Wednesday, 10 January 2018

JANUARY STUDIO TOUR: Tips for Sorting Your Fabric Scraps

Well, another new year has begun. All the Christmas decorations are put away, the turkey leftovers are eaten, and life has fallen back into a regular routine. This is the time of year that I like to tidy my studio and get it ready for the days ahead. It's also the perfect time to purge some of my scrap fabrics and get them ready for scrap quilts.

When I first started sorting scraps, I wasn't quite sure what to do with them. I now follow a few simple rules I learned along the way.


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1.  Have a scrap fabric basket under your sewing table at all times.

quilt scraps bucket

2.  I consider anything smaller than a Fat Eighth (9" x 21") a scrap.

3.  Cut scraps in various sized squares. I cut an assortment of squares in the
following sizes:  1-1/2 inch, 2 inches, 2-1/2 inch, 3-1/2 inch, and 5 inches.

4.  You'll be amazed at how fast your square supply grows. Keep your squares in a storage container.

quilt scraps in container

5. Keep leftover fabric strips to use for string quilts. I store these in a container from the dollar store.
quilt strip scraps container

Get this FREE mini quilt pattern. Start using up your quilt scraps with this easy pattern.

Download the FREE PDF pattern HERE

Free scrap quilt pattern with post

Below are a few scrap fabric quilt projects.

doll quilt made from 2 inch scraps
Doll quilt made from 2-inch scraps

crazy quilt pillows from fabric scraps
Crazy quilt pillows from fabric scraps

string quilt in progress
String quilt (a work in progress)

scrap quilt-01
Scrap quilt top from neutral and multicolour scraps.

scrap quilt-02
Scrap quilt of Wonky Log Cabin block using very thin strips.

pillow using quilt scraps
Pillow using my Krazy Kite quilt block pattern

Here are some excellent sources that really helped me get my scraps organized.

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