Hi, I'm Susan, and I'm a fabric junkie
That's how I start all my conversations (not really) but maybe I should because the first step to realizing you have a problem, is acknowledging it. ;)
And, well, if I've got it, it may as well be stored nice and tidy, right? I've noticed that if it is folded nicely, it actually looks like you have LESS, and gives you all the more reason to fool the hubmeister (and yourself) into thinking you need to buy more...
When I took a quilting class last year and made these quilts, the first two hours of our class were spent folding our umpteen yards of fabric. I was struck by how much emphasis our teacher put on folding. I was thinking, "What the heck?, Aren't we going to be cutting all this up, What's the difference?". Well, she of course, being a wise quilt teacher, knew not only how much fabric we had, but also knew it was much easier to keep and transport this way
You start by unfolding your fabric from whatever way the cutter at the store folded it for you. I've had it folded every which way from different people, but it's easy to get it back to this point, with the selvage edge at one end and the folded edge at the other (just like it is on the bolt)
Next, take the selvage edge and bring it to the folded edge, so they are together and lined up
Next, take a quilting ruler. I use my 5" Omnigrid. It is the perfect size width and length. Set it about 3-4" away from the end of your fabric
And fold it over
Fold it over again and pull the fabric taut against the ruler
Now, fold the entire length of your yardage, keeping it taut, until you get to the end and figure how much is left. I only had a few inches here, so the best thing to do was...
Unfold back once and fold in the excess
And make your last fold back over. Your fabric should be very smooth and flat
Now, pull out the ruler, and there you have your nice folded piece of fabric.
It will give you great joy, I promise
A great start, yeah?
Now, keep it going....
Until your stack looks like this and you feel justified in buying more fabric.
Look at all that room in there !