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Guest Post: Jenn from A Home in the Making

Hello Borrowed Abode readers! I’m Jenn from A Home in the Making, and I am so excited to join you here on Jane’s fantastic blog while she is enjoying some well-earned time off! I happen to live in a pretty darn small bungalow (you can check it out here). So, one of the things I love most about Jane’s blog is that she is more than willing to share all her brilliant small-space storage solutions. Seriously. Thread jars?   LOVE it.   DIY fabric storage boxes?   So cute!
Do you guys remember when Jane remade her office/studio? Yeah it’s awesome. And, it actually inspired me to start thinking/working on my own office/craft room, which is in progress as we speak. Well, one of her first posts in that series was fabric organization and it got me thinking about better ways to store my own fabric. I love to sew and have amassed quite a fabric collection over the years. But, I’ve never quite mastered storing it all.

So today I’m going to share with you the first major *reveal* of my office/craft room: our fabric storage solution!

Here’s how I used to store my fabric. Stuffed in a drawer. Um yeah. Not so much. I pretty much had to pull it ALL out just to find one fabric. And, since I couldn’t actually see the fabrics, I was starting to buy multiples of certain fabrics. We won’t even talk about how many yards of purple linen I have. Clearly, I needed a solution that would keep my fabric organized AND visible.

Of course I turned to Pinterest. I often wonder what I did before Pinterest. You know … last year. 🙂

varnish design flickr

 

 

little green notebook

I learned quickly that there’s really not a lot of talk about fabric storage out there. And, I think there should be. It’s TOUGH. The two images above are gorgeous, and along the lines of what I needed, but not EXACTLY what I was looking for. So using them as inspiration I got a little creative. And, came up with this:

Fabric *storage* + art wall! I love it. Besides being lovely to look at, all my fabric is visible and easy to access.

How did I do it? We had a set of IKEA’s DEKA curtain clips on hand and a HUGE blank wall, which was my starting point. We (in our home *we*= jenn giving directions + handy husband chris making it happen) hung the curtain clips in a *s* shape on both sides of the bulletin board.

Once up, I went through ALL my fabric. It was not pretty.

After paring down the fabric, I took small samples of each, and hung them on the clips, mostly by color. The result? Fabric storage + pretty awesome art wall.

The one thing I would add to this project is labels. I can’t tell from the wall samples how many yards I have still stored in the drawer. So, my plan is to create some sort of sticky label that contains yardage and manufacturer information.

I do love that the clips make it easy to grab a sample to compare to others.

Or pull a bunch of fabrics off the wall to compare. And then easily put back when you’re done :).

View from my sewing spot. Pretty + inspirational.

So, let’s talk fabric storage. How do you guys store your fabric? I would love to hear!

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14 Comments

  • Reply Stephanie Killey at 12:57 pm

    That is an awesome idea.  Looks really good.  I do not have a ton of fabric yet so storing stacked in a cupboard still works well for me 🙂

  • Reply Jessica at 3:44 pm

    How gorgeous!  I love the idea.  I just got a bunch of fabric from a moving friend – and the fabric is in garbage bags next to the wall of my office.  Must start working on going through it.  Thank you for the inspiration!

  • Reply Meredith at 4:41 pm

    I have my fabric folded and stacked by color in hanging shoe organizers in my craft closet.  I love the look you achieved here though, Jenn! Great job!

  • Reply Cathy @ Room Rx at 5:38 pm

    LOVE this Jenn!  In this month’s Better Homes and Gardens Erica Powell from Urban Grace is interviewed and there is a tid bit about how she store her fabric, including some great manilla tags…be sure to check it out!

    Cathy

  • Reply Stephanie at 5:47 pm

    This is so beautiful!  I really love it.  It’s visually interesting and the colours are just lovely.  I only have about six pieces of fabric right now, so it’s not an issue…but since I’m hoping to become Someone Who Sews, I’ll have to keep your solution in mind!

  • Reply Laur Law at 5:53 pm

    What a great solution!  SO cute and organized!!

  • Reply Skooks at 6:04 pm

    I used to store fabric in drawers too, but like you realized, it’s completely unmanageable and easy to mess up (not to mention lose stuff).  Somewhat recently I jumped on the comic book backer board train and got all my fabrics rolled and stored in my open hutch (a piece of my childhood bedroom furniture repainted and repurposed for my sewing room).  I blogged about it and a lot more of my sewing room craft organizing tricks here: http://www.skooksplayground.com/2011/06/operation-sewing-room-reorganization.html

  • Reply Samantha at 8:00 pm

    Love it Jenn!! You’re new space is coming together so nicely! P.S I pretty much want all those fabrics!!

  • Reply Angela Quintanar at 8:09 pm

    Jen always has the best solutions. This is so much fun and oh so colorful!!

  • Reply Jenn at 9:09 pm

    Thanks everyone! 🙂

    And Jane, thank you again for hosting me!

  • Reply Jen on the Edge at 9:40 pm

    Oooh, I love what you did. Fabulous.

  • Reply Erin Souder at 3:43 pm

    love it!  Such a good idea!  I have mine stuffed in a kitchen drawer… not sure why…

  • Reply Tabitha Dumas at 12:19 am

    Hi there! I am in the “getting settled” phase of moving and just tackled my studio/craft room today and got bogged down with my fabric. I only have a little bit I use for crafting (mostly making fabric flowers) and kept them in clear storage bins. My new space is a bonus room–no closet!! So I realized I gotta come up with something else! I LOVE this idea, cuz I like to SEE my pretty stuff! I hope to get into a little bit of interior decorating soon and I like the idea of pulling off a few fabrics to coordinate with each other. FUN! Great idea, thanks for sharing!! I am glad I found both of your blogs!

  • Reply hschlotterbeck at 11:59 am

    This is so awesome!  I love how Jenn displayed her fabric and used as “art”.  I wish I had a great solution but I just put mine in piles in our guest room for the time being.  Now I’m going to get organized!

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