Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Tuesday's Tips!

Okay..... so.....we've been spring cleaning at our house.

Not fun.
As I've told you, I'm a notorious fabric stasher. Worse than even I imagined.
I've got it everywhere. Seriously.... everywhere. This pile on my bed is just what came out of the closet. So embarrassing.

So has begun the journey of pulling it out, ironing it, folding it, determining if I should keep it or donate it, and re-storing it. Ugh. It's so much work. Especially when you have three little ones constantly pulling out their favorite pieces and wrapping it around themselves like: Ariel's dress after she comes out of the sea naked, a superhero cape or on their head like long Rapunzel hair. Thanks guys.

But... it is so rewarding when your hard work pays off and you have this:

oooohhhhh... isn't it so much better!
This is two of the 5 new bookshelves I have to fill up- when they're full, the rest is going bye-bye.

Today... I'm gonna show you how to fold your fabric up like that, all nice and neat.

These two shelves only house 45" cottons and flannel- I haven't tackled the bigger pieces like knits and fleece, yet.

Okay you only need one item- your acrylic ruler from your cutting board and fabric.

*Take a piece of fabric (it has to be at least 1/2 yard, this one is 1 yd.)

*Lay your acrylic ruler down on the fabric with the width of the fabric parallel to the ruler

*Leave a bit of fabric on the edge to fold over the ruler

*Fold that bit over and then continue folding until you get to the end. Don't fold the fabric tight- it will put creases in your fabric and also make it difficult to slide the ruler out at the end.

*When you get to the end, fold the little bit back in to hide any fraying edges

*Then flip that last bit over

*Slide the ruler out

*And fold the whole piece in half

*Viola! Put it on your shelf to admire and dream of all the projects in your head.

Much more to do, but it's a start!

I'm trying to be a LOT better about buying fabric, but it's okay if I win some in a Give-a-way, right?
Check out this awesome give-a-way. It has fabric and patterns! Woo Hoo.
I've never used one of Laura's patterns, but I have admired her work on sewforum. I would love to win!


Ellie Inspired said...

Thanks for the shout-out Nicole! I want to win YOUR stash!!! I did the same thing as you last summer and even though it is a lot of work, it is so nice to be able to see what you have at a glance.

Anonymous said...

Amazing!! Love how it looks so nice and WOW that's a lot of fabric!!!

BConky said...

You win if you have three more bookcases full. Well I don't know I have it stuffed everywhere.

JennyLyn said...

I thought I was bad!! I had mine organized but a couple weeks of digging and pull and it has much to be desired now.

TomiRomig0221 said...

thanks god for the chance to enjoy so many good artical.........................................

Kathy said...

Im so envious of all that fabric!!

Kristy said...

I have fabric stashed everywhere too. This is so inspiring and the end result is just beautiful!