Sunday, January 6, 2019

Fabric Boards???


You know what I'm talking about, the kind that fabric is on in fabric stores, those kind of fabric boards.  

Recently, I found some clearance fabric and purchased the remaining 1 plus yards that was left of the bolt.  When the lady measured the fabric and emptied the board, I asked her if I could have the empty board.  She said I could and gave me 2 empty boards.  I do this every time I buy the end of the bolt fabric.

What do I use them for … I use them to store my fabric on of course!

I am in the process of reorganizing my small sewing area and trying to make every inch count.  I want it to be organized but not cluttered and junkie looking so I'm on the hunt for ways to make that happen.  These fabric boards help me keep my larger yardages organized and neat looking.  (Picture: I keep the larger yardage of my fabric in the bottom half of a book shelf where I have removed the 2 lower shelves.)

Do you have any tips for organizing your sewing area?

Patsi

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14 comments:

  1. for me personally, that's a waste of precious space. I leave my yardage folded in half as purchased. Then I wrap it around my 6 1/2 x 24 ruler. Pull the ruler out and fold in hald and shelve in stacks up to 12 inches. I stack by color or genre. I can see exactly what I have to work with.

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    1. Elle, sounds like you've found a system that works for you.

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  2. Great tip, Patsi! Because of space, I store my fabric in a bin, but I love the board idea!

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  3. I have a four-shelf shelf that I pulled home from when a neighbor was throwing it out. I washed it all up and keep my fabric folded in stacks (so bolts wouldn't work for me, but yours look so nicely organized!). Felt goes on the bottom, cotton/flannel/knits (and old clothing that will be remade into something else...eventually!) go on the middle two shelves), and sewing supplies go on top. It works out well for me. :)

    Good for you for taking the cardboard bolts; they'd just be thrown out otherwise! (I used to work at a fabric store years ago and would happily hand over the cardboard bolt to anyone who asked for it to keep it out of the landfill.)

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    1. Stephanie, thank you, I'm working on organizing the rest of the bookcase with smaller yardages. I also have fabric salvaged from old clothing, great minds!!! Your system sounds lovely too!

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  4. What a great idea, although I have very little storage in my shop.

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    1. Out My Window, I have very little storage in my sewing area too, we just work with what we have don't we? I'm just thankful to have the area that I do.

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  5. Total honesty here-cram it in the laundry room cabinet and slam the door hoping nothing falls out.

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    1. LOL Lana! Once upon a time, I did the same thing!!!

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  6. Dear Patsi,
    That's a great idea to ask for the cardboard. I use a thick sort of paper to fold my fabric onto. They are actually comic book boards, used to preserve comic books and keep them flat. Found the idea on Pinterest, of course.
    Love, Kelsey

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    1. Kelsey, I have some of those for smaller yardages and they work great!

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  7. I have two sets of plastic drawers that I put the smaller pieces of fabric into in colourways. I just find it helps when I am piecing something and need a particular colour for a project. Other than that I am not very good with my fabrics at all.

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    1. Jane, I like the idea storing fabric by color, it would indeed make looking for a specific color easier!

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