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    Unhappy fabric storage

    HELP!! I have a limited budget and more fabric than you can imagine. It is stuck in bins, baskets, boxes, and just scattered all over the floor. I have shelves, but the cards to store it on are so expensive. Where do I get inexpensive cards and where do I start? I will post a picture of my "mess" later today. I really need help!
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    I've been buying archival comic book boards from Amazon. Very reasonably price and then I cut them down so I get 200 total. works great for me.

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    Minnie, you don't need to buy those expensive cards to store your stash. I fold my fabric salvage to salvage, then start folding fabric into segments approximately 26 to 30 inches long. Keep folding till all the length of fabric is folded. Then fold in half again or in thirds (whichever gives you the measurement you want). End of with a pc
    8x22 1/2. Then fold in half again ending with a pc 8x11.
    Then just stack them up on your shelves with the last folded edge facing you....nice and neat with no added charge.

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    I do the same. You can also use a 6.5 X 24 ruler to wrap fabric around then pull out half way, fold in half, pull ruler out all the way. You can stack them on the shelf. When you feel comfortable you will be able to do this just as well with out the ruler. It really looks nice to see all of the fabric when you're done. Some like to group their stacks by color or types: civil war, juvenile prints, solids, etc. You can do it!!

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    when I'm at the large fabric stores, I ask if they have any cardboard bolts they are tossing. They are always happy to get rid of them.

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    As per the my poinit of view Fabric wrapped around, then pulled out half, fold in half, pull all the rulers. You can stack on the shelf. When you feel comfortable, you can do as good a ruler. It really looks very happy to see when you complete all of the fabric. Some people like to set the color or type of stack: civil, juvenile prints, solids, etc., you can do! !

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    I use the ruler method. It is working out great.

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    Do you have a LQS in your area? I went in to mine and asked for empty bolts and they were glad to get rid of them. You can cut them done for mini bolts and they are free. Are they as nice as the foam core ones? No, but the're FREE!

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    Free is good (smile). My friend uses the empty bolts from our LQS and they are thrilled to give them away rather than send them to the garbage landfill. Again, free is good.
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    I use the comic boards, get them from our Hobby store, look under comic in yellow pages....these are great and very reasonable....100 or 200 for a bundle

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    here is what i do. i don't use cards to store my fabric. i use scrap booking bins to store and keep out of sun light and dust. always using your 50% off coupon when purchasing the bins of course :-)
    another resource for plastic bins is craigslist. i have found some really nice and tall one and i wash them down good even when they look like new. for my FQs i use the shoe box style bin and usually you can get those for 99 cents at any craft store. hope this helps and good luck with your organization.
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    I use cardboard boxes. I cut them up with my rotary cutter (I have one cutter marked card board) and a ruler. I cut the bigger size 8.5 x 12" (Why? because I have a ruler that size) for yardage. for fat-quarters 5" square. These sizes fit nicely on my shelves. This way my fabric is setting one the shelves like books. I place them according to color. When I want a particular piece, I can remove it without disturbing the other material. Likewise when I get a new piece I can squeeze on the shelf in its right place. I have been doing this for a long time and had no problems. I figure the fabric stores use cardboard to wrap their material so why not.....I get my boxes from different stores, just make sure they are cleaqd. Most stores are glad to get rid of them. I also save any boxes that come with on line purchases. My husband is addicted to shopping on-line
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    Talking mat board from frame shop

    I get scrap mat board form the frame shop. It's acid free so wouldn't damage fabric. It's stiff enought but not too thick. They give it to me for free. If I want larger I do have to buy it, but they give me a good price.

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    I fold my fabric selvage to selvage and roll it up on my 8 1/2 X 24 ruler. Slide the ruler out and then I put a tag inside with how big this fabric piece is, and then fold it in half. I then stack on the shelves in my wardrobes according to color or theme. I don't have to measure the piece of fabric again, because I have already tagged it, so I know instantly if it is big enough for the project. Fat quarters are stacked on end in plastic drawers, so they are easily identifyable.

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    I use those foam poster boards at the dollar store!
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    I use the ruler fold method. Take the fabric folded in half the way it comes off the bolt; fold in half lengthwise again. Now it's about 11" wide. Lay 6x12 ruler on one end and start rolling. When it's all rolled on the ruler, pull the ruler out. No cardboard or foamboard to take up valuable storage space.

    I even stand my folded fabric on edge in dresser drawers. There is enough of it that it holds itself upright on edge and I can see every beautiful piece!
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    I use cereal boxes. Cut the long sides out and trim to the size you want.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ilovemydogs View Post
    I use those foam poster boards at the dollar store!
    I use the same thing.

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    I use a variety of methods and items to wrap my fabric around depending on what it is and how small a piece. Have found that a good craft knife and ruler are all the go for cutting down the flaps of cardboard boxes.
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    Go to your local photo/frame shop and see if they have a dump box of left over photo/poster board that goes in the frame and around the picture. The center that is cut out is usually tossed out. It is perfect for wrapping you fabric around. I have a 6' shelf that holds my batik fabrics stored this way. I cut the board 11.5"x8.5". I hope this helps you out.

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    Red face Fabric Storage

    I was shown by a dear friend to fold to desired size for my see thru drawers and set the drawer up on end...stack the fabric in it and then turn drawer back right - put back in storage area and then you can just go thru the fabric like a file cabinet and see everything you have at a glance. It is wonderful. My hubby just finished my whole wall with shelving and I have everything "filed and labeled now. I will send photos after the Christmas and New Year holidays....
    Grannylou

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    Quote Originally Posted by Linnie View Post
    I use the ruler method. It is working out great.
    I use the ruler method also. It is so easy and keeps everything neat. AND it is free.
    Judy in the Ozarks area of MO

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    I use the foam core boards from the dollar store also. I was getting them at Walmart and they are nicer but more expensive. You get quite a few from each board, depending on the size you cut. I also have the comic book boards too. I love having them all nice and neat and where I can see what I have. I also have tubs full in the closet and in my storage, but I over buy because I have no idea what is in those bins most of the time.

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    I use empty bolts from JoAnns. I just ask when I am in, and they are happy to give them to me. I cut them in half, and roll away. I realize that acid free is better, but then again, I don't intend my stash to get older than I am! Best of all--they are free.

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    I, too, had wanted to buy the cardboard inserts for folding, but with the amount of fabric I have it would have cost a fortune. Instead, I did this: first, measure the amount of fabric and write it down on a piece of paper (I used index cards cut in half), then lay the fabric on your table so that the selvage is on the left and the fold is on the right, and the excess is falling off the table toward your feet. Next, lay a wide ruler (6.5 or 7" x 24) across the fabric and flip the fabric and ruler over and over toward you until all the fabric is wound on the ruler. Slide the ruler out, fold the bundle of fabric in half, and staple the piece of paper onto the top front. All your fabrics will stack neatly. I group mine by theme (batiks, Christmas, Halloween, baby, etc. and then by colors). Having the measurement on the top has saved me TONS of time when selecting what I need for a project. It took me several weeks to fold and label everything, but now it's a joy to use my stash...I feel like I am shopping in my own store! (BTW, I don't do this for anything less than 1/2 yard as it's difficult to get the fabric around the ruler. For FQs and small cuts I fold them neatly and stack them by color on the shelves of a CD unit. These shelves are shallow so you are not wasting the space of a deep shelf.) Good luck with your organization!
    Last edited by Gabrielle's Mimi; 12-22-2011 at 09:54 AM.
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