Organizing & Folding Fabric ~ Diane's Vintage Zest!

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Organizing & Folding Fabric

What an interesting post title!  Um, not really...

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 to the fabric I bought.  So, I decided that I should at least show how I organize and store my fabrics!


Organizing and Folding Fabric on Diane's Vintage Zest!


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
  • Plastic bins for your finished bundles
  • Many episodes of your favorite TV show or an audiobook, because this may take a while...

Organizing and Folding Fabric on Diane's Vintage Zest!



Directions
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.


Organizing and Folding Fabric on Diane's Vintage Zest!



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.


Organizing and Folding Fabric on Diane's Vintage Zest!


Organizing and Folding Fabric on Diane's Vintage Zest!


3. Hold on to the fabric carefully for the first fold, and then roll it all the way across your flat surface.


Organizing and Folding Fabric on Diane's Vintage Zest!




4. Pull your rolled fabric bundle all the way to the right and smooth out the fabric again, making sure the selvages are even.


Organizing and Folding Fabric on Diane's Vintage Zest!



5. When you get to the end of the fabric, you can tuck in the free end to make everything even.


Organizing and Folding Fabric on Diane's Vintage Zest!


6. Then, fold in half or thirds, whichever works best for your storage.


Organizing and Folding Fabric on Diane's Vintage Zest!


7. Admire your piles of newly folded fabric!


Organizing and Folding Fabric on Diane's Vintage Zest!


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.


Organizing and Folding Fabric on Diane's Vintage Zest!


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!

Happy folding!

Organizing and Folding Fabric on Diane's Vintage Zest!





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19 comments:

  1. Bonjour,merçi pour cette leçon de pliage,moi maintenant,j'utilise les sacs qui se rétractent avec l'aspirateur(je ne me souviens plus du nom)ça prend beaucoup moins de place dans les placards,puis je glisse à l'intérieur une grande étiquette (faite à l'ordinateur avec une grosse écriture)pour reperer mes differents tissus ou vêtements,voilà!
    Amicalement
    Christiane

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  2. You had me at Craft Stash! Thanks for sharing at The Creative HomeAcre Hop! Hope to see you again this week.

    http://back2basichealth.blogspot.com/search/label/creative%20homeacre%20hop

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  3. good idea!I made something like this tip with my fabrics!

    http://freestilcreatingbyvilly.blogspot.gr/2013/05/my-pizza-and-mekici.html

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  4. It does look much more organized than my messy piles...! I assure you! I'd rather just hide behind the couch when people enter my sewing room....

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  5. I'd really like to have a neaten and goodlooking stash as you have!

    Tx for sharing Diane!
    Hugs,
    MammaNene

    SergerPepper.blogspot.it

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  6. Love the fabric. Thanks for sharing at Wednesday's Adorned From Above Blog Hop. Join us at 8:00PM tonight for this weeks party.

    Debi and Charly

    http://www.adornedfromabove.com

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  7. wow! That looks amazing! I've got my fabric currently rolled around cardboard...It works pretty well, but not with large pieces like you have... I seem to have smaller strips.

    Emily @ Nap-Time Creations

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  8. Thank you for sharing at Give Me The Goods!

    Dimples & Pig Tales

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  9. This is a a wonderful idea. My fabric is all folded, but in a million different sizes and directions. I'm going to use your tutorial to get organized. Thanks!

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  10. Great! It makes your fabric sooo much easier to look through and find too. :)

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  11. What a great idea! Thanks for the tutorial! Stopping by from Adorned From Above's Linky Party.

    Christine :)
    http://www.myepicureanadventures.com

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  12. You have some nice fabric! I'm drooling over here...what a great way to store it! I am limited on space, so most of my fabric is stored in bins as well...but not quite as nicely as yours. Thanks for the tip!

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  13. Diane, your post couldn't have come at a better time. I'm right in the middle of reorganising my craft and sewing space and I have fabric everywhere. I'm featuring this post at this week's party. Thank you so much for linking up to Thriving on Thursdays.
    Anne xx

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  14. Great! Thanks for the feature, and I'm sure the room will look amazing after the reorganization!

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  15. Great pictures. Thanks for sharing on the HomeAcre Hop. Come back and join us this week: http://everythinghomewithcarol.com/self-sufficient-homeacre-hop-and-green-circle-grove-giveaway

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  16. Thanks for joining in with us over at the Creative HomeAcre blog hop. You just got featured so please head back and grab the "I was featured" button. Congratulations! Look forward to seeing you again this weekend at http://mumtopia.blogspot.com/2013/05/bloghop19thmay.html

    Best wishes from England
    Alison

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  17. This was so helpful! All of my fabric is just sort of 'folded' in a storage tote. Definitely need to follow this organization method when we unpack after moving. Thanks for sharing!

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  18. You're welcome! Good luck on the move! :)

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