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    WHat a great idea!!

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    Haha!!!! I just got this in a email! I have been searching all over for filing cabinets and even have dh looking for me when he is out and about. I love this idea. Thanks for sharing

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    What a clever idea :thumbup: I would NEVER have thought of that!!

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    I had seen this before and when seeing it again here I got to thinking. I got out my old two drawer file cabinet. Cut off the file part just up to the fold over part you know where it is glued on and has the little cutouts. This will keep most of the card stock off your fabric. I also took the card stock off to show all metal hang strip then you will have two hangers. I cut a strip of sewable bond the kind that is more like fabric than paper and ironed it on the metal strip this will not fall off like acid free paper and I would think it is acid free as it is sometime used as a fabric stiffener that you leave in when you sew. I also think you can use a fabric strip and spry tack it on.

    also leaving on the small part of card stock on the top will let you leave some with nothing on them and keep the tabs in to mark what the fabric is for, you have 5 1/2 half yards together and one empty with the tab saying what you plan to use the 5 previous hanger filled bars. I guess you could even use a plastic file folder between projects with the pattern it it.

    Hope this makes some sense to you all. I will try to post some pictures later of what I am talking about.

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    You may want to also keep the card stock you cut off for temp lets as it is very stiff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by frog90
    I had seen this before and when seeing it again here I got to thinking. I got out my old two drawer file cabinet. Cut off the file part just up to the fold over part you know where it is glued on and has the little cutouts. This will keep most of the card stock off your fabric. I also took the card stock off to show all metal hang strip then you will have two hangers. I cut a strip of sewable bond the kind that is more like fabric than paper and ironed it on the metal strip this will not fall off like acid free paper and I would think it is acid free as it is sometime used as a fabric stiffener that you leave in when you sew. I also think you can use a fabric strip and spry tack it on.

    also leaving on the small part of card stock on the top will let you leave some with nothing on them and keep the tabs in to mark what the fabric is for, you have 5 1/2 half yards together and one empty with the tab saying what you plan to use the 5 previous hanger filled bars. I guess you could even use a plastic file folder between projects with the pattern it it.

    Hope this makes some sense to you all. I will try to post some pictures later of what I am talking about.
    I'm lovin' all the extra ideas!

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    Here is what I am starting so you may see what I was talking about. I have not posted a picture yet so I hope this goes well.

    Also that is my helper, she loves boxes

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    Oh my Goodness, what a great idea, I went to Office Depot and bought clear plastic file boxes that are stackable.By the way they are buy 2 get one free. I organized my projects including the fat quarters and book or instructions. I can see what fabric I have and can choose the colors without digging through a bag. Thanks:)

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    Quote Originally Posted by frog90
    Here is what I am starting so you may see what I was talking about. I have not posted a picture yet so I hope this goes well.

    Also that is my helper, she loves boxes
    The options are just endless aren't they? Love the kitty!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peggyinno
    What a clever idea :thumbup: I would NEVER have thought of that!!
    Me neither! That's what I have such a smart sister for!!!

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    I love it, never thought about it when I got rid of file cabinets!!

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    Looks great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AnnetteB
    Oh my Goodness, what a great idea, I went to Office Depot and bought clear plastic file boxes that are stackable.By the way they are buy 2 get one free. I organized my projects including the fat quarters and book or instructions. I can see what fabric I have and can choose the colors without digging through a bag. Thanks:)
    Well I guess it is off to Office Depot for printer ink and boxes.....thanks for the info.

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    That is so clever ...

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    Great idea! And, to think, I was going to get rid of the filing cabinet in my sewing room. :thumbup:

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    what's a comic board board?

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    These are great ideas. Thanks for sharing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cindyg19
    what's a comic board board?
    Comic Book Boards or Extenders are thin boards placed into comic books before they are placed into plastic bags that a seller would display them in for sale.

    Dimensions
    - Size 7 1/4 x 10

    *Certified Acid Free - Independent Lab Tested

    200 Boards per Pack for $11.00

    Keep in mind these are far too flimsy (only 10 Mil) to fold fabric onto, but they will cover the green cardboard of file hangers so the fabric can be safely draped over the metal bars and would be a great application here. You could cut the green folder from the fold to about 5" even and fold the comic board over the top...
    maybe add a bit of spray adhesive or glue stick to affix them to the remaining green cardboard.

    Just remember to tape them to fit lengthwise, but keep the tape on the underside to protect fabric from even the tape.

    They sell them here:
    http://www.bcwsupplies.com/products/...-extenders.htm

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    When we moved to the apt. I was really in trouble for fabric space. Hubby was driving past a yard sale and spotted a 4-drawer file cabinet. Got it for $2.50. Boy does it hold a lot of fabric. Since then I have had to find space for the stacked see-thru drawers and now am going to get some more. This has got to end sometime. Don't bank on it. LOL Marge L

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    Quote Originally Posted by M.I.Late
    Quote Originally Posted by cindyg19
    what's a comic board board?
    Comic Book Boards or Extenders are thin boards placed into comic books before they are placed into plastic bags that a seller would display them in for sale.

    Dimensions
    - Size 7 1/4 x 10

    *Certified Acid Free - Independent Lab Tested

    200 Boards per Pack for $11.00

    Keep in mind these are far too flimsy (only 10 Mil) to fold fabric onto, but they will cover the green cardboard of file hangers so the fabric can be safely draped over the metal bars and would be a great application here. You could cut the green folder from the fold to about 5" even and fold the comic board over the top...
    maybe add a bit of spray adhesive or glue stick to affix them to the remaining green cardboard.

    Just remember to tape them to fit lengthwise, but keep the tape on the underside to protect fabric from even the tape.

    They sell them here:
    http://www.bcwsupplies.com/products/...-extenders.htm
    Fabulous idea!

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    what an idea! all you guys have such good ideas and suggestions. thanks for sharing

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    I love the idea and have a cabinet just like it and I really don't need all those files.. fabric is better. Thank you \Jan for Maine

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    like the idea but how much fabric can this cabnet hold. i can imagine most quilters will need about five of these cabinets.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pitty Pat
    like the idea but how much fabric can this cabnet hold. i can imagine most quilters will need about five of these cabinets.
    This one is somewhat small...I've already purchased another one from Craig's list. A legal sized one that will hold about 3 times as much as this one!

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    I have to say I love it
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