Saturday, February 4, 2012

Fabric Organization

One way to store your fabric: wrapped up on a board and stored in a basket.

Now I don't claim to be the most organized person ever.  In fact, that's an area I really struggle with.  But since this is the new year and one of my goals for the year is to organize the house, I figure I'd better start somewhere. 

I got this fabric idea over at I {heart} Naptime.  I'll be honest and say my final project dosen't look as good has her organization does (or that of some of the people she linked on her blog).  But since I don't have anywhere to showcase my fabric, this worked just fine for me.

Before: Everything was crumpled up and stuffed in a basket and storage box

After:  I was able to wrap everything up and put it in a smaller storage box.  booya!

To organize your fabric all you need is a pack of comic book boards.  These are the ones I got through Amazon:

It's really easy to do: you just wrap the fabric around the board and pin it on the back.  Since I quilt I have a ton of fabric strips.  I googled for quite awhile trying to figure out what everyone was doing with their strips.  Most of the people said theirs were just wadded up in a bowl or something.  I thought: I just spent all this time organizing my fabric there is no way I'm going to wad the rest of my fabric up.

I then had an "a-duh" moment and just decided to wrap my strips around the boards, too:

A couple tips:
-  Wrap "cut" ends first so the folded end is on the outside.  This will make it easier to store.
-  For thick fabrics: you can use a big binder clips to secure fabric.  It's easier than trying to pin it.
-  If pinning multiple fabrics to a board, make sure pins are going in the right direction
-  Tuck the ends of the pins in.  You don't want to stab yourself pulling fabric out of the box.

I'm really glad I took the time to do this.  I was amazed at all the fabric I actually had.  I'm hoping this will inspire me to create more sewing projects now that I can actually see what I have.  

I'm still looking for a way to organize fabric squares.  I do have some extra fabric that wouldn't wrap around the boards.  Any helpful suggestions out there? 


  1. This so nice! My scrap bin looks like your before photo...thanks for inspiring me to tackle it!

  2. HI, I love this idea! I usually keep my cut squares in a ziploc sandwich bag and then sort by project into clear page protectors in a binder. This way each project is kept together. You could also put your strips in a page protector and keep them with everything else.

    Thanks for you wonderful ideas!

    1. Thank you for sharing! What a great idea! I'm excited to see your blog as it gets started! Thank you for your comments :D