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Fabric storage solution

New fabric waiting to be stored

New fabric waiting to be stored


Dumping all my fabric in a crate was the worst fabric storage solution for me, stacking fabric on shelves was not much better, and leaving it in piles all around the house  definitely put a strain on my marriage. So what’s a girl to do? I turned to pinterest, made a new board titled “Craft room/studio redo” and started looking at pins.

All those photos of material lovingly stacked on shelves by color and fabric type made me feel better about my stash. It’s nice to see that I won’t be winning the “largest fabric stash” award after all. The sun is strong here, so leaving fabric out exposed to the light really isn’t an option for me.

I needed a way to see what I had, and to retrieve it without making a mess. I know that when I am in the thralls of a new idea, I don’t want to stop to tidy up any messes along the way. Messes breed. Stuff gets lonely, it seeks out unsuitable company, gets drunk with it’s new friends and turns into a disheveled mess. It’s just a fact of my life.

In the mezzanine above my studio, I uncovered a case of 6 banker’s boxes, file boxes, or archive boxes. In other words, collapsible boxes which can be used to store files. In Husband’s supply cabinet, I found a box of hanging file legal size folders. I would have preferred letter size, but these were what we had, plus Husband didn’t have a problem with me using them. One of my goals  is to use what I have.


Guess which one was done with carpenter's glue?

Guess which one was done with carpenter’s glue?

I covered the boxes with fabric using white glue diluted with water to decoupage them. I was really happy with the results.

When the white glue ran out, carpenter’s glue seemed like a good choice. We had a big bottle on it on hand and there isn’t that much difference between wood and cardboard is there? Carpenter’s glue worked, as an adhesive, not so well aesthetically. It dries yellow, sigh. Fortunately, it showed it’s true colors very quickly. I didn’t want to leave and go shopping, so I whipped up some homemade wallpaper paste. Never having made wheat paste before, I used a recipe that called for white flour, corn starch, sugar and cream of tartar It made a large batch, probably enough to wallpaper several of our rooms (even with the 18 foot ceilings). We’ll have to wait and see how well it stores.

The fabric storage system that I finally settled utilized the hanging file folders as a template. I’m sure a more methodical person would have a system for folding the material according to width and length, I just did it haphazardly. I can only change so much, so fast. I take it as a victory that I am putting it all away.


About Theresa Diaz Gray

Born in New York City, I grew up in California, and have lived in 3 countries and 6 states. I'm a first generation Cuban-American who lives in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico. I'm committed to living an abundant and creative life and helping others do so too through DIY!


  1. So glad to see you are back, Theresa. I did the same same process via Pinterest trying to figure out how to manage my fabric stash. I also used the fabric folding method, only mine is on card stock and displayed on shelves. Your file folder/storage box is a great modification. Put it in Pinterest…I so love your philosophy of using what you have. Develops super creativity. 🙂

    • Hi Kathie,
      I love the look of fabric on shelves, but I think it’s too temting for me to make a mess. I got the file box idea via pinterest. I’ll put it on my board, didn’t think about doing it.

      Thank you for dropping by and taking the time to comment.

  2. Pure genius! I have fabric that appears to be getting drunk with it’s new friends also. And messes that are breeding like rabbits. This post has inspired me!

    • Hi Melissa,
      I don’t think that we are the only people with drunken stashes. Creation and chaos go hand in hand. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it. The fabric filing goes very quickly and I found that it’s pretty easy to reach in the middle and adjust the folder if the material doesn’t quite form a flap. Or just stick a pin in it, works too, but I try to avoid that option since things rust here very easily.
      Good luck with your stash. I am rooting for you!


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