Organize your Fabric Stash!

Friday, October 10, 2008
As promised here is (the first installment) my Fabric Folding Tutorial so that you can get your fabric stash under control! Part one is has instructions for folding cuts of fabrics of 1 yard or more of 42"-44" wide fabric.

You will need:
  • Your fabric
  • Magazine sized (8.5"x11") backer boards - found at your local comic book shop
  • Pins
  • Small scraps of paper for making notes
The backer boards (a.k.a. backing boards, comic storage boards) are typically found in a pack of 100 for about $10-$12. They are usually archival quality and acid free. However they are generally only coated on one side.

Now you might not care as to whether your fabric is protected from touching a non acid free surface, but it will extend the life of your fabric. So will keeping your fabric dust free. There have been arguments to both sides of this dilemma, which I won't go into. I figure that fabric is a pretty expensive hobby at prices of up to $9 a yard or even $15 yard for imported Japanese prints (which I love.) Therefore I choose to use 2 one-sided boards back to back so that my fabric is touching an acid free surface. If you can find, and splurge, the boards that are coated on 2 sides then only use one board. If you don't care about your fabric touching regular card board, then by all means go ahead and use one board. I promise I won't send the fashion police after you!

This is a great way to store fabric on a book shelf, in boxes, or file crates. I love to use the plastic file crates because you can stack them on top of each other, but you can also stack them sideways on top of each other (as long as you use the same brand they'll interlock)

All right, enough chit chat. Here is the tutorial in PDF format. If you choose to print this out make sure your printer is set to "fit to page" or something similar. Let me know if you have any questions (or find any typos.)

Part 2 will be coming soon and will cover folding fabric shorter than 1 yard and fat quarters.


Threeundertwo said...

I absolutely need to do this. I don't know a shop that sells these boards near me, but I just found them on ebay.


Anonymous said...

I just stumbled upon your blog. I am having so much fun browsing!!!
I tried the link for your fabric folding tutorial and I get a message that says the link is broken. Can you send it to me?
lourdesfay at gmail dot com

*San* said...

Link broken for the fabric folding tutorial :(
Would REALLY appreciate it if you could fix it - my sewing room NEEDS it!!! :)

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