My fabric scraps have been getting out of control! I am a bit embarrassed to admit that I had five years worth of unsorted fabric scraps in a large tub. A few weeks ago I sorted the scraps by colour into a stack of shoebox sized containers. The smaller tubs were soon overflowing and I was in an even bigger mess. Inspired by Lori Holt’s method for scrap organisation, I cut the scraps into squares and strips. Lori always makes the sweetest projects from her scraps and it will save me time if I have a stack of pre-cuts ready when inspiration strikes!
If you follow us on instagram, you will know that I set up a fabric cutting station in my laundry last week. Whenever I had a spare moment, I popped into the laundry and pressed, cut and sorted some of my fabric remnants. I found I had some ugly fabrics that I no longer wanted, as well as loads of scraps that are really too small to use (i.e. less 1 inch or less). I busily cut and sorted them into stackable shoe box sized containers in the following sizes:
- 1 1/2 inch squares and strips
- 2 1/2 inch squares and strips
- 3 1/2 inch squares and strips
- 5 inch squares
I generally keep anything bigger than 10 x 10 in with my fat quarters which are all sorted by colour. Before long I had most of the scraps sorted. The scraps now take up a lot less room and will be better utilised. I am planning on using some of the fabrics in Christmas gifts.
I have always wanted to make a postage stamp quilt. I had a large pile of 1 1/2 inch squares but wasn’t sure if they would be too small for a quilt. I gathered the pink, grey, and low volume prints, and stitched them together in 8 rows of 8, to make a Postage Stamp Pot Holder. It came together quickly as all the cutting was done. I sandwich the pot holder top together with batting and insul-brite and quilted it in a grid pattern. I found some left over binding to finish it off.
It was a quick project that was completed one evening after work. If I make a postage stamp quilt I will use slightly larger squares – probably 2 1/2 inch. The 1 1/2 inch squares were perfect for a pot holder. I have loads more 1 1/2 inch squares so there may be more pot holders in my future.
I would be interested to know how you store/sort your scraps. Do you have any scrappy projects planned?