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    What do you do with your scraps?

    I think I am a fabric hoarder. (no, I know that I am) I keep all my scraps. Well, I ended up with 2 boxes of them so I cut what I could into 5" charms, then cut the smaller pieces into hex's and kept the strips that were at least an inch. Everything else has gone into a bag to make cat beds. The strips will be sewn together to make more fabric for a scrap quilt. With prices for fabric I hate to throw anything that can be usable somehow away. Am I the only one who does this?

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    Nope..I saveanything. Bigger than an inch and use the pieces for making crumb blocks. Anything smaller goes into dog beds. Fabric is too expensive to waste.
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    They all go in a tubby and when I need applique or just something small, I can usually find it in there. I make scrap quilts too. My DD loves the one I made her for Christmas. Fabric is too expensive to waste.

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    I have a hard time parting with any of my scraps. I was just sorting through them this morning. I have a tub of fabric leftover from projects that I have made that could be used again (maybe 6" or so or bigger) Then I have a tub and a box that I keep pieces smaller than that. These I figure could be used for something sometime...like maryb119 said many times you just need a little something. someday I may get the courage to make a scrappy quilt (I am afraid of all of the different colors and how they will work together that is why I hesitate)

    Once my pieces get to be less than 1" I do pitch them...I don't think I have the patience to make a crumb quilt. But frances yuhas has a point... maybe I can think about pet beds. I don't have a dog but cats need beds too

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    I guess technically, what I do with my scraps is make the pile bigger.

    I saw on this board that someone made a 'crumbs qult'
    I would like to than that person for mentioning it because now I havve a half full box of CRUMBS!
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    I send all my scraps that are at least 4" long and/or 1-1/2" wide to my sister, who makes the most beautiful potholders. Then, I get potholders, which I give away as gifts (after picking out the ones I like best).

    For everything else, I take a yard of muslin, sew it into a bag, then put it into a trash can (like a liner). Anything smaller than what I send to my sister, including trimmings, dog ears, threads, etc., goes into the bag. When it is filled up, I sew up the end, then make a pillowcase cover with snap closures. I give these to friends who have pets, since I don't have any.

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    jenny Doan has a video about pet beds and scraps. You make a pillow case and turn it inside out like when you put a bag into waste basket. you just add your scraps (small itty bitties) until you get the basket case full. Takes a while but then again you have a filled pet bed automatically then just close it up. And it's washable.

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    I just started making a Farmer's Wife Sample Quilt with my small scraps. I am sorting them into color groupings. The blocks for that quilt are 6-inches finished, so there are some tiny pieces needed.
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    I used a lot of my scraps in my queen size Spiderweb (quiltville free pattern )scrap quilt for our bed. I have a 18 inch square box left that will no doubt end up in another scrap quilt. I love scrap quilt!

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    There's a whole site devoted to scraps & how to use them with tons of free patterns:
    http://www.quiltville.com/
    and she has a system for organizing:
    http://quiltville.com/scrapusersystem.shtml
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    I keