Sunday, July 12, 2009

Fabric Folding Tutorial

Michelle, in a comment on my blog, asked how I fold my material.  So I thought I would do a tutorial.

I went on a fat quarter buying binge over several years and have hundreds of fat quarters.  I use comic book boards that I bought locally. (Note: the price has gone up considerably at this site-I think I only paid $5.99/100 for mine) They are acid free.  The size I use are 6 3/4” x 10 1/2”.

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1. Start by laying the cardboard on the fabric so that the long side of the board is laying parallel to the 18” side of the fabric:

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2.  Fold the fabric below the cardboard UP:

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3.  Fold the sides IN.  At this point, I press the fabric some with my hands:

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4.  Starting at the bottom, fold the fabric around the cardboard:      

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5.  I then fold in the edges like and envelope and then pin the fabric to secure.  A note here: I make sure to use stainless steel pins although I don’t plan to let the fabric or the pins get wet.  If you live in an area with super high humidity take this into consideration. 

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And you are done!

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I have used this technique for larger pieces of fabric but I normally don’t use it for pieces over one yard.  The piece below is about 3/4 of a yard.  I started by folding it in half to 22” and folded it the same way:  (In the picture, the selvedge is to the left and the fold of the fabric is to the right)

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10 comments:

Michelle said...

Thank you for the tutorial. It is wonderful to learn new techniques on how to organize your stash. You are super fast.

Arlette said...

Fantastic tutorial!

casserole said...

Great tutorial!! I need to do this to my fabric stash BAD!

I posted a link to your tutorial on Craft Gossip Sewing:
http://sewing.craftgossip.com/tutorial-fold-your-fabric-neat-and-square/2009/07/14/
--Anne

Ashley said...

Great idea! Now I just need the time to refold it all!!!

Khris said...

Can you come visit me in Oz and do all my stash for me Diane....free food and lodgings...LOL...I have added this to the freebie blog if you want to take a peek...hugs Khris

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