Saturday, February 27, 2010

I couldn't help but copy my sister when she told me about her new method of storing fabric on "mini-bolts."   I love 'em!  All the fabrics are so much more visible and neatly stored.  I also like it because there end up being fewer hard crease lines to iron out and I don't have to dig through a whole pile to find what I'm looking for.  They're super easy to make too.  Here's how I made mine:

Using my quilting rulers and an x-acto knife, I cut 12"x 8 1/2" rectangles out of foam core.  The size is entirely up to you, but these dimensions worked well for me because a) I happen to have two rulers to those exact measurements  b) they fit on my shelves nicely, and c) I can fit 44/45" wide fabric folded 4x height-wise, and each fold width-wise is approximately 1/4 yd, so i can easily figure out how much fabric I have.

I found it easiest to fold the fabric selvage to selvage and again fold to selvage and lay it flat on the table with the "loose" end towards me.   I placed the foam core on top of the fabric about four inches from the end,  folded the fabric over the foam core and then flipped the whole thing towards me until all the fabric was wrapped.  The loose end is held in place with a stick pin.  So simple!  Thanks Jess!  Now if I would only spend as much time sewing as I do organizing!

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