As I mentioned in the Postscript section of my previous post, The Tale of Three Tulas, Part III, I’ve been working on a new fabric organization system.
For years in my the studio in my previous residence as well as my current residence, I’ve stored my fabric flat like this:
However for years I’ve been inspired by people who store their fabric like this:
Or like this (from the post Feb 2019 post Quilter’s Studio and House Tour):
In the first of the above images, my friend Dana used empty fabric bolts she got from quilt shops that had extras, which she cut in half.
In the second and third images, another quilter used recycled cardboard that she cut to size.
I loved the idea of vertical fabric yardage storage but did not want to go through the effort to collect empty bolts from fabric stores and cut them in half; nor did I want to cut recycled cardboard to uniform size.
I knew there must be another option (one I could buy) so I did a bit a googling and first I found what I would consider overpriced options such as “mini bolt board” on online fabric stores. etc. That was not going to work, at those prices, I would just keep my fabric yardage stored flat.
A bit more googling revealed less expensive options such as using comic backing boards for fabric storage!
Then I found this YouTube video on how to do it:
I ordered a couple hundred of these boards and got to folding! (I got them from Amazon.com and you can find them by searching “Comic Book Boards”. I ordered the Size 6 3/4 X 10 1/2 size because it fit well in my cubbies)
I decided to repurpose my IKEA cubby bookshelves in my home office to be a combination of books and fabric, and arranged my fabric yardage by color:
I am quite pleased, it is like having my own fabric shop – ha!
In case you are wondering, I was able to organize onto the comic backing boards fabric cuts from a quarter yard to five (5) yards!
Here are more photos with close ups of many of the cubbies filled with fabrics:
You will notice that many of the cubbies have stacks of fat quarters in front of the vertically arranged fabrics. Inspired by the YouTube video I shared earlier in the post, I’ve begun uniformly refolding some of my favorite fat quarters to place with yardage of the same color.
(Fat Quarter – a quarter yard of fabric cut into a rectangle that measures 18″ x 21″, commonly packaged with other fat quarters into a themed fat quarter pack.)
Mike the Miniature Schnauzer was very patient during my fabric reorganization project. He napped with various piles of fabric waiting to be folded as in the photo I shared in my previous post:
So here’s a question for the crafters reading this post: Do any of you store your fabric vertically like this; or do you store you fabric in flat folds?
So what became of the hanging shelves in the closet in my studio where I was storing my fabric?
Well I repurposed them to hold batting and interfacing: