Quilting Scrap Storage

Quilting Scrap Storage

Hello and what a great day to sew something wonderful.

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Back in the fall, I began to see a need for and organizational system for quilting scraps.  I had an overabundance of fabric that was crumpled and wrinkled in bins. I had no idea the amount of scraps I had and the ability to create worthwhile quilts and quilting projects from them.

In her book “Scrappy Project Planner” Lori Holt gives several tips and tricks to storing your scraps. As soon as I read her ideas, I knew I had to implement them!

Today, we’ll be taking a closer look at Scrappy Bins…

She starts her “Tips” section with and idea of scrap bins:
1.5″
2.5″
3.5″
5″
7″

As I studied this idea I wasn’t so sure. A little scary at first, the permanence of cutting leftover fabric frightened me. But as I went on to read and think, I absolutely loved it.  It’s like purchasing a Jelly Roll only to never open it.

So off to target I went…
I bought Steralite small crates. I actually used 2 separate bins for 2.5″ strips and 2.5″ squares, so I purchased 6. I also found adorable labels in my stash that I bought on clearance at Michaels.

Label each of your bins and start cutting!

With scraps, anything over about a Fat Quarter, I leave whole.  These can always be broken up later if need be.

Also remember that scraps can be broken down to several sizes from 1 piece.  Don’t be too fussy, nothing is too small! In fact, anything smaller than 1.5″ I leave in my scrap basket for leaders and enders. For example, if I have a piece of fabric measuring 10″, I can cut that into 2 5″ scraps.

 

This idea of scrap organization made my heart happy! Everything is cleaned up and looking nice. There’s just something about an empty scrap basket that eases my mind!

 

If you haven’t taken a look into the “Scrappy Project Planner” you should! She has several tips and organizational tricks.  Included in the planner are scrappy patterns as well.

So, take some time every few weeks to separate your scraps.  Then your fabric will be ready to go when inspiration comes!!!

As always, thank you for joining us in the hive today! We hope you have a great weekend.