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Thread: What is ruler folding?

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    What is ruler folding?

    Do tell. I read about it and I might want to do it.

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    I assume it's using a wide ruler to fold lengths of fabric, then pull the ruler out. Really not sure, but I think this question was posted only a few weeks ago, though I can't find it now.

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    here's a video showing how https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RpQpV-Wt0eY
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    I use my 6x24 inch ruler. I fold the length of fabric around the ruler and then pull out the ruler. I store my fabric in a bookcase and lay large folded lengths (anything over 4 yards) on shelves. For shorter lengths, I fold using the ruler and then fold in half bringing the long ends together, and then stack on the shelves like books. It is amazing how much fabric can be stored in a small space and you have a nice clear view of what is on the shelves.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GingerK View Post
    I use my 6x24 inch ruler. I fold the length of fabric around the ruler and then pull out the ruler. I store my fabric in a bookcase and lay large folded lengths (anything over 4 yards) on shelves. For shorter lengths, I fold using the ruler and then fold in half bringing the long ends together, and then stack on the shelves like books. It is amazing how much fabric can be stored in a small space and you have a nice clear view of what is on the shelves.

    This is what I do too! When I first retired I went through my closet to see what I could put on my shelves. Gosh.....too much! Now I'm looking at a couple of patterns/fabric that I purchased in the early 90's. I may make one of them as it's a quilt. The other is a jacket. I have all the fabric for the jacket. I'm not sure I have backing for the quilt.
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    Years ago I folded all my fabrics using a 6 x 24" ruler. I folded fabric selvage to selvage and folded with the ruler. I have 4-6 yard pieces and have them stacked on wire shelves in a large closet. I folded smaller pieces the same, all in stacks. I can see all my fabrics at a glance.
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    The above video shows the general concept but is sloppy.

    Let me help with a little technique. I use a 6.5 x 24.5 inch ruler. Lay the fabric so fold is on the left side and selvages on right. The fabric is folded as it comes off the bolt.

    Lay the ruler so a line is squared on the fold line. Fold over about 3-4 inches. Hold the first fold of fabric and continue folding to end. Tuck in any excess so the edge is neat and tidy. Then fold in half.

    Your fabric will be approx 6.5 x 11 inches. I don't fold again in quarters. These stack neatly on the closet shelf. To take out a fabric from the shelf, slide the ruler under it and slide out of place.

    If the fabric is 3 yards or more, I fold the length in half and fold as above.

    All fabric is measured, then folded and tagged with date so I don't have to UN-measure to know how much is in a piece.

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    GingerK What would be the smallest piece that will stand as a book?

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    It really depends more on how tightly you pack them. My usual minimum is 1 yard. Shorter pieces can be folded the same way but do better with stacking on the shelf instead of being put in like a book. I also got my DH to install extra shelves for my bookcase. They are about 8 inches apart. I try to keep like fabric on the same shelf--kids' fabric, christmas fabric, blenders, blacks, whites, etc. Which reminds me--I really need to go thru my fabric and resort. Things are very mixed up at the moment.
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    I finally used this method in January when I moved into my new sewing studio and organized my (modest) stash by color...it certainly gives you a feeling of being tidy and organized.
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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltnNan View Post
    Thank you QuiltnNan - this was very helpful.

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    I prefer to use my 8.5" x 24" ruler. That way I can estimate yardage based on number of folds - 4 folds is going to be very close to 1 yard. I use a narrower ruler for pieces under one yard. For 1-3 yards, I tri fold the fabric after I have it rolled, and for longer than 3 yards, I fold it in half. That way it all fits on my shelves nicely.
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    This how I fold my fabric also. I like to have the selvage out and on it I write the yardage. If I use some, I subtract and mark the new amount.

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    I ruler fold my fabric also. In addition to the other tips listed, I use coated hairpins to keep the fabric intact so as I go through my bins of fabric, it does not come unfolded. Bought a few sheets of hairpins to do this but not expensive.
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    And yet another that fits nicely on most bookshelves:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I3FVtUOAj20

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    Thanks GingerK, I like the book arrangement better than a stack and when we finish our reno I will have a dedicated sewing room.
    AlvaStitcher Pretty fabric. I'll keep your hairpin idea in mind. Thanks

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    I *like* this idea! I have mine kind of comic book board folded, but without the boards, and put in those foldable fabric cubes and I don't like how they get floppy. I also love books, so having my fabric in "books" will make me happy. Thanks all for your help.

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