash your hands.  This is how they chose to solve
the problem.  They emptied all the stacks on to the middle of the
floor, selected their favorite color and started to work from there.
They actually did a marvelous job which stood for at least a month
before I added a few improvements to the system.  They check up on
their arranged quilting quarters from time to time and are delighted
with themselves.  They earn shopping money from helping their
grandmother, but I'm sure they would do it free.

 
 
 

How do you stash your stash?

Post by The Polso » Wed, 16 Oct 1996 04:00:00


Sally said:

Quote:
> Just wondering, before I go out and buy some storage boxes, what you all
> do you with those vast piles of fabrics you've gathered over the years.  I
> was thinking about buying stacking boxes and dividing them into various
> colours or themes.

Hullo, from across the pond! 8-)

This isn't the best way to store fabric, I know, but I have a unique way.
I inherited two glass-fronted doll cabinets from my mother from when she
was a little girl, and my grandfather originally did the painting on them
in "Peter Hunt" style (his favorite). They are about 3' tall, 24" wide,
and 8" deep, with glass doors that latch shut. I have them in a dim part
of my sewing room/soon-to-be nursery, and haven't noticed a big fading
problem (except on ONE piece of very dark blue fabric that's been in there
untouched for a couple of years).

I arrange them in stacks (2 stacks wide per shelf) by color family, and
the effect is very beautiful while allowing me to see at a glance just
what I have available.

I've heard that plastic boxes can yellow fabrics, especially pale or white
ones, so beware! Good luck, and have fun petting your stash... 8-)

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How do you stash your stash?

Post by Mary W. Byer » Wed, 16 Oct 1996 04:00:00


Sally,

I have the *stash* in an antique closet that was left in the first
house we bought. Added a bunch of plywood shelves and used one side
for part of the stash and leave the other side open to stack fabrics
that I want to compare for color. The doors keep the light out and the
fabric clean. As the kids left home (pre-quilting mania), they were
offered the big ugly thing and no one wanted it. Now they all do. Fat
chance. Not many things I can tell them "no" to, but I can handle a
little "bad mommy" from *** children now and then ;-)

That will work until a grandchild wants it and then I'm putty.

Mary

 
 
 

How do you stash your stash?

Post by Ngen » Wed, 16 Oct 1996 04:00:00



Quote:
(SallyKnapp) writes:

>Just wondering, before I go out and buy some storage boxes, what you all
>do you with those vast piles of fabrics you've gathered over the years.
I
>was thinking about buying stacking boxes and dividing them into various
>colours or themes.

>Any thoughts?

Sally, they may not be available in Scotland, but there are storage
systems that consist of freestanding rails that hold wire baskets.  I
believe one of the makers either Swiss or German.  Before I had these, I
stored much of my fabric in translucent boxes (***maid makes them
here), sorted by color.  I also had an old china cabinet that I used to
store my fabric in, but whatever I wanted was always on the bottom of a
particular shelf <G> so it didn't look very nice most of the time.  

Naomi   -  Fan of "geezer rock"

 
 
 

How do you stash your stash?

Post by DDuperau » Wed, 16 Oct 1996 04:00:00



Quote:
(SallyKnapp) writes:

>Just wondering, before I go out and buy some storage boxes, what you all
>do you with those vast piles of fabrics you've gathered over the years.
I
>was thinking about buying stacking boxes and dividing them into various
>colours or themes.

Yup. That's what I do. Sorted by colour for quilting cottons, by fabric
content for other fabrics. (One box of all wools, one of brocades, etc.)
Or planned use --everything I bought to make dresses out of is in one
drawer.  I have the use of a built-in wall of bookshelves and a desk to
work from and organize, as well.

What doesn't fit is currently piled haphazardously around the room... I
have a couple of quilt tops half cut out, halloween costumes to finish,
plus a business suit I started over the weekend... It'll all get finished
or put away within the month, though.

Regardless of the system, I think the key is to keep it picked up and put
away somewhat regularly, so it is organized (somehow) and you don't feel
you're living with a disaster.

                          Dawn

Ba*** was a Librarian, too.
http://www.FoundCollection.com/~dduperal/

 
 
 

How do you stash your stash?

Post by Rose Peters » Thu, 17 Oct 1996 04:00:00


Regarding how to stash fabric.  I have bought some of the cardboard file
boxes from an office supply store. I know you can't see through them like
the nifty plastic boxes but I believe the fabric can "breathe" better in
the cardboard boxes and light doesn't get in to fade the material.  They
have little cut outs to carry them and they are quite easy to lift and
move about as you need them.  I write in large marker on the covers, and
sides as to what is in them.  

I sort as others do, by fabric content and then then color.  I have one
or two boxes of just plain solids.  and one for muslin.  and one for
crazy quilt material one for unfinished projects etc.

I do use the plastic containers to hold notions, bias tapes, specialty
threads, embroydery floss etc.

My rule for cleaning up is I always tidy up and vacuum after I've
completed a major projcet and before the next major project.  There is
always something little going on in between.  

Oh, I also have yard lengths of material on a metal shelf inside my
closet in the sewing room.  I also keep material for clothing here.  
Again the door is shut which keeps out light and most dust.  

I hear you should take out and re fold your fabric frequently,  I don't
do that but I suppose I ought to.

Speaking of ought to, I think I ought to go and get the final border on a
flannel quilt I am making for my son for Christmas.

Cheers, Rose  

 --
::  Rose Petersen  :  Ancaster, Ontario, Canada  ::

 
 
 

How do you stash your stash?

Post by AJH » Thu, 17 Oct 1996 04:00:00



writes

Quote:

>Sally, they may not be available in Scotland, but there are storage
>systems that consist of freestanding rails that hold wire baskets.  I
>believe one of the makers either Swiss or German.  Before I had these, I
>stored much of my fabric in translucent boxes (***maid makes them
>here), sorted by color.  I also had an old china cabinet that I used to
>store my fabric in, but whatever I wanted was always on the bottom of a
>particular shelf <G> so it didn't look very nice most of the time.  

B&Q and Ikea have them 'south of the border'

--
AJH

 
 
 

How do you stash your stash?

Post by Nancy Dool » Thu, 17 Oct 1996 04:00:00



Quote:

>Subject: Re: How do you stash your stash?
>Date: Tue, 15 Oct 1996 15:47:14 -0600
>Sally,
>I have the *stash* in an antique closet that was left in the first
>house we bought. Added a bunch of plywood shelves and used one side
>for part of the stash and leave the other side open to stack fabrics
>that I want to compare for color. The doors keep the light out and the
>fabric clean. As the kids left home (pre-quilting mania), they were
>offered the big ugly thing and no one wanted it. Now they all do. Fat
>chance. Not many things I can tell them "no" to, but I can handle a
>little "bad mommy" from *** children now and then ;-)
>That will work until a grandchild wants it and then I'm putty.
>Mary

Mary, your post really hit home, and made me laugh.  I'm putty, too, when it
comes to the granddaughter.

My garment fabric stash is in a "lawyer's bookcase" - custom made of walnut
boards from my grandpa's farm, walnut-framed/original glass transom windows
from a 1916 bank building that was remodeled (they were tossing them out) and
new walnut crown molding and other trim that was leftover from our same
remodeling project.  It is about 72" high, 48" wide, and the shelves are 14"
deep.  It is 4 "windows" high and holds LOTS of fabric on bolts, as well as
trim in small boxes.

My quilt stash is much diminished after a garage sale last weekend (thank
God!) - and resides in flat, under-bed storage chests under my bed.  No dust,
light, or plastic. ;-)

Nancy Dooley

"Celebrate our State."  Iowa's Sesquicentennial year, 1846-1996.

 
 
 

How do you stash your stash?

Post by Robin Margare » Thu, 17 Oct 1996 04:00:00


Quote:

> Sally said:
> > Just wondering, before I go out and buy some storage boxes, what you all
> > do you with those vast piles of fabrics you've gathered over the years.  I
> > was thinking about buying stacking boxes and dividing them into various
> > colours or themes.

I went out and bought a few of those large plastic storage boxes and
drilled holes in the bottom to help them breathe.  I know plastic is not
the best thing to store fabric in, but the cardboard boxes kept getting
bashed up with all the putting up and taking down off the shelves.  To
further organize the bits and pieces, I love zip-lock bags.  I punch a
hole in them to let them breathe a bit and to keep them from taking up
so much room.  I've been using this system for more than ten years and
it seems to work for me.  I haven't noticed any fading or ill effects so
far.  

Robin

 
 
 

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Post by Brigitte Loos en Wouter Blaa » Thu, 17 Oct 1996 04:00:00


I have my fabric sorted on color in shouboxes.

Last week I pikked up my red box and the bottom storted out of it.
So my husband promissed me to make an dressoir with 30/30 cm lades.

Brigitta Loos

 
 
 

How do you stash your stash?

Post by Meg Ric » Thu, 17 Oct 1996 04:00:00


I store little scraps of fabric (pieces not big enough to fold on the
shelf) in a unit with clear plastic drawers (I think there are 12).  
I sort by color (light blue, dark blue, etc) and can see through the
drawer front enough to see what color is in there.  It's so easy to
pick up the stray little pieces from a project and quickly put them
away, since I keep the drawer unit next to my cutting table.

Then when I need just one or two little pieces, I look there first,
before going to my larger folded pieces. -- Meg in Oregon

 
 
 

How do you stash your stash?

Post by humme » Thu, 17 Oct 1996 04:00:00


I don't know what a midge is, but I'm glad it's stopped biting.

I initially put mine together by color and also by tone in large
clear plastic boxes that store under the bed.  Within that
sorting I keep everything that has the old, worn appearance
together, and then all the plaids together.  And then I'm
collecting bright jewel tones, and autumn tones for the tops I'm
mentally planning.

And then when I have a day when I don't actually feel like
piecing or quilting, I go upstairs and re-sort everything.

My daughter says I'm hopeless.

==========SallyKnapp, 10/13/96==========

Hello everyone

Just wondering, before I go out and buy some storage boxes, what you all
do you with those vast piles of fabrics you've gathered over the
years.  I
was thinking about buying stacking boxes and dividing them into various
colours or themes.

Any thoughts?

Sally
(in Scotland where the midges have stopped biting!)