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Thread: Polar Notions for fabric storage?

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    I just finished a re-do of my sewing room/nest. I purchased myself a new desk for Christmas and decided to do-over everything and FINISH the organizing that I have started several times. I will be posting pictures later.

    But my basic is - I ruler fold anything 1yd17" and smaller. Larger is ruler folded and hung-up with pants hangers in the closet. Where the fabrics touch the clips, I have acid-free tissue paper just in case. DH added the extra hanging rods for me. FAB-U-LOUS!!!!! I also have my various 'things' in bin boxes on shelves that I made for the closet.

    Now that I am organized I don't want to pull anything out and mess it up. Oh well, that will end soon enough - probably when my hand is down healing. Hopefully the leeches will quit visiting soon. [wink]

    I have been tempted to show DH some of the stashes that are displayed here. He always says that I have enough fabric to open my own store - but not really. Actually, I think my stash is pretty small.
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    I like to cut white foam board into pieces (11-3/4" by 7-1/4" and 6-1/2" by 4") and use that instead. One sheet of foamboard costs $3.00 at Michaels and I get at least 10 pieces from each sheet. Alot less expensive than Polar Notions.

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    Use Polar Notions storage cards

    Quote Originally Posted by luvTooQuilt View Post
    Sounds just like the core boards lots of members are using..
    I have used the polar notions boards and I love them. I like then alot better than the core boards. I have tried the core boards and I didn't like them because they can bend.
    The Polar boards are pieces of plastic and are indistructiable.
    I have so far used the regular size and have used so far 250 of the sheets and clips. she also has a smaller size for fat quarters. You can roll anywhere from a half yard to 10 yards of fabric with out any problem. What I do is wash and hang dry my new fabric then Iron it and fold it in quarter length wise and measure and roll on the board. Then I put the measurement on a post a note under the clip.
    That way I know the exact amount of fabric of each piece.
    Hope this is a help. kjym Kathy
    PS Thanks for you question It reminded me to order more.
    Kathleen Manoff

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    that closet is beautiful I have way to much fabric to make my look that neat. But your closet may inspire me to try to make mine look like yours. Want to come help? LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltmore View Post
    that closet is beautiful I have way to much fabric to make my look that neat. But your closet may inspire me to try to make mine look like yours. Want to come help? LOL
    The fun thing I found when I finally took all my fabric out and wrapped around comic boards nearly 400 and it took me about a week...was that though my fabric I thought had been neatly stacked "ruler folded"....with the boards I completely emptied one entire double door 8X6 foot cabinet! Stacks had gotten in front of stacks and I found fabric I had completely forgotten about. Now on comic boards or any material you choose...I think you will find it is space saving!!!!

    I got to handle all my fabric and donate what I knew in my heart I would never get around to using. Whether coroplast, foam core, comic boards whatever don't dread organizing your fabric stash ~ seeing at-a-glance what I have is wonderful!
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    Quote Originally Posted by ksdot417 View Post
    I started out with Polar Notions. They are nice, but pricey. After that I went with comic book boards. The are acid free and you can get 100 for $10. Overall I have to say I really prefer the comic book boards. They hold the fabric nicely and the big plus - they aren't as thick so you don't lose shelf space. It adds up when you start thinking about it. I thought about buying some of the other ideas mentioned but I just really didn't want to spend the time cutting them to size. This just works for me.
    I don't have experience with Polar Notions but I agree totally with you regarding comic boards. in my experience they have worked beyond my expectations. I fold 2+ yards and can get up to 6 yards easily on a board...someone suggested using 2 boards for larger yardage.

    I have to admit we live in a low humidity area so my experience with comic boards is prefaced on that should humidity be a concern.
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    Polar Notions/comic book boards

    What are Polar Boards and Comic book Boards?

    Quote Originally Posted by ksdot417 View Post
    I started out with Polar Notions. They are nice, but pricey. After that I went with comic book boards. The are acid free and you can get 100 for $10. Overall I have to say I really prefer the comic book boards. They hold the fabric nicely and the big plus - they aren't as thick so you don't lose shelf space. It adds up when you start thinking about it. I thought about buying some of the other ideas mentioned but I just really didn't want to spend the time cutting them to size. This just works for me.

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    Polar Notions plastic storage sheets: www.polarnotions.com/Buy_Now_.html

    A thread in the For Sale area for easy core storage: http://www.quiltingboard.com/items-s...g-t176075.html

    Looks like for similar size, the Polar Notions brand is only $2.50 more, but then add another $12.50 shipping... :\

    I hadn't seen this thread before, and just yesterday ordered the easy core boards from MILate. Of course, I now need to buy a bookcase or two...

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    I have put my fabric on File Folders from Office Depot. I fold down the tab and tape the beginning of the fabric onto the folder. Then I put it on my shelf. It's a really inexpensive way to store my fabric.

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    I use comic book boards in the 9x12 size. There's a collector's supply store here in town so they're easy to get. Acid free is extremely important. My favorite quilt shop uses the Bolt Buddies but they're pretty costly so I'm going to check out the blue pieces that 'ncredbird' illustrated while I'm out tomorrow.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ksdot417 View Post
    I started out with Polar Notions. They are nice, but pricey. After that I went with comic book boards. The are acid free and you can get 100 for $10. Overall I have to say I really prefer the comic book boards. They hold the fabric nicely and the big plus - they aren't as thick so you don't lose shelf space. It adds up when you start thinking about it. I thought about buying some of the other ideas mentioned but I just really didn't want to spend the time cutting them to size. This just works for me.
    What exactly is a comic book board? And where did you purchase them? Can they be ordered online? Thanks in advance for any info. Kitsy
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    That's the only thing I use for my fabric storage. At least for the big yardage. I love them. On the spendy side, but well worth it. The bolt buddies are also great for fastening the material.
    Janelle

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    Quote Originally Posted by hutch farm View Post
    Has anyone had any experience with Polar Notions? It's a fabric storage system that has sheets of plastic that you can wrap your fabric around.
    Thanks!
    Yes, I heard about polar notions. It is durable and made with solid acid free plastic. It provide The 11 3/4" height which keeps stored many stuffs easily and You getting surprised to hear that it will be wrap and unwrap at least 400 times in a single day. The fabric will keep as safe as well managed in polar notions.


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    They are expensive! Go to the dollar store and buy yourself a sheet of foam core board. It is 20X30 inches.
    Cut once horizontally and 5 times vertically. You can get 10 boards to wrap around for the $1.00-$1.50 that you will spend and they will last you forever. I have made enough of them to do a 10 ft wall of display of fabric 5 feet high. I purchase mine at Dollar Tree and it is in the area where poster board is sold. Save the big bucks for fabric purchases. Ann in TN

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    I just finished about 1/2 of my fabric using this idea. I haven't 'worked' with it yet, but so far I LOVE it. I bought 10 of the core boards, cut them up as ncredbird suggested and they fit perfectly on the shelves of a bookcase I have in my sewing room closet. Incredibly, I'm out of core boards and have to go back and buy ten more! May have to purchase another bookcase too! I did wrap most of the boards with acid free scrapbooking paper before I put the fabric on them to protect the fabric as best I can. I think this is a wonderful idea, the fabrics look so pretty lined up straight and much easier to make selections when getting ready to start a new quilt project (can't WAIT for school to go back so I can get started again!).

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