Tuesday, 24 September 2013


Yesterday I got the urge to sort through my unsorted scraps and I thought you might like to see how I sort my scraps (cause I love that sort of thing!).  I keep a shoebox next to my cutting table where I pile all of my scraps as I work.  In theory I plan to sort it every time it gets full.

In theory that is a good plan :)  See that shoe box right there?  The one that is 2/3 full.  This is after 45 minutes of sorting and pressing.  All of those piles covering the rest of the table?  They started inside the box.  It was a little overfull LOL.

On the far right is a pile of snips/crumbs.  Basically anything that cannot be cut into a 2 1/2" square.  This is the second pile.  I put the first pile into it's proper storage box when it threatened to topple.  To the left of that is a pile of strips smaller than 2 1/2 " wide.  And to the left of that is a pile of large scraps.  I would say larger than about 5" goes here.

Bottom right corner (pink mushrooms) is a pile to be cut into 2 1/2" squares for Bits and Pieces II.  Above that is 2 1/2" (or wider) strips for scrappy bindings.  The polka dot is a reference fabric for a blanket I'm making and the pile on top of my ruler is scraps that will work in that blanket.  Bottom center is larger than 2 1/2" but smaller than 5".  These will be cut into 3" and 3 1/2" squares.

And there you have it.  A little random scrap adventure for your Tuesday morning.  I would love to read about your scrap sorting/hoarding/storing strategies.  Leave a link in a comment if you have a related post and I will surely stop by :)

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  1. I set aside a scrap week every once and a while and just sew with scraps. Made a whole improv top or back one time that way.

  2. Wow! That is truly inspiring. Great job with the scrap sorting.

  3. So what happens after sorting? Boxes? Drawers? Do they stay so prettily pressed?

  4. that's a lot of scraps! sounds like a good plan for sorting! I have no such plan. I just improv away...

    :) Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

  5. That is a lot of bits and pieces!! Such beautiful pieces they are. Plan....what plan?

  6. My scraps are only organized by colour and even that is loosely so. They are in two plastic three drawer towers. I have smaller bits in a box that my 9mo baby keeps gravitating towards. Maybe I should do a scrap post as I simply love scraps and join most scrap swaps I can find :) I often use my scraps more often than my stash.