Monday, February 27, 2012

Scrap Fabric Sorting

This is kind of an ongoing process that got a bit away from me...

I really can't be bothered to leave the apartment to go buy baskets to store all of these, so their current home is in the middle of the living room floor.





And, as there is no one to complain about it, there they shall stay for the time being!

But seriously. . . any suggestions? How do you sort / store / use your scraps? Is this a completely futile endeavor?

Happy Stitching,

Kelly

8 comments:

Catskill Quilter said...

Betcha you cannot resist starting a project when your eye catches all those gorgeous colors! I keep most of my scraps in a laundry basket, but I have put "special" scraps - such as every itty bitty piece of Kaffe Fassett -- in ziplock bags in the laundry basket. I keep strips in several shoeboxes - one for 1930's, one for brights, one for batiks etc. Every once in awhile I pull some scraps from the basket and cut them into various sized squares, to be used in a project eventually.

Heather Jones said...

I've begun to try to organize my scraps too, because I think I'll be more likely to use them if they are nice and neat. I bought some clear plastic bins that are 16 quarts, I think, and I've separated them by color. Now, every once in a while, I sort them as they accumulate, and put them in their proper bin. It's kind of a pain, but it's gives me more of a sense of what I have to use in scrappy projects.

Lynn said...

I just had to buy bigger bins to accomodate my scraps. I sort them by color too. Fat quarters are seperate, as is yardage. Bigger scraps are folded and sorted by ROYGBIV and stored on their side. Well, that was probably more than you wanted to know.

Kelly said...

Super helpful, all of you! I think sorting by color is definitely the way to go, and I like the idea of a ziplock for the itty bitty scraps of favorite pieces. I'll post pictures of the final sort, once it's done! :-)

And now I am dying to make a scrap quilt!

Elizabeth said...

I've been thinking about metal baskets to hang on the wall and hold scraps, like this http://www.ballarddesigns.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDetailView?storeId=10052&catalogId=10551&productId=14893&langId=-1&SourceCode=BDSBT1. The colored scraps would still be visible and decorative, in a way.

Jean said...

Go to firehouse subs for lunch, and then buy a few of their pickle buckets. Line them up under your cutting table and throw in the scraps into the correct bucket as you cut.

Mishka said...

Pretty fabric piles. My dog would LOVE them. LOL

When you registered your blog, did you see the Studio Organization in the Learning Center?

http://quiltinggallery.com/learning-center/

Cheers,
Michele

Connie said...

I have my scraps in containers until I am ready to work with a color or two....then they are on the floor. I wouldn't dare leave them out all the time, the kitties would have a field day with them!