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Thread: Fabric storage w/ shelf buddies

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    Fabric storage w/ shelf buddies

    I posted recently about putting fabric on comic boards. Thought I'd post before and midway pics. So much more organized...I can see everything! While doing this, I ran into the problem of being able to fit 2 rows of mini bolts on a shelf, 1 behind the other; it was either waste the space or not be able to see the ones in back. Got to thinking about how I could raise the height of the ones in back (like the can shelves you can get for your pantry). Looked at Wally World, but nothing grabbed me. I asked the hubby if cardboard height extenders would be strong enough. He offered to make them for me (knew he would do a better looking job and they'd be sturdier!). So, here's what he came up with...he did buy the cardboard display boards at WM, he thought they'd look better than piecing together old boxes from the garage which is what I (family cheapskate) would have done.

    The first pic is my 2 shelves of fabric before. I never could fit the batiks in here, now they have a home. The 2nd pic is midway through the process, you can see the shelf buddy in that one. The last 2 pics are close ups of his engineering job.
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    wow, clever solution. thanks for sharing
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    looks great..................

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    What unbelievably exacting work. Your husband must be an engineer!

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    Beautiful fabrics and very neat.

    I have mine folded over a ruler and stacked on heavy white wire shelves in two big closets. I am slowly but surely using up lots. I still have lots to go.
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    That was a clever solution. I'm thinking of using one of those displays to make a mini design wall with flannel.

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    ​Well done!

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    When DH comes up with a clever idea like this, I tell him "better get a patent on that".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cats8 View Post
    What unbelievably exacting work. Your husband must be an engineer!
    Not an engineer, but he works with them. He's just very meticulous at things like that. I was glad when he offered to make them for me

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    Quote Originally Posted by lots2do View Post
    That was a clever solution. I'm thinking of using one of those displays to make a mini design wall with flannel.
    I have a big version of the foldable cardboard as my design wall. Very lightweight, portable, and only cost $2-3 for the fleece. It was a 58" throw from the dollar store. Works great!

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    Looks great. I also use the comic book boards. Wish I had the room for shelves. Hubby should get a giant pat on the back and a big hug. Thanks for sharing. BrendaK
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    Beautiful fabric. Great organization.

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    Great that you have a husband that will help you with things like this. I would have gone to a shipping store or office supply store and purchased two boxes, put them together with shipping tape and used them. Organization is everything!

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    nice job!!!!!!!

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    wow smart idea

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    Great idea.

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    looks awesome...great teamwork!

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    I have made a design wall using this and it works great. I also use it for demos at Guild to show steps in a process.

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    The hubs made a cabinet for me that is 2 feet deep. The back fabric is upright and the fabric in front is stacked lengthwise. I can quickly see what's in back with out moving any other fabric.

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    Really great job. I too organized my stash. Unfortunately I now know what colors I need more of --LOL Will have to go shopping for fabric. Ain't that too bad.Lol.
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    Love your organization and the solution to having things in back hidden! It's a problem that many of us have, and this is a clever idea. Thanks for sharing!

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    That's terrific. I love how we share our information with each other. It looks great.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Faintly Artistic View Post
    I have a big version of the foldable cardboard as my design wall. Very lightweight, portable, and only cost $2-3 for the fleece. It was a 58" throw from the dollar store. Works great!
    That's a great idea. Thanks!

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