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    question for fabric organizers...

    i have my stash stored in various plastic containers. just folded, no real rhyme or reason. for those of you who have folded onto the comic boards, or the bolt boards, etc....do you find that it actually SAVES you space?

    Interested in your replies--thank you!

    Betsey

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    I use bolt boards not because they save space but because they are free ( i can use the $ for more fabric)
    I ruler fold half yards to under 2 yards on bookcases so i can see them.. I dont like my fabric hidden, i wont us them if I don't remember what i have.

    I can only imagine the comic boards, the fabric boards, the corrugated boards are a space savers...
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    Truth is I see those who put fabric on folding 'boards' to me its a waste of space/time/$$ better spent on fabric! LoL
    I store my fabric in See through Plastic Dressers and Label the drawers By Color with Paper 1 inch Medical tape on the front. I have bought them at Second hand stores, On sale at Target ete.... they have wheels, so can move around.
    I think they keep your Fabric clean,dry Ete....

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    It probably doesn't save on cost or even storage space, depending on what kind of storage you have available. But it does save me money because now I can see what I have and don't end up going shopping instead of staying home and digging through those storage containers!

    I already had shelves in my closet so it was easy to clear them and use three of them for fabric. I use comic boards for pieces bigger than a FQ but smaller than 2 yards. Longer length yardage I fold on the ruler then keep them all on one shelf. FQ's have a couple of little shelves for themselves.

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    I just recently decided to switch from folding my fabric with the quilting ruler to using comic book boards. To me its an easier way to see what you have and it makes it so easy to go through your fabric when looking for a particular print.

    What was interesting for me is that I had no idea how much fabric I really have. I am on my third package of comic book boards which come in packs of 100 (I use the Golden size). I have sorted them similar to how they are at a fabric store - general cottons, novelties, holidays, etc. What I didn't realize is how many blenders I actually do have!

    They look so nice and neat. Not finished yet though!

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    I just finished using the comic boards. Love seeing my fabric in rows. Easier for me to keep neat when pulling fabric. Cut what I need, put left over folded back on shelf. Hopefully I can keep doing that.

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    I ruler folded mine. I don't know if it saves space. But, I do know that it now gets used. It was so much easier to go buy more than to go through those totes. One quick glance and I know what I have.
    Happy Quilting.

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    I find that I'm better able to use the displayed fabric. Sometimes I just look at it for satisfaction (dumb, huh?) and get new ideas for future projects. My next quilt will be designed for using up the 'less than fat quarter pieces' that are in Rubbermaid totes. Some of that fabric has been untouched since I started quilting a dozen years ago!
    johans, Michigan's UP, where 906 is God's area code

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    I have very limited space for fabric storage on one small bookcase. I tried the comic boards but found I really lost space with this method. I use the ruler method and stack the fabric with the folded side out. A smaller ruler for small pieces and a larger ruler for two yards and up. I can still see my fabric easily but can store so much more. It's a piece of cake to pull out what I want if I slide my ruler in. I also sort my fabric by color and by Christmas, 30's prints, etc. The larger folded pieces go on a separate shelf.

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    I was inspired by a posting on this board to buy the foam boards from the Dollar Store and attempt to organize my fabric. I kept buying more boards and finally ended up with 42 boards...which means I have 252 pieces of fabric, larger than 3/4 yd. I cut the 20x30 boards into 6 pieces, 10" square. I absolutely love it!! It seemed like I was always looking for one particular fabric. And making a huge mess, while doing it. My fabric is now on 6 shelves. It is easy to see what I have and easy to "audition" fabrics for a WIP. Only downside is that my husband now knows how much fabric I have. It is fun to "shop at home" though and much less expensive. I also folded and sorted smaller pieces by color and put them in bins. Found some fabrics I won't use so they are going to a deserving home. Lots of work but I am feeling much more in control which is just wonderful!!
    I think everyone has their own method of organization. I love the visual of neatly wrapped fabric, organized by color. Think my sewing room looks more professional and I will be be more organized, which is a bonus!
    Last edited by psquared52; 02-25-2012 at 06:07 AM.

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