Friday, February 24, 2012

Fabric Storage Solution

I am addicted to fabric.
There.  I said it.

I keep "grounding" myself from purchasing anymore until I've used up everything I have.  
Yeah. Right.  
I do great until I see something too cute (or too cheap!) to pass up.  Anyway.  My fabric "collection" has been out of control for quite awhile, and I've been wracking my brain trying to figure out how to organize it.

This is what 90% of my fabric has looked like until now, and I am beyond mortified to let anybody else see it.  Sad, huh?  Even sadder is the fact that this is in MY bedroom.  Driving me crazy.
And my husband crazier. 
One day, I'll have my own, beautifully perfect, craft/office space.

Okay. Back to task.
I found a perfect solution for storing fabric on {The Little Green Bean} awhile ago (or maybe I found it on Pinterest first?  I can't keep track which came "first" anymore...), and decided to give it a try.

All you need is foam board, a blade and a ruler.  

First, you need to decide how large you want your "bolt of fabric" to be.  Obviously, take into consideration the size of the area that you will be storing your bolts in.  My sweet hubby is in the process of building me an amazing book/craft shelf, so I made my bolts to fit in there.  Most of mine are 12"x10".  However, I do have some that are 10"x6" (which I use to store 1/2 yds or fat quarters on).  I used a 20x30 foam board, and am able to get 4 large bolts and 2 small bolts from each board.

Then measure, re-measure and cut!

Pretty soon, you'll have a nice pile of foam board bolts to store your fabric on.
  Simply fold your fabric accordingly and wrap it on your bolt.  Add a couple of pins on the remaining edge to help keep it all in place, and you're set!  Doesn't that look incredibly pretty?

For now, here is where I am storing some of my bolts.  
And yes, I will allow you to believe that all the shelves in this closet are just as organized as the one I'm showing you. :)
FYI, the black bin is full of fabric that has been pre-cut for cloth diapers.


     I've done 24 total so far, and by the look of my pile above, I obviously still have a ton to do (yes, that photo was taken after I had wrapped 24 of my little bolts...).  The next job is to figure out where to put them  until their permanent home is finished!


A huge thanks to Missy over at The Little Green Bean for the original tutorial!!


Linked up at: C.R.A.F.T., The DIY Showoff, Family Ever After, Skip To My Lou, Keeping It Simple, Polly Want A Crafter, Craft-O-Maniac

12 comments:

camilla said...

Love this idea. Totally pinning it.
Found you via Sassy Sites.

Aisling Beatha said...

I had already decided I needed to tackle this this week. Thanks for a reminder of how.

4you-withlove said...

Beautiful! :D It's amazing how nice your new display of fabric looks! :D

Anna Williams said...

This is a fantastic idea and I'm sure it would help me sort out my fabric addiction too! Now, what do about the pillows and the lamps? :)

Balancing said...

great tip! I have banned myself from puchasing anymore scrapbook paper. on the bright side it stacks nicely... LOL

Gwen @ The Bold Abode said...

Great tip! My fabric is shoved in a plastic roller cart and it's AWFUL! I love this idea...thanks for sharing at Nifty Thrifty Things! Following via Linky:>)

Danesa said...

I know what you mean about not being able not to buy more fabric! I have like 3 small bins of fabric that I need to tackle. Love the bolt idea.

Ms Moppet said...

I love this idea! It would be great to see what is available without digging through bins all the time. One more project to add to my "to do" list!

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Angie @ Beneath the Magnolias said...

This is genius! Why couldn't I have been doing that all these years with my fabric? I have a fabric addiction as well. It is spilling out of my closets everywhere! I made myself sit down and get rid of some but it is so hard! I think I could be classified as a fabric hoarder. I love your blog. You're so creative and have lots of ideas! I look forward to exploring all of this inspiration!

I am following you through Linky Followers. Hope you will visit! Thanks! Have a wonderful day!

Rose :: Fine Craft Guild said...

looks very tidy. I just recently posted a 'diy shirt folder' which would also perfectly well to fold fabric. Essentially, all pieces of fabric will become folded the same way, leaving neat stacks in your closet. tada...

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Six Sisters said...

We loved having you join us at "Strut Your Stuff Saturday." We hope you'll be back next week! -The Sisters

the Sweetest Memory said...

These turned out great, and it looks so organized!

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