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Fabric Organization

Fabric Organization

Fabric is such beautiful and versatile craft medium. It has the ability to transform practically anything into whatever you want it to be. As a dancer and costume seamstress, I have been able to express myself using fabric to communicate the themes and emotions of my dance and drum pieces. Fabric has power.

When I find a fabric pattern that I’m drawn to, I instantly become excited and inspired to create. But after many years of collecting fabric realized I didn’t have the space to continue storing it that way. Here is the solution I came up with to help organize my fabric collection.

Fabric Filing

Supplies needed:

1. Package of 8.5×11 inch chipboard (Amazon Link)

2. Scotch tape

3. Container at least 12″ wide on one side.
(e.g. 12″x12″ basket, or 12″x 24″ container)

4. Fabric

Fold the fabric in half, then in half again lengthwise. The goal is to fold the fabric so that it matches the chipboard height at 11 inches. Folding might differ per piece of fabric depending on if you are folding 45″ wide fabric or 60″ wide fabric.

Once you have a long, 11-inch tall piece of folded fabric, tape one end to the chipboard to secure the fabric onto the board. Start wrapping the fabric around the chipboard. I do this by leaving the fabric down on the floor or table and flipping the taped chipboard until all of the fabric is tightly wrapped. Once finished, place another piece of tape to hold the fabric in place.

I snack the finished chipboards on top of one another, after going through a whole pack of 24 chipboards I begin filling them. I just pick up the pile of stacked chipboards and place them into my container, similar to filling documents.

And there you have it! I was able to get 24 different length fabrics organized within a 12×12″ cube basket.


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