Friday, July 23, 2010

Organizing Fabric

I don't about you, but my fabric stash is always a mess. I finally decided it was time to do something about it because for awhile now it has looked like this:

Not terrible but not the prettiest either. Then I saw a tutorial at Living with Punks about the proper way to fold fabric. It's one of those that you read and think "Um....DUH! Why didn't I think of that?!" Such a simple thing that makes such a difference.

You just fold your fabric in half, the way it was on the bolt originally.

Then fold it in half again. Or, if you have fabrics that are different widths like I do, then you fold it to a size that works for all of them. I folded mine to about 11".

Then, using a quilter's cutting guide (yeah - this is the DUH! part) start folding your fabric around it.

Once it is all folded up, just slide the cutting guide out and you have a perfectly folded piece of fabric.

They all stack together so nice and pretty now!

You may not have noticed but the shelf the fabric is sitting on here is different than the one in the top photo. That is because this craft closet is no longer my crafty home. My amazing husband finished an area in the basement that is now my craft studio! But that is a post for another day. It still needs some decorating before it is ready for it's big debut. :)

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Maggie said...

Can't wait to see your new craft area!

Sandy Jenney - Organize with Sandy said...

I love that tutorial. Like you said.. so simple, but still. I don't have fabric to fold like that... but know many people who do!
I would love for you to do a guest post on my blog if you would like!
Craft room perhaps? lol
Thanks for linking up to my Organizing Mission Monday link party. Let me know about the guest post!

Natalie - Organized Habits said...

Love this post! You are right - "Duh!" I am going to whip out all my fabric and do this today. So inspiring!!

A Home Made by Kiki said...

Thanks for linking up at A Home Made by Kiki!!

kocouture said...

Wonderful tip! Thank you for sharing!

lishuys said...

what a cool idea . . . *runs to get quilt cutting guide*

babylinny said...

DUH! is in the process of getting shelves made by my totally awesome furniture building brother! this will help me along the way to getting organized....cring!!

SkiWheel said...

Like they say,, KISS.. How simple is this.. I think I'll change that to KISSSS - Keep it Simple, Stupid, but Oh So Smart!!
I've got lots of fabric to fold and now I don't need to buy those cardboard inserts!
And... I'm waiting for your "reveal".. I have a handy hubby who has my sewing studio on his todo list too! I just need to draw up the plan.
Thanks again.