I have an addiction to fabric and the bank statements to prove it! My husband just shakes his head and says his only request is that I keep all my fabric organized so it doesn’t take over our house. Together he and I came up with a system that works for us, for now. When it comes to shopping, I love Target almost as much as I love fabric, so of course that’s where I went for my storage solution! I ended up purchasing two sets of the 3×3 cube storage and two sets of the 1×3 cubes. The cubes measure 11.25″x11.25″. I also have a black cabinet that I removed the door from, but most of the fabric in there is just folded, patiently awaiting the day I will put it on “bolts”.
I love going into quilt shops and fabric stores and just ogling the gorgeous bolts of fabric and so I wanted to recreate this environment in my own sewing room. Instead of just stacking fabrics on top of each other I wanted something that would create a miniature version of fabric bolts. Amazon to the rescue!! I went in search of comic boards, but none of them seemed to fit my cubes until I found these magazine boards.
The magazine boards are just the right size for me to fold my fabric and line them all up in the cubes.
Once all the wrinkles are smoothed and the fabric is perfectly folded, I fold it once more lengthwise so that it is around 11″ tall. It’s never completely perfect, so I usually just eyeball it.
Now that my yardage is folded twice, I grab a board and line it up on top of the edge of my fabric, overlapping the board over the end of the fabric by a few inches.
Next, I start folding the backing board towards my left, where the remainder of the fabric is. While folding, I make sure my fabric remains smooth and folded properly so I don’t end up with a wonky “bolt”.
Once I have wrapped all of my fabric around the board I take some pins and pin the end of the fabric to itself and the board, then just slide into my cubes!
I find that this method works best when you have at least 1-2yds of fabric to work with. The more yards you have, the bigger your “bolt” will be.
*Fabric pictured on “bolt” is Michael Miller Magic, Stars and Stripes in Aqua. It’s currently on sale!! Here is the link: