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    Ready to sort and organize Stash

    My shelving is really deep - about 16 inches. Do I wrap my fabric around foam boards or do I fold?
    Should I put in bins - which are difficult to store in the shelves without wasting space.
    Any comments?
    GrannyLady - Having too much fun dressing my grandaughters.

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    IMHO with shelves that deep id ruler fold.. might have too much wasted space with the boards.. unless you want 2 boards deep.. But if you do 2 rows deep with boards then you wont see the back row...

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    I would really like to just fold mine, less cost, but I tryed that and every time I pulled out fabric i had to either wrestel with the fabric on top of what I wanted and restack or refold at least 2 pieces I didn't want. I find I really like the boards. Nothing comes unfolded, nothing is stacked above or below what I want. With shelves that deep you may be able to run a second row of only 6 inch high bolts infront of your taller bolts if needed. Personally I don't like the second rows because I always want that one piece way in the back, and have to move the front bolts anyway! LOL

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    My shelves are 12 deep so my DH cut my boards 11 deep...It really allows to get more use of your space...
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    If your shelves are really deep, can you store a row of batting bags behind the comic book cardboards? It would solves 2 problems at once. Get your batting stored and keep the mini bolts from going too far in. You could also put a row of shoe boxes at the back. Fill them with little used patterns or notions with a nice printed sign on the box.

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    You might try this:I am going to organize my fabric with comic boards and store them in the closet of my sewing room. My husband has agreed to build me 2 bookshelf things with a backing board that will be piano hinged to the wall in front of the new 12" shelving in the back of the closet. So when I open the closet it will look like the closet is really shallow with shelves of fabric on boards. Then when you pull the handle of the front bookcase thing it will rotate forward so the back of the closet is accessable with more shelves with fabric. My sister in law had this in her fancy pantry. Still in the planning stages. Any suggestions gladly accepted. Canary quilter

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    Quote Originally Posted by canaryquilter View Post
    You might try this:I am going to organize my fabric with comic boards and store them in the closet of my sewing room. My husband has agreed to build me 2 bookshelf things with a backing board that will be piano hinged to the wall in front of the new 12" shelving in the back of the closet. So when I open the closet it will look like the closet is really shallow with shelves of fabric on boards. Then when you pull the handle of the front bookcase thing it will rotate forward so the back of the closet is accessable with more shelves with fabric. My sister in law had this in her fancy pantry. Still in the planning stages. Any suggestions gladly accepted. Canary quilter
    Oh I like this Idea, more usable space and easy to get to!

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    Good luck! Please post pics when done!
    Go forth and sew!

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    I went to our comic book store and they had boards, but they were no thicker than poster board. Is that what
    ya'll use? or was it comic error and I was shown the wrong thing?

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    I purchased the archival comic book boards on line in 100's pack. They seemed like poster board strength but I have had good luck wrapping them. The stand up in my cabinet. I don't put mor that 3 yards ( or less than 1/2 yard) on because then the wrap isn't good. Of course, that's me . I love the idea of a hidden shelf to hide My excess from dh....too late...he already knows I'm addicted to fabric.

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    Grammie BJ:
    Here is maybe a solution to your folded/stacked fabric. Take a piece of foam core or something thin but stiff. slide one piece in on top of the fabric you want to pull out and put the other piece below the piece you want to pull out and separate and pull out the fabric piece you want then remove the "boards". The piece you want is out and the other fabric has not been disturbed. hopefully that will help.

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    This sounds like an efficient use of space, along with protecting fabric from sun and dust. Please post pictures of this when it is done.

    Quote Originally Posted by canaryquilter View Post
    You might try this:I am going to organize my fabric with comic boards and store them in the closet of my sewing room. My husband has agreed to build me 2 bookshelf things with a backing board that will be piano hinged to the wall in front of the new 12" shelving in the back of the closet. So when I open the closet it will look like the closet is really shallow with shelves of fabric on boards. Then when you pull the handle of the front bookcase thing it will rotate forward so the back of the closet is accessable with more shelves with fabric. My sister in law had this in her fancy pantry. Still in the planning stages. Any suggestions gladly accepted. Canary quilter

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    I also have 16" shelves and used to fold my fabric. Couldn't see all the fabric well, and messed up the pile getting fabrics out from under. I've now put them on boards with 1+ yards on regular size and 1/4-<1yd on mini. I put the minis in front of the regular, so I can see all at once. I don't go into my stash daily, so this works for me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by echoemb View Post
    Grammie BJ:
    Here is maybe a solution to your folded/stacked fabric. Take a piece of foam core or something thin but stiff. slide one piece in on top of the fabric you want to pull out and put the other piece below the piece you want to pull out and separate and pull out the fabric piece you want then remove the "boards". The piece you want is out and the other fabric has not been disturbed. hopefully that will help.
    I've also heard this works when you put a magazine below and on top of the fabric you want to pull out. Leaves the others undisturbed.

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    I used the comic boards and they have worked out great!

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    I have a friend who uses the plastic canvas mesh that some people use for yarn crafts to wrap her fabric around.
    She can purchase it in large sheets and then cuts it to the size she wants. Looks great and she says it's less
    expensive than the boards. Personally, mine is folded and stacked by color on shelves.

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    I like folding my fabric, easiest to pull and use, least expensive. Can't see spending money on boards to wrap fabric,
    and then spend the time to rewrap every time you pull a fabric out.

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    Lightbulb Organize Stash

    I had my fabric in deep shelves like that and found I didn't like it as I couldn't see the fabric in the back. I just had stacks of fabric one in front of the other. I now keep mine in book shelves and I can see all the colors I have.

    If you figure out how to do the Piano hings shelf could you please share as I would love to see how that works.

    Happy Quilting!

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    I finally decided to use the foam boards for my fabric and have spent most of the weekend working on that project (there might be a teeny, tiny little chance that I have too much fabric!).

    I bought the boards at Dollar Tree and cut to size (quick and easy with a rotary cutter and T square!). My shelves are also 20" deep and I could do 2 rows of mini bolts. Right now I'm thinking I'll use the space in front for fat quarter storage - as soon as I decide what to put them in, or for WIPs.

    I also like the idea of storing batting packages behind the fabric. The fabric is easy to move on the boards so it won't be hard to move it out of the way to get to the batting.

    I was concerned the bolts would take more space than the totes I had the fabric in previously, but they don't. I definitely need more light in my closet though.....the better to see all my pretty fabric :-)

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