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Comic boards vs. stacking

Old 12-31-2015, 09:40 AM
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Wmart is happy to get rid of theirs also. I have larger pieces of yardage on the bolt boards. I have also cut these up to the size of comic boards.
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I use the cardboard that fabric is wrapped on in the store. Cut it to any size you want and wrap your fabric. Joanns is always very happy to just give them to me.
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Old 12-31-2015, 01:02 PM
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I use the larger 8.5 x 11 comic boards because my shelves are 15'' deep and I stand them on the 11'' side. When I folded them onto the boards I measured the fabric, clipped the end to the "bolt" with large bobby pins and tucked the yardage amount into the bobby pin (use white paper and pencil or permanant ink only!). I kept a running tally OMG I HAVE 726 YARDS OF FABRIC! I think I might be a hoader! Any piece smaller than a yard got rolled like a remnant and tagged with measurement. FQs a still folded and standing in large plastic fresh spinach boxes. I wish they would stop making fabric for a while - I can't control my addiction!
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Old 12-31-2015, 07:13 PM
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I am in the process of moving from ruler folded to comic book boards since I kept messing up my stacks when I was auditioning fabric. Since 100 of the comic boards is only a couple of inches thick, I think the little bit of space they take up will be worth it since I won't have as much of a mess when I pull fabric out and try to replace it where it was (my fabric stacks seemed to expand when I removed fabric from it )
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Old 01-01-2016, 05:29 PM
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I think that the key to storage, whether you ruler fold or use comic boards or other methods, is to maximize yourr shelves to your fabric folding method.

My shelves are 12 inches deep and were about 14 or 16 inches apart and my fabric was stacked in piles on the shelves. I had the usual problem of having to take down the whole stack to get at what I wanted.

I decided to ruler fold. The first thing I did was measure the height of the wall space I wanted to use. I divided that into 8 inch sections since I was going to ruler foer a 6 inch ruler and put my fabric side by side like books on a bookshelf. I then moved and added shelves so that I have 7 shelves (instead of the original 4) all about 8 inches or more apart. My fabric now fits all side by side sorted the way I want it. I can pull one fabric without disturbing the one next to it.

So, look at the depth of your shelves, figure out the best method to use the depth; whether it be ruler folded, or on boards placed horizontal or vertical, then adjust your shelves to that height. Add an inch or so over the height you think you need to make it easier to pull and replace fabric. I bet that you will be able to add a shelf or two in your closet this way.
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Old 01-02-2016, 06:13 PM
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I use a combination of comic boards, half comic boards, and regular bolts. 1 to 3 yards goes on comic boards, more than 1/4yd. but less than a yard goes on a comic board cut in half, and more than 3 yds. goes on a bolt. When I started this I was using an old plastic shelving unit that I quickly out grew.
I found a tall book case at a thrift store that works perfect for my yardage
I left out the bottom shelf so the bolts fit. Right now I now have a smaller 3 shelf unit to the right of this that sits on the end of the counter for storing the half boards in stacks. When I move soon I plan on getting at least two more of the tall bookcases and configuring more shelves into one of them for storing the half boards standing up like the rest of my fabric.

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Old 01-04-2016, 04:06 PM
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I used boards but did not care for them and they took a lot of room. They were not practical of anything over 3 yards and the fabric slipped down and got very wrinkled. I fold and sort by color and size. I keep fat quarters in large shallow baskets. I also keep fabric for specific projects in clear plastic tubs. Works for me.
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Old 01-05-2016, 10:25 AM
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I re-use the standard size fabric bolts from the fabric store, I get 4 little bolts out of them. The price is right and so far (after 5 years) I haven't seen any issues with acid in the cardboard. In my opinion, the only people who are so gung-ho for purchasing the plastic boards are the ones who make them! I get the acid thing, but really, any damage would be minimal so I'm not worried about it, and it certainly doesn't justify my spending tons of money on fabric storage when there are other low cost storage methods that will enable me to spend that money on more fabric!
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Old 01-05-2016, 10:28 AM
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I also don't keep a tally of how much yardage is on each of my bolts, I just go with the flow. One thing I started doing about a year ago is writing on each mini bolt as I purchased fabric, where the fabric came from, when it was purchased, the full price, and the sku# from the receipt, as well as the mfg and title of the design, if any. Joann's is really good about having all of this information print out on their receipt, so if I need to purchase more in the future it's quite simple. I'm not OCD enough to take old fabric to match and get the current details just to write on my bolts, but don't think the idea hasn't crossed my mind! After all, information is power!
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Old 01-14-2016, 06:13 AM
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I love my fabric on the comic boards. I have just ordered some for my sister and we will begin the process of doing her closet the same way. I did notice that the foam core boards you buy at the dollar store are way thicker then the comic boards so would take up more space. I use those for large yardage of fabric like 5 or more but use the comic boards for everything else. It really does make it easier to see what fabrics you have versus just folding it up.
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