Friday, November 1, 2013

Fabric Organizer Boards

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Hi Everyone!

Thought I would share something I was so excited to see! There was a booth at Fall Quilt Market that made me just about gasp. I saw it and wanted my studio to be organized and look like the booth did.

The product is called, "The Fabric Organizer." A company owned by Robert and DeNiece Herrod. They came up with a foam core type of product to wrap fabric, fat quarters, jelly rolls, bindings, etc. onto to keep your sewing room clean and orderly.

This is what your quilting/sewing room could look like:


fabric organizer
These bolts are shown on shelves, they can also fit inside of cabinets.
You can:
  • Store up to 10 yards of fabric without creasing.
  • Organize fabric strips, borders, binding, ribbons, trims and more.
  • Manage all your kit fabrics onto one board.
  • Tabs hold the end of fabric.
  • When you open fabric, it is ready to cut.
  • Acid free and reusable.
  • Easily find what you are looking for.


fabric organizer
These are the sizes they come in. Notice the tabs holding the fabric? Pretty awesome!
Looks like it can also hold your bindings!
Store your smaller pieces in tubs! Using the "small" board.
Here is a view showing different tubs and fabric on shelves.
Reminds me of a fabric store...just go "shopping" for what you need!

I thought I would try it out, here is what my fabric looks on the boards DeNeice let me try.

The fabric I have on my "organizer" is a vintage print, that I bought at the second hand store. I think it was about 3 yards. I pressed it in half and wrapped it around the "Large" bolt. I like  how it looks...it does take some extra time, but, if you begin with the newest fabric you have and go backwards, or just use it for large pieces, like I may...you will soon have a beautiful sewing room!
How do you store your fabric stash? I'd love to hear!
xoxo
Denise

27 comments :

  1. Ah, this looks awesome! I think I would be more inclined to use it for smaller pieces. I find the bigger pieces fold up nicely on their own, mind you I have to stack them horizontally.

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    1. I like how it looks, too! But, I'm thinking I would need a lot more room to put my fabric on these boards

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  2. These look like they would work ok. I have some from another source. I decided after about 200.00 worth...that I would rather spend the money on fabric, lol. So, 1/3 of my stash is on boards, rest is in bins.
    By Margie Campbell

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    1. I bet your sewing room looks great, Margie.

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  3. I went to the dollar store and bought foam board to wrap my pieces that are larger than fat quarters but smaller than a yd. They are the ones that seem to always get away from me and are so messy. I just wound them and attached end with duct tape. On that I marked the amount of fabric.on that board. The yards I fold and mark if I remember. The fat quarters go in bins folded according to color ( which change quite often) but at least it helps.

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    1. Sounds like a good idea. I'd be afraid the duct tape would be too sticky for fabric. Does it make it sticky?

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  4. I wrap larger pieces of fabric around my 6 x 24 ruler, pull out the ruler, and fold the piece in half. It works just fine for me.

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    1. What a great idea to get the fabric all the same size. I bet your sewing room looks great.

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  5. I do the same thing as Nann. The shelves look so pretty but you do have to stack them instead of being side by side.

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    1. I like the idea of stacking, too. That is how I store mine. But, I'm getting so "tight" on my shelves, I could use another complete cupboard!

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  6. Pam Mann
    Knitting Professional/Teacher/Designer

    What I do is put pegboard on the wallls and outline where the various toolls are to be hung with Magic Marker. I also have a large cabinet (free-standing and made of plastic - very inexpensive) to hold my fabric, which is organized by main color (I only use batiks and hand-dyeds). In one corner stands my dress forn; in another my ironing board. One wall has an enormous piece of felt tacked to it for arranging quilt pieces. Last,, my sewing cabinet sits in front of the window, so I can take advvantage of as much natural light as possible. This set-up works for me. Oh... I also have an antique spool cabinet sitting next to the sewing machine cabinet which hollds all my quilting threads, and there are three Guttermann thread cabinets on another section of wall (each holds a different type of thread; they're like the store displays where you remove a spool and one rolls down to take it's place).

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    1. I bet is all looks so pretty, and organized. I love knowing where everything is.

