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Thread: Storing/Organizing long lengths of fabric - How to??

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    Storing/Organizing long lengths of fabric - How to??

    I've seen lots of clever ideas for storing FQs and scraps.

    How do you store your long lengths of fabric? Ruler folding them seems sort of futile. I don't have the cardboards that the fabrics originally came on.

    Right now, most of mine are fan folded and laying on top of a bed - which makes using the bed for sleeping on problematic.

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    I still ruler fold all my yardage, even the long lengths for backing and such. I just don't fold it in half so it is WOF long. I stack them.

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    I hate stacks of fabric, I don't care how it's folded. I have a lot of mine on coroplast boards in a bookcase. I am now cutting foamcore boards from Dollar General for the rest of it. The DG boards are lightweight, acid free and cut really nice with a rotary cutter. I have as much as 10 yards wound on one board.


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    I've been debating how to store my fabric. The foam boards from DG seem like the best idea. Now I just have to find a local store.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scissor Queen View Post
    I hate stacks of fabric, I don't care how it's folded. I have a lot of mine on coroplast boards in a bookcase. I am now cutting foamcore boards from Dollar General for the rest of it. The DG boards are lightweight, acid free and cut really nice with a rotary cutter. I have as much as 10 yards wound on one board.


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    Looks nice - some nice fabrics showing, there, too.

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    I ruler fold mine, don't have bookcases to stand em up in, so stacking is better for open shelving.
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    Using hangers

    This is my method to store longer fabric lengths. I also use the 3-4 teir suade hangers as I can put together all fabrics for a quilt I plan to do. I will iron the group when I am ready to start the quilt
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    I fold all fabric over 1 yard this way: fold lengthwise, selvedges together. Smooth it and fold again with fold to selvedges. Take the long piece and fold it back and forth, accordion style, in 18" lengths. This gives you a stack that is about 11" x18". You know at a glance exactly how much fabric you have. Count the folds at one end and each one is 1yard. If you need to the whole stack an be folded in half and stored on shelves.
    I have awhile folding system I read about years ago. Will try to post it with pix.

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    I, also, hang long lengths of fabric.

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    I broke down and bought skirt hangers and also beg whatever the stores will give me. I buy the ones that hold 4 or 5 on one hanger. Anything over a yard will fold and hang in a spare closet next to my sewing room. Keeps them pretty much wrinkle free. Since some of them are at least 30 years old, it was a pretty good investment.
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    I use the "fold up" method for my long pieces and quilt backs.lol I put on the shelf. Don't have a place to hang or put wider foam core boards.
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    My larger pieces are 'ruler' folded but on my homemade 12" wide ruler. And then I hang them from clip style pants hangers. I found a place online that has the hangers cheap - less than 35 cents each. I didn't think I would need the whole box of 50, but I had to order another box of 50. I then have cardstock tags that have a large hole punched in one end with the length of the piece (and any other info) that hangs from the hanger hook. I can see at a glance how much I have of each fabric. Out of all of the ways that I have tried, I like this one best.
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    I put mine back on bolts and have them standing in the top of my closet shelf in my sewing room.
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    I use hangers, too, in my sewing/guest room. Have to move some if I have guests.

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    Thanks for all the great ideas! I currently have several different methods going and don't know what I will finally settle on. I have open shelving so unless I get a closet rod in my studio, that option is out, but who knows, I might decide that would work best and install one.
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    I have mine on the boards they come on. Then they are on shelving that used to be in the Walmart stores. When they did some of the store remodels 2 years ago DH followed the auctions sites where the fixtures where up for sale. One of the locations was close to the house, so I/we bought several feet of the fabric shelves (16 feet), plus two of the metal pattern cabinets and other fixtures.

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    I have mine on Comic Book Boards. This is a preliminary picture...the cabinets are FULL now.


    http://www.quiltingboard.com/mission...s-t179823.html
    Here's a good discussion about comic boards.
    For less than $27 I purchased 300 boards locally...I still have about 80 of them left. In my opinion it was a great $27 investment.
    Some would say (and I was one at one time) that they'd rather spend the money on fabric. With today's pricing....that's only 3 yards of fabric...then you'll still have a messed up fabric area.
    Now I have a Great Looking fabric area and Now I can go buy that 3 yards of fabric and know where it's at!
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    I have no trouble using the comic cardboard boards for even 10 yards. They stand in my book cases and they are not thick. It works especially well when the shelf is full and the fabric sort of holds itself up. I am sold on the comic cardboard boards and ruler folding for the fat quarters up to 1/2 yard.
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    Thanks for the suggestions! The thought of handling everything again is daunting, though.

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    I ruler fold everything. Little by little each day and it will get done. The results are worth it.

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    I go to my local quilt shop and they save me their empty fabric card boards their fabric comes on and I use my table saw and cut them in half and they cost me nothing but to go get them . Works great for me.

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    This is exactly how I store my fabric.






    Quote Originally Posted by quiltinghere View Post
    I have mine on Comic Book Boards. This is a preliminary picture...the cabinets are FULL now.


    http://www.quiltingboard.com/mission...s-t179823.html
    Here's a good discussion about comic boards.
    For less than $27 I purchased 300 boards locally...I still have about 80 of them left. In my opinion it was a great $27 investment.
    Some would say (and I was one at one time) that they'd rather spend the money on fabric. With today's pricing....that's only 3 yards of fabric...then you'll still have a messed up fabric area.
    Now I have a Great Looking fabric area and Now I can go buy that 3 yards of fabric and know where it's at!
    Take your time...it's a process...but well worth the effort!

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    Cheaper way is to get the carboard ones from Joannes, they just throw them out and cut them 11 1/2 and I've been very happy with them and they are free.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hopetoquilt View Post
    I ruler fold everything. Little by little each day and it will get done. The results are worth it.
    What is "ruler" folding please???

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    A very nice lady showed me this site for folding. http://turningturning.com/tutorial-folding-fabric/

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