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When it comes to organizing my sewing room, I really do have the best of intentions. There is a space for everything, but everything is rarely in its place because its place is hidden in a drawer or on the other side of the room from where I need it this minute. Every few weeks, I try to get everything put back away again, and it stays that way until exactly five minutes after I begin sewing again.
But lately, I’ve been intrigued by the bloggers and Pinterest folks who wrap their fabric around comic book boards. This technique allows the fabric to be filed away flatly and vertically, providing more space for storage. Thus folded, the fabric can be shelved and organized, still on display but taking up less of a “footprint.” Plus, it looks really purrrrrty. Functional and beautiful? I had to give it a try.
There are a lot of videos and tutorials online for the best way to fold fabric on comic book boards. It’s not hard, though there are some folding/pinning tips and tricks to making sure the fabric stays put. Here’s the gist:
So here’s how it worked: I originally had my bookshelf “organized” with large scraps on the top shelf, new yardage on the middle shelf, and precuts and some large packages of double gauze on the bottom. You can see how well it was going for me:
So I bought the boards, and it probably took me about two hours to sort and fold everything. I decided to separate out all the scraps and FQs; they ended up getting their own bins. All my prints ended up folded on comic book boards on the top shelf, organized by color. Solids now live on the middle shelf and my double gauze packages and canvas/home dec fabrics, many of which I had stored out of sight because I didn’t have room for them, now live on the bottom. (Note: You’ll see that the middle and bottom shelves still have fabric lying on its side. I’ll just say that I highly recommend measuring your bookshelf and its suitability for storing items 10.5″ tall before jumping into this project whole-hog.)
1. WOW. It really does look so much better, no? I can now see more of my fabric and I have easy access to solids for matching purposes.
2. The organization by color makes me feel a lot more creative. I had a lot of my half-yard bundles still in their original packaging, but I decided to bust them up and I’m so glad I did. I can now see other possibilities for them besides their “sister” prints.
3. Apparently I like green solids. Note to self: you have enough green.
4. Space is maximized! I even have room for more. Bwahaha. BWAHAHAHAHAHA!
Have you tried folding fabric on comic book boards? Any additional tips for us? What are some other ways you’ve organized your fabric?