Looking for ideas on how to sort and store my fabric scraps.
I have lots and lots of scraps that end up getting stacked here and stacked there with no organization of any kind.
If I have smaller pieces left from a bolt I tend to cut them in to fat eights or fat quarters but I also have lots of scraps that can't be cut in to that.
So, how does everyone sort and store their scraps? Do you go by color? Season? Novelty? etc... and if you go by color do you take the main fabric color? Or do you use the one that pops out of the print?
Just looking for some ideas on what to do and how to store mine since they are currently a giant mess. Just today I was looking through a pile of scraps and I was like "wow! I didn't know I had this!" ugh... So, any thoughts?
Thanks in advance as always to my fellow quilters/sewers, your advice and ideas are always appreciated.
I know Mittsy's group cuts scraps into block sizes and stores them in labeled clear boxes. 2 inch squares, 3 inch etc. I store my scraps by "general color". IF the shoe box size boxes are not very full, I stack them without lids and put a index card attached to top only. Then I can stack on top of each other and get more in a space without losing the "sorted" benefit.
I like those three drawer plastic drawer units, about 12" wide and deep. I have a drawer for blues, one for reds, then greens, brown/beiges, pinks, purple/lavender also yellow ...and there are those I can't decide which drawer, so they go in a drawer. I have some clear shoe boxes for some colors I don't have many scraps of, like blacks and orange and such. Now smaller scraps, I cut leftovers into 2" and 2 1/2" strips and they just get a box of their own...going to do another strip piecing quiltlet (kid size quilt to donate) with them one day. For the front of the drawers, I have stip pieced a rectangle of some of the assorted prints in that drawer...I've been thinking I don't like that much and maybe I'd like to make some fabric flowers, maybe yo=yo's they would look more fun.
This is a good topic, looking forward to some more hints.
I started at one point waaaaay back to cut them in to charms, 2", 3" etc... but then it just seems like I am sitting cutting and cutting and cutting and I'm not getting any where making stuff. So, that's when I started only doing the fat eights and the fat quarters. And yes, I do iron them all nice and put them away. But, I have such a disaster with the leftover pieces that I am just at a point where I could scream. That's why I so desperately need those ideas from everyone.
At one point I was thinking of getting one of those color wheels just to figure out how to organize things by color.
A good friend of mine, who had an obligation that kept her on the phone A LOT, invested in an ear piece and would cut out the squares while on the phone. It was a win-win, she could keep her hands busy while on the phone and all those squares got cut. We were using donated scraps so we didn't have the luxury of cutting in anything as big as fat quarters. We initially would sort all the garbage bags full of scraps into piles by colors. THEN we would do the cutting, one quilt at a time. We made some very pretty bright baby quilts. I'll have to ask Holly if she has any pictures I can share of those quilts.
Pat did you have any particular sizes you were cutting your scraps in to? I mean are there any that get used over and over, size wise. And when you sorted your colors did you go by the main color of the fabric or by the color that popped out of the fabric? Just curious as to what you and Holly did.
No, at this point I was just cutting into the "biggest blocks" I could get generally. We used a lot of 2.5 inch. We sorted by "theme" I guess you could say. We sorted in "general" and then resorted if the piles were overly big. We had been given 6 garbage bags full of fabric scraps. Generally the biggest block we could cut was 5 inch!
I have a pile of clear plastic "shoe box" size containers. I cut my left overs into strips - the largest I can get from a strip. I then store them by width of strip only. Over 6" I fold and put into a fat qtr container. The narrowest I keep is 2". Smaller than that I take to my quilt group for those who like the small pieces
Amazing how often I go to those containers to get "something I need" for a project I'm working on. The other day I got enough to bind a quilt.
Also great if you decide to make a log cabin. And I'm thinking I can pull out all sorts of 2 1/2" strips to make a really crazy Jelly Roll quilt like Barb's. Since it is so COLD out, I may just do that today!!!!
Good idea, Jean! I was thinking those Jelly Roll quilts would be good to use up those 'what was I thinking when I bought this' fabrics... or some of the stuff I've gotten from Ebay in lot goods... although I think I would cut the WOF in half to mix up the patterns more. Someone suggested this in the other house, maybe Jean? Even those leftover strips could be just stitched together, end to end, then straightened (or not) and finished the same way... That way some of the 'leftovers' wouldn't have to be stored, just accumulating in a basket for a quick quilt...
I still I'd like the quilt better "framed" with a couple of borders. Simply binding the strips looks unfinished to me. Another thread here somewhere, SOMEONE, did a JR quilt for donation and added a couple of leaves that were appliqued on. I can't remember who!!! Anybody help me out with a link?
At the end of my quilt top sewing, I've been rolling my strips (all the same in one roll) and rubberbanding the roll, then putting them in shoe boxes labled with the sizes. When I was cutting my 12" denims recently, for a couple of rag quilts soon to be started, I cut the remainders into 8", 6.5", and 4.5" blocks. The remaining pieces went into a bag for Thunder's
project or the trash bag. Gotta somehow do the same with the pieces from past Qs that are willy-nilly in boxes now. I also have several sections of scraps that have been sewn together, then squared, then added to and squared, etc. that includes practice squares and oopses. Some of these have already made it to dog crate covers and dog beds. I've wed several togther. And yet other scraps went into my charm quilt from another thread swap. If I can keep up making the squares and strip rolls and filing them after each project, I should have a pretty good library and some order.
well you guys don't come to visit - I am all alone - - - -
do have DD's Perhaps I can handle 6/6.or 8/4. I am keeping my Apt. it is lovely here. 3BR/3B Have it for 26 yrs.
Draw back this summer there will be no store on LBK. Publix is closing to enlarge for 6- 8 mo. and that is the only bodily need supply place here.No McD's No anything else...Do have Pharm.
Sunny yes, but cold -man it is cold today. I am asking myself how will I manage in NJ???
The other thing I was thinking maybe a red and white block swap? After seeing those 600 + on display last year in NYC.
I do want to come back on track.
I do press seams open when making bindings, either on bias or WOF and bias seam for both. Not sure if this is correct but being the seams are not straight I figure it is nice and flat to hand sew.
It's ok - marion, - you have your hands full and than some.