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Thread: Tidied up the fabric with magazine boards

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    Tidied up the fabric with magazine boards

    I posted a thread recently asking about using comic book boards to store fabric. I wound up buying magazine boards instead, because they're slightly larger. I bought 1000 boards from BCW - https://www.bcwsupplies.com/magazine-backing-boards - and have used 800+ so far. These boards are buffered and certified to be acid free. They're also coated on one side, but it's the buffering that counts for fabric since we use both sides of the board.

    I had previously folded my fabric around a 8.5" ruler and stored it in stacks. It took quite a while to re-fold around the magazine boards, and I used these shirt clips to secure the fabric edges, top and bottom - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1. (Thanks to marjben for suggesting them.) I like the way my shelves look now, and I think I will be more likely to use what I have (rather than buy more) since I can see it better. So now I've said it, yes, I'm on a fabric diet!

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    Your fabric look so pretty and neat.

    Would not work for me as I buy large yardage. I folded mine around a 6" ruler and stack it.
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    beautiful shelves. Mine are far too deep (closet deep) to use boards, mine has been ruler folded and sorted by color for at least 10 years, like your before image.
    Love it works for me, but I really like to look at others board folded well done

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    wow, looks like a quilt shop! nice job
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    Congrats! You are so organized now.

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    Wow-that looks so nice and neat. It will be fun for you to view at a glance all of your beautiful fabric. Great work.

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    ​Looks great!

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    Looks very organized, you must be pleased
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    It looks great! I agree that I am better using what I have - the problem is putting it back after I do. Usually has to wait until the project is finished and I am ready to start the next one.

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    This looks awesome.....Doesn't it feel fantastic to have this all pretty and organized? I feel like I can over and shop in your sewing room.lol!
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    That was quite a job - well done!

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    I love the way the fabric looks on comic book boards. Just like a mini quilt shop.

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    Way to go Dunster...that looks awesome and I bet that feels great to have them all tidy. Fabric diet? You could open up shop. : )
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    Wow, looks like a store to me. What fun to work with all that.

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    nice job and your material so pretty! I think if mine looked that good I'd be afraid to mess it up!!!!

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    I love those shelves. Your fabric looks so nice and neat.

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    Dunster- per your suggestion I got some and really like how well they work so thanks! I need all the help I can get staying organized

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    That looks amazing!!!
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    Looks wonderful...I've thought of this, but the task seems daunting for me. Did you gain shelf space after you finished putting them upright?
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    Kudoes to you! Although your "before" picture looks pretty darn good, your new arrangement looks even better.

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    Looked good before - I do have to agree that it looks more accessible now!

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    Quote Originally Posted by oksewglad View Post
    Looks wonderful...I've thought of this, but the task seems daunting for me. Did you gain shelf space after you finished putting them upright?
    If I did it wasn't much. I moved some things around and got rid of some things, but the boards themselves have to take up some space. The real difference is that I can see a fabric, take it off the shelf, and put it back without disturbing a whole stack of other fabrics. A lot of the fabrics had gotten wrinkled in the stacks. That shouldn't happen so much with the upright arrangement.

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    Thanks...I ruler fold mine now and looks neat and tidy until I pull that fabric from the bottom of the pile and later try to put it back. Plus fabrics don't get lost in the pile.
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    Great job! It looks beautiful too. I wished I had that type of set up for storage but it doesn't work for me as the wals are very low, my room is in the attic and the side walls and roof are very low.
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    LOVE this idea. I am moving in less than a year, and this will be a great way to organize all my stash and have it ready for the shelves in my new sewing room. Now I will also know what size shelves to have the remodeler put in my room - thanks for posting. Ordering them today!

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