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    Small Question

    Was just looking at a thread about fabric storage in drawers and she mentions using comic boards? I must be out of the loop as I have no idea what comic boards are? Thanks.

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    if you do an online search at google for comic boards, they'll show up. Looks like thick cardstock but different size & safe to archive. Tried to post a link but it didn't show up well...trying again. http://www.wayfair.com/Ultra-Pro-6.8...R-LTP1043.html
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    CherylMae-don't feel bad. Once I started wandering around on the boards and first heard about comic boards, I thought people were posting on the wrong boards, thinking that they would be talking about Spiderman or something!

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    http://www.bcwsupplies.com

    I find them cheaper than Amazon

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    Amazon sell them at decent price. If you fold material selvage to selvage and ten again it wraps up nicely around the comic board. It is so named because it is used to give support when storing comic books so they don't get bent.
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    Instead of comic boards, consider foam boards at the dollar store. I don't remember the dimensions but I was able to cut three boards a bit narrower than the boards used for fabric bolts. They are thinner and they take up less space.

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    I buy them on Amazon also, they work great for me.

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    I just ruler fold. Save my money for fabric

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    I get the empty cardboard holders from Joann's. They give them to me free. Cut with box cutter to size needed. I guess I'm just cheap but works for me.
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    Thank you all so much! I am going snooping, see what I can find.

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    Folded fabric won't stand on end. The boards make it so easy to stand fabric on a shelf like a book. I can pull one fabric out and not have to move the other fabrics. I use rubber bands on the boards. I have had some fabrics on boards with bands for over five years and no marks from the bands but some say the bands will leave a mark after time. It may be what some bands are made from.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hopetoquilt View Post
    I just ruler fold. Save my money for fabric
    I also ruler fold, then stack my fabrics so the top fold is showing, and put them in a plastic bin. Found I could get more fabric into a bin without the boards! I use a clear plastic bin, plus with all of the fabrics placed on end, I can see everything I have easily. Also have put "like" colors together, and collections together, to make fabric easier to find.
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    Shipping can be higher than the product or check around. If you live in a larger town, check out local comic book stores so you don't have to pay shipping or look for free shipping. Sometimes the cheapest price isn't.
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    Check out the local comic book shops or Card/gaming shops. The Comic boards are VERY inexpensive and come in 3 different sizes. They are also Certified Acid Free. You can get a 100 board pack for about $10.00. They are way thinner that the plastic boards that Alaskasunshine had a tute for and so take up much less room as well. They also keep you from stretching your fabric tight on them thus keeping it square. And remember as an acid free certified product, you won't have any problems with discoloration. Hope this helps. If you can't find them shoot me a PM and I have a few places close to me that carry them.
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    Walmart will give the fabric boards to you free if you ask nicely. I've also save the heavy cardboard rollers out of the foil and different wax paper boxes. Walmart also had a heavy cardboard roll they let me have. It was almost 6 ft. long. That was just yesterday. Also DH was getting ready to throw a box for one of his electronic toys. It had a heavy foamboard in it (18"). Confiscated it and saved the landfill! Quilters are the best recyclers!

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    I have all my fabric folded on comic boards. They work really well. Love them

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    Quote Originally Posted by kaelynangelfoot View Post
    this is a really good deal. have a question though -- I've been buying the foam core board from the dollar store and cutting it down to size. Are these boards thick enough so that don't bend? I like the idea how sturdy the foam boards are.
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    I'm even cheaper...ahem, I'm frugal. I don't use comic boards. I feel I don't need them. I fold my fabric to fit the height of the shelf it's being placed into. If you have enough, you don't need comic boards or the cardboard from the fabric stores. They take up space that could be used by your fabric! Good luck!
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    Quote Originally Posted by hopetoquilt View Post
    I just ruler fold. Save my money for fabric
    Me, too. It's just easier to use what's on hand, and the result is very effective for my purposes. They stack neatly on shelves or in bins.
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    Cherylmae -- I asked the same question about 6 months ago, no maybe a year. I bought the boards from Amazon but haven't tackled my stash yet. I know it will be beautiful when done, but not looking forward to all that work. Everyone here on this board gave me great tips.

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    I saw the same thread a couple hours ago. I started using comic book boards a year ago. They really help make my stash easy to see at a glance.
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    I've tried all the different storage ideas over the past few years and think the comic board system is the best for me. I've started doing this as a use a fabric. If there's enough to go back into the yardage stash, I put it on the board. I want to be able to stand it up for easy access. I found (for myself) if I lay it down and I want the fabric on the bottom, I tend to make a mess of that pile. Then it gets worse from there. Bins the same thing. If I place them neatly in the bins, they get out of control quickly as I'm looking for the perfect fabric. This has not been the case yet for my fabric that's been put on the boards. After cutting what I need, I fold it back on and back into its place. So far, so good.

    For the pieces too small to get folded, I cut down into my scrap sizes for future use.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DJinSC View Post
    Cherylmae -- I asked the same question about 6 months ago, no maybe a year. I bought the boards from Amazon but haven't tackled my stash yet. I know it will be beautiful when done, but not looking forward to all that work. Everyone here on this board gave me great tips.
    I agree with all the work so just put them on the boards as you use the fabric. In a year, you'll see what fabrics you might want to consider getting rid of (or using up) since they're still not on a board. That's my plan anyway.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vickig626 View Post
    I agree with all the work so just put them on the boards as you use the fabric. In a year, you'll see what fabrics you might want to consider getting rid of (or using up) since they're still not on a board. That's my plan anyway.
    Good idea! Something I just thought of -- after you wrap the fabric around the board, how do you secure it? Pins?

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