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  7. Pochi Scout

    Pam, really I would love to see that wall. I imagine it's enourmous

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    1. Pam Mann
      Knitting Professional/Teacher/Designer

      Pochi, I have to admit that everything in that room is enormous. I'm a firm believer in "too much is a good thing". (;

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  8. Nicole Szonye Rhodes
    Professional Seamstress and Graphics Designer

    Funny, I JUST posted a comment on http://www.facebook.com/pages/Beautiful-Dreams-Patterns/213266845438757?ref=hl about cleaning up the mess. It's great that people pass along unused supplies to me. It's not so great that I moved 4 times in 3 years at one point and a lot of it got jumbled together. Especially as my mom left me all HER equipment and organized is NOT a word I'd have ever used to describe her. It's getting there though.

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    1. that is nice to get great supplies, I've been paid by vintage buttons, when I used to have a sewing/alterations business! it was so much fun stitching the matching buttons onto cards!

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  9. I agree the boards would take more space than I can give. My fabrics are stacked in a shelf of 36 cubby holes by color. They do become disheveled and and are packed in tightly. For non-quilting fabrics I still use "apple" boxes. They are each numbered and I have a composition book listing all the fabrics in each box.
    I also have a shelf with bolts of fabric, pizza boxes with quilt blocks, bins of hand dyed fabric.
    Hmm. it sounds a lot better than it looks. I desperately need more time to clean up after each project!!!!

    I believe it is important to organize and put things where they belong (although sometimes there's not a place assigned yet). There are few things more frustrating than looking for something you "know" you have and not being able to find it.
    By judy Lyon

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    1. I think I could be even more organized, if I had more room. I've had to put a lot of my latest fabric in our guest room, on some shelves...that SHOULD be in my studio!

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  10. too keep most of my fabric in plastic bins...I do have a sewing room but with a little kid and cats & dogs in the house I needed a good way to keep it (mostly) protected from them! I looked into using these boards before I came up with my current system. I have both plastic 3-drawer Rubbermaid "towers" and smaller plastic bins. In both cases I measured the drawer height & length and made cardboard mini-bolts to keep my fabric on. I have the drawers arranged by color and the smaller bins I usually keep for projects. Works really well for lengths up to 1.5-2 yds depending on material, and even for small pieces. I can easily see what I'm looking for and in the case of the plastic bins I can label them with the project name. I also use pants-hangers - the ones with swinging arms that hook into place - to hold some over sized fabrics and sometimes even batting.

    Nann, I like your idea! I may have to try that....
    By Erin Ray

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    1. I TOO WRAP MY FABRIC AROUND MY QUILT RULERS. Over a yard goes around the 8 1/2" ruler. Less than a yard gets folded in half and wraps around the 6" ruler. Less than half a yard goes around a 4" ruler. This method helps me to know at a glance how much I have..
      By Judy Grow

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  11. After reading your post about the fabric organizers - plastic covered cardboard - I purchased 6 of each size. After wrapping fabric on them, they seemed bulky to me. I searched further and found PolarNotions.com and ended up purchasing MANY of those. I have started wrapping them on the boards from Polar Notion and am finding it to be a wonderful way to store fabric.

    On one bolt, I wrap all the fabrics that I would use in a particular project, which is always a great way to find all the fabrics when you are ready to use them.

    It is also helping reduce the amount of fabric as folding them and wrapping them on the Polar Notions boards takes up less space.

    I do have a lot of fabric and it will take me awhile to organize all of it. I am only working on yardage right now. Fat quarters are folded and placed in plastic drawers that slide out. I really need a couple more of those drawers now as stuff is climbing out of them, too.
    By Dale Wolfe

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    1. wow, would love to see a photo of your finished room! I'll also check out the Polar notions website to compare. Right now, I am only folding and stacking my stash in cupboards. Because I have a lot of small pieces, mostly a yard or less.

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  12. My studio is a black hole disaster! I can't afford the fiber core pieces, but you've given me an idea on how to do something similar.
    By Eileen Keane

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  13. Great idea. However, I have a hard time buying something to store my fabric on when I would rather buy fabric. As for how I have my fabric organized? Well not to well. I do not have a sewing room, I sew in my dining room. My fabric is stored in bins and bags sitting along the wall so we never use the dining room. Wish I had a bigger house.
    By Deborah Halcomb

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  14. I originally tried this product at their booth during the Quilting Festival in Houston. I purchased a pack and they are magic! My "bin fabric" is now on shelves and organized by color and pattern. I attempted to buy direct from Polar Notions but have encountered problems with their shipping and delivery. I will try their competitors and see if they are a better organized company, or are they all corporations?

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    1. Did you contact them to see if there was an issue with that order? If you like the product, I'd give them another try.

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Thank you for your comments! I really enjoy what you have to say!