My quest today was to organize the fabric I have collected over the last 2 years, since I learned to sew! Yes, I am a fabric hoarder in such a short period of time! I am turning into my mother, and I admit it. :P
I have fabric here:
okay, and here and here and here:
Sooooooo, since I have redone my sewing room, I am trying to get organized and also make my space pretty! I found this idea for fabric storage using foam board, and decided to go for it! Here are the final results, and I couldn't be more pleased!!!!
Here's how I went about my awesome fabric organization/fabric display redo!
Buy foam boards! I bought mine at Dollar Tree. They are $1 for 20" x 30". Hobby Lobby actually had some for $1.99 and they were 50% off, but they were nicer/thicker, and I decided the Dollar Tree ones would be easier to cut.
Step 2: Cut the foam- each piece will give 8 pieces...they each end up being 7.5" x 10." I used a rotary cutter, but I'm sure an X-acto knife would also work!
|this is what you end up with!|
Step 3: Fold and fold and fold and fold and roll and roll and roll and roll!!!! Seriously, I was having flashbacks of working at Casual Corner and folding til the wee hours of the night after a huge sale. Anyway, I wrapped the fabric around the foam board and then just pinned it. Careful how you pin though, on small pieces of fabric (since it's not that thick.) I had to play with the pin so I wouldn't get poked!
|final result (well, SOME of them!)|
|sometimes I folded it like this, sometimes i didn't. I'm wild like that! PS I love this fabric!|
Step 4: Vow to not buy more fabric until you use up what you have!!!!!!!!!!!
I was originally planning on doing all the fabric that was originally on this shelf (as well as overflow some I pulled out of bins) but as I folded (and folded and folded and folded) I decided not to do everything, and to just roll the pretty cottons/quilting cottons. Getting 60" fabrics and knits around that little board didn't sound so fun, so I just folded the other apparel fabric and knits nicely! I am okay with that :) When I get nicer shelves, I might place the foam boards vertically like library books, but this works for me for now!
Here is the whole shelf that I don't think is too much of an eye sore...actually I love being able to see my pretty fabrics:
I still do have some bins, but they are now more organized and I know where everything is and what I have (TOO MUCH!!!!). I separated my bins into bulky fabrics (fleece, etc), scraps less than 1 yard but still usable for maybe bodices for my 4 year olds dresses (and fat quarters), and baby material/flannel, etc that I buy for random presents I seem to need to make :)
Happy folding!!!! (PS, please reprimand me if you see a post on Facebook about my going to the fabric store!!!)