|I keep my fabric on wooden IKEA Ivar shelves in the living room/sewing room. I love being able to see everything at a glance. However, I know that sunlight is really bad for fabric, and my living room is bright.|
I already keep a piece of muslin on each shelf to protect the fabric from the wood. (Eventually I'd like to quilt thicker shelf liners, but for right now, I'm happy with the muslin.) I needed to find a way to cover the fabric.
I decided to fashion "curtains" from some heavy weight home dec fabric. It is sort of like a really heavy twill, but I'm not sure what kind of fabric it is.
I made full-sized panels for one shelving unit, and two-shelf panels for the second unit. (I considered making a longer panel to account for more future fabric, I decided against it because I need to *cull* and *sew* my fabric, not add to it.)
I measured twice and cut once and double checked my math, but something went wrong because I needed to yank out the vertical sides of the front panels and had to make the hems smaller to add 1/2" width on each side. It ruined my perfect mitered corners. Oh well!
I needed to find a way to be able to get to the fabric easily, so for the front, I made two curtains that tie closed. That way, I can untie and open the curtains to see and get the fabric. On the top insides, I sewed loops of ribbon, and those ribbons are pinned into the wood to keep the fabric up.
I added side ties to tie the curtains to the posts to help support the weight of the fabric.
I know a little light can still leak through the edges, and the center, and the backs are entirely uncovered, but I think this is a pretty good solution for now. It doesn't ENTIRELY protect the fabric, but it's a lot better than before.
I wish I had a way to make the center panels on the longer piece flatter, but the problem might be that my fabric is spilling over the shelves. Hmm...more sewing!
I like that the covers hide the mess and I feel like they visually lighten the living room up.
I also put dowels in the pegs in front of the fabric, and I hang scissors and rulers from S-hooks. The dowels aren't super strong though. Eventually I might get metal rods instead, but...not now.
Used up five yards of fabric for the fabric stash contest!