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Bagging & Hiding Fabric, Congrats to FabricMart for 35 Years in Business


I have five-to-six garbage bags' worth of fabric I am trying to hide.  I do mean hide.  Maybe I should box it up and label it "winter clothes and coats"?  Ideas?   Must be done NOW.  Help me please.


Have you seen the new FabricMart web site?  They are celebrating their 35th year in business!  That's really something to celebrate in my books!  

FabricMart has been sponsoring the SWN website for over three years now. They are a big part of what makes SWN possible.  Sara and I love working with the employees at FabricMart.  They are always pleasant, *always*.  If we goof, they don't give us the gears.  If they goof, we just take care of it the next day. Their staff has always been personable, professional, humorous and helpful.  It's been such an easy going all-round positive experience with that company.  You will have the same luck that Sara and I have when dealing with FabricMart.  (I will bet five-to-six garbage bags!)


Go see what they're putting on sale right now.  I just did - but I have to unload what I have, so I can take advantage of some of these really nice deals. ;)

I do have a handcart... lol

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Comment by Jill Wood on June 5, 2012 at 3:08pm

My OH would get rid of my stash in a heartbeat - there are some brilliant ideas, here... I love 'em!

Comment by Brenda J. Moore on June 5, 2012 at 1:48pm

My kids (young adults) believe I should be on that silly "hoarders" show...due to my floor to ceiling ,double closet, bedroom wall of fabrics, 3 totes & drawers in my craft room and some in a basement armoire drawers. I just figure if they didn't visit as often it wouldn't bother them! LOL... Its' not like fabric is junk from out of someones garbage at the side of the road.  I would never keep it if there were food wrappers or critter skeletons found in it!  I mean...for the is fabric!  Pretty colours, lovely textures, wonderful prints....I'll use them some day, really... I will and I'm sure someday you will too.   Now I've gotta go - I found a great new web-site for wide cottons.

Comment by Ags on June 5, 2012 at 12:25pm

I'm confused about why anyone wants to hide fabric.  Is it because it's cluttering up a room and you want to find a place to stash it and hide the clutter?  I certainly have that problem.  I imagine putting it under a mattress is one way, but I can't imagine having to lift my mattress when I want to look for fabric for a project.  I do have it in closets and old storage dressers to keep it out of sight and clean.

Comment by Karen Augustsson on June 1, 2012 at 2:57pm

I live in a one bedroom apt. I told my hubby I claim the walk in closet before we moved in. I have a dresser pushed to the back of my closet full of nothing but fat quarters. I also have 8 20 gallon bins full of stashed fabric. In our large walk in linen closet I have two book shelves full of plastic shoe boxes full of fabric by color. Before we moved I donated 20 trash bags of fabric to the local quilting shop. What is this obsession in fabric? 

Hello Sew4my3 you mattress idea is great. Our mattress is beginning to sag a little. Maybe transferring some of the fabric in my walk in closet to under my mattress my husband will stop trying to discard my stash & he will be happier with a stiffer bed ..... thanks for the idea!

Comment by Neefer Duir on June 1, 2012 at 12:19pm

Put the fabric under the sinks and tell the family that you keep the cleaning supplies under the sinks.  

Comment by Sew4my3 on May 31, 2012 at 9:00pm


Not to long ago I tackled this very questions here:

Here are some of the ideas:

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!!!

Also, a humorous music video on the subject of hiding fabric here:

Comment by Carol LaBella on May 31, 2012 at 7:21pm

I have been know to  hide fabric between the mattress and box springs of all my beds.  The kids never flipped their mattress so my secret was safe!  lol Only problem was when I knew there was something I wanted and had to go hunting for it.  That's when I snipped a small piece of each fabric and staple it to a small notebook and wrote down how much was there and where it was located.  Good Luck.

Comment by Lori on May 31, 2012 at 5:24pm

Put the fabric in boxes and mark them as Christmas Decorations or something no one in your household would want to bother with...ever.

Comment by Mary Lou on May 31, 2012 at 4:52pm

Maybe a neighbor who is a fellow sewer would store them for u. If labelled winter clothing, they would be opened by someone eventually, maybe even u lol

Comment by Linda Heck on May 31, 2012 at 4:18pm

The idea of putting the winter clothes in there would surely work. That's just like something I used to have to do it. It was always a game of hide and seek. I miss playing it now.

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