Thursday, July 18, 2013

Tutorial: Folding Fabric with a Ruler

So there has been A LOT of talk recently amongst sewists on how they organize and store their fabric.  My fabric always ended up in my plastic drawer bins with me unable to find anything because I could not see it all. 

This method of folding and storing my fabric has seriously  Okay, maybe not my life, but definitely my sewing room!  Here is what my fabric looks like now in my storage bins:

Here is a tutorial on how you can use this same method to organize your sewing room.

First I lay down my fabric so that the cut edges are at the top and the bottom and the fold and selvedges are on the sides.

I use my clear plastic ruler that is 5" wide and 23" long.  I bought mine from Michaels and I use it for cutting with my rotary cutter and mat.  If you don't have a ruler this size, you could also cut a sturdy piece of cardboard with these same dimensions as well.

Lay your ruler down at the bottom of the fabric with the long side going across the width of your fabric (fold to selvedges). 

Now starting folding your fabric up using the ruler as your guide on the inside.

Keep folding until all of the fabric is on your ruler.

Now slide out your ruler from the middle of the fabric.

Next, I fold my fabric into thirds.

And there you have it!  I need little stack of fabric and you can do this to fabric of all sizes so that it all comes out to be the same size making it easier to store.

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