Week 4 of the Creative Spaces blog hop is all about fabric scraps and storage. What a great topic!
Hmmm. I am guessing that, like me, you all have fabric scraps and storage becomes an issue. For me, I make a lot of quilts every year and therefore I have a lot of scraps.
To start, I have 2 different bins that I use as I cut. One is for the pieces I am NOT going to save to use later in another project. At least, not on the outside. These scraps I might use for pet bed stuffing or for stuffing a pillow or a large floor cushion. I hate throwing these out in the trash.
(Need any scraps for stuffing? I have a lot!)
The second one is actually a pop up bin and I use it for the scraps I want to keep.
Once the scraps are in the pop up, then what? I try to sort and place in bins. If I have strips left over, I store those based on specific sizes. I have bins bins labeled in 4 different sizes.
And they are not all full width of fabric strips; just whatever I have left of a strip.
These are great when I am making something using my braid templates. I have made a lot of Table Scraps table runners and placemats from these bins. And you might notice, some bins are tidier than others.
I also have a bin just for 2 ½” squares. One day these will make a great scrap quilt!
Then I have bins of fabric sorted by color. I put my larger scrap pieces in these bins. They might end up in a scrap quilt, or as a bag or as appliqué or I might use them to test out a pattern.
Some bigger leftovers I cut up into FQs and store in a basket. The problem with my system is that is gets overwhelmed faster than I can manage it.
Well, Ok, let’s be honest. It is not faster than I ‘can’ manage- if is faster than I choose to manage! I could do better. I just choose to move onto the next project (s). I really need to deal with the scraps at the end of each project by sorting them and putting them into bins by color or size.
Yes mother. I will put my toys away when I am done!
Did you see a before picture of my popup from the first Creative Spaces Post? A little overstuffed. Just a little. I think it even had a partially done quilt in it! Click here to see it.
So what do you do with fabric leftover from a project? Got any tips for us?
I hope you have been having fun reading all the blogs and getting lots of great ideas.
By the way, did you see Cherry Guidry’s post from Monday on her fabric storage? I am having serious storage envy!!!! Click here to check it out.
p.s. I just thought of another way to deal with your scraps. Use them! Have you seen the blocks I have been making and posting on Instagram? I am making the 100 blocks from Tula Pink’s City Sampler book. Yesterday was day 25! Only 75 blocks to go.
I posted the first 10 blocks in a blog post last week. I am using a FQ stack but it would be a great way to use up your scraps. Click here to see the first 10 blocks.