I tend to buy more fabric than I need for my sewing projects, which means I am constantly adding to my fabric supply. Plus, sometimes I buy fabric just because I like it, even though I don’t necessarily have a project in mind. So, it ends up going unused for a long time. If you’re like me, your fabric supply grows at a steady rate, too, and you need to get organized and find a good way to store fabric for an indefinite amount of time without damage. Here are some tips to help you out.
Use Storage Containers
Although it may be tempting to put all of your fabric on display in a cabinet or on a shelf, this really isn’t the best way to store it. This is because fabric has a tendency to pick up odors that are difficult to remove, such as food smells and cigarette smoke. If you insist on using a cabinet, though, make sure it is not located near the kitchen — your fabric will stay in good condition longer.
A very good way to store fabric is in plastic storage containers. They seal out odors and even protect your fabric from water damage and pests. Of course, the best way to store fabric is in a vacuum storage bag. This will keep your fabric safe and save you storage space, too.
Don’t Store Fabric Near Bright Light
Overtime, the colored fibers in your fabric will fade, and this process occurs quicker when fabric is stored in direct sunlight or very bright places. This can be a major problem when you go to use the fabric because when you unfold it, there might be streaks of faded areas that make it nearly impossible to get an even color across the whole garment. Just like you hair can get bleached or highlighted by the sun, fabric works in a very similar way.
Some white fabrics will also get a yellow color over time when left exposed to bright light. Plastic storage containers can slow down this process, and vacuum bags will virtually eliminate the problem.
Moths are the worst pests when it comes time to store fabric. They can leave holes in the fabric and render it unusable. Dust mites are also a problem and can stain your stored fabric over time. Deter pests that damage fabric by vacuuming your fabric storage area often and spraying your home for bugs to prevent them from being in the area in the first place. Some people use lavender scents to deter pests, but it isn’t the most effective way to deter pests.
When fabric sits for a long time, it can pick up an odor, be damaged by light, or get eaten by little pests. Use the tips mentioned in this article to store your fabric for an indefinite amount of time so that it will be in good condition when you are ready to use it.