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Thread: I need scrap storage/organization ideas!!

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    Super Member ginnie6's Avatar
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    for extremely small spaces! I'm collecting lots of scraps (to me) and I need to know how to organize them! Space is very very very limited too. Thank you!

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    If they are very small, I would put them all together.

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    I started out storing my scraps by color in plastic shoe boxes, putting some colors together, pinks, reds,and yellows and oranges with browns, blues and greens by themselves. I have now graduated to big totes. They multiply at night ya know??

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    Cut them up into usable sizes and you will use them.
    I like 5 inch charm size and 2 1/2 inch strips.

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    Go to this website:
    www.scrap-therapy. com/
    I took a Scrap Therapy workshop at my LQS, since ...... like you ...... I was beginning to feel like my fabric stash was out of control! Basically, what you do is sort your stash by color value: dark, light medium. Any large pieces of fabric (like fat quarter size) are neatly folded and put into separate storage. I happen to use a pie safe for my FQs because the shelves are narrow and it works for me. Now the Scrap Therapy comes in: Scraps smaller than FQ size are then cut into 5", 3 1/2" and 2" squares and neatly placed in shoe box sized plastic bins, according to color value (See the photo on the website). I bought my plastic shoe box bins at the dollar store. These shoe boxes stack well and occupy little space. And you'll be surprized at how many fabric squares they hold, if you arrange the squares as shown in the photo. There are alot of patterns out that call for charm packs ...... well, guess what? You now have your own little stash of charm packs/pre cut5" square. Now, if you sew the 2" blocks into a four patch block, guess what? It will be a 3 1/2" block. You can alternate the four patch blocks with your pre-cut 3 1/2" squares and, voila, you'll have a beautiful scrappy quilt! Now, if you take those 2" squares and sew them into a nine patch block, guess what? You will end up with a 5" square. Again, you can alternate those nine patch blocks with your pre cut 5" squares and, voila, you'll have a wonderful scrappy quilt! I happen to love scrappy quilts, so this works well for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rose Marie
    Cut them up into usable sizes and you will use them.
    I like 5 inch charm size and 2 1/2 inch strips.
    Yes I agree. Even 3 1/2 in. squares. Whatever you think you will use so they don't take over. :lol:

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    My Hubby put up on the wall of my sewing room a couple of the wooden shoe box cubbies that you can get a home builder stores. They have about 16 slots each for lots of scraps. They're out of the way, up high on the wall yet I can see into them easily for sorting and finding colors.

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    Another way... I work with a lot of fabrics with my crafts and have leaned to cut and trim my scraps as I go. Then I sort them into large baggies that I have marked for 1", 2.5", 4" whatever. Then when I need that size, I go to the bag and find the color I want.

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    Ginnie,

    I'm glad you asked this question! I'm new, too, and picked up some great ideas from the responses!

    Sharon

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    Quote Originally Posted by nannya54
    Another way... I work with a lot of fabrics with my crafts and have leaned to cut and trim my scraps as I go. Then I sort them into large baggies that I have marked for 1", 2.5", 4" whatever. Then when I need that size, I go to the bag and find the color I want.
    Great idea.

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