I love looking at my fabric!
But it didn’t used to be that way…
Does any one else’s fabric collection look like this?
When I would look for one piece of fabric, I usually had to dig through a few boxes and make a mess in the process. And these boxes had been “neat” before, but let’s just say getting the fabric to the box instead of the craft table is an accomplishment. 🙂
For my sanity, I needed better organization and found this wonderful idea using foam posterboards. Not only is the organization neat, but it doubles as beautiful decoration. Designer fabric needs to be displayed instead of hiding in a box!
Now I can view all of my fabric easily and take out
the one that I need without disturbing the organization.
I LOVE it!
– Supplies –
Ruler/Cutting Mat (for measurement)
The first step is to cut out the foam posterboard. The measurements will depend on your preference and size of your posterboard. My cut outs were about 4″ x 9″.
Using your pencil or pen, trace where you will be cutting on the posterboard.
If you look really closely, you can see my trace lines in the picture below.
Using your Xacto knife, carve the first layer (the paper) along your traced lines.
You don’t need to carve all the way through.
Then bend the posterboard along your carved line.
Basically breaking the foam. Bend the posterboard all the way back.
After the last step, you will have some nice creases in the back of the posterboard.
Using these lines, carve with your Xacto knife through the paper.
Then easily pull the carved piece from the posterboard.
Continue carving until you have the desired amount of foam posterboard pieces.
Before you put on your fabric, it is nice to have the wrinkles ironed out.
Fold your fabric to the size you want it going around the posterboard.
In this example, I folded my fat quarter in half.
Later on, I ended up folding a little bit of the frayed edge.
This allowed more of the white posterboard to show through and hide the frayed edges.
Now wrap your fabric tightly around the posterboard.
Using pins, pin the end of the fabric to the posterboard.
Make sure to do this on an angle so the pin is almost flush with the fabric.
And you’re done!
You can organize these however you like.
I organized mine on a bookshelf with ribbon-filled vases in between.
I just love staring at this shelf now.
And I have another shelf below that – I think I need more fabric! 🙂
Remember a wonderful place to buy designer fabric is The Ribbon Retreat!
We carry a wonderful selection and have new collections coming in almost weekly!
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Have fun organizing!