Thursday, May 16, 2013

How to fold your fabric: neat and organized

how to fold fabric the right way to keep it organizedI love fabric. Sometimes I just like to walk by my sewing room and look at it. Or touch it. I know, I'm obsessed.

Did you know that what you look at in your creative space can either spark or dim your creativity? Cluttered or clean? Bright or dark? Organized or a big fat mess?

In an effort to create a more inspiring sewing room, I determined that a great 1st step is to organize my fabric.

How to Fold Your Fabric


A 6" plastic sewing ruler makes a great folding tool. By creating a uniform size and shape, you can store your fabric in neat little stacks. Keep it out on a shelf to get your creative juices flowing, or tuck it neatly away in an organized bin.

It take a little time, but is well worth it! I can't tell you how many ideas ran through my head just by looking at each fabric as I folded it neatly into place.

Steps to getting a neat fabric fold

1st: Fold your fabric in half, selvedge to selvedge, and begin to wrap it around a 6" plastic sewing ruler, starting at the end.
2nd: Wrap your fabric neatly around the plastic ruler
3rd: When you reach the "start" of your fabric, tuck the raw edge under
4th: Fold the last piece over neatly


how to fold fabric neatly using a plastic sewing ruler

5th: Gently slide the plastic ruler out from between your fabric layers
6th: Use the straight edge to create a clean fold
7th: Admire your neatly folded fabric
8th: Fold additional fabric and begin to stack and organize

fold fabric into uniform sizes for storage or display

Some like to sort these lovely folded stacks by color, others by fabric type. Decide what works best for you.


folding and storing fabric

Going through all your supply is like opening boxes of old belongings you forgot you even had! Let the new ideas and creativity begin!



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21 comments:

  1. Great tip! I never thought to use my ruler! Uniform folding size is much needed in my semi-messy stash

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    1. The ruler helps so much! My folding skills can't compare. :)

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  2. It is always nice to meet someone with a similar obsession. I like looking at my fabric piles too! I had a very large box that I used to dump out on my living room floor and just admire all the colors and textures.
    Linda
    mysewwhatblog.blogspot.com

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    1. Good to know I'm not alone in my fabric obsession! :)

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  4. I need to proof read before publishing. What I meant to post was--
    Wow that looks great. Want to come to my place and fold more fabric? I have lots.

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    1. I've only dented my fabric stash...sounds like we need a serious fabric folding party! :)

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  5. Who knew that refolding that stash of fabric would spur on the creativity? You did! Thanks for sharing this extraordinary tip at Monday Funday!!!

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    1. Thanks for your comment Diane! So much fabric...so little time. I've got to walk away from my stacks or my creative juices might spill over. :)

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  6. This looks so pretty and organized! I should really try this with my fabric stack and maybe I could fit more in each drawer!

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    1. Thanks Lisa! It's amazing how much more fabric fits in my bins this way. Hope it works for you too!

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  7. Good idea! My sewing room is currently in disarray because we just had a house moving... But I will keep this suggestion for when I will have shelving for my fabrics.
    Thanks for sharing! :)

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    1. Glad my fabric tip helps! Good luck with all your other organizing too!

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  8. What a cluttered mess my sewing room is! I try to keep all my fabrics nicely folded but as soon as I finish a project its all a disarray! Visiting from the Mad Skills link up!

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    1. I'm so with you on that! I try to keep things tidy but when my creative forces take over it produces a little fabric mayhem! :)

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  9. That is brilliant i love this. Doh, so simple but I never even thought of it

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  10. Wow, those folded piles do look enticing! Great tips!

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  11. Shannon, what a great idea! My sewing stash is a gigantic mess... I bet this folding tip will get me in top shape quickly! Love it!

    Natalie from La gang à Nat
    www.natandgang.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks so much Natalie! The trick is to be disciplined enough to refold it all nicely after I've gotten it out for a project! :)

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