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Newspaper bags for organizing fabric (Tip/Technique)
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Posted on: 8/11/08 5:31 PM
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If your newspaper is delivered in a long tubular plastic bag, you can use these bags to help you organize your fabric stash!
Tools Needed
Newspaper bags- they usually come in two sizes- large for Sunday and regular for the other days.
Measuring tape
Masking Tape
Permanent Marker

Step 1:
Measure the depth of the shelf that you want to store your fabric on. Mine is 20" deep.

Step 2:
Measure your fabric and roll up your fabric in a length that is close to the depth of your shelf. For example- if you are rolling up 44" wide fabric, and fold it in half, your roll will be 22" long which will fit nicely on the shelf. If you are rolling 60" wide fabric, fold it in thirds, so it is just 20" wide.

Step 3:
Tear open the closed end of the newspaper bag. Slide your fabric roll inside. I find that I can usually fit up to 3 yards in the regular size bags. Use the large bags for thicker or larger yardage. Slide the fabric in the bag.

Step 4:
Write any information that you need to know on a strip of masking tape. You can include fabric content, width, yardage amount, date you bought it, and whether it has been washed yet or not.

Step 5:
Tighten up the bag around the fabric, and put the strip of tape on the bag edge to keep it tight. Sometimes you might need an extra piece or two of masking tape to hold it securely.

Step 6:
Place it on your shelf and return to step 1 as many times as needed! If you're like me with way more fabric than you want to admit, ask your friends and neighbors to save their bags for you.

What I like about this method, is the tubular bags hold the fabric firmly in place, and you can slide a roll out from the middle without disturbing the fabric around it. You could organize it by fabric type, color, or whatever your hearts' desire!
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10Ksteps said...
I like the idea, but getting enough bags for my stash will take forever.
8/12/08 8:39 AM
Kathi R said...
Great idea, now I have to find a source for bags in bulk so that I can get my stash organized!
8/12/08 11:11 AM
Bernie R. said...
A fabulous dual-duty idea! I can organize my stash and keep the plastic from the landfill at the same time. Cheap and easy. Thanks....
8/12/08 1:20 PM
Teeavilnor said...
If you have a lot, and little space you can use space bags as well.
8/12/08 1:59 PM
sewtime said...
Great idea!
8/13/08 8:49 PM
SarahSews said...
I need to get to work with this tip!
8/14/08 11:22 AM
lorjoh1 said...
Love this one
8/31/08 2:03 AM

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