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Thread: Got a ? about cardboard.

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    Super Member brookemarie19's Avatar
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    Dec 2009
    I know alot of you guys are getting those card board bolts and the special plastic bolts, but i got a question for you. I have gotten a couple of bolts at walmart but they wont let me have anymore and I have decided I really like the look of them on my shelf. I have tons of packing cardboard and I know that they are probably not acid free so here comes my question:
    Could I just wrap my carboard with saran wrap and then put the fabric on them? That would block the fabric from the acid I think, just was wondering if there is a reason why fabric can't touch saran wrap.
    I really want to get my room organized but am too impatient to get a bolt or two at a time and hubby says no more money on this kind of stuff(I keep changing my mind on how I want to organize and he doesn't want to drop more into it right now.... I can slip the saran wrap in hee hee)
    Thanks for your help guys.

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    Power Poster Prism99's Avatar
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    Dec 2008
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    I'm not sure about the saran wrap. I know that plastic bags (not plastic boxes) can have outgassing problems that affect fabric over time.

    Is there something else you could use? I'm thinking inexpensive muslin (make muslin "sleeves" for the cardboard) or aluminum foil. These would be things that wouldn't outgas.

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    Super Member quiltmaker's Avatar
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    Do you have any other shops such as JoAnns, Hancocks or an LQS that would give you their empty bolts? For my larger yardage I do use the bolts from shops. BrookMarie, there are almost as many opinions on this subject here as are people. If you like your fabric the way you're doing it then go for it. I don't buy any of those fabric organizer type products. I fold mine in wood cabinets and have storage containers for the overflow...never had a problem and have done this for many years. Fabrics have been stored everyway imaginable for decades and decades without problems. Just remember there is always going to be a product/products out there to separate you from your money and they will try and convince you that if you don't do it this or that way you will potentially ruin your precious fabrics. I just don't buy into that theory for a number of reasons. That said, there is nothing wrong with them either if you choose to go that route.

    There are rulers and gadgets for every imaginable project that I also don't see a need for or purchase. I pick and choose what I know what I'll use and enjoy. We are all individuals and do it our own way. I would rather pay more for the best quality fabric and threads I want to use and that can really be a considerable amount especially today.
    You just have to decide what works for you and be content with what you have and can truly afford.

    You're going to get a lot of opinions on this so just sit back and enjoy everyones thoughts and then make a decision you can live with and keep harmony in your home & budget.

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    Super Member Rann's Avatar
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    Aug 2010
    Valdosta GA
    Hobby Lobby here will gladly give you theirs. Has anybody used the foam board to wrap fabric and how does it work?

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