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Sooo… the title pretty well says it all. Are you hiding fabric from someone in your household? If so, who? why? where?

Here are some great ideas I found online that I took to be a bit humorous: ENJOY!


1) Fold it larger and put it evenly under the mattress – you can get a hundred yards under there!
There’s no chance hubby will find it – how often does he make the bed?

2) You can also fold some and put it under each chair and sofa cushion .

3) Hang a yardage on a coat hanger, then cover it with a piece of clothing – hence, 100 coat
hangers/100yds of fabric! 3 closets + 300 yards!

4) Get a large trash can, remove the cover and have someone cut a round piece of plywood out
for you. Put stash in trash can, put on wooden cover, place a pretty, 70" round tablecloth (or
sew two 2 yard pieces together lengthwise and “pretend” its a tablecloth on it – a beautiful
lamp on top – and who’s to know it’s full of fabric? (A good way to hide the ironing, too!)

5) If you have a space under the bed, buy some of the flatter Rubbermaid tubs and fill them.
Now when you’ve bought more fabric than you can store in these five ways, you just aren’t
sewing enough!!!


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    Apr 27, 2012, 07.12 AMby sew4my3

    Also, post your storage method, but only if the person your hiding it from won’t read this! Hehehe….

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      Apr 27, 2012, 09.41 AMby katexxxxxx

      I don’t hide my fabric. I’m quite brazen about my collection! After all, he benefits occasionally… :)

      Fabric needs to be stored dry, away from light, and out of the reach of moths. As I have to store most of it in my loft, each length is bagged up in a ziplock baggie, with the type, yardage and fiber content on a slip of acid free paper with it, and then boxed up in batches with an inventory inside the lid. The boxes are labeled things like ‘mixed suiting – short lengths’ (which is obvious!), or ’Kate’s Brown Stuff!’ (a collection of brown fabrics I’m working through’, or ‘white: short bits!’ Rolls are shoved into poly tubing, stored upright in a hop basket. There are over a dozed rolls, and nearly 60 boxes…

      My loft has no windows. We are hoping to do a loft conversion later this year, and I need to thin out the stash. I’m therefore going through it for precious stuff (like 5 yards of vintage Chinese silk brocade with teapots on it!), rubbish, and stuff I either want to make into clothes or stuff I can donate to the costume-making for samples to test our designs and patterns. Once the conversion is done I will have a storage room for costumes and fabrics, and other bits we need to keep out of the way. Part of the conversion will include more storage elsewhere in the house, so not everything will end up in heaps in the loft!

      HIDE fabric? Why?

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      Apr 28, 2012, 05.03 AMby sew4my3

      Great tips on storage of our fabrics.

      “Hide fabric? Why?”

      Well, never show your husband what you spend for your hobby, dear.

      Watch this video: 100 ways to hide your stash

      Oh and my husband lets me have all the fabric I can hide.

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      Apr 28, 2012, 06.49 AMby katexxxxxx

      I have so much that there is no hiding it. We were talking briefly about storage last night. We talked packing density! He has aircraft model kits…

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      Apr 29, 2012, 02.40 AMby sew4my3

      PSI is more like it in my house. Hehe

      Model aircraft? Does that require lots of space?

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    Apr 30, 2012, 11.00 AMby katexxxxxx

    Ah, it ceased to be a hobby many moons ago… It’s both work and an obsession! Hide fabric? ‘Gainst me religion, dear! ;) No, no, I swan in and say LOOK! We found this lovely stuff for £1 a meter (or, indeed, £5 a meter for pure cashmere or wool doeskin, and £3.50 a meter for some wool melton we made into cloaks!)! We’re going to make Xxxxxx’s out of it for the Etsy Shop/to test patterns/for maelstrom/for Kings Musketeers/whatever LARP is up next.

    Himself’s major concern is where to store it…

    He has a couple of hundred kits waiting to be made, and some are quite large. The finished aircraft might have a 24" wingspan. To go with the storage of this there is Kit to make them: glues, paints, air brushes, ordinary brushes, modeling drills, polishing stuff… He has modeling kit like I have sewing kit. And there are supplies for scratch building and fettling and adding details, like plastic and brass rod, nylon and stretch thread for wires and aerials… And cutting mats and knives and the compressor, and spray booth and… You see the problem?

    But there is cross-over. I borrow the compressor for my airbrush for painting costumes, and vices for putting bone caps on when corset-making, and mole grips and needle nosed pliers for removing things like those hammered in buttons.

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    May 14, 2012, 11.54 PMby gedwoods

    I used to make sculptures, before I discovered sewing! Believe me, storing sculptures is much more difficult than storing fabric (which has taken over my house). I really do know that fabric should be stored away from the light, but I haven’t really done much about that, except the fabrics I use in my business…

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    May 15, 2012, 08.52 AMby Jodi Wade

    Actually I like that idea of using coat hangers. I think I just might do that! I have the problem of not having enough storage space for all my fabric (I have even filled an entire kitchen drawer with fabric….)

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    May 16, 2012, 05.42 AMby shelleysews

    My husband so wishes I would hide my fabric! My fabric is in plain sight, in most rooms of the house.

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