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Thread: What is it that people use to store fabric on?

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    What is it that people use to store fabric on?

    Ive seen a few pictures of well organized closets that have the fabric wrapped around boards of some kind then stacked on the shelves like books. Are those boards a product of some kind?
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    you mean like full bolts of fabric? I have not seen the pictures that you are referencing

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    I use comic book boards, bought off Amazon. It really does help me keep everything organized!
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    ​Some people use acid free comic book boards. Alaskasunshines QB tutorial I think used foam core.

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    I usually get empty bolts from my fabric store and store more than one yard.

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    I used Coroplast, the rigid stuff that a lot of political signs are printed on. It comes in huge sheets. My supplier cut them in half so that they'd fit in the back of my SUV. Then I cut them into pieces with a 60mm rotary cutter.

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    I too use the fabric bolts from the store or there is a folding board that they sell at the dollar store and I just cut it down to the size I need.
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    1) There are expensive boards to wrap fabric on (but I found them too thick, and very pricey):
    https://www.amazon.com/Fabric-Organi...fabric+storage


    2.) many people use home made ideas made by people who have access to some material that they cut down and DIY. This varies by what people have access too and their creativity.

    3) But most of us (this is now my storage technique) use the comic book boards to wrap our fabric around, neat and tidy:
    https://www.amazon.com/BCW-Backing-B...F8&qid=1544955

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    I use foam core that I buy from Dollar Tree.

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    I use the tri-panel display boards I get at Walmart -- the kind kids use for science fair displays. I use a "special" rotary cutter to make 6" x 12" slabs and wind my fabric around those. It makes for compact mini-bolts that fit nicely on my bookcase/storage shelf unit in my sewing room. This is also relatively inexpensive in comparison to using precut boards from other sources.
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    How do you store the fabrics now? Think about the shelf where they will be stored.

    A wire shelf will need a liner so they boards don't slip through the wires. I used the polar notion boards but found I like ruler folding at 6.5 inches the best. Slip a ruler into the stack and slide out the bundle you want.

    You might want some type of divider if you stack the fabrics upright with the boards method.

    https://www.containerstore.com/s?sou...ivider&submit=

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    For the amount of fabric I have, bolts and even foam board would be too thick and take up too much space. For cuts under about a yard and a half I wrap them around comic book boards. They are the perfect size once you give the fabric another lengthwise fold. Then I stack them upright like books on a bookshelf I bought for fabric.

    For longer lengths of fabric I ruler fold them (6x24 ruler), and stack them horizontally.

    you can buy comic book boards fairly inexpensively, about $10 for 100... Comic book shops sell them, or dealers on EBay.
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    Bonnie Hunter uses a wide roller to wrap, slide the fabric out, fold in half and store. I'll post a picture in a bit.
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    I use Magazine boards and comic boards. It has made things so much neater. I use 2 plastic coated paper clips to keep it in place. At Dollar tree the large clips are 80 in a pack much cheaper than an office supply.

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    I have two stacked lateral files in a closet where I store my fabrics. Each drawer pulls outside the closet independently when I want in that drawer, and it is so easy to rifle through when needed. I close the closet door when not using.

    I use foam-core board cut to a size that allows me to fold the fabric so that three columns of fabric stack per drawer. Since the fabric is laying down (not up like a book on a shelf) I don't need to leave the foam-core board in the fabric.

    The top drawer has fat quarter size and smaller just folded.

    I used to put fabric in this closet hanging by clothes hangers. This file allows me to store ALOT more fabrics.
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    I bought comic boards but never used them. my fat qtrs for the most part are folded on their sides in four dresser drawers. the closet has a shelving unit full of folded yardage and batting. then tubs hold pre-cuts I've purchased. lots of neutral colors in those to go with stash.

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    If you have a JoAnn Fabric store in your area, stop in and ask if they have any empty fabric boards. Some time back someone else mentioned doing that so I go by ours and ask whenever I'm there and they are more than happy to give them to you. There have been times I've picked up all they've had...10 to 12 at a time. They dispose of them anyway.

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    I don't use boards but wrap fabric that I have folded around a 6 1/2 inch ruler. Slide the ruler out and stack or stand it up by colors. So far that is my favorite method and it looks tidy and neat.

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    I use plastic fabric organizers in 2 sizes ................. Fat quarter and yardage ............ very practical and I love them. I bought them from Connecting Threads.

    https://www.connectingthreads.com/fa...0-pack/p/71471 and here https://www.connectingthreads.com/fa...0-pack/p/71472
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    I use fabric organizers from Polar Notions and the little bolt clips they also sell. I absolutely love them! They are thin enough to let me store lots of fabric, but they are sturdy enough to provide some stability. They are acid-free, etc. I use the regular sized ones for my fabrics that are at least one yard. I loved them so much, I purchased the smaller ones (I think they are called fat-quarter size) to fold my fabric that is less than one yard. It's an easy thing for me to then pick what I need. I purchased them from a company called paperpieces.com, then select the Polar Notions option. By the way, I think I ordered 125 of them (I think). I've got about 5 of them I'm not using.....so that also helps me keep track of what I need to use before I purchase more fabric! Don't regret that purchase at all.

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    I fold Large yardage of fabrics around my 6" ruler slide off and stack on the wide wire shelves in my closet.

    For smaller pieces I wrap around the same ruler. Smaller amounts goes on top shelf.
    Larger yardage goes on bottom two shelves.

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    Comic book boards.. I bought some years ago and wrapped fabric around them to store,
    Ended up giving them away..I guess if you have a bookshelf to put them on it would make sense...the heavy cardboard could also be used for making stencils.

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    I use these too. I went to my local sign maker stores and bought scraps that I could cut into the sized that will fit on my shelves.

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    For those who use foam core or Coroplast, if you have a convention centre in town you can probably get as much as you desire for free.

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    I get the carboard from Joannes and cut it then wrap my 2 - 3 yrs on them and they stand up like books onthe shelfd.
    I love it.

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