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Posted on: 9/30/07 12:20 PM
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I have been wanting to buy those fabric organizers but they are expensive for the amount I need.

So after seeing a tip about folding fabric on comic book backer boards the other day on craftster.org I had to try it! I found my nearest comic book shop and picked up a pack for less than $7 and got to folding. Here's what I did:

1. I took each cut of fabric folded and it down to a manageable size. (selvages together, then fold in half until It was about a yard)
2. I placed the cardboard on the right edge of the fabric, then folded the bottom up over the board a few inches, then wrapped the top down
3. Then I just rolled until I had one neat little rectangle of fabric!
4. I am now able to store them neatly in my cabinet - the door actually closes!!!

each cut is very easy to see. So it'll work efficiently for storing in plastic bins as well. I thought about arranging them by color that would be cool also.

Here are my results:

click here

and here

Notes:
*each board measure about 6.75 by10.5 inches.
*they come in a pack of 100
*they can be found online by googling for about $9/pk
*the boards are cardboard and coated on one side
* I was able to fold cuts from 1-5 yards
*all of my fabric was already somewhat folded so it didn't take long

PS I picked up some comic protectors for my patterns too!

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Nancywin said...
Great idea. I do use the comic book sleeves for my patterns. You have to fold over the top if you want to keep them in pattern boxes.
9/30/07 12:44 PM
mssewcrazy said...
This is a really great idea and thanks for the source and photos.
9/30/07 10:55 PM
Cecile Owens said...
Fantastic tip! Thanks so much. Now all I need is a gigantic cabinet for storage! Thank you for sharing this with us.
10/1/07 9:17 AM
moushka said...
Wow! What a difference the backer boards make! Are they made of acid-free cardboard? They sure look like a great help in keeping your stash neat. Thanks for the tip. Sue
10/3/07 7:04 AM
said...
you can also use your 6" x 12" plastic ruler, just fold your fabric around it starting at one end (selveges together) and just roll end over end then slip the ruler out when finished.
10/24/07 8:07 AM
 
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