Friday, July 11, 2014

The Easy Way to Organize your Fabric Stash

Today I'm showing you a trick I used to easily organize my fabric stash! It's so nice to have all my fabric organized because now it's easy to see what I have and I'll be more likely to actually use it.
We moved into our current house about a year ago, and have moved a few times over the last several years. During that time, my fabric supply lived in various boxes and bags. I have some fabric that I inherited from my grandma as well as fabric from random projects here and there. Unfortunately I never really knew where anything was, so I decided it was time to better organize my fabric. I started out by dumping it out on the floor and sorting it according to the amount of fabric. I had piles for: larger remnants, smaller remnants, scraps, felt, and fleece.
To organize my larger remnants, I decided to make mini bolts after seeing these. I picked up some foam board from Staples and cut it down to make the bolts. I wanted the fabric bolts to fit inside some baskets I already had from Ikea (they fit in my Expedit shelf), so I cut the foam board into rectangles based on the measurements of the baskets. The foam board I bought was 20" x 30", and I cut piece that were 10" square. I was able to get 6 mini bolts from each of 2 foam boards, for a total of 12 mini bolts. Since most of my fabric is in smaller remnants and scraps (projects for another day...), 12 mini bolts was just the right amount.

To cut the foam board, I just measured and marked with pen, then scored it with my scissors. It then snapped apart cleanly. When I tried to just cut it with scissors, it kept tearing, so I found this method to work much better.

Once I had all my mini bolts cut, I started folding the fabric into long rectangles to fit around the bolts. The first step was to lay out the fabric on the floor.
Then I folded the fabric so that it was a long rectangle that was slightly narrower than the foam board bolt I made earlier.

The last step is just to wrap the rectangle of fabric around the bolt. I chose to secure the end with a pin. Since the bolt is made of foam board, I just stuck the pin straight into the fabric. Now my mini bolt of fabric is secured in place.
I kept folding and wrapping the fabric around mini bolts until I was finished with all my larger remnants of fabric.
Then I placed the bolts into the baskets. They fit perfectly!
I filled all of one basket and part of another. Plenty of room for more mini bolts of fabric-- sounds like an excuse to buy some more fabric!
Now that my larger pieces of fabric are so easy to see and readily available, I may actually use some of them! I love that this idea cutting mini bolts can be so easily customized to fit whatever shelf or basket you use to store it. Also as I use the fabric, I'll be able to reuse the foam board mini bolt again and again.

My next project will be to organize the rest of the fabric as well, as it's currently still in piles on the floor. Any advice? How do you store your fabric?

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14 comments:

  1. Lyndsay, why did I never think of using foam board?!? I actually bought a couple of those expensive fabric boards...I have enough fabric to fill ten drawers. I sort my fabric by large and small pieces, then by color. Large pieces go into the ten drawers. Small pieces go into gallon size plastic bags and then into a wicker basket with a lid. I'm headed out to buy foam board to straighten out my drawers today! Thank you for the great idea.

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    1. That's a good idea to sort by color! I'm definitely going to have to do that with my smaller remnants and scraps (I have much more of those than the larger pieces). Good luck with yours!!

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  2. I really love this idea!! Easy and inexpensive! Pinned

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    1. Thanks, Selene. Sometimes it's the simplest ideas that are the best!

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  3. Brilliant idea, Lyndsay! One goal for the summer is to organize my craft room. Again.

    Definitely going to pin your solution and do it with all my fabric!
    ~ Ashley

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    1. Good luck with organizing your fabric, Ashley! It can definitely seem like an uphill battle, but it feels good when you finally get it in working order. Thanks for stopping by!

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  4. great idea!! I've been trying to organize my craft room practically all year, it's a work in progress, lol
    visiting from Think Pink Sundays (would love a visit back *wink*)

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    1. Hi Donna, My craft room is never really organized. As soon as I finish one area, it's another area that needs my attention! Oh well, at least I've got the fabric under control for now. Thanks for commenting- I'll go check out your blog now!

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  5. Brilliant! Let the frabic hoarding begin! Thanks so much for sharing on Merry Monday! -Treana @ http://houseofbennetts.com

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    1. Treana, You're seriously right about the fabric hoarding!

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  6. Great idea! I don't sew much, but I'm hoping to get into it more, so I'm pinning this for later!

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    1. Hi Sarah, I don't sew a ton either, but have accumulated fabric here and there for craft projects and the few sewing projects I've done. It adds up!

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  7. Such a great idea!! I would have never thought of using foam board. I was planning on using cardboard, but foam board is so much more sturdy. I would love it if you linked this up to my Motivate Me Monday linky party at IT'S A ginger SNAP.

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    1. Done! I had originally thought of cardboard as well, but am really pleased with how the foam board did. You should definitely try it!

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