Quote for the Day:
"Always desire to learn something useful"
It may have been late...like 2:00 AM this morning...but Erin & I finally finished going through all my fabric stash. PIECE. BY. PIECE.
While going through the stash, we evaluated each piece for quality, usefulness, and likability. If it didn't meet all of those qualities, it was repurposed. Erin is taking some of it home with her and I am donating some of it to my friend who, along with the ladies at her church, makes quilts for local shelters and missionaries.
Still, with all I'm giving away, I still had space issues. I was hoping to get all my fabric stored together on the Ikea Billy bookshelves. However, I had to move the flannels, the seasonal fabric, and the fabric panels to another shelving unit. Luckily, because we had gone through every item in the sewing room, I had been able to get rid of and consolidate other items, so there was one shelving unit that was 1/2 empty...just what I needed for the flannels, et al.
After seeing pictures of other people's fabric storage, I decided that I wanted to utilize the foam core boards that I had seen others use. I was able to get the 20" X 30" foam core boards from various stores.
At Dollar General they are $1.00 each, but they had very limited quantities. From Dollar General, I went to Walmart where I was able to get them for $1.40/board. Again, limited quantities. We finally ended up at Staples where they wanted $5.99/board. YIKES! Erin asked them if they would price match. They said they would if we had the ad. Since it wasn't a "sale" item in an ad, we asked if they would price match from a receipt. They agreed, and we got all they had for $1.40 each! Okay...let's do the math on that Staples transaction: 37 boards at $5.99 each = $221.63 + tax - $169.83 discount for price matching = $51.80 - $35.50 Staples Rewards I had = $16.22 out of pocket!!! That's 41¢ each!!! WOW!! Now that's some serious savings! :)
Anyway, if your eyes aren't glazed over at this point, Erin & I thought we'd do a tutorial for you on how to fold and store your fabric using foam core boards! :)
These are the boards...
Using a utility knife, we cut them into into these sizes: 4- 10" X 8" and 2- 10" X 7". (I guess we could have made them all 10" X 7.5"...but that's one of those "hit yourself upside the head and say 'doh' after you are all done" kind of things! LOL
You end up with 8 boards from each of the large boards.
Now, fold the fabric in half, lengthwise, again so the folded edge and the selvage edge meet.
Place the board a few inches from the end of the fabric and fold the fabric over the board to get it started.
Now, holding the fabric and the board, flip the board and fabric over and over, wrapping the fabric around the board until you get to the end of the fabric.
We took the raw ends and tucked them inside to keep it looking neat.
You can then store them upright on your shelf, just like a book. I was able to easily get as much as 10 yards on one board.
This is what my fabric stash looks like now...
right side, doors closed
right side, doors opened
left side, doors closed
left side, doors opened
I will have a complete reveal of the new sewing room after we finish straightening up and move the sewing table in! :) I know you will be waiting with bated breath for that! LOL
Hope you enjoyed the tutorial!