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From: debsews
Date: 10-26-2005, 08:08 PM (1 of 10)
Just finished washing the last of the 40+ yards of flannel I bought at JoAnns sale. I wish I had a better way to store all this fabric. I should have asked for the cardboard because I bought the rest of several bolts of fabric. I have watched people ask for 5 yds of fabric and leave maybe 1/2 yard on the bolt. I have taken as much as a yd and 1/2 over what I asked for because it just seems wrong to leave a little bit. Washing 7 or 8 yds of flannel is always a bit of a challenge for me. Folding it up afterwards is also hard. Oh well now I can go cut out the jammies. Any thoughts on storing large qty of flannel?
User: debsews
Member since: 09-16-2005
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From: dmoses
Date: 10-26-2005, 09:41 PM (2 of 10)
Don't fret about leaving those little bits on the bolt! People like me enjoy finding those little bargains in the remnant bin. :bluewink:

Wow, 40 yards is a lot! How many jammies are you making??? I also bought some flannel last week(only 8 yards)to make a raggedy quilt. I don't think it is enough, but I have some in my stash that I think will work with the new stuff. I didn't know how much to buy because I wasn't planning on buying flannel that just happened :whacky: Honest!

As for storage, I have no idea. My cupboards are overflowing, so I figure the best way to store it is to sew it up as quickly as possible and get it out of the sewing area.

Hmmm, I just had a brainwave...If you have an extra bed in your house, you could lay out the yards of flannel on it, and then cover it with a comforter. Spreading it out will keep the wrinkles out and the comforter will protect it. If you don't have an extra bed in your house, then I would suggest getting one, as it could prove very convenient for hiding stash in plain sight! :bluewink: LOL
Take care,
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From: Chrysantha
Date: 10-26-2005, 10:19 PM (3 of 10)
I showed my neighbor Melanie (across the street) my stash for the first time today.....she was flabbergasted that in 3 yrs I've managed to fill a whole bedroom with fabric and machines...(and thread, scissors, etc).
(hahahahahaha...she's never seen the 3 cupboards PLUS, of cake decorating stuff I still have...)

My husband just shakes his head and says, don't you have that already...I always say no...if I had it, I wouldn't have bought it, again. (but of course I DO buy the same stuff...if I like it, gotta have it and it's on sale !!!)

You could always hang it on hangers and pretend they're clothes...that way they hide in plain site... :bluewink:
User: Chrysantha
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From: debsews
Date: 10-26-2005, 11:24 PM (4 of 10)
Good suggestions! I always buy when it's on sale and I have 13 grands. I always make them a couple of pairs of jammies and there's the robes for the DIL's and DD. So 40 yds isn't all that much. In fact I don't have the robe fabic yet. I can't find anything I like. If I don't use it all this winter it will keep until next year. I'm sewing up some I bought last year at JoAnns. I like the idea of hanging the fabric. Also hiding it under a comforter! You guys know how to have a stash!
User: debsews
Member since: 09-16-2005
Total posts: 254
From: esrun3
Date: 10-27-2005, 09:38 AM (5 of 10)
Besides hiding it under a comforter if you have a duvet cover you could us the flannel as the comforter in the duvet cover if you need to use the bed!

I just started making some jammies for my grandkids (I only 3 to make for) but using flannel only for the one who gets cold all the time-the boys sweat like crazy even in the winter so am using cotton for them. I'm also making them matching pillow cases this oldest gs really liked that idea when I made him a pair of summer jammies with a pillow case.
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From: AndreaSews
Date: 10-27-2005, 07:37 PM (6 of 10)
How about a couple of those long under-bed boxes? I have one in plastic with a lid. It even has wheels on the bottom for rolling it under the bed. I think I got it at either Target or an office supply store. I'd roll the fabric around wrapping paper tubes, or else fold it in a way similar to how it comes off the bolt. If you have many different fabrics, vs 40 yds of one, then you could stack them on top of each other before making those folds so that they won't get a tight crease.
User: AndreaSews
Member since: 02-18-2005
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From: DorothyL
Date: 10-28-2005, 07:42 AM (7 of 10)
Last time I was in Hancock Fabrics I asked what they do with the cardboard bolts when the fabric is gone.
She said "Throw them away."
I asked if I could have some and she said sure. She didn't have any right then -- it was garbage day -- but I'm going to ask every time I go in. Maybe at Joannes too.
I saw in one of the sewing magazines an ad for something similar but they looked pricey, especially if you can get free ones.
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From: mommydionne
Date: 10-28-2005, 05:38 PM (8 of 10)
Hope DH never checks out those boxes marked "old baby clothes" :bluewink:
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From: bridesmom
Date: 10-29-2005, 08:23 AM (9 of 10)
Or that he doesn't decide to give them away to one of those charities that picks up your old stuff and sells it :nervous: . All I ever hear is 'now what did you buy', but he still loves me!
Tickled pink with my Innovis 4000D
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From: AndreaSews
Date: 10-29-2005, 08:17 PM (10 of 10)
Hope DH never checks out those boxes marked "old baby clothes" :bluewink:
Hahaha ROTFL !!
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Member since: 02-18-2005
Total posts: 1007
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