I use bobbi pins. They're pretty cheap and work great.
Originally Posted by damaquilts
I have fabric that is on carboard and and has been for several years (lets just say 10 and call it good) I unwraped one of the bolts and looked at the fabric.. no problems. I pressed the fabric.. no problems. Then I washed that piece of fabric in hot water.. again, no problems. I just can't understand why so many are rushing to spend money on these boards.
I also hang anything over 1 yard and anything over 4 goes on the bolts.
Check out the pictures of my stash and you can see, I have a few yards...
Thanks for all the great tips am ordering boards today.
I've joined the club to get organized with my fabric. I'm hoping this helps me remember to shop my stash instead of going to buy more!! I used "Golden Age" sized comic book boards. I used quilting straight pins to hold them together, but after reading this thread, I'm going to go get some dollar tree bobby pins and use that instead.
The most I have on one board is about 4 yards. The least is a fat-quarter (folded in half and then wrapping it around the board (the ends barely overlap). I was thinking of cutting some in half and having smaller boards for the fat quarters, but I would prefer to have them all the same size and organized by color, so I'm going to try this approach first.
For smaller than FQ, I will use clear shoebox plastic totes per color.
I'm going to store the mini-bolts in large plastic bins .. so they don't get dusty, faded, or covered in cat hair when kitty figures out they would make a comfy bed. :)
Now I'm waiting on more boards so I can finish organizing my stash!
I'm sure it's the OCD talking, but it does make me so happy to see them all lined up by color in such a beautifully organized fashion. :)
I stopped using the boards I purchased because they take up more room. They made the fabric bulkier on the shelves and I just don't have the room. I just fold the fabric now.
I found that the comic boards come in different paper weight or thickness. I've ordered from different sources and some are flimsy and with those I use two or sometime three boards. With the thicker boards just one keeps the fabric upright and doesn't bend. I've since learned to keep the label of the thicker boards so I don't make that mistake again.
I started using comic boards several months ago, and have filled up three cabinets -- using approximately 400 boards so far. I use the 7 x 10-1/2 inch boards and they fit my shelves nicely. I put up to three yards of fabric on mine and ruler-fold anything longer than that (and store elsewhere). I also ruler fold my fat quarters. I love how easy it is to access my fabric now. I can see what I have, can cut off what I need, and then replace the fabric on the shelf. The picture is not that great, but you get the idea!