Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Mini-Fabric Bolts from Cardboard boxes

This round of  Iron Crafter's secret ingredient is cardboard boxes and I decided to join in the fun and use some cardboard boxes to help organize my fabric stash. 
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Here is what my fabrics looked like before... a BIG mess!  I was using bags to try and control the mess but I could not get a good look at what I had... so I usually just bought more fabric.

Now it looks like this!  Now I can see what I have and don't have to spend money on fabric that I may already have!

Here is what I used:
 big shipping boxes
1 scissors

I cut off the flaps and also I cut apart all the sides. 

I also cut the sides in to smaller rectangles.  I cut the smaller sides into 2 pieces and the larder sides into 3 smaller rectangles.  Depending on how big you box is you can decide how many pieces you want to cut your sides. 
Each flap is going to be your mini-bolt... along with the smaller pieces from the sides. 

Take one of your cardboard pieces and wrap your fabric around it, like a bolt at the store.  These mini-bolts are perfect for .5 - 2 yards of fabric!  That's it, you are done!  I can get 16 - 20 mini-bolts from one big shipping box! 

Now I can pull out a bunch of fabric at once to see what combinations I may like, and it is not a big mess!  
Happy organizing! 

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13 comments :

Mel P said...

So smart! I have mounds and bags and boxes of unorganized fabric. Love this idea!

Michelle Whitlow said...

Love that idea!!!

Smith Family said...

Your a genius!!! I have so many piles and drawers of fabrics, I'm SO gonna do this!

Kit said...

Brilliant!

Melissa said...

You know,I actually have a place where I could store these if I did this now. Hmmm.

The Queen Bee said...

So smart! If you have large cuts of fabric you can probably get the bolts from the fabric store for free. I worked at Hancock's and they tossed the empty ones in the recycle bin every night.

Typhany said...

Super Idea

malia said...

holy cow that is a great idea! i have been struggling with my fabric, now i have a solution. thank you!

Marilyn said...

I so need to do this with my fabric and I have tons of boxes still from our move!!!

Katie said...

I just made my own fabric bolts the other week. Helps make me realize all the fabric I have on hand!!!

Life in Rehab said...

This was my intended next step with the storage boxes I made. I love the mini bolts.

dluvscoke said...

I don't have a lot of fabric scraps but I am going to do this with what I have. Thanks for sharing!

KatrinkaJane said...

Thank you for this. I always feel guilty not keeping "good boxes". :D LOL Now I can use them!

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