Although I would love to show some great projects that I worked on this weekend, I didn't have any free time to dedicate to my projects except for the fabric I bought. So, I decided that I should at least show how I organize and store my fabrics.
What you will need:
- A flat surface (I used my homemade ironing board)
- A flat board to wrap your fabric around (I use an acrylic ruler, but you could use a piece of foam core board cut to your desired width)
- Your big, messy pile of fabric
1. Fold your fabric with selvages together, with the right sides touching. Place the selvages at the bottom of your flat surface. Smooth out any wrinkles.
(The reason these two steps are important are so when you are ready to cut your fabric, it is much easier to unfurl the fabric and your markings will be on the wrong side without having to refold.
2. Place your folding board at the right side of the fabric (mine is too short), and fold the edge of the fabric over. If there are any stray threads, snip them away.
3. Hold on to the fabric carefully for the first fold, and then roll it all the way across your flat surface.
4. Pull your rolled fabric bundle all the way to the right and smooth out the fabric again, making sure the selvages are even.
Like most people, I separate my fabrics into weight, and then into color. Notice the light lace fabrics on the left, light fabrics in the second column, thicker fabrics in the third, and the heavy fabrics in the fourth.
I wish I had a fabric bookcase or some other way to display my fabrics, but I have limited space. Therefore, I use plastic bins for everything. Here is an old picture via my phone (excuse the poor quality) of how I typically place everything in the bins. Silkier fabrics, such as those on the left, like to slip and slide a lot, so I place them sideways.
I hope this helps somebody! If you have any suggestions on how I can improve my current system, let me know in the comments. Thanks!