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Fabulous Fabrics

The rainbow of fabric choices currently available to stitchers is mind-boggling. Gone are the days of few choices for any project. Today, it's almost as hard to select a fabric as it is to select which project to stitch next. Storing it can be a challenge, but it doesn't have to be; sometimes, it just takes a bit more creativity.

Fabric is not an inexpensive item for stitchers, so taking care to store and organize it properly will pay off in the end. Dust, moisture and light can damage the threads of linen, even weave and Aida, so protecting the fabric as much as possible is definitely a positive thing.

  1. Plastic Bins. Large plastic bins are ideal for storing large pieces of fabric, especially when storage is at a premium. The bins can be stacked in the back of a closet or in a corner. I suggest having one bin for each count of fabric. Make sure the fabric is carefully placed in the bin and not packed in tightly.
  2. Tubes. Because some fabrics tend to attract wrinkles like moths to a flame, carefully rolling fabric and inserting into acid-free tubes is a great solution and will eliminate some stress during ironing. Be sure to only use acid-free tubes and indicate the color, count and manufacturer on the outside of the tube.
  3. Decorative Acid-Free Boxes. If plastic bins aren't your thing or you're looking for something a bit more fun, these acid-free boxes are another great option. Sometimes billed as photo boxes, these boxes come in large sizes that can be found in craft stores. Following the same rules as the plastic bins option above, store the fabric carefully folded or rolled and by count. Most of these boxes are lovely and can be left out in your craft room or even a living or dining room.
  4. White Acid-Free Boxes. Like those mentioned above, these are ideal for storage since they protect the items. Two sizes are available from Annie's Catalog, click here to view sizes and to order.
  5. Hanging in a Closet. This is a suggestion from a reader: Hang your fabric on a skirt/pants hanger and a spare closet. It keeps it safe and easily accessible. One extra tip: Be sure to hang your fabric from the selvage, or include an extra layer of cotton or wool where the hanger will clip the fabric to avoid too many indentions in the fabric.
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