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by , 11-13-2011 at 12:44 PM (948 Views)
I'm working on reducing my scrap mess. If you are anything like me, it's hard to throw away any little piece of scrap fabric. I get to thinking that I could use that small piece for an applique project or for paper piecing. But, really, how many small scraps from my two laundry baskets full am I going to use like that? It's time to organize and get rid of some of these. So, I'm starting the "Scrap Therapy" program.
There are various patterns available for Scrap Therapy ranging from bags and notion organizers to full size quilts. I have been working for a while going through all of my scrap pieces and cutting them to standardized sizes according to the program. It seems to be taking FOREVER! There's only so many hours a day that I can sit there and cut.
But, I think it will be worth it. I am halfway through one of my baskets. I have an organized bin of pieces sorted between light, dark, and Christmas fabrics. The clutter reduction is well worth it already.
I can't wait to get all of my pieces sorted and chosen for my new scrappy quilt! I also can't wait to get all the scraps in my sewing room used up. I guess it's a great way to do a fabric diet too.
Happy cutting!
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  1. Lv2sew2011's Avatar
    LOL, I've been cutting mine in blocks, if they wont cut into a block or good size strip, I'm throwing them away! I'm getting too many of them. So I know the feeling, good luck with your Organizing...LOL
  2. rusty quilter's Avatar
    I look at my scraps and think about how much more time it will take to cut something out--one piece at a time to use them up. Then, I put them away and decide for now at least...I am using bigger pieces!
  3. trolleystation's Avatar
    I am the world's worst procrastinator. I am recovering from ankle surgery and cannot get into the sewing room in my basement.
    But I do have grand ideas of sorting out and using my scraps. I love scrappy. I have been very good about not buying any thing for the 18 months. About three more weeks and I can get sewing again. Cannnot wait....
  4. carolynjo's Avatar
    I can relate to not throwing away scraps. I inherited some of my mother's as well a some of my grandmother's. I have just completed blocks for a queen size quilt from some of the scraps and have several more planned, thanks to Bonnie Hunter. Keep working on them; maybe we can all reduce our stash this year.
  5. Bearpawquilter's Avatar
    Here's what I have been doing with them lately. Slice a 2 1/2" strip if big enough. Then cut into squares starting at 5" depending on size of scrap. I have empty mayo jars on a shelf marked from 5" down to 1 1/2" by half inch increments where I keep them.

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