Organizing Fabric

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So I’ve been thinking of organizing fabric (tons of it) for awhile, but it’s just been one of those things I keep putting off! All of my fabric has been smashed in these bins, and I couldn’t find anything I needed. Can anyone relate? I searched and searched for the perfect solution. I found some great ideas (see below) but one of my face book fans recommended using comic books. GENIOUS. They look like mini fabric bolts at the fabric store. It feels so much more organized and I can actually find what I’m looking for. lol :)

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Organizing fabric stash…

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To get started I bought these:

Ultrapro Regular Size Comic Boards

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Then I folded my fabric and began wrapping it around the board.  When I reached the end I put 2 pins in to hold the fabric in place. That’s all. It was super easy and made ALL the difference!

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Don’t they look so pretty? Organizing makes me happy! :) P.S. I just noticed my boxes on top are TOTALLY off center. lol!

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Here is where I got my inspiration.. and some other great ways to organize your fabric!

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I LOVE this room from whip stitch!

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She organized all her color and fabrics and stored them in bins.

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Making your own fabric bolts

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Rolled and labeled fabric ..so fun in this old trunk!

 

SoO.. How do you organize your fabric?! I’m LOVING mine on the mini bolts. SO much easier to see what I have!

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  1. Accepting and Embracing Autism posted on June 25, 2011 at 10:57 am (#
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    What great ideas. Love it. Makes me want to get back into sewing. Be sure to come by and say hi. http://www.acceptandembraceautism.blogspot.com Sarah

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  2. Katy posted on June 25, 2011 at 10:03 am (#
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    Goodness, I SO need to do this with my fabric!! As of right now, all of my fabric is just folded (neatly, at least!) up and stacked into JoAnn’s reusable shopping bags. This looks so much better than my method! ;) Ha! Thanks for sharing!

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  3. Brittany posted on June 25, 2011 at 10:05 am (#
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    Wow! I love it! Right now mine is in the mushed-all-together stage. I have to clean out my craft room to make room for something….better ;). I’m on the lookout for great organizing ideas so thanks for the post!

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  4. Dorangela posted on June 25, 2011 at 10:19 am (#
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    Looks great Jamielyn! If only you could come do mine :)

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  5. Brandy Miller posted on June 25, 2011 at 10:24 am (#
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    Wow I love it! I need to get mine out of our storage room and do the same!

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  6. Laura posted on June 25, 2011 at 10:33 am (#
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    wooooow! I am loving this!! right now, you would absolutely die if you saw what I do with my fabric. They are all in plastic grocery bags :/ I know, seriously no bueno!

    Thank you for the inspiration! I will definitely see if I can do something like this!

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  7. Tonia @ thegunnysack.com posted on June 25, 2011 at 10:46 am (#
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    Oh WOW! That look so nice. My fabric is mostly piled in bins and I hate having to dig through it! Thanks for the great ideas!!

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  8. Katie {Sweet Rose Studio} posted on June 25, 2011 at 10:55 am (#
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    Sign me up for this idea! I so need to organize my fabric like this!

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  9. Melissa posted on June 25, 2011 at 10:59 am (#
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    I love it when organization turns out to be so pretty too! Makes me wish I had a fabic collection just so I could organize it.

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  10. Melissa posted on June 25, 2011 at 11:02 am (#
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    I love it when organizing turns out to be pretty too.

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  11. Lindsay posted on June 25, 2011 at 11:07 am (#
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    I really really really need to do this!! (or have someone do it for me?? lol!) I have multiple totes of fabric and I dig and dig and never seem to find what I’m looking for! I like the rolled up idea too!

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  12. Beth posted on June 25, 2011 at 11:20 am (#
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    Cute! I used cardboard for a cheaper alternative :)

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  13. Briana posted on June 25, 2011 at 12:34 pm (#
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    What a great and cheap idea to store fabric! My collection isn’t quite as big as yours but I would LOVE to see what I have organized! Thanks for the great idea…pinning it right now! =)

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  14. Macy posted on June 25, 2011 at 2:04 pm (#
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    LOVE this! I just pinned it!

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  15. Jessica Winter posted on June 25, 2011 at 2:05 pm (#
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    Being new to the sewing game, all of my scraps still fit in one reusable shopping bag – but I already hate finding them that way. I’m very inspired to do what you’ve done here, thanks for the link to Amazon to buy the comic book boards.
    – Jess @ OlyMomma

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  16. Mejia Mamma posted on June 25, 2011 at 4:26 pm (#
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    ugh, I have the same plastic, 3-drawer bin…HATE it…it’s overflowing. I have to figure out where I can do this awesome, inexpensive style of fabric organization!! THANKS!

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  17. LLicht @ KiwiCircus posted on June 25, 2011 at 4:46 pm (#
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    OH MAN! My husband is a major comic nerd… so much so that he had to take his beloved comics out of their protective sleeves and ditch the boards since he wasn’t sure that they were all acid free and they were taking up precious space….. and I let him throw them away! I knew there was a reason I thought about hoarding them before deciding to say nothing and let him toss them! I’m *just* starting to learn to sew and only have about the size of a shoe box full of tiny scraps and a pair of jeans that are meant to practice on. I’m hoping to turn an old microwave cart into my sewing table and use the shelves underneath to put baskets with fabric and bags of fiber fill, etc. in. I keep all my threads and needles in old cleaned out cookie tins that are difficult to open and they are kept on the upper shelves of my crafting hutch to keep them out of reach of tiny hands. A friend passed on her embroidery thread to me and she kept it all in a cute purple tackle box. None of my sewing friends or family were very creative when it comes to fabric organization though. I’m very thankful for your sharing of all these great ideas! They definitely are influencing my creativity!

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  18. Jo-Anna posted on June 25, 2011 at 7:10 pm (#
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    Great, great idea! Mine are all stashed in ziplock bags and those same silly plastic drawers! Thanks so much for the inspiration!
    Jo-Anna

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  19. TiffanyAnn posted on June 25, 2011 at 9:42 pm (#
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    Ummmm….so my fabric is basically exactly where your fabric used to be. And I thought that I was getting organized when I did that. Ha! That was way back then. I definitely need to some re-organizing…unfortunately it’s low on the priority list right now….but I wish it wasn’t. Guess I gotta blaze through that list!!

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  20. S. Greiner posted on June 26, 2011 at 12:14 pm (#
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    LOVE IT! I really don’t have that much fabric yet but I do see it happening in the future! Thanks for sharing such a great way to organize it…this is why I love your blog!!!

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  21. Jennifer posted on June 27, 2011 at 9:32 am (#
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    I actually do something similar but it’s COMPLETELY FREE!! Fabric Bolt’s… from the fabric stores mine is usually JoAnn’s and they just recycle the bolts after they are empty. Once you unfold it you get 4 mini bolts of cardboard. I cut them out and then from one cardboard bolt I get 4 minis and then I just wrap them all up like you did and I have my fabric stash all pretty!

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    • Jamielyn replied on June 27th, 2011 at 12:34 pm

      oh that’s an awesome idea!! i never though of that. thanks for sharing! i’ll have to pick some up next time i’m there.

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  22. www.StarHughes.com posted on June 27, 2011 at 5:20 pm (#
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    GREAT ideas! I am always looking for more ways to organize my craft areas – these are such cute, but easy to access ways of organizing! Thanks so much for sharing!

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    • Jamielyn replied on June 28th, 2011 at 11:38 pm

      Thanks so much for stopping by!! Your so sweet!! Can’t wait to get to know you better. xo!

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  23. Caren posted on June 28, 2011 at 7:44 pm (#
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    Wow – that’s crazy cool! I just have bags and piles. Everywhere. I have no organization and it’s so completely overwhelming, because not only do I not know what I have, but also half of it is on the floor so I can’t move my chair much (I only have about a 5’x7′ space for my sewing/crafting). Oh, and most of my fabrics are FQ’s or smaller. How do you organize STRIPS and FQs? Ugh.

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    • Jamielyn replied on June 28th, 2011 at 11:24 pm

      lol! I was the same way!! It’s so nice to have it all organized. All my scraps I keep in little bins coordinated by color.

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  24. Caren posted on June 28, 2011 at 7:50 pm (#
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    J – you’re going to love this one: check out this blog post to see what you can do with tubes….
    http://koolbeenz-blog.blogspot.com/2011/06/guest-blogger-no-guilt-by-hillbilly.html

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    • Jamielyn replied on June 28th, 2011 at 11:23 pm

      oh that’s awesome!! great idea!

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  25. Stephanie posted on July 2, 2011 at 5:53 am (#
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    This is such a good idea! All of my fabric is shoved in a container and I can’t even see what I have. I need to do this! Thanks for sharing!

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  26. Ruth posted on July 2, 2011 at 7:04 am (#
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    I love this idea. It looks fabulous!! Love that inspiration room from whip stitch. I want one just like it. The colors are gorgeous.

    Ruth

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  27. Anastacia posted on July 2, 2011 at 8:31 am (#
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    How cool is all that? I only have a little fabric as I’m not really a sewer, but you can come organize my yarn anytime!

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  28. Janice posted on July 2, 2011 at 11:51 am (#
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    This is a great idea (one that I’ve used and totally LOVED), but I want to make sure you are giving credit to the person who wrote about it last year. Maggie from Smashed Peas and Carrots.
    Here is the post: http://smashedpeasandcarrots.blogspot.com/2010/11/mini-fabric-bolts-and-some-studio.html

    I’m sure you didn’t know about it because I know you would have credited her properly. So I just thought I’d let you know.

    And you stash looks awesome btw :)

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  29. Alyssa posted on July 9, 2011 at 6:38 am (#
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    Love this idea! My fabric storage looks exactly like yours did with stuffed drawers. My wheels are turning now…thank you for the ideas and inspiration!

    Would love for you to stop by and say hello {http://sweetsewnstitches.blogspot.com/}

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  30. Tiffany posted on August 2, 2011 at 4:19 pm (#
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    I have been doing that for years – it made all the difference in the world between knowing what I have on hand and having to spend 30 minutes sorting through bins only to get frustrated and go buy more fabric. Good job!!

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  31. June Scott posted on August 4, 2011 at 1:45 pm (#
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    Great inspiration, Jaimelyn! Thanks for sharing!

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    • Jamielyn replied on August 6th, 2011 at 11:00 pm

      Thanks for commenting. Hope you have a great weekend! xo

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  32. Angela posted on August 11, 2011 at 9:13 am (#
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    I’d love to know where you found the hanging shelves in this photo?
    http://www.iheartnaptime.net/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/image14.png

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    • Jamielyn replied on August 11th, 2011 at 3:01 pm

      Hey! That actually isn’t my shelf.. I love it too though! There should be a link under that photo to their blog.

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  33. jess posted on October 14, 2011 at 7:53 pm (#
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    great ideas!

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  34. Tanya Phillips posted on November 16, 2011 at 5:59 am (#
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    This likes a work of art. Great idea.
    Thanks.
    Tanya

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    • Tanya Phillips replied on November 16th, 2011 at 6:00 am

      Should say looks like a work of art. Sorry.

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  35. Alison Moore Smith posted on November 22, 2011 at 6:25 pm (#
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    Great photos. I’m in the midst of organizing my laundry/sewing/craft room and really needed the inspiration!

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  36. Kathy Smith posted on December 29, 2011 at 6:30 pm (#
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    Love your fabric organizing ideas!

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