I have pondered and researched for months to find the perfect storage solution for my fabric. One idea I checked into are those new plastic boards that allow fabric to be folded neatly to be placed on a shelf. That is a system that certainly looks good, but it was quickly eliminated because the cost was too high. Can you imagine, every time a piece of fabric is purchased, a storage board also needs to be purchased? That just didn’t make sense to me, so my search continued. Recently I saw a post about folding fabric for storage and it was definitely a light bulb moment for me. Why didn’t I think to use my Omnigrid ruler for the task? This is an easy method, albeit a little time-consuming, but a great idea that doesn’t cost a dime. Check the tutorial out here at Turning * Turning.
My process was simple, I started by removing all fabric from their previous homes and viewed everything with a new eye. Only fabric that I know will be used was kept and the rest was donated to our local St. Vincent DePaul Thrift Store for someone else to enjoy. Next I stacked the “keepers” and refolded them with my Omnigrid Ruler to optimize the space allocated. Each little bundle measures 6″ wide by 11″ long. I must say I am quite happy with the results.
I wish I had taken before pictures of my fabric stash, but I just wasn’t thinking, so the after pictures will have to suffice.
Onto my next storage problem, organizing my ribbon. I have a plethora of ribbons that have been a storage nightmare for a long, long time. Try as I might, the rolls get tangled and out-of-order when I work on a project so something had to be done. I looked into different ways to keep my ribbons neat and tidy yet at the same time I didn’t want to spend a lot of money for the solution (I’ve done that before with less than helpful results). After a lot of research (and I mean a lot), I finally opted for this wonderful system that I felt would work perfect for me.
I already had the white matte board as it was wrapped around an item I purchased from Etsy a long time ago. This was the perfect opportunity to re-use something I had which makes it no cost to me and eco friendly too. Each spool of white matte board is cut into 2 1/2″ x 3″ rectangles and is a good size for this purpose. The original tutorial used a 2″ x 2 1/2″ piece of black matte board, but I felt by making the length 3″ it would work better for the larger rolls of ribbon, so that is the measurement I used.
Even though I’m only a quarter of the way through this project I just had to share the process with you. I’m certainly anxious to finish organizing all of my ribbon and will share the end result with you. One final note, Becca is absolutely correct, it does take a bit of time to wrap each ribbon on the matte spools. I’ll work on this in the evening while spending time with my hubby and watching tv and before I know it, the task will be complete.
As you can see from the picture above, many rolls of ribbon can be stored in a very small space if the right solution is used. So far there are 26 rolls of ribbon housed in this small storage drawer that measures appx. 12″ x 13″, and there is a lot of room to add more. Plus, it’s easy to see each and every ribbon option at a glance. I love this idea. Thank you, Becca!
I’ll keep you updated on my sewing room/craft room storage solutions as I work my way through everything, but wanted to share the tips and tidbits I’ve learned along the way just in case you are struggling with some of the same issues in your craft & sewing rooms.
Until next time, many blessings to you and your family.