Monday, June 13, 2016

Fabric Storage Project Update


You better feel good and have a TON AND A HALF of energy if you plan to start this endeavor -- especially, if you have as much fabric as I do!

I worked for three days wrapping fabric around endless bolts, and I have only stopped because I ran out of bolts.  I receive another box tomorrow and another bookcase on Thursday.

Here's the video if you haven't already seen it:

I keep finding MORE fabric in places I forgot about.  I have packed at least 8 Braum's bags full of fabric so far.  I took six of them to Goodwill yesterday.  Some of these fabrics are over 20 years old.  I haven't found any that were damaged, but I found several I didn't care for or I thought were icky colors.  

Here are some pics of BEFORE and AFTER.

Here's my stack of cut up foam core board waiting to be wrapped:

Boxes neatly packed but forgotten in the attic:

There were FIVE of these large bins in the attic.  They are now all EMPTY!

And here is how I previously had fabric folded and stored inside the closets we built.  I have four of these shelving units.
Here is the new bookcase doing a FABULOUS job of pretending to be a fabric store right in my very own house!  Actually, it is completely full right now.  And, YES, we will bolt it to the wall when it settles a bit.  You can see it is leaning backwards into the wall.  Strange, I know.

Across from the new bookcase are the shelves I had built into the wall which surprisingly can be arranged to store more bolts of fabric.  There are two of these.

And I had fabric stored here too!  Very neat, but "out of sight" is "out of mind".  Not good.  My husband is so happy I am doing this.  He really believes it is going to save him money.  We shall see.

Gotta get.  I'm about to fall asleep.  Hope to clean up all the messes tomorrow.  I'll put all the remaining fabric up as soon as the new boards arrive.

And THEN.....

And then I will sew a million new things!  I am starting with a summer maxi dress.  Gotta build a pattern.  I finished the blouse today that goes with the SALMON colored pants (thanks Deb!), so I will show it to you soon.  I did something new and fun to it.

Hugs, Joy


  1. Thanks for sharing

    You inspire me to give at least a room full of fabrics and sell my unused sewing machines

    Thanks again


  2. When you are finished do you want to visit and help me ? LOL
    Great idea - I don't have shelf space but do you think it would work to stack the folded fabric on end back in the plastic tubs?

  3. How about "Joyful Fabric Wonderland"? I have to tell you that I enjoy watching your videos so much. When my husband walks through the livingroom in the evening he says "That's that lady again". He knows your voice. Makes me giggle. I would love to have a fabric store like you have now. I love how you did it. I went to our Dollar General and bought a poster-sized piece of that board and I can get 4 out of it for a dollar. You have inspired me to make my little space as good as it can be. I am starting on it soon. Thanks Joy. You bring a smile to my face everytime I watch you.
    God bless you,

    1. Maybe "Fabric Haven" or "Fabric Heaven". I would help you get all that fabric folded if I lived closer. 😀 I can't wait to see it all finished.
      God Bless,

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  4. Joy, I am amazed and impressed! What a project! The fabric storage idea is perfect for all the material you have! Now I know why Hancock's is going out of business -- you have bought all the fabric they have! You've done a great job, but slow down and don't try to do it all in one day. Great Vlog! Love, Margaret

  5. I love your fabric storage solution so that you can keep your similar fabrics together and have easy access. I have 3 suggestions for names: Joys' Fabric Corner; Joy's Yardage Nook; Joy's Fabric Stash

  6. How does "Joyful Fabrics" sound for your "store"?

  7. I thought of "Morning Glory" or "Glory Bee" because each morning you walk into your organized closet it will be glorious, you are always busy as a Bee and you give God the glory for everything. It's a glorious day if we wake up
    in the morning lol Don't let anyone take your "Joy" away and thank you for sharing it with us :)
    Mary Beth Tx.

  8. I'm doing the same thing, but all of my stash has to fit under my bed, so I need more storage containers.


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