Monday, January 24, 2011

Mini Fabric Bolts {tutorial}

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I'm back!  And I'm almost feeling human after two trips to the Dr. and multiple medications {including one that I was allergic to}.  Thank you all for your well wishes!

I got a lot done yesterday... so much that I'm going to break it into several posts.  I thought I'd start with the most common question I have received about my new studio and that is how I made the mini fabric bolts

Current size comic book boards! 

They are inexpensive, easy to find, and they are the perfect size for holding up to 5 yards of fabric.  They measure approximately 7" x 10.5" and I bought 200 from my local comic book store for $20.

Here's how I folded the fabric:

Fold your fabric selvage to selvage {just like it is on the bolt at a fabric store} 

Still selvage to selvage, fold upwards

Look!  It's the perfect size for the board...

Fold approximately 1.5'-2" over the long edge of the board

Flip it over and fold around the board snugly until you have all your fabric folded.


And now you have a cute mini fabric bolt!

 Once you get the hang of it, the folding goes surprisingly fast.  Keep going until your stash is nice and neat.  It was heaven yesterday sewing and having all my fabric in sight!

Edited to add:  This works great for fat quarters, half yards and of course yardage!


Amelia said...

Those mini fabric bolts are so adorable. Unfortunately, I don't own enough yardage to be able to use them just yet(most of my fabrics are in fat quarters or 1/2 metres/yards), but I'll work on it :)

Elizabeth D. said...

That sonuds seriously heavenly! I think at least half of my stash is in fat quarters, though, so I'm not sure how well this would work for those, but I'm seriously tempted to find out. My stash would look so much prettier your way!!

AnneMarie said...

Very cool! I wondered the same thing when you posted your new studio pics, but never thought to ask you how you made them. Thanks for sharing!

Dolly said...

That's a very neat-looking way to store and see your fabric choices. Now be careful to limit the amount of light that the fabric receives. I had my fabric stored on open shelving for awhile, and just the light from light bulbs caused faded lines along the folds. Precious stuff, especially with TODAY'S prices, so be sure to use it or shield it !

Enjoy that wonderful new workspace now that you're feeling better !

Katherine said...

Great suggestion! I know you can also purchase comic book boards from Ebay inexpensively.

Lee said...

Thanks - I would love to do this for my stash!

Natalie said...

I've been using these for several months now and love them! Which reminds me...I need to go order some more!

Jan said...

I'm so glad you are feeling better. What a good way to display your fabrics . . . . just when I have mine organised in the Ikea baskets. Your method is much more effective.

Christie, Describe Happy said...

Thanks for posting this! Just the right push i need to get more organized. My fabric is in a dresser drawer, but it would be so nice to see it together! And, I have a local comic book place.. have to look for those boards also! Thanks!

Carla said...

So glad that you are feeling more like yourself and back into the quilty groove, Jennifer!

Quiltstory said...

Thanks so much. I can't wait to try this!

Colleen said...

This is GENIUS! Thank you so much for sharing. I love to have my fabric where I can see it, and I fold it and stack it neatly, but it's getting out of control. As soon as I read your post, I went straight to and ordered some comic book boards. Thanks!

Krystle L said...

Such a great idea! I linked to you in my post at www(dot) daisysgarden(dot)ca

NurseBrandy said...

Thank you, Jennifer. I went out and bought some comic-book cardboards today!!! I won't be able to put 'em to use for a few weeks, but it'll be nice after that!



Peggy H. said...

I have done this with mine and I now sew more than ever. It is so much easier to pick fabrics when I can see it. I put my fat quarters in the new plastic containers from Sterlite. Love them because the sides are straight, not slanted like Rubbermaid's.

atnumber29 said...

Mine are in messy stacks at the moment. You have inspired me!

Thank you!

Cup of Threads said...

Hi! Thanks for sharing this idea. I was linked to your post when I asked Reddit for fabric organization tips a couple of months ago and am finally getting everything. It should all come next week :) Are your individual cubes 12"? I'll have be to share this!

Lauren Lanker said...

Just wanted to let you know that I included your idea for creating mini-bolts in a fabric organization round-up I recently did. (Love the idea.) Here's the link to the post in case you want to stop by and check it out!

Filing Fabric & A Fabric Organization Round-Up


Reyna Lay said...

this is also what I use! Great minds think alike, eh? Found you through the Thinking Closet blog.I am now a new follower. I also just posted my Sewing Room Tour part 1 on my youtube channel:
btw, new follower here! Found you thru the Sewing Corner on FB. Feel free to pass by my new sewing blog:


Kay said...

I'm working on finishing my sewing studio make-over. I FINALLY have my 'own' room...just for ME!

I've got my new desk/hutch/sewing table, 2 matching book cases (all Sauder furniture,) IKEA kitchen island for my cutting board...and now am working on organizing my (somewhat small) walk in closet, and hubs needs to hang my tv. All I have left to purchase is a comfy chair. WOOOHOOO...I'm excited!

THANKS for some great ideas!! LOVE your room!!

Kristi Thompson said...

I love this! I have these same shelves in my studio only I don't use them for fabric storage since all of my fabrics are just a jumbled mess. I just ordered my boards from ebay, and I can't wait to give this a try.

Lee Umberger said...

If anyone is interested we are an online comic book store that sells a full range of comic book supplies. If anyone is interested here is an online coupon code for our comic book backing boards.
CODE:: Krafter14 ::

Beachkid said...

Thank you so much for the great idea, I just ordered some.

Beachkid said...

Thank you so much for the great idea, I just ordered some.

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