In case you didn’t notice the button in the sidebar, I wanted to introduce you all to the Quilt Qwazy Queens blog hop hosted by Marian of Seams to Be Sew. This hop is to celebrate WorldWide Quilting Day which is March 18th.
Here’s the complete line up. Now, keep in mind that there are LOTS of give-a-ways (thanks to Marian). Many are good for just that day, so make sure to go visit the blogs on their specific day for a chance to win some really awesome prizes!
Also the blog host Marian was able to arrange for an amazing coupon for everyone! Who wants 30% off of EQ items?
Promo code: EQHOP2017
The code is good from 3/16/2017 to 3/27/2017
Exclusions: Electric Quilt 7, EQ7 Migration Kit, Upgrade from EQ Mini to EQ7, EQ Mini Migration Kit, EQ Academy classes, and EQ University classes.
Today is my day and I’m going to share with you my organization system for scraps and small pre-cuts. For those of you who don’t know me, here’s a few things to keep in mind – I don’t like throwing away even the smallest of scraps and I prefer reusing/upcycling over buying something if something else will work just fine. With that in mind, let me show you my *ahem* system.
Anytime I pull fabric off my shelves and there’s less than a F8th-ish left, it’ll get shoved into one of these drawers. The top drawer is for the bigger pieces and the bottom drawer is for smaller pieces.
However, I wanted a better way to keep squares and rectangles that are in typical precut sizes and more. Instead of rushing out to the store and buying plastic storage containers, I looked around my house and found more plastic empty baby wipe containers than I care to count (my little girl likes to use them for her toys). Currently I have 6 of them that I’m using for this purpose. These are just the right size for the short shelf under my cutting table and I can fit them 2 deep. Other that the baby wipe containers, I use 2 plastic shoe storage containers and 1 of those Sterilite containers designed to hold Christmas ornaments (you’ll understand once I get to it).
Once I get into the groove and mood to cut the scraps down, I’ll start with the largest size scrap I can fit and work my way down. I have a baby wipe container for just 2″ squares and another for 2.5″ squares. There’s another baby wipe container for the 3.5″x6.5″ bars. Another holds strips that are 2.5″ wide by varying lengths. The 5th baby wipe container holds triangle bits that were scraps from making HST’s, Flying Geese blocks and similar. And the last baby wipe container holds random cuts that I need to sort into the bins.
The 2 plastic shoe boxes hold 5″, 6″ & 6.5″ squares. As you can see they’re perfect for the 5″ and 6″ but a bit too small for the 6.5″ squares to lay flat.
The most recent discovery was the Sterilite container used for holding Christmas ornaments in their individual little compartments thanks to my dear hubby. He buys me random storage containers when he spies them on sale because with all the various crafts and things that me and my little girl collect, he knows they’ll be put to good use. He got me 1 of these when they were on sale for under $3 from Wal-Mart after Christmas.
While I was working on wonky, improv log cabin blocks for the Deer Head Silhouette quilt I’m making, I needed to put the strips away for a bit to work on other things. I spied one of those containers hubby bought me. It’s perfect for strips! If you cut strips, or work with fabric strips a lot, you may want to consider getting one of these. I actually had hubby go back and get me the rest (there was only 2 more) once I thought about using it for fabric strips. My plan is to sort the strips I have in the baby wipe container into another of these, sorted by length when the stars align and I have time, the energy and actually think about it. 😉
To make matters worse, I won’t throw away even the smallest bits. Why not you ask? These leftover odd bits and bobbles that are either too small for paper piecing or the micro piecing I love get saved along with thread scraps in a container. They are either given to a lady in our guild who uses them as stuffing for pillows for the homeless or I’ll use them to stuff various sewn or crochet toys and whatnots.
Sometimes I’ll cut scraps right away, and other times I’ll wait until I cannot shut my scrap drawers anymore. LOL I have no rhyme or reason for the when part of my system, other than when I feel like it. Sometimes I won’t cut them smaller at all because I do a lot of paper-piecing and most paper piecing involves odd, unusual shaped pieces.
Considering that I’ll sew and quilt with all different kinds of fabrics, I don’t just have cotton scraps. However, I do save them all the same and stored together with one exception. Scrap knit / t-shirt material. When I end up with a t-shirt that I’ve used the image off the front and have no need for the rest of the shirt, instead of leaving it lying around awaiting another knit project, I’ll do 1 of 2 things. I’ll cut it up into 5″ squares that I turn into a patchwork fabric (when I have a decent sized pile) that I use to make my little girl clothes or stuffed toys from, or I’ll cut it into strips that I then add to my growing t-shirt material “yarn” balls that I use to make reusable shopping totes and other crochet items with. I tried to find my most recent t-shirt yarn ball but considering the state of my craft area right now it was a lost cause… Oh well.
Since you’ve stuck with me this far, here’s the awesome give-a-ways that I have to share with you for today only! 🙂
The first give-a-way is sponsored by Northcott Fabrics and is for 3 Fat Quarters From The Garden Gate Collection
I’m curious, what do you do with your scraps?