A system for keeping scraps
Some of you will consider this sacrilege: I threw out all the fabric in the picture above.
I know there are some quilters out there who keep every piece of scrap fabric no matter how minuscule. I am not here to judge if you have bins filled with every piece of fabric left over from your quilting projects from the last 20 years. That’s just not for me.
My sewing room is already packed full with yardage and works in progress. I don’t need tiny scraps that don’t stack well added to the mix. But I do keep leftover fabric if it meets a few requirements.
Here’s my system for deciding whether to keep or pitch fabric scraps.
- Anything over half-a-yard stays in my stash.
- If the fabric is less than half-a-yard, I cut it down to a quarter yard and put it with my collection of fat quarters.
- Scraps smaller than a quarter yard get cut into 5-inch squares.
- Anything smaller than a 5-inch square is thrown out.
So far I’ve got two shoebox-sized plastic bins filled with five inch squares. One is just Christmas fabric. I use them when I teach quilting for students to practice sewing quarter-inch seams on, turn them into doll quilts for charity, and occasionally make a block or two out of them for a scrap quilt.
What’s your system for keeping scraps?