You guys! I finally feel like a real, actual, legit handmade shop owner.
Not because I hit a certain number of sales with Janery, not because I have a certain amount of cash rolling in. . but because I can finally start cutting and producing the same items over and over again, thanks to my brand new Fabric Bolt Rack!
That means these guys finally have a home:
It’s not pretty yet – I still need to paint her and add some handles to the sides – but she’s functional, and with the holidays upon us, that’s all that matters.
Seriously though, I’m really excited about this. It was getting frustrating to not have a way to store larger quantities of fabric. As a result I was buying smaller amounts, and then only being able to make one or two of each item at a time.
UPDATE: My business became busier and I had some family illnesses that kept me from writing detailed plans on how to build this, and now I have a thriving business and a toddler running around. I fear I will never be able to write a detailed tutorial, but here is the basic idea of how I built it:
I basically built a wood box that was 5 feet wide. I used 10″ wide pine boards from Home Depot, and cut each board down to 5 feet. I screwed them all together to create the box.
I bought 5′ metal pipe rods at Home Depot that were about 1″ wide. I then added wider boards on each end of the bottom (crosswise, like making a T, for stability) and put rolling feet (casters) also from Home Depot on the bottom. I did 8 casters – 4 on each end. I cut some scrap boards at angles and put them across each corner on the back of the rack to stabilize the box. To hold the metal pipes, I attached closet rod holders. They are little plastic cups that attach to either end of the closet and the pipe slips into them. If you ask at Home Depot they will help you find them.
I know this is a short version, but hope it helps!