Although I'd almost always rather be sewing than sorting and organizing, I've
come to realize the value of slowing down and taking time to get things better organized so that when I do get to sew my time can be used more effectively.
Last fall I made a scrappy red and green sampler quilt and had a sizeable amount of left overs that I kept meaning to organize (you can see a full post about this quilt here).
For nearly a year, the left over fabrics sat in a box labeled "Red & Green." Some of the pieces were small, but quite a few were pretty good sized, so I knew if I could get them all organized I'd have the beginning of a stash for a new project or two.
Here are 5 tips for organizing and storing those quilting and sewing project left overs you might have sitting around in bins or bags
5 Tips for Organizing and Storing
Project Left Overs
1. Keep project fabrics together in a container until you're finished with it.This really helps a lot...for one thing you'll be able to find everything easily while you're still working on the project, and it also makes it easy to get everything organized when you're finished.
2. Decide whether project left overs will stay together for future projects in the same color story or if you'll move left overs into storage with your other scraps.With this weeks red and green box I knew I wanted to keep the fabrics together for future red and green projects (Christmas is right around the corner after all)! But most times I simply cut the left overs up and add them to my general scrap bins according to size.
3. Cut the scraps into your most commonly used sizes.I love having 2 1/2" strips because they can be used for many different strip quilt projects and can also be easily cut into 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" squares if needed. I also like to save 5" strips and 5" squares, 1 1/2" strips, and 3" x 3" squares. (See this post for more information on the method I use to cut and store scraps).
I cut my red and green project scraps into 5" strips, 2 1/2" strips, 1 1/2" strips, and 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" squares. There were some neutral fabrics along with the reds and greens in my project box--I cut those into 2 1/2" strips and squares and added them to my low-volume strip/square box.
4. Find a container to store your fabrics in.Choose a container that will accommodate any future fabrics you plan to add to this storage group. I used a 12 x 12 project box because I plan on adding quite a bit to this collection.
5. Label, label, label!I think adding a label is one of the most important parts of organizing and storage. My label maker is one of the best tools I've purchased for my sewing room...it helps me find things without a lot of wasted time. For this project, I used the original box the fabric was stored in, and it was already labeled. Most of the time I'm printing out a new label, though!
While I was in the organizing mood I cut a bunch of 2 1/2" strips from the two most recent Denyse Schmidt collections I've purchased and added the strips to a box of strips from some of her older collections.
These are now ready for a new strip pieced project I have in mind.
Finally...my friend Jodie at Fort Worth Fabric Studio is having a sale through today only with 20% off all in-stock Moda with the code 20MODA.
Thanks so much for stopping by!