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Fabric-Remnants Rack

Martha Stewart Living, June 2002

Bits and pieces of material left over from sewing projects would come in handy for quilts, patches, and appliques if they weren't hidden away in a bag to languish, rumpled and forgotten. So keep your remnants neatly pressed and in plain sight by draping them over the rails of a standard slacks hanger. Display them near your workspace, where the colors and patterns can inspire you.

 

Comments (35)

  • bluebird1952 19 Feb, 2010

    Anything that keeps your ideas in sight and keeps you thinking, instead of stashed in a dark closet, is a "Good Thing"! http://www.bluebirdpresents.com

  • mrsmacrae 23 Jun, 2009

    This is realy not practical for someone that really sews.. My remnants would never fit on that.. I wish..

  • ChicaAndJo 25 Aug, 2008

    We organize our tissue paper on one of these: http://www.chicaandjo.com/2008/08/04/organize-tissue-paper-for-wrapping/

  • karensquiltedtreasures 24 Aug, 2008

    I love this idea. I use skirt hangers to hang my velvets. This is also a great idea for pulling pieces of a project together for previewing. Just hang it up, live with it for a while to see if it grows on you, or if you want to adjust its easy enough!

  • donnakate 22 Aug, 2008

    Terrific idea. I just broke out some unused multi-pants hangers, and they work wonderfully. I already hang up my small wall hangings on skirt hangers, so I don't know why I didn't think of this!

  • neenaj 22 Aug, 2008

    What a great idea! I have bins

  • sgbuckeye 21 Aug, 2008

    works in a spare closet-just not too much or the rod will break! and yes, by then it's time to use them or donate them!

  • peaceandlight 21 Aug, 2008

    Me too, Theanna. Anyone that can fit all their fabric scraps on one pants hanger probably hasn't been sewing for more than three months. And look at how neat and square they are! Maybe this tip was intended as a humor piece. I have a feeling Erma Bombeck could have taken off with this one. :)

  • auntpumpkin 21 Aug, 2008

    There aren't enough hangers or enough places to hang them to do this.....

  • kelsker 21 Aug, 2008

    This reminds me of how I utilize a multi-skirt hanger in my broom closet. After I use a small rag to dust or spot clean the carpet, I rinse it out well, scrub it with a little dish soap, rinse

  • kelsker 21 Aug, 2008

    This reminds me of how I utilize a multi-skirt hanger in my broom closet. After I use a small rag to dust or spot clean the carpet, I rinse it out well, scrub it with a little dish soap, rinse

  • kelsker 21 Aug, 2008

    This idea reminds me of how I utilize a multi-skirt hanger. I have one hanging inside my broom closet. I use it to hang small dusting/carpet-spot-cleaning/etc rags. Usually I only use one rag at a time and would never waste the washing machine for just one rag and wouldn't want to wash the rag with other clothing. After I use the rag, I rinse it out well, scrub it with a little dish soap, and hang it up to dry on the hanger. When all the rags are "used" I can toss them all in at once for a small load in

  • Theanna 21 Aug, 2008

    This is a good idea but I don't know about anybody else, I would have to have about 50 hangers

  • mrpixie 21 Aug, 2008

    I too keep like/similar fabrics in zip-lock bags. If you snip a corner of the bag the air comes out and they lay flat. I use the same idea when I pack or store undergarments for traveling--use the ziplock with the snipped corner and things stay neat and easy to move in/out of the suitcase. Same idea for tights and panyhose. I can't tell navy/ black tights apart after a washing so I use a permanent pen to mark them B for Black and N for Navy on the tag and sort in the drawer in zip lock bags.

  • mrpixie 21 Aug, 2008

    I too keep like/similar fabrics in zip-lock bags. If you snip a corner of the bag the air comes out and they lay flat. I use the same idea when I pack or store undergarments for traveling--use the ziplock with the snipped corner and things stay neat and easy to move in/out of the suitcase. Same idea for tights and panyhose. I can't tell navy/ black tights apart after a washing so I use a permanent pen to mark them B for Black and N for Navy on the tag and sort in the drawer in zip lock bags.

  • ma1rui4 21 Aug, 2008

    good idea, but I have more fabric scraps than would fit on one slacks hanger.

  • missvito 21 Aug, 2008

    I am an avid sweing person and I know this idea wouldn't work for me. Risk of fabric getting"lost", falling off, etc. I label dimensions of left over fabric and store and fold by fabric type (silk, cotton, poly blends, etc.) in storage containers with lids. This also keeps moths and dust out. The fabric on a hanger looks messy.

  • its_ruthie 21 Aug, 2008

    Well....... You haven't seen my sewing room! Actually, I do use this idea for my quilting projects. I'll hang the fabric strips and then the rows of assembled blocks and so on. I use zip-lock bags for small fussy cut pieces and use clothes pins to keep them on the hanger with the rest of the fabric strips. I also have clear plastic bins with similar fabrics or entire project in them. I don't have to tear apart my sewing room to find the fabric color I want or find the patch and repair bin.

  • mpegm 21 Aug, 2008

    If only ther were so few! I agree with KDD1963, because my remnants are too numerous to store ithis manner. I generally store by fiber type and color in zip bags. Silks with silk, wools with wools, linens with linens, cottons with cottons, colors by family... no dust, easy to find.

  • TalleySue_Hohlfeld 21 Aug, 2008

    this would be really silly in *my* life. That's pretty high-profile storage of something I need so incredibly seldom.

    However, it *would* be a great idea for storing the CURRENT sewing project.

    But not remnants; if I'm in a position to need them, I'll dig out the box and flip through it.

  • westshoe 21 Aug, 2008

    My Grandmaother was a big sewer and now that my Mother has passed, I found out she had saved hers (my Grandmother) and her own. They are all different types. I would love to make a quilt and would love to know how to make one out of all the different fabrics.........

  • src 21 Aug, 2008

    What a good and simple idea! Now why didn't I think of that?!

  • SharonKs 21 Aug, 2008

    GwenHex........hahahah, I have friend that says the same to me.
    What about this idea today, but put a clear clothes bag over it
    to keep the dust off. I have fabric laying on my cutting table,
    because I like it......like a nice piece of art. I could never cut
    into it!!!

  • lbuser 21 Aug, 2008

    Well, I thought this was a cute idea, and I was going through my closet getting rid of old stuff anyway so I had a couple clip style skirt hangers and a couple pants hangers. I clipped the large pieces of fabric to the skirt hangers and laid the pieces over the pants hangers. It has already saved my time looking for colors and it takes up surprisingly little room. Great idea, and if your pieces are getting dusty, you have saved them TOO long, it's time to use them.

  • NancyMcManus 21 Aug, 2008

    (From Mrssexsmith: "4/07/08 at 11:26 a.m. ET
    You could put a clear plastic cover like the ones that come with dry cleaning.") THAT is a great idea! Kind of surprised Martha didn't think of it.

    To take this to another area, I just hung towels in my guest room this way (and covered them with a dry cleaning bag!) It looks very cool. Nice, neat and clean.

    Just re-purposing ideas! :)

  • KDD1963 17 Jul, 2008

    I have a dresser in my sewing room where I store fabrics. I also sort my scraps by color and keep them in plastic zip-top bags and keep them in a drawer. They take up minimal space w/ the air squished out (they get pressed anyway when I use them) and they don't get dusty.

  • GwenHex 1 Jul, 2008

    I had a friend come over and ask what it was on the back of my door because she though they were clothes and I told her what it was and she told me to get a life.

  • malackyel 21 Jun, 2008

    This is a great idea. You can sort them by fabric type or by color if you have a lot of scraps. Also you can store these in travel garment bags by color or clear ones if you can find them.

  • kiltie1124 18 Jun, 2008

    Great idea, but as a quilter my "scraps" would overwhelm any hanger! I sort them by color and store them in shoe organizers, the free-standing kind you can purchase at K-Mart or Target. They stay dust-free and I can see how much of each color I have.

  • mrssexsmith 7 Apr, 2008

    You could put a clear plastic cover like the ones that come with dry cleaning.

  • morland 29 Mar, 2008

    Don't they get sort of dusty?

  • gudwitch 18 Mar, 2008

    I wish I would have thought of this as I was painfully sorting all my fabrics by color!!! Thanks so, so much for the great idea !

  • Katy-Did 13 Mar, 2008

    I think this is a fabulous idea. My extra fabrics are neatly folded in a draw, but I really don't see them. Hanging them will also give me more drawer space in my work room. Thanks.

  • AREBA 27 Feb, 2008

    GREAT IDEA FOR US WITH SO MUCH EXTRA FABRIC. WOULD HELP WHEN YOU ARE TRYING TO FIND CERTAIN COLORS.

  • sandihilton 29 Nov, 2007

    O perfect, I'm going to do that right now!