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Posted on: 3/3/14 1:21 AM
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My fabric stash is stored on shelves. Folding them haphazardly makes them not stack well and fall over. To solve this problem I use a folding board to fold my fabric into uniform lengths and widths.

I used a small cutting mat that is slightly smaller than my shelf space. I wrap the fabric length wise and slide out the mat. Then I wrap the fabric width wise, again using the cutting mat as my template. After I slide out the mat my fabrics are about the same width and length and lay nicely on top of each other. No more toppling tower of fabric.

More pictures to illustrate this process on my blog

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karen n said... (4/6/14 1:50 PM) Reply
I tried this with my serger manual which is right there and it was addictive and transformational. My stash has never looked better! It inspired me to organize everything!
NhiHuynh said... (4/3/14 5:22 PM) Reply
Thank you everyone for the nice comments. I had posted this tip and forgot all about it. I'm happy to see that its useful to others.
FreyaStark said... (3/31/14 6:32 PM) Reply
Great idea! Sounds like what I need to do.
StitchyMama said... (3/31/14 9:07 AM) Reply
I do something similar. I use comic book boards to wrap my fabric around and make mini bolts and store in a cabinet. Since it could be several months or years before I use the fabric I attach a card with the fabric length and fiber content
Sew Good said... (3/21/14 10:05 AM) Reply
Wow! I have never seen anyone else's stash besides my grandmothers which was an entire room of fabric! Quite extreme. I only have 5 or 6 pieces of fabric in my stash. I hang them on pant hangers and place in the closet of my sewing room. I generally don't like to put fabric away because seeing and touching the fabrics is an important part of the creativity. I take the fabric out of the closet and hang the pieces in the room or drape them over the daybed so I can daydream about what I am going to make :) Thanks so much for sharing your idea and space.
ladyteri said... (3/12/14 10:05 PM) Reply
Great Tip. My new sewing room is in process so this comes just in time!
EleanorSews said... (3/11/14 10:20 PM) Reply
How great is this?!? Perfect timing too. I was rummaging through stash and have a bed full of fabric to refold and put away. The irregular folding thing was slowing me down.
Renee' S said... (3/5/14 11:31 PM) Reply
Thank you for the this great tip. I made my template with some thin cardboard. It worked good, especially after I rounded off the corners. I got one fabric shelf refolded yesterday and it looks so nice and tidy. No pending fabric avalanches and now I can fit more fabric on the shelf - bonus. This morning before I left for work I had to go into my sewing room and admire that shelf :) I plan to work on the rest of my shelves this weekend.
tatica said... (3/4/14 9:34 PM) Reply
Great tip!
ASiverson said... (3/4/14 12:36 PM) Reply
Wonderful idea and I need to try this myself. TFS!
Melinda In Tulsa said... (3/4/14 9:56 AM) Reply
Great idea, thank you!
Rhoda K said... (3/4/14 9:42 AM) Reply
Great idea! Now to find a template.
mchinadoll said... (3/4/14 7:55 AM) Reply
This is great idea. Thanks for sharing.
nothy lane said... (3/4/14 7:51 AM) Reply
Great tip. Thanks
SandiMacD said... (3/4/14 1:43 AM) Reply
SewLibra said... (3/4/14 0:42 AM) Reply
I love this idea! I have my fabric on shelves too with the same problem. Thanks!
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