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    Thanks for all your answers, PineyRiverQuilter--your personal fabric store is fabulous! This is how I want to arrange my fabric.

    I did go to the Dollar Store and picked up kitchen cutting mats, two for a dollar, and because they were 11' x 15", I cut them in thirds, rounded the corners, so they're 5" x 11" now. Six pieces for a dollar! That's a bargain! They're probably not as rigid as the plastic needlepoint canvas, but I was able to fold a two yard plus piece of fabric on it easily. Thanks for that heads up tip. I even bought an extra set of mats to use for chopping in the kitchen!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bibiche
    You didn't do anything wrong -- it happens. For small cuts or fabrics I know won't get too ravelly I clip a corner off of each edge. For larger cuts I serge the cut ends to avoid all ravelling. HTH.
    I heard this to and do it to every piece of fabric I wash, not sure why it works but it really does and also I can tell if a fabric has been washed or not...

    triangles cut away from corners = washed
    uncut corners = unwashed

    When I tell people I do this they look at me like I have two heads, but it really does work.

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    I use pinking shears on the edges of the fabric before I put into washer and there is no fraying, threads or anything.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pat and pups
    When I bring home new fabric, I wash it, iron it, and wrap it around my ruler to fold it. Then I slip the ruler out and have neatly folded fabric. Then I toss it in a tote so I can't find it later. lol
    I fold mine with my ruler also (6"x 24"), and they are all uniform in size. I store mine on shelves.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marcia
    I would hate to tell you that the acid free sheet protectors would not harm your fabric, because I am just not sure.....

    You can always use the cardboard to fold the fabric, then remove the cardboard and store your fabric without it. I fold mine without cardboard so that there is a nice folded edge on the front and all pieces are the same size.
    that's what I would do, remove it after folding.

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    Fold around cardboard and then remove the cardboard for storing on your shelves. I fold my yard or longer lengths accordian style so that I can unfold just the amount I need without having to refold the whole thing again. :mrgreen:

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    Quote Originally Posted by PineyRiverQuilter
    More pics.
    pretty stash, and great idea.

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    I fold the fabric - large or small - over and over and over down the selvage - about one yard wide - and then safety pin the top and bottom selvages several times before I wash. I put the raw edge pieced to the inside for more security. Seems to work quite well with less raveling and NO twisting.....just a thought.

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    this is reply to washing fabric & tangles. if you snip off a 3/4" triangle from each corner.(4), the bias cut will not ravel across the fabric. if washing yards of one fabric, fold into layers 18" wide, pin on edges with lg safety pins, wash. it will take longer to dry, but will be managable.
    smitty

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    I use a sheet of plastic foam you get at Walmart for about 3.00 and get about 3 good size pieces out of it for folding fabric over.

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    I haven't tried this, but you might try going along the cut edge with pinking shears before you throw them in the washer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marcia
    I would hate to tell you that the acid free sheet protectors would not harm your fabric, because I am just not sure.....

    You can always use the cardboard to fold the fabric, then remove the cardboard and store your fabric without it. I fold mine without cardboard so that there is a nice folded edge on the front and all pieces are the same size.
    Great idea! Thanks!!

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    grmqlts: I use a lingerie bag to wash my fabric. No more ravels and tangles.

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    I read somewhere that comic book protectors work great for folding fabric and really cheap.

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    Quote Originally Posted by angelwatcher
    Quote Originally Posted by Marcia
    I would hate to tell you that the acid free sheet protectors would not harm your fabric, because I am just not sure.....

    You can always use the cardboard to fold the fabric, then remove the cardboard and store your fabric without it. I fold mine without cardboard so that there is a nice folded edge on the front and all pieces are the same size.
    Does your fabric lay flat on the shelf? I would prefer my larger pcs. to stand vertically on the shelf like at the quilt shops, hence keeping the cardboard inside the folded fabric.
    If I have 3 or more yards I roll it back on the cardboard from the quilt shop and stand it up straight. I only for 2 or less yards.

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    These are all great ideas........I'm always arranging and rearranging my fabric that are stored on all the shelves in 2 linen closets, a walk in closed full of shelves, two regular clothes closets, and large plastic bins.....I've been collecting fabric for 40 yrs. :-) The bins hold all my fleece and my largest linen closet holds decorator fabric on two shelves, specialty fabric on one, woolens, flannel, and corduroy on one, and the other two hold cotton fabrics. I store my rolls of drapery fabric on end in one regular closed and use the other closet for hanging my 'works in progress' on skirt hangers. My smaller linen closet holds knit fabrics purchased in the 70's. I can't throw anything away! I might need it some day when it comes back in style.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lavandula girl
    You just don't want the fabric stored up against the cardboard for a long time.
    Define "long time", she said as she looked through her stack of double knits ;-) LOL

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    When I bring home new fabric, I press it and fold in half so it's 21" wide then in half again till it is 11" wide.
    Then wrap it around my ruler to fold it, then I slip the ruler out and have neatly folded fabric. I have 3 drawer carts on wheels that I keep all my fabric in.... love how neat it is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kappy
    Quote Originally Posted by lavandula girl
    You just don't want the fabric stored up against the cardboard for a long time.
    Define "long time", she said as she looked through her stack of double knits ;-) LOL
    Too funny, I did get rid of my knits a long time ago.
    Any poly cottons I found, I am using to make gift bags, no paper wrapping here.

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    All my quilting fabrics are ruler folded and stored in metal drawers, so I can't help you with the cardboard question.

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    I'm one of the sad people that has to have everything organised...fold everything using the ruler method and have mini bolts made out of picture mount card....not sure if it will damage the fabric but would hope most would be used by then
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    Oh if I could only stack my stash to be able to see it all....but the shelves would fall down. :(

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    Quote Originally Posted by gramqlts
    I have found that if I wash more than one piece at a time in washer, they ravel and get twisted and tangled up with each other. Any one else have that problem. Any hints as to what I did wrong.
    I overcast or serge all the raw edges on pieces of fabric before washing them. Completely eliminates the problem.

    Also, saves material because maybe 1/8 inch is "used" on each edge instead of losing up to ? due to raveling.

    (As far as raveling goes when fabrics washed - some fabrics have a very "crisp" edge and don't ravel at all - others have raveled up to an inch or so)

    There probably will be someone that will say - "if you don't wash your fabrics before cutting them, you don't have a problem with raveling and frayed edges" -

    There are also people that can go for years without using seatbelts and never have a problem - - -

    I did have everything wonderfully folded and stacked "just so" - once upon a time.

    I've now resorted to "approximately the same folds" and left more room on the shelves now to accommodate irregular stacks.

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    I store my fabric in plastic bins and have found a
    folding method that works great for me.

    For larger amounts (3+ yards) I go to any store
    that sells fabric and ask if I can have all their empty
    cardboard bolts (that fabric come on) I got all these
    (see picture) yesterday from Joann's and 4 from
    Hobby Lobby today.
    YES I do have a large stash of fabric so I need lots
    of these bolts, I currently have about 75+ bolts now
    give or take (I will know more once I have ALL my
    fabric completely sorted and refolded.

    I fold FQ's completely different than larger amounts.

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