Doing the bolt – Taming your fabric stash

So many of us have a fabric addiction! Well mine was what I called organised chaos. It was mostly in coordinated piles but when I started on a large project it would end up draped over my sewing chair, ironing board etc, waiting to be folded and put neatly back. Putting it back though was a pain becuase I would usually have to fold the whole pile again! Grrrr!

So….I have made myself some mini bolts!!!!!!! These will turn your fabric collection into your own private fabric store!

Comic book boards are the perfect solution for making mini bolts. They are acid free, lightweight (made of corflute), the perfect size and come in generous amounts. I have also cut up some cardboard to use instead while waiting for more corflute boards to arrive.

(FOLDING METHOD; Bring both selvage edges together, if you have more than 2 yards uncut you may need to fold in half first. Fold again lengthways so that it is a long quarter width piece. Place board at the top of your piece and fold over. then fold and roll the board down, taking the fabric as you go. Some people may pin the flappy bit at the end down, but I don’t have that many pins!)

Then I ran out of boards and I hadn’t even made an impact on my stash……………

I looked at the boards and wondered, ‘what if I use cardboard? We have lots of that’. I have also been asking at all major shops like office works etc for free ones. They are clean and sturdy and I can get 4 bolts from each. (HINT; I will be using the lids for something special soon) I have been cutting up office print A4 paper boxes ever since and am nearly there! The final picture at the top is just a progress picture and wasn’t even half way!

I bet your off to ‘do the bolt’ and find some boxes aren’t you?!

Like my pin cushion? I’ll show you that and the blog that gave me the idea another time 🙂


Taking Notice

Over the Easter break I embarked on a reorganisation of my studio space. There will be many DIY tutorials that will come from this as I toy with ideas that hopefully you will find useful in your own home/work space. Todays post though is about my new notice board that is made up of a pin board and a photo frame. Because my creativity involves mass amounts of colour, pattern and texture I try and keep the storage and decor items in my space to black, white, grey and natural so it doesn’t overwhelm me when I have all my fabric out and it doesn’t influence each piece I make.

So I picked up this frame at a local department store for not much. Yeah it works on its own but it is sooooo boring. So I took the back off the frame and covered the pin board in a vintage print linen that I have. I then took the matting out of the photo frame section and covered a board to fit with some of my $$$$ linen that I adore. When I put it all together I now have a vintagey pin board for decor cutouts etc and on top is a white board (any normal white board marker will write on glass and it wipes off very easily with tissue). I also tied some ribbon around my marker and then to the back of the board so that I don’t need to look for it again. You could use any frames or pin boards you like and decorate with bright colours. Why not recycle that favourite top that doesn’t fit anymore for the pin board and use decorative paper for the whiteboard backing?