Happy Friday! Lots of sorting and organizing has been going on over here (not so much sewing, though; however, I plan to remedy that this weekend! Here are the next two steps in the organizing plan–don’t worry if you’re behind–I really hope that everyone will follow along at their own pace…I just thought it would be helpful if I got all of the posts out in a shorter amount of time.
I’ve had to switch up a lot of things in my sewing room to accommodate the new cutting table, and I still need to rearrange a few things (the Butterfly quilt will be moved so it’s not half-hidden behind the bookcase). I actually had nearly all of my fabric in another room, and I haven’t brought anything back in that doesn’t have a designated spot.
Day Nine: Tackle Scrap Storage
Today is the day you’ll make a plan for your scrap storage. If you honestly don’t quilt with your scraps, you can sell or donate them: many people appreciate playing with scraps, and there is no reason they should go to waste.
Ideally, I try to cut up leftovers from current projects into scraps while I’m cutting out my main project. When I’m able to do this it saves a lot of time. Of course, I haven’t always followed this advice, so I have a little backlog…but I store project left-overs in separate plastic bags in a large storage bin and try to cut up a bag or two each Saturday.
I also have a “scrap basket” of miscellaneous fabrics I need to deal with. When it’s full I take an afternoon and cut the fabrics into the categories listed below.
I stack pieces of fabric ranging from fat quarter size to under ½ yard on my shelves by color. Once I’ve opened a fat quarter bundle I move all of the unused fat quarters or partially used pieces to the shelves. If something is ⅛ yard or less, then I cut it into scraps.
I store scraps in plastic bins by size. When I get a lot of one particular size I sometimes will separate into a “warm” color bin and a “cool” color bin.
Here are the types of scraps I store:
- 2 ½″ squares
- 3 ½″ squares
- 5″ squares
- 1 ½″ strips
- 2 ½″ strips
Make a list of bins or containers you might need for scrap storage, but don’t buy anything yet. If you need to keep things together you can use plastic zipper storage bags temporarily…they can always be re-used.
Sometimes I do keep scraps by a certain designer together. I keep Fig Tree fabric scraps together for scrappy Fig Tree quilts…I just love the way Joanna’s collections play together…and I do the same thing for Bonnie & Camille fabrics and Minick & Simpson fabrics. It just seems to make sense for those collections. Everything else gets thrown together, though!
Day Ten: “Move in” Day
Today you can start organizing the fabric in your sewing room! Follow the plan you made for Day 8, and have fun! Don’t forget to plan for spaces for bins for your scraps.
I’m not going to list a lot of details for this project…just start moving all of those fabrics back where you want them to go!
Then…do some sewing…you’re half-way finished, and you deserve a break! Just a preview… we still have some other fabric related items to talk about (we haven’t even talked about kits yet), but we’ll also be working on patterns, magazines, and books next week!
Happy Weekend! And thanks so much for stopping by and for all of the support for this series!