Welcome to the next-to-last stop on our National Craft Month blog hop. Be sure to see our giveaway at the end of this post.
Ed note: Betty @bellsouth is the winner!
I swear, fabric scraps from my quilt projects seem to multiply at night in my sewing room. And what isn’t home grown, I’ve adopted: I’m a sucker for a fabric scrap bag found at a yard sale or thrift shop—especially if it’s vintage fabric. Those ‘30s and ‘40s novelty prints and tiny florals just call to me.
I used to keep all my scraps in one big bin. It was fun to poke around and find just the right pieces for a fabric collage or pillow project. But as I’ve moved on to bigger quilts, the scrap piles have grown, too. So I devised a storage system.
First, I purchased some storage baskets and sorted the scraps by color. Reds and pinks; blues (I have a ton of those); yellows and browns; oranges; greens; black and gray; white and other light neutrals.
That worked for a while, but I realized I needed to break it down further. So I separated solids from prints and vintage from new, because the hand of each is different and they don’t always play well together.
I also got myself a fancy scrap caddy. That makes it easy to contain the scraps as I work on a project, and I’m more inclined to quickly sort them into the bins when the caddy is full.
Now I just have to find the perfect scrap quilt pattern to use them in.
Here are a few more tips on organizing and storing your scraps:
Sort the fabrics by size and shape. Make separate piles of thin, strip-like pieces, chunky pieces, and smaller bits. Sorting the fabric by shape is helpful when you try to match a pattern to your scrap stash.
If you’re working on a quilt that requires small squares or triangles, start with the small-piece pile and move to the larger pieces next. Going through the small pieces first ensures that you’ll use more of your scraps and keeps the scrap bin from getting too out of control.
If you use mostly solids in your quilts, you will have a large bin of solid fabrics. If you want a lot of color control, you may want to separate all the fabrics that read as a color by creating a bin for greens, one for reds, one for purples, and so on.
Separating fabric scraps (or your stash) by color allows you to see what you have a lot of and what colors you need more of. It also makes it easier to see if your fabrics contain a wide variety of values, or if you need more darks, lights, etc.
Clear or translucent bins allow you to see what you have inside and help keep pests out of your stash. However, some people prefer fabric-lined baskets, wire bins, or even open laundry baskets for easy access.
The best way to keep your scraps under control is to make them into scrap quilts! Famed quilter and teacher Bonnie Hunter is a pro at showing you how to save, store, and use your fabric scraps to their fullest potential.
And now, for our giveaway! Leave a comment below with your best fabric scrap tip. On Friday, April 1, we’ll choose a winner to receive one of our Fat Quarter Grab Bag Surprise packs.
This giveaway is now closed.
Did you miss any of the other blog hop stops? Check them out now:
Monday March 7, – Sew News
Thursday, March 10 – Beading Daily
Monday, March 14 – Fons & Porter
Tuesday March 15 – Quiltmaker
Thursday March 17 – Sew Daily
Monday, March. 21 – Crochet Me
Wednesday March,23 – Knitting Daily
Thursday March 24, – Martha Pullen
Tuesday, March 29 – Creative Machine Embroidery
Wednesday March 30 – Keepsake Quilting
Thursday, March 31 – McCalls Quilting
Good luck and Happy Quilting!