how i organize my fabric

how to organize fabric

as messy as creativity can get, i always need a clean surface before i start new designs.  and when i’m done, i have piles and piles of fabric all over my cutting table and desk!

how to organize fabric

i actually love organizing my fabric.  it gives me a chance to get a closer look at all that i have, make lists of what i need to reorder, and more often than not, i end up creating new pairings of fabric along the way!  compared to casual sewists, i may have quite a bit of fabric.  but as someone who works with fabric every day, my fabric collection is really not all that big.  i keep almost all of my fabric close at hand to my cutting table.

how to organize fabric

i store my less frequently used fabric under my table, behind simple curtains.

how to organize fabric

the big deep basket drawers are perfect for holding all my heavy weight fabric, for products like my messenger bags.

how to organize fabric

the next drawer up holds random fabric, my snaps, and a basket full of my tiniest scraps which i’ve cut into circles for covered buttons (like for my bitty button earrings).  i have a really hard time throwing away any fabric!

the top drawer holds minky fabric for baby blankets.

how to organize fabric

i keep all my quilting weight cotton fabric out in the open since i use it the most and its the prettiest!

how to organize fabric

i keep it organized by rainbow order, and try to fold it all in the same manner.  if i have scrap pieces that are large enough to use on a future project, i just tuck those scraps in the folds.  can you tell i kind of have a thing for dots?

how to organize fabric

the last stack of fabric on the shelf contains all the multicolored fabric that doesn’t fit in well with the more solid stacks.

how to organize fabric

i also have a small stack of bolts of fabric, with the christmas fabric on top of that.  i rarely buy fabric by the bolt because i love trying new things and i’m afraid i’d tire of a fabric if i had a whole bolt of it!

how to organize fabric

the little enamel container holds scraps of oilcloth and while i’m prepping products, it holds all the tiny scraps that will eventually have other homes (like the covered button bag just below the desk).

how to organize fabric

and here’s where the rest of the scraps go.  the bottom locker basket holds the smaller scraps (destined for scrappy lampshades and covered button circles).  the next basket up holds larger scraps for travel tissue cases, posy pins, and scrappy bunting.  the third basket up holds all the pieces for posy pins and hair clips.  and the top baskets hold ribbons.

how to organize fabric

last spot:  behind the door i tuck rolls of fabric, usually leather or oilcloth.

i hope this was helpful, seeing how i organize my fabric, down to each nickel-sized piece!



  1. 1

    THANK YOU for this post as I’m trying to figure out what I want to do to organize my sewing area better – because fabric in bags shoved under my cutting (aka folding) table isn’t working so well! Can you tell me about your cutting table? Where did you get it, etc.
    Thank you!

  2. 3

    I love seeing how you organize your fabric! I need to really get organized, I hope to after the first of the year! LOL
    I have a question for you…. I use an Olfa self healing cutting mat for cutting my fabric. I am on my second one and it’s already getting wore out. I cut alot of the same size fabric all the time, so it’s wearing out in those areas. What do you use for a cutting mat? I did see a mat in one of your pictures, but didn’t know if you used anything else.

    Have a great rest of the week. :)


    • 4

      i use a fiskars mat and i have the same problems. my only solution has been to flip the mat over and also to start my measurements at a different spot, like start measurements at 10″ rather than at 0. it makes for more mistakes, but it helps prolong the life of the mat.

  3. 5

    Your craft room is GORGEOUS! I hope my future home has room for something like that! <3

  4. 6
    Jennifer Lanyon says:

    I LOVE your space. This is exactly what I want someday…we need a bigger house :) I am just starting to learn to sew later in life and I am amazed at what you can create. Thanks for sharing!

  5. 7

    I’m actually setting up my new space today so this was perfect timing for me! Thanks!

  6. 8

    I love seeing other creative workspaces! I’m generally cleaning up and trying to organize different types of materials (lots of paper scraps instead of fabric scraps!), but I think some of the same organization techniques could be used, very helpful!

  7. 9

    I love this! I love that you can see everything you need to see, and all of the colors make such an inspiring work space!

  8. 10

    I love the rainbow of fabrics!
    This makes me excited to get all of mine organized!!

  9. 11

    I love this! Thanks so much for sharing. I’m trying to figure out how to best organize and store mine, so this really helps!! :)

  10. 12

    Where do you purchase your fabric?

    • 13

      lots of places! online: hawthorne threads,, and various other places. local: beverly’s and joann.

  11. 14

    We have the same need for a tidy workspace before getting started – doesn’t stay that way as the project progresses but at the onset – yes!! Aren’t locker baskets the best? Can’t get enough for my craft room/studio storage!

    I noticed your darling little clipboards – how do you make use of those? Would you be up for sharing how you keep orders (in process vs ready to ship) organized too?

    Lovely – thanks so much for sharing!

    • 15

      aren’t those tiny clipboards cute?! the idea was to use them for my assistants, so i knew who was working on what at all times, but i haven’t worked out the kinks yet. and my system is pretty simple – i don’t list any products that aren’t ready to be shipped. so as soon as an order is placed, it can be packaged and shipped. we generally just ship 2-3 times a week. as far as keeping projects organized that are in-process, i have a 3 tiered cart to the right of my cutting table that i store the projects on until i can get to them. i hope that helps!

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