I went to put away some fabrics that I had finished with, and realised that my fabric storage system really wasn't working for me, everything was sorted by colour and just cramed into my wire baskets.
I spent a long time with my coffee looking at photos of quilter's stashes and reading how other people store their fabrics; the problem for me is that a lot of the systems which looked great were designed for large pieces i.e. yardage or required cutting fabric into useable sized squares or strips.
The problem with this is that 99.9% of my stash consists of pieces smaller than a FQ. I knew I need to do something, but the question was what?
I have 3 baskets of pink/red fabrics ranging in size from a FQ down to 2" square, I knew that I wanted to keep my fabrics in one piece, so all those wonderful ideas where you cut your scraps down into strips or squares and then sort by size really wouldn't work for me. I like to cut fabric for a project as I go along and I don't know what size I will want 😁
The thing that all these great systems had in common was that fabric looked tidy because it was folded into a uniform size. I knew I didn't want to invest in any other storage, so I measured my baskets and worked out that I could fit 3 rows of 6" wide fabric in my 7" deep drawers. I made myself a template from a piece of mount board and started folding.
I started with a FQ wrong side up with the shorter/selvedge edge running vertically
and placed my template in the bottom right corner
Then you just use the template as a guide to fold over the fabric
Keep folding until you end up with a strip 6" wide, an imperial FQ will fold nicely into 3
I flipped my template out and turned the strip over so all the raw edges were in front of me
Then using the template again I rolled the strip along the long 7" edge
Keep rolling until you run out of fabric, again an imperial FQ will roll nicely into 3
It also works really well for 1/2 yd or yard cuts as well as odd sized pieces, as long as they are at least 6" wide and so that you can see them in the stack at least 14" long.
I decided to pull out all my scraps that are less than 6" x 14" and store them separately in these plastic boxes that I repurposed.
I have a long way to go, but a little at a time I will tame the mess! I think I have a system that will work for me.