50+ Great Storage Ideas for Fabric Precuts

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When it comes to precuts, If you love them, most likely, you love them all! But for a few of us, a favorite cut stood out.

  •  40% of those asked declared, “I love them ALL!”
  •  22% vouch for old faithful, the fat quarter
  • 18% can’t be without their 2/1/2″ strip packs
  • 8% prefer the 10″ x 10″ cut
  • 5% are smitten with 5″ x5″ charms

Why are precuts so popular?

  • Half of the 500 people asked said that the variety of fabrics offered in precut packs was their reason for using them.
  • Followed up by a distant 1 in 5 who said it was because it saved them time at the cutting table.
  • Quick and easy construction came in a close third.

So for whatever reason you love your precuts, here are some great storage ideas shared by those passionate about their precuts.

  1. In a plastic storage bin by type (Christmas, children, etc.)
  2.  little Rubbermaid tubs
  3. 12 inch clear plastic boxes
  4. 2 bins, 1 pastels, strong colors
  5. 3 drawer plastic cart
  6. 5″ charm packs are stored in a large Artbin. 2 1/2″ strips and layer cakes (10″) are in wire baskets under my ironing surface. Fat quarters are folded into labeled sterlite plastic shoe boxes, stacked on shelves.
  7. All white fabric in plastic bags.  Others, several in a larger bag so there’s no unraveling. 
  8. As they come packaged until I’m ready to begin the project.
  9. Bins and drawers and shelving.
  10. Bins with like sizes  But if I am gathering different fabrics for a project, they get stored in a 2 gallon ziploc bag with a label made from painter’s tape so I am able to reuse it later.
  11. By color. In a hanging shoe bag
  12. By project in bags
  13. By project in labeled boxes.
  14. By type – FQs together, layer cakes together, etc.About a
  15. Cabinet for layer cakes and plastic containers for 2.5 strips and 5×5
  16. Charm and jelly rolls in big flip top plastic boxes. Fat quarters on shelves, plastic shoe boxes, drawers.
  17. Charm squares in a dedicated plastic box
  18. Charm squares in see-thru bin jelly rolls in large bird cage.
  19. Charms, minis and jellies are in 5×5 boxes, color coordinated to the fabric inside. Layer cakes stacked, by color.
  20. clear totes  so I can find what I want in the colors I`m looking for
  21. fat quarter bag
  22. Fat quarter.  “suitcases” plastic containers for charms and jelly rolls, bins.
  23. Fat quarters and layer cakes are stored on hangers with clips.
  24. flat once I’ve opened the roll for jelly rolls
  25. Folded and on an open front shelf in an inside hallway where no light reaches them. They’re kept by color and some by which line they are part of.
  26. FQS are on shelves.  Jelly rolls are unrolled and ion a large plastic bin that I hope to get rid of.  I do not buy other sizes
  27. FQ’s go into my regular stash by design type and color.  10″ generally go into my “less than a FQ but at least 10″ square” stash, all neatly folded to the same size and sorted by type and color.  5″ are kept in a box.  I rarely buy 2 1/2″ and if I do it is usually for a specific project.
  28. General storage is in a plastic tub with latching handles.  Projects in work are hung on a non slip hanger on my fabric shelf. The velvet texture of the hanger keeps​ the strips tidy but within easy reach.
  29. Hang them on a hanger.
  30. hanging on closet rod organizers
  31. Hinged boxes, tins plastic storage bins
  32. I buy as I need and use left overs to pratice or make pillows.  
  33. I don’t take precuts apart till I’m ready to start a project, with the exception of fat quarters. Sometimes I’ll store the precuts in a tote or bag–the type bed linens come in–with whatever yardage I plan to use with the precuts. The latter works especially well with charm squares, to keep everything together.
  34. I fell them all the same way and put them in a fat quarter bag/box from MSQC.
  35. I have a 5 drawer stacker w/ deep drawers/ Pre-cuts are arranged by type (10″, strips, charm packs
  36. I have a box that is close to the depth of 4 pre-cut packages and is exact width of 2 pre-cuts.  So in the box I can store up to 8 packets.  I try to keep the boxes in order, i.e. batiks in one, solids in another, etc.
  37. I have a fat quarter  bag.
  38. I have a few (okay 6) clear plastic 15″X15″X3″ boxes that are full of precuts.
  39. I have a old dresser that I have them organized in with dryer sheets to keep them fresh.
  40. I have a small container for them and fat 1/4’s are in a spinach box from the produce dept. Just the right size
  41. I have a tall double cabinet, with four shelves; each shelf contains a different type of precut.  Left over pre-cuts (I have loads of them!!) are put in large tupperware containers.
  42. I have an antique cabinet whose interior compartments I have lined with throw-away fabric.  One compartment is batik precuts, another is charm packs, etc.
  43. I have an Artbin double bin that holds charm packs and jelly rolls.
  44. I have an under-the-bed box full of jelly rolls, the others in plastic tubs.
  45. I have cabinets with wire baskets. Tidy is an elusive dream.
  46. I have two bins – one for rolls and one for everything else. I’m a newer quilter and building my stash. I’ll be transitioning from just storage to display and storage when we convert the guest bedroom to a craft room over the summer. There will still be a daybed for company.
  47. I keep each type of pre-cut in a separate tote so that they are neatly stacked and organized. I then label and inventory each tote and its contents so that I know where to find the different types of precuts. I also write a short description of the fabrics in the precut so that I know which one I want to choose for a project.
  48. I keep them packaged as they came when purchased, along with the pattern I considered when I bought the package, stored in one of my fabric bins set aside for ready to go projects
  49. I mostly display them on antique furniture
  50. I purchase the plastic boxes ith snap top lid at discount stores. I keep everything together I need for each project. They are ready to go for sit and sews or at home
  51. I put them on display! They are so cute!
  52. I reroll my 2 1/2″ strips as I use them to keep them separated.  Fat quarters go into bins specially designed for them.
  53. I save the plastic cases from pillow cases, sheets, etc.. Plastic bins
  54. I store all my precuts together in a plastic storage drawer under my cutting table so they are handy.
  55. I store charm packs in a free-standing CD storage unit. I have two units stacked on top of each other. I love that I can just open the door and play with them. (I mean view them!!!)
  56. I store them in separate boxes–with everything needed to complete a project such as batting and backing. One box for each project.
  57. I store them on a roll cart with  3 shelves. So i can transport where ever I need  or want to work on a project.   
  58. I use a variety of storage depending on what I bought them for.  A specific project?  Clear shoe box.  For random use?  For the strips, I use a closet organizer shoe storage system.  Each unit has 36 4×4 openings and is about a foot deep.  I have several of these stacked and can sort by color or tone.  The 10×10 go into 1 foot cube storage system unit.  Each opening has a fabric basket-drawer.  The 10×10 fits in there perfect. 
  59. I use ClosetMaid shoe cubbies turned on its side and stacked. The narrow size is perfect for stacking fat quarters so I sort them by color, era, and collections. It gives me great pleasure to see what I have at a glance, plus, the color brightens my room and it looks neat all most all the time!
  60. I use storage cubes from Thirty-One.  They have a clear front panel so you can see what’s inside, they have lids to keep things dust-free, and the fabrics are pretty.
  61. I use Yazzi quilted bags
  62. I usually hang my 2.5 inch strips on a hanger if I’ve ironed them and am still in the middle of working on the project that they’re for. I lay other pre cuts in clear plastic storage drawers.
  63. If I bought yardage to match I store those together with the pattern I had in mind when I bought them! They go in a plastic container so I can see them!
  64. If there is anything left I put it in a tote to make a donation quilt.
  65. In a 3-drawer caddy. I have a few of them.
  66. In a box or storage container. I lable each container so I can find what I need quickly.
  67. In a drawer– Jelly rolls stay rolled until I’m ready to use them.  Charms and layer cakes also stay in their packages until I’m ready to use them.  Leftovers get put together along with my homemade “precuts” of the same sizes and these are used for scrap quilting.
  68. In a drawer, on the floor, in a box, basket or can. Anywhere I can find room.
  69. In a dresser drawer in my sewing room.
  70. In a storage box i have section off to the sizes of my block size. Rolls I stand on side of  roll in boxes that are the height of the roll is wide.
  71. In a zippered tote.
  72. In baskets & grouped together by color &/or designer.
  73. IN BASKETS ON MY SHELVES IN MY SEWING CLOSET.  VERY NEAT THAT WAY. I AM A NEAT FREAK ABOUT MY FABRIC AND SUPPLIES.
  74. In decorative boxes.
  75. In fabric baskets I made in my cedar closet.
  76. In my fabric storage unit. I don’t open the bundles until I’m ready to use them. I do have a 5″ and jelly roll container. S ire wish there was a layer cake container
  77. IN PHOTO OR PLASTIC BOXES
  78. In plastic quart size zipper bags.
  79. In plastic scrap book containers on my shelf.
  80. In soft sided fabric bins and plastic containers
  81. in their packaging until I think I will want them.  I will then hang up strips and let gravity take out the creases and iron the rest.
  82. In ziplock storage bags because they leave a lot of fuzz!
  83. It’s easy with fat quarters; folded twice and piles by color.
  84. Jelly rolls in a drawer. Fq and layer cakes in a bin. Fabric on a shelf
  85. Jelly rolls in shoe boxes and layer cakes in banker boxes
  86. Jelly Rolls stay rolled, layer cakes, charm squares or Fat quarter or eight bundles stay tied unless I’ve used part of them in a project.  Once loose, I have vinyl storage cubes for charm squares and use a ziplock bag for layer cakes and fat quarter an eights go in their storage cubby.
  87. Keep in package or tie with ribbon or salvage edge of fabric
  88. Leave out as decorative accents
  89. My husband built me a solid cedar dresser with 16 drawers 5″ wide by 5″ high by 18″ deep!!! Fun!
  90. On Ikea shelving unit and in basket within unit.
  91. On shelves so I can enjoy looking at them but, once I take them apart the go in plastic bins or baskets.
  92. On side in clear box on shelf
  93. on their own shelf, still packaged
  94. Once they’re off the roll, they are generally a mess!
  95. Plastic boxes organized by season, baby, color, etc
  96. plastic quilt projects to go case
  97. Prewash, starch and iron and store them with the rest of my stash in plastic tubs.
  98. Right now they are just on a shelf in my sewing room.  I do keep them in plastic bags so they stay clean since I live in the desert southwest and sand finds its way into every crevice.
  99. Rolled up all together in a clear box
  100. Rolled up like they came. Stored on shelves with glass door. 
  101. Sandwich bags and into cubby bins
  102. Separate drawers/cabinets
  103. Separated in baskets by color or theme
  104. Since I mostly use FQs, I keep them with my yardage, sorted by color in baskets.
  105. Since I usually by strips, I try to keep them in a tub together, rolls and packets of strips. But there are layer cakes and charms among them. My FQs are stored in a FQ zippered case, but it is full, and I still have lots left over. I try to keep patterns and pre cuts or other fabric that goes with that pattern together.
  106. Solids are in a drawer, patterns are on a shelf by color
  107. sorted by type and on display – plus a special cabinet just for fat quarters.
  108. sorted in clear plastic shoe boxes or slightly larger plastic boxes with lids
  109. Special plastic storage containers made for that size precut.
  110. Squares in a drawer, rolls tastefully “decorating” my studio, flat strip sets also in a drawer
  111. Stacked end to end in an under the bed storage bin.
  112. Stacked in my cubicles, organized by size.
  113. Stacked where I can see them!
  114. The few i have get stored with my own cut up scraps of the same size.
  115. They are in boxes separated by size except for the fat quarters that are sorted by color on shelves.
  116. Throw my strips that are in a roll in a large fabric basket; fat quarters are sorted by color and stored in boxes for FQ, squares are stacked inside a cabinet.
  117. Tidy? Huh! My precuts (all types) are stacked on a shelf in my fabric closet somewhat by precut size unless I have the same fabric line in several precut types … then those are stacked together.
  118. Well, that’s a problem.  The boxes on the market for storing 2 1/2″ strips just don’t hold much, so I store jelly rolls that haven’t been opened in clear plastic tubs.  Once they are opened, or if I make my own strips from yardage, I put them in a large plastic tub.  I try to keep them organized but this is not the best way to do so.  I’m open to suggestions!

 

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The one word that keeps showing up is “plastic”. These convenient items will still be here when our grandchildren are teaching their grandchildren to quilt! Our planet is drowning in plastic! Try to think of something else to use for storage.

Kay

I have a 9 drawer dresser I use for pre cuts and projects. Works very well. Use top for cutting etc.

To be honest I use currently use many of the methods suggested only all of mine are in sealed or zippered containers away from light and dust.