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Thread: Storing larger cuts of fabric

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    Storing larger cuts of fabric

    I've been slowly organizing my stash using the ruler method. It works great on fabric lengths that are up to about 3 yards. What do you do for larger cuts? I can roll them on the ruler, but they are so thick that you can't fold them. Any suggestions? Bigger ruler? Get some empty cardboard bolts from my LQS??
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    Fold them first, then roll them using the ruler.

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    For really big cuts I have empty bolts that I wrap them on.. and a plastic bin large enough to lay flat.

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    For my fabric cuts larger than 3 yards, I fold the fabric in half and then roll it around my ruler.
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    I folded my large yardage in half - end to end- and folded with the ruler. I didn't have a problem at all with it.
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    Thanks! I'll try folding it in half first... I know that the empty bolts from the fabric store will work, but I wanted to have everything sort of the same size. I can use the empties as a backup.
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    I use the empty bolts from where ever, and cut them in half (width wise) so I have my mini bolts and then wind on
    them. I do however go one step further and measure my bigger pieces ( just a quick measure) so if I am looking for a piece for a backing, and lets say I need a 4 yard piece, I can tell if a piece will work. I just use a straight pin and a scrap piece of paper and say 6 yards, and if I take anything off, just do the math on that paper.... works for me.
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    Fabric bolts are my first choice, but another method which is easy to customize for size is to roll your fabric onto the styrofoam noodles that kids use in swimming pools. You can begin rolling with a short length of muslin to help keep your fabric from coming into contact with the styrofoam, if you prefer. Also, it's easy to roll off the fabric on the cutting table when you are ready to measure and cut for a project.
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