I cleaned up my growing collection of scrap fabrics yesterday in a small effort to cross at least one thing off my January To-Do list. My “Before” method of cramming every last scrap and panel into a canvas basket wasn’t working, that’s for sure:
Between celebrating the holidays and buying a bathtub (we’re renovating the bathroom!), I seem to have an excess of cardboard on my hands (and in my attic, and in the recycling bin), so I put some of that to use in creating my own little fabric store, customized with DIY fabric bolts. What could be easier than emulating the way actual fabric stores keep their materials neat, tidy, and viewable?
My fabric varied in lengths and widths, but most pieces wrapped cleanly around a piece of cardboard measuring 8″x30″, like this piece of leftover jersey cotton from the shaggy bear rug.
I wrapped each piece neatly, and then batched the whole collection together so that it would fit nicely in the base of one of my antique trunks (this hand-me-down one that I wrote about last winter, actually). I actually had forgotten that I had remnants of the ottoman fabric, and some old curtain panels. And that hairy thing is the piece of faux-fur that I wrapped beneath my Christmas tree this year, three cheers for keeping it perfectly dry and needle free so that I can reuse it next year or make something furry and fun out of it.
Best of all, after I relocated the few blankets that had been stored in the trunk, I also found myself with plenty of space on the removable upper tier for some other sewing-related gadgets, needles, thread, and maybe one of these days, the entire sewing machine too. (It’s been set up indefinitely in the dining room. Long story for another day.)
I know it’s not one of those little suitcase-style-all-in-one craft centers, but it’ll help keep the rest of my crafty stuff together and (best of all) hidden.