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Topic: Cereal Box Fabric organizer...keep eating your Toasted Oats! With Tut.  (Read 1663 times)
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« on: November 01, 2014 01:50:12 PM »

We remodeled my craft room last year and while I love it, I can create chaos in just a few minutes! I wanted to organize my fabric bits and pieces and fat quarters better, as they tend to mix and mire and flow into each other. So taking salvaged cereal boxes, I created some pretty nifty organizer dividers for my shelves.



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I took a flatened cereal box, cut off the bottom tabs and drew on my pattern. I wanted to reinforce the sides so I designed in glue down reinforcement tabs. I drew and scored all lines, then re-glued the top flaps. The re-close tab really helped with gluing the top.



Then I cut and folded all flaps. I did not bother with covering the boxes as you really cannot see them after I stack all the fabric.



A little glue...I used a white tacky glue, but double sided tape or glue gun would work too. Lots of clips and clothespins to hold things together as they dried.



Here is the first row. I made 12 of this size and 2 of a slightly larger jumbo Cheerio box size that did not fit. Can you believe that 4 of these fit on the shelf perfectly? What luck!



With some sorting and re stacking the result is beautiful...at least for a day or so. We will not mention the 4 large bins of additional fabric...some over 40 years old.

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« Reply #1 on: November 01, 2014 03:41:53 PM »

Great solution!  Fabric storage is such a quagmire for me, especially since I like to buy remnants and fat quarters.  So many little pieces everywhere!
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« Reply #2 on: November 01, 2014 05:30:45 PM »

good idea!  I love that you can easily see all of your colors and prints!
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« Reply #3 on: November 01, 2014 05:53:30 PM »

LOL. I have big pieces in bins, medium/fat quarter on the shelf. Scraps in a small bin, and little pieces in a bag for layering in chenilling. Too crazy. Oh and strips for fabric/rope bowls. The cry is "no piece is too small!!!!" I think I have become the bag lady of fabric.

And don't start me on yarn.
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« Reply #4 on: November 01, 2014 07:09:31 PM »

Clever organizing! I'm always thinking about how I can make my fabric stash easier to access, so I might borrow this idea.
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« Reply #5 on: November 02, 2014 10:13:11 AM »

Borrow away! I always save cracker and cereal boxes for ATC's and other items needing cardboard. Now I'll have to start eating more cereal! I used up 14 boxes (12 plus the oversized ones that are being used elsewhere).

So eat your Wheaties, or Frosted Flakes or whatever and get organized.
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« Reply #6 on: November 02, 2014 10:54:34 PM »

Great organizing solution~
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« Reply #7 on: November 08, 2014 06:09:31 AM »

So taking salvaged cereal boxes, I created some pretty nifty organizer dividers for my shelves.

Your dividers would make it easy to take a group of fabrics off a shelf, use them, then put them back neatly in place. Marvelous.
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« Reply #8 on: November 08, 2014 12:43:56 PM »

I did that today. Needed some greens, pulled the whole box off, then when done put it back. Then oranges, then reds. I think I really like this system! Especially when I am doing Spirit Dolls and Ninni's and need little bits of fabric.

Thank you for all the comments! Can't wait to see other organizers.
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« Reply #9 on: November 09, 2014 06:44:07 AM »

This is a great idea! Hmmm, I get those extra large boxes of oatmeal at Sam's Club. They would be good for deeper stacks.
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