Tired of digging through your stacked fabric stash? Me too! So instead, organize it with vertical fabric storage using foam board!

Vertical fabric storage using foam board

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How to Make Vertical Fabric Storage Using Foam Board

Why Store Fabric Vertical?

I chose to organize my pull-out craft bins with my fabric stash. I had two large plastic containers stacked full of fabric and fabric scraps. Storing fabrics for long periods of time is best in plastic airtight containers, but I use my fabric and needed quick access to them. So, while plastic bins work, it was difficult to find fabrics when they are stacked on top of each other. So instead of stacking, I’m going vertical! Since I have a lot of fabric, vertical fabric storage using foam board allows me to quickly see my fabric inventory and I can separate fabrics by yardage,color, and seasons.

Note: If you have a fabric stash with large yardage, this might not be for you. It would be better to keep those on the bolt. But if your stash is full lots of fabric is smaller yardage amounts, this works great! Vertical fabric storage using a board is a great fabric storage idea for smaller spaces, especially if you hate having to dig through a bin to find what you’re looking for. 


  • foam board (cheapest at the dollar store) or recycle cardboard boxes. You can buy comic book boards or fabric storage boards, but I needed custom sized boards. Using dollar store foam boards was a quick inexpensive solution for my storage bins. 
  • ruler – needed to measure and help cut the foam boards.
  • X-acto knife – cutting tool for the foam boards.
  • pins – this is to help secure the fabric to the foam boards.


Sort & Purge

Sorting fabric for vertical fabric storage foam boards

  • Organize fabric into keep, donate, or sell (sell on Craigslist, Facebook, or Ebay) piles. I know parting with fabric can be hard, but be brutal here. Only keep what you know you will use.
  • Go back through the piles and sort further. For example, sort by yardage, color, fabric, seasonal, etc… Sort the fabric in a way that makes sense for you. I sorted my stash by yardage, color, and season.

Cut Foam Board

Foam board in two sizes

The size of the cut foam boards will depend on the size of the drawers/bins. My bins are large 13″ x 15″ x 13″ that fit inside the Ikea Expedit I recently moved into my tropical oasis craft room.

  • Measure your drawer or bin and cut the foam board about 1/4″ smaller than the inside width of the drawer/bin and at least 1 1/2″ – 2″ shorter than the height. My foam boards measure 12 3/4″ x 11 1/4″. I got two 12 3/4″ x 11 1/4″ boards out of one standard sized 20″ x 30″ foam core board and two smaller boards.
  • For smaller lengths of fabric, use the leftover foam board cuttings. These should measure 12 3/4″ x 9″.

Wrap Fabric on Foam Board

Vertical fabric storage wrapping

  • Leaving the fabric folded the way it came off the bolt, fold it once more in half down the length and wrap around the foam board.
  • When the fabric is wrapped around the foam board, pin one side to keep in place.

Organize Fabric in Drawer/Bins

vertical fabric storage using foam board

This bin shows fabric using the large foam board and has fabric with 1 1/2 yards or more. I currently have 21 foam bolts of fabric in this bin. The amount will vary depending on the yardage of each fabric.

Vertical fabric storage using small foam boards

This bin shows fabric using the small foam board and has fabric with 1 yard or less.

  • Insert the fabric wrapped foam boards into the drawer/bins. Organize by color.

I love vertical fabric storage! It’s perfect for my fabric stash and I can easily see all of my fabrics at a glance. No more digging through a container! 

Have another way to store fabric? Leave me a comment and tell me what works for you!

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    1. I’ve heard of the KonMari method. I really like storing things vertically as it’s so much easier to see everything when it’s not piled on each other. To save money, one can also wrap the fabric around cardboard boxes.

  1. This is one of the best organization tips I’ve seen. It’s also one of those “why have I never thought of that” moments! I have a bin full of fabric and it’s always a mess to sort through. This is an idea I’m going to put to use. Thanks for the tip!

  2. I totally love this idea. Fabric can quickly take over the craft closet at my house! My daughter got smart organizing my fabric and she used foam board to create sections but I like this idea even better. Just added this to my to-do list! I purchased foam board this week for bedroom drawer organization, hope it works!

  3. I don’t have a lot of fabric, but if I did this is perfect. What a great way to see what you have and it keeps it so neat. You have some super cute fabrics.