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10 Jan 2018

Tips for Sorting Your Fabric Scraps: Part 1


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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.

TIPS FOR SORTING FABRIC SCRAPS 

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 for nine-patch blocks in the following sizes: 5", 2¾",  2", and 1½". 

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 this container from the dollar store.

quilt strip scraps container

CHECKER BOARD SCRAPPY MINI QUILT PATTERN

Download the FREE PDF pattern HERE


Free scrap quilt pattern with post

BELOW ARE A FEW OF MY SCRAP QUILT PROJECTS 

  

HERE ARE SOME EXCELLENT SOURCES THAT HELPED ME GET MY SCRAPS ORGANIZED 

2 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing your knowledge and experience. I appreciate it so much. All the best.

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  2. AnonymousMay 18, 2022

    Thanks for all the help.

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