I previously posted some ideas on sorting and organizing your scraps a while
back (find that post here), but I thought I might be able to share some more specifics by devoting a full post with plenty of photos to the topic.
I generally keep all of the bits and pieces from a project together until it's completed. Then I try to sort through the left overs as soon as possible to integrate them into my scrap bins. Sometimes it's tempting to keep them together as a collection because I think, "Oh, I could make a table runner or a pillow out of these scraps." But really, I love my scraps best when they're mixed with other scraps!
I do keep certain scraps together: for instance, I store Christmas scraps together, Minick & Simpson scraps together, Bonnie & Camille scraps together, and Fig Tree Scraps together. Even though I made a king-size scrap quilt and a full size scrap quilt using my Fig Tree scraps last year, they just keep multiplying because I still do quite a bit of sewing for Joanna.
I hadn't yet gone through my scrap bins of Farmhouse and Strawberry Fields Revisited since sewing several quilts with both collections for the Minneapolis and Houston quilt markets. So my task the other day was to go through those bins!
I decided to choose just a few categories:
- 1 1/2" strips
- 2" strips
- 2 1/2" strips
- 2 1/2" squares
- 5" strips
- 5" squares
- Larger pieces
It really is amazing how many wonderful pieces you can cut from the scraps from a project or two!
Next I divide the cut scraps into labeled bins. While it might initially seem like you are using more containers to store your scraps by the different sizes...these containers will eventually fill up and leave me with empty containers to spare.
I was able to complete my Farmhouse and Strawberry Fields Revisited scrap sorting, cutting and storing in just a couple of hours. Now I need to go back and go through some older Fig Tree collections that haven't been sorted and add them into the bins.
Something else I thought I could share today is how I also have been organizing the solids I use all the time. Moda Bella 9900-97 is my go-to off-white background fabric. I use it constantly and keep left-overs in a plastic drawer. I also have a separate drawer for Moda Bella Ivory 9900-60 which is my go-to creamy background. Normally I try to cut pieces from these scrap drawers before cutting yardage off of the bolt.
But there are some pieces I use over and over again...so the last time I had a bigger scrap, I cut it into 2 1/2" by width of fabric strips. These are now in a separate drawer, and I hope that by having these pre-cut I'll save a lot of time in the future!
I hope some of these scrap organization tips will help you get ready to quilt your stash this year!
Thanks so much for stopping by!