We kicked things off last month with a glitch or two. Let’s see if we can’t tidy things up a bit with this month’s posts!
I promised you last time that we’d chat about the boards that I prefer. And then I’ll show you a couple of other options. A second post this month will be a step-by-step on how I used the Yard Plus(+) Boards to tidy up the stash.
For the record. You don’t need these boards, you don’t need any boards, you don’t even need to store your fabrics the way we’re discussing to follow with the Tidy Fabric posts.
So here they are. The boards I like are actually manufactured by a division of Paper Pieces – you might know them for all the English Paper Piecing templates they make. With their permission, I’ve enhanced the boards with additional visual cues to make life easier -at least from my perspective!
They are made of acid-free durable plastic. The Yard+ boards are 7-1/2″ wide by 11-3/4″ tall, and sturdy. And they’re very thin, so they don’t take extra space on the shelves. Notice the two notches along the side. Use these to tuck in the fabric ends for a snug start to your fabric storage (more on this in the next post).
Also notice the hummingbird sticker on one side of the board, we’ll call this the front.
And there is a hole at the top of the board in the center. Use the hole (for example) to tie a brightly colored ribbon to reminds you that the fabric wrapped around this particular board is off limits and reserved for a special project.
The earliest boards purchased from the Hummingbird Highway may have the hummingbird sticker in the center of the board. At first, I was still determining the best location for the sticker on the board. Where ever the sticker is, the front of the board has V-shaped notches on the left side and the circular hole at the top. This will be something right-handed quilters will want to remember.
Flip the Board Over
On the “back” of the board, the V-shaped cuts will be on the right side of the board. The circular hole will still be at the top.
And there is a different sticker is on the upper right side of the back of the board above the V-cuts. Like drinking tea (was it Tetley tea that used to have a inspirational quote on the back of the tea bag tag? – maybe they still do!), organizing your fabric should be a relaxing, inspirational activity. The inspirational quote, it’s my hope, will keep you motivated – or at the very least – entertained.
Like the hummingbird sticker, some of the earliest boards from the Hummingbird Highway may have a sticker placement variation. The key is that the back of the boards have the V-cuts on the right. Left-handed quilters will be particularly interested in remembering this characteristic.
As I mentioned, these are the boards I prefer for wrapping and storing a yard or more of stash fabric. I’ve put together two packs of boards that might interest you, in quantities that are intended to be about right for a periodic stash tidying session. Find them here: The Tidy Starter Board Pack and the Yard Plus Board Pack.
In my mind, it’s not enough for me to tell you that these are my favorite products without telling you why they are my favorites. The next post will go into more detail into why I like them and how I use them.
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Other Board Options?
So, what else is out there? I’ve seen several recommendations to use comic book boards to store fabrics. So, I thought I’d explore:
On the plus side, Comic Book Boards are much cheaper, creating the possibility for a huge savings, especially if your stash is extensive. And they are much lighter weight – especially when shipping fees come into play. Some of them come with plastic bags, so you can dust-proof your fabric, as long as the bags accommodate the wrapped fabric thickness. Since I haven’t tested the boards with bags, I’m don’t know if the bags are large enough for fabric.
On the flipside, I have found that comic book boards aren’t nearly as sturdy as the other options I’ve tested. They flop around a bit, especially the more fabric gets wrapped around them. There are no grooves or notches to grab the fabric. This isn’t a deal-breaker for me because the idea is that we’re wrapping fabric around the board so it can be shelved upright like books in a bookcase.
The real disappointment for me, is that they are a bit too small for the way I like to fold and wrap my fabric. More on this to come in the next post.
These Fabric Organizers by DeNiece’s Designs (affiliate link) are another alternative. Price-wise they are between the Comic Book Boards and the Hummingbird Highway Yard Plus Boards. They are lighter weight and sturdy, both plusses in my book. The weight is great for shipping, but the boards are thicker so they’re bulky, both to ship and to store fabric.
They have lots of flaps that hold a variety of fabric shapes like pre-cuts, fat quarters, and yardage. And come in two sizes that fit nicely in storage bins.
However, at 10″ wide and 14″ tall, they are just a bit too large (height-wise) for my shelves. And I’d rather store fabric on my shelves than in bins. But that’s my preference.
You might be surprised, but I don’t use the Fat Quarter Boards as much as you might think. I use them a lot – but more to get a consistent fold in my fat quarters than to use them for storage. But I’m getting ahead of myself. I’ll be addressing fat quarter storage in a future post.
Check out the next post for a thorough tutorial on my stash yardage storage tips.