I recently purchased and received 8 continuous yards of fabric for a project. It came rolled up as if the card stock had been slipped out of the center of a bolt of fabric, and then folded in thirds. Because of the extra folding, I needed to lightly press the fabric before cutting my desired widths of fabric, and I wanted to share how I go about handling large yardage.
I simply grab the chair that I sit to sew in and move it in front of my ironing board and allow the large “bolt” of fabric to rest in the seat. I gently pull the fabric forward to unroll and press the next section.
It does require a bit of reaching around, but it keeps the fabric from draping on the floor and collecting the inevitable dust, lint, stray threads from previous projects, and cat hair. 🙂
I then slide the chair across my work space to my cutting station and tuck the chair underneath my cutting board.
I am really happy with this process, and it has helped me keep the large yardage in a nice roll as I work through cutting what I need for my project.
One last note about my cutting station: on two sides of my cutting mat I have ridges that I can push my rulers against to help keep the rulers from slipping when I cut. As you can see in the photo above, I also like to use carpenter’s squares from the hardware store instead of typical quilting rulers. The extra length of the carpenter’s square pushing against the ridges helps keep things from sliding around much. It works for me, anyway. 🙂