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Message Board > Sewing Spaces > Fabric Organizers -- Cardboard bolts? ( Moderated by Deepika)

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Fabric Organizers -- Cardboard bolts?
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Date: 7/4/10 12:00 PM

Can you please help me find a way to tame my fabric stash of apparel fabric?

My current system of storing material folded in under-the-bed storage bags doesn't work because my bags were too thick to fit under the bed and I didn't have enough room in my small bedroom to slide them under and pull them out. I'm sick of them in my living room, especially since I have a ton of 10-yd pieces of knit fabric that is impossible to fold neatly.

I'm thinking of switching to bolts (both the tubes used for home dec and the shorter cardboard rectangles). I figured that rolling the knits on the tubes was probably the best solution.

My problem is that I can't find the cardboard bolts (either kind). My neighborhood fabric stores won't give them to me and I haven't found anyone who sells them. Do you know of a good supplier?

Also, I was wondering if using cardboard was a bad idea. When I was searching online, some links said that the acid in the cardboard would discolor my fabric. I saw plastic rectangular panels used as "bolts" for quilting fabric, but I didn't think they would work for 60" wool, etc.

Any thoughts? I'm open to all ideas.

Thanks!

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Date: 7/4/10 6:07 PM

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My neighborhood fabric stores won't give them to me


Seriously?? Why not? They are just going to throw them away anyway. I would stalk their dumpsters. Most of it is clean trash and you can grab some.

If you haven't asked the store manager, do so. And if the manager says no, ask him/her why. I am totally astonished by this.

My local Joann's told me they reuse the long tubes, but they also let me roll my purchased fabric back up on an empty roll they had.

I worked at a now-defunct fabric store many years ago, and we were happy to give them to customers so we didn't have to carry them out to the dumpsters.

Is it bad to store your fabric on the cardboard? I don't know. Maybe if you plan on archiving the fabric. :)

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Date: 7/4/10 6:22 PM

Would you consider bed risers to raise the bed? That would give more space for your under-bed storage. I did that with a spare bed.

I believe there have been previous discussions that might have some good ideas if you care to search for them.

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Date: 7/4/10 9:05 PM

If you're seriously interested in the cardboard bolts, PM me. I can get some from my local quilt shop for free. They've been wanting to get rid of them and the recycle place won't take them.

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Date: 7/5/10 8:39 AM

Thanks all. My local Joanns won't give me the bolts because they say they need the SKU numbers to know what to re-order. I agree that it is totally bogus, but that is what has happened everytime I have asked. I'll try again.

I don't want to "archive" my stash, but I just realized how long it will take me to sew through it. I have some expensive wools that I want to protect.

Thanks for the suggestion of raising the bed. Hubby has agreed to remove the bed so it will be my dedicated sewing space, and I need the floor space for cutting, etc. I plan to have some shelves around the perimeter of the room instead.

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Date: 7/5/10 9:02 AM

You might try rolling fabric around the foam water pipe insulation tubes that Home Depot and similar stores sell. I use them for storing yardage of interfacing. You can pin the outer edge into the foam to keep it from unrolling and add a tag with yardage, fiber, etc if you're really organized. I use a long dowel down the middle of the tube and store them crosswise in a small closet that has shelves on both sides.

Re acid in the cardboard forms: that's not a worry except for very long term storage and/or textiles that are very special collectables.

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Date: 7/5/10 10:32 AM

Here is a way to store all that fabric. I've wanted to get these, but a bit pricey. Maybe one day! Storing fabric

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Date: 7/5/10 10:49 AM

I wonder if the makers of that product know how much their business would increase if they made them larger and Marketed them to Us!

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Date: 7/5/10 1:21 PM

Why purchase those pre-made bolt cores? If you can't get the bolt core from JoAnn's why not get some cardboard boxes and cut them yourself? The size is up to you and your shelf space. Reuse and recycle! Keep one (or a paper version) to the side as your template, if you want the notches, but you really don't need the notches.

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Date: 7/5/10 5:20 PM

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I don't want to "archive" my stash, but I just realized how long it will take me to sew through it.


LOL, I was joking about archiving your fabric. But as it turns out, I've had some of my fabric for so long, I may as well be archiving it.

I have a closet that my husband converted to shelves. I store most (not all) of my fabric on the shelves. Folded or rolled depending on the fabric. My archived fabric is in large Rubbermaid bins stored in another closet. I'd love to have it all in one place, but that doesn't seem likely. Maybe in my next house.

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