Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Fabric Folding: a love story

My name is Camille and I have a confession to make.

I love all things organizational. I love Container Store, I love labels, I love folding things and putting them into neat piles. (I also love school supplies, but that is a whole other can of worms.) My house always looks like the Matchbox aisle threw up everywhere, but all my cans face out and are organized by type of veggie. I even put the new ones in the back after grocery shopping.

Still with me? Alrighty!

It became aware to me that my fabric stash was a mess. I don't have a whole lot of fabric, but what I do have looked messy. Every fabric store has a different way of folding so nothing matched up. After googling for a while to see how other fabric junkies managed, I fell in love with the comic book boards. As I've said before, I'm kinda cheap. 10 bucks for cardboard! Plus shipping!? Uh, nothankyou.

Here is how the little fabric stash was tamed in my house. 1/3 yd cuts and up anyways.

Step One:
Pull out allllllll your fabric so its all in one spot. Do not let significant other come by as they may feel faint.

Step Two:
Lay your fabric out nice and flat, wrong side up.

This is completely backwards from what I just said. Cerebral flatulence. Do as I say, not as I do.

Step Three:

Fold selvages together.

Step Four:

Fold in half again.

Step Five:

Get out your handy dandy 6"x24" ruler and place along the right side. Grab the fabric and the ruler and turn like a page in a book.

Step Six:

Keep folding until the entire length is folded up. Keep an eye on the markings so that it doesn't end up all wonky.

Step Seven:

Press lightly on the fabric and pull out ruler.

Step Eight:

Fold the side closest to you under the top of the rectangle. This will keep all round edges on the front and sides.


Isn't that lovely!


For longer lengths of fabric you can follow the same directions through step seven. When you get there pin fabric and you are done.


The far left is 1+ yards under a bins of fat quarters. The second row is fabric from current projects and my next one, Kaleidoscope QAL. Next are solids, white, grays, multi color prints, and then rainbow order on the far right. I just got a new batch of fabric in that will have to be done the same way. My scraps go in gallon ziplocs until I have enough left over to sort them the same way.

Hopefully this will be helpful in the pursuit to tame the stash beast. I would gladly do it for someone else. Maybe at the next market I could get a sign. Will fold and sort for fabric.

ETA: I forgot today is Wednesday!

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced


  1. Love your folding tutorial. Now if I would just take the time to do it! My sewing room definitely needs it.

  2. Impressive organization. I do that from time to time with my yarn stash...making sure hubster's not around. lol