Friday, August 14, 2009

Refold, Recyle, Resort

I was inspired to refold and resort my stash recently and this is the result thus far - it's not everything, I still have a few piles of fabric in some drawers and in other places but this is the bulk of the quilting cottons. I was inspired to refold them on mini-bolts similar to these but I used ordinary cardboard that is sized to 10x12 inches - just so happens that when I get photos shipped from my pro-lab to my photography business, they usually shrink wrap images and orders to the cardboard to keep them flat during shipping so over the last few years I have amassed a small army of these little cardboard pieces and larger ones too that I just cut to size. It worked out well and what a great way to recycle the cardboard.

I decided to keep color families together, I think it makes life a little easier. I like this method of folding and storing much better - easier to see what you have and easier to just grab a mini-bolt off the shelf and use what you need and place right back in it's place. I was using a fold and stack method before, y
ou can see a photo in a previous blog post here. I folded the fabric with the folded edge meeting the selvage edge and then just folded it onto the cardboard, just like a bolt then used a binding clip to keep it all in place on the bolt. Simple, easy, and it looks great too - like a miniture fabric shop right in my own sewing room.
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7 comments:

Diana said...

I love how it looks! I'm sure you do too. It makes you want to start a new project doesn't it?

quiltfool said...

That looks FANTASTIC. I'm still using tubs, but I finally learned to fold uniformly. Lane

Vicky said...

Wow, that looks great! I wish I could do something like that, but it would take months to refold everything. I think that's a project for when I retire ... lol.

Rochelle said...

What a great idea. Your fabric looks fabulous all organized.

Gene Black said...

I just started folding all of mine around my 9.5 ruler. Now I am thinking i could use the cardboard that comes in each pack of our office paper as an insert. It would be 8.5 instead of 9.5 and would fit in my drawer storage a bit better and be easier to "dig thru"

Rose Marie said...

Great system! Do you find you are keeping your work area clean and tidy (I always seem to have a mess around my cutting table.)?

Kerri said...

what a great idea!! love it!