Stash Folding like a Pro

Alternate Blog Titles

I titled this blog post “Stash Folding like a Pro” but I also considered “Stash Folding for the Perfectionist Anal Retentive Personality” or “Stash Folding for People with Too Much Time on their Hand”.  I don’t believe I’m a perfectionist or have too much time on my hand so I’ll go with “Stash Folding like a Pro.”

Leaning Tower of Fabrics

In my new sewing space my fabric stash area is a lot shallower so I needed to refold my fabric to fit.  Plus half of it was simply waded up and tossed into a moving box.  I was happily folding until a couple of fabrics in, the unruly folds kept falling over and generally looked like the Leaning Tower of Pisa.

Leaning tower of Pisa

Everything was falling over because some fabrics was folded too small, some too large, almost all of it lumpy and uneven.  I needed all the pieces to be the same shape.  Then it hit me.

 My Retail Experience Kicks In

Way back in college I had worked at Express and we would fold clothes with a folding board.  It kept everything the same width and length regardless of what clothing size it was.  The board was simply a rigid, smooth board so I hunted around the house.  The folding board needed to be slightly smaller than the end size and smooth so it can side out.  Luckily my small cutting mat was perfect.

Folding Board

How to Fold like a Pro

1)       Find a rigid, smooth template.  My cutting mat fit the bill for this shelf but I also considered a small cutting board, a piece of cardboard with rounded corners, the stiff back of a notebook pad.

2)     Start by wrapping the fabric around the longer length of the board.  If there was a lot of yardage, I would fold the fabric in half first.  Hold the fabric up and let all the layers lay smoothly.  Slide the template out.

3)      Then wrap the fabric around the shorter length of the board.  Slide the template out.

4)      Move onto the next piece of fabric.  Repeat until you finish folding your stash or your stash does you in, whichever comes first.

How to fold fabric stash

Look at how stable these stacks look.  It’s wonderful to easily see everything I have and not worry about it all falling down on my head.  Oh the little joys in life.

 Folded  Stash

Happy stashing,

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12 Responses to Stash Folding like a Pro

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  2. nothy says:

    Great tip! I am cleaning up my stash and to tell you the truth, I can’t believe how much I have accumulated. Having it folded on shelves will also help me to see what fabrics I have.

  3. Sue Winnie says:

    How big is your cutting mat? I have all sizes from fat quarters to yardage. What would you recommend? Great idea. Thanks.

    • My cutting mat is 12″ x 9″. I use this size because its fits my shelves. You may want to adjust according to your shelf. For fat quarters, you may want to fold them back into the size you got them. There’s sometimes a piece of cardboard square that comes inside. That would make a good template if you rounded the corners just a little bit so it slides out smoothly.

  4. Carolyn in GH says:

    Cool! Now I can perfectly pile it up to the rafters and when I get to the ceiling, just sort of press down and wedge it in.

  5. Darci says:

    When I worked retail, we folded with a clipboard, the kind from an office supply shop.

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  7. Anne says:

    I am jealous of your perfectly folded stash!!! Mine topples out of the closet every time I open the door. I’ve got a Craft Gossip post scheduled for later today that links to your tutorial:
    http://sewing.craftgossip.com/tutorial-how-to-fold-your-fabric-stash-like-a-pro/2014/02/26/
    –Anne

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