The Best Way To Store Fabric Long Term

I think I would be foolish to say that I am the only fabric hoarder on the planet. It is one of those tools that anyone who enjoys sewing tends to find, buy and hoard. I have a couple of different fabrics that I can’t let go because one day they will be perfect for something. This is my best way to store fabric long term.

While you might think that fabric is easy to store and you can just store it in the shed, garage or cupboard there is more to think about, especially for storing long term.

Fabric can often get damp if stored in a damp room or space, this can then cause mould to grow which would ruin it. Damp and mould are very hard to remove and completely restore fabric afterwards.

Storing fabric outside can also be harmful as it may attract small creatures such as rats, mice or bugs. Rodents can make the fabric stash into a warm home for their family to live and breed. They can create smells, eat holes in your fabric and also leave behind diseases.

Tips To Help You Store Fabric Long Term

Look at storing fabric in sizes, create bundles of similar sized pieces together to make the use of space more efficient. This will also help you when you are looking for the fabric in the future.

Look at investing in plastic boxes, this is a great way of storing fabric as it keeps everything clean, organised and easy to find.

Tip: I recommend using the Really Useful Boxes, they are easy to use, they come in a number of sizes and are great for keeping the fabric dry and in good condition long term.

I find the 9 Litre boxes are great for smaller pieces of fabric such as fat quarters and jellyrolls and smaller fabric packs. They stack well and fit in most wardrobes and cabinets.

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I then like to use the 35-litre boxes for larger amounts of fabric. Anything from bedding size/metres of fabric in there. They are square and easy to carry and not too heavy.

Keep the boxes fairly small as once they are full you still want to be able to move them.

Buy Here: 35 Litre Really Useful Box

Store in well ventilated areas, I find that storing fabric in garages, sheds or other more outdoor structures isn’t always the best. I had plenty of fabric stored in my parent’s garage and due to the cold and damp, it all got mouldy.

Now I like to keep my fabric closer to home within my craft room. Though not everyone will have space it is worth finding a solution as to not lose lots of lovely fabrics and money.

Tip: Look at the fabric you are wanting to store before buying storage boxes or create a long term plan.

You can then look at the spaces you have available in your home and work around that. Find a space and work around fitting your fabric stash into it.

If you don’t have a craft room, find a place you feel it is tucked away. If you have a dry loft or spare room that would be a great place to store it.

Best Way To Store Fabric Long Term

These are some the best way to store fabric long term. This can be anything from a couple of weeks, couple of months or years. Depending on where you live and the general temperatures and weather conditions may change which solution you choose.

In Boxes

Plastic boxes may be the best way to store fabric long term as they are the most durable.

Within my home we use plastic boxes for a number of things, storing clothes, storage for decorations and more.

They are a great way to store fabric long term due to the plastic giving them a protective and waterproof covering. They are also breathable which makes it easier for the fabrics to breathe.

Buy Here: 9 Litre Really Useful Box

Buy Here: 35 Litre Really Useful Box

You can alternatively use boxes you already have at home, find in your local supermarket or shop and use those. I don’t recommend cardboard boxes as they can often get easily damp, wet and aren’t as durable as plastic.

In Vacuum Bags

Vacuum bags are a great way to store fabrics and clothes safely. Many people use them to store bedding, clothes that are out of season and cushions.

These are a great alternative to boxes and still one of the best way to store fabric long term.

You can also save a tonne of space using the vacuum bags as it sucks the air from the bag and creates a small package. This can be highly useful if you are looking at storing your fabric long term for moving house, travelling or for redecorating.

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Extra Large Storage Bag

These are super handy if you are only looking to store your fabrics for a couple of months.

I chose two different styles to help accommodate more spaces and styles. You can find a number of sizes of bags to use to hold your fabric. I would only suggest using these bags in secure spaces that are well ventilated that get plenty of air and gentle heat.

The first bag I wanted to show which is 115 Litre waterproof bag. I used to use these bags when I was at University to hold my costumes and they were great as you could stack them in the corner, on a shelf in the garage or under the desk.

Buy Here: Extra Large Waterproof Storage Bag

The second bag is a fabric bag which is great for storing under the bed or under stairs. I like the idea of using a fabric bag within the home as it will allow the fabric inside to breathe and will allow moisture to enter and leave again.

Buy Here: 100L Underbed Storage Bag

That is everything for my best way to store fabric long term. I hope this has helped you and helps you. If you have any tips for preserving fabric let me know in the comments below.