In my early years of sewing, I was able to store everything I had in two small boxes: one for tools and one for material. Decades later, I am definitely past two boxes! My current sewing room is an 11’x12’ bedroom that is not a dual purpose space. I take up every inch of the room and closet, floor to ceiling! I also store fabric in other closets around the house, but we won’t talk about that now. Because space is at such a premium, I am always looking for ways to maximize that space and store fabric and other necessities in different ways. I currently use plastic bins that are 66 quart for storage that is out in the room. The room contains a large number of such bins and I can honestly say I know what is inside every one of them. My curiosity was peaked today after watching some online videos on fabric storage. None of what I saw online fit my collection of material, but I thought I would see if I could look at things a bit differently to change things up a bit. My questions: would rolling my fabric like spa towels take up more or less room than laying it flat in my bins? Could I get more fabric in each bin thus eliminating some of my bins to use elsewhere? Would the fabric be easier to locate and remove from each bin? Pulling fabric out of the bins that is far down the bin tends to turn into more of a game of Jenga, with all the fabric on the verge of falling all over the place! Let’s see what I found out.
I hope you enjoyed my little experiment. Since everything that came out of the bin went back in, I think I will leave the other bins alone. No real gain will come by redoing all the bins at this time. I may change a bin at a time to the rolled fabric as I access a new bin. Oh, FYI: my knit fabrics did not roll particularly well and the best rolls were done with woven fabrics of no more than 3 yards. What will you discover this week? Happy Sewing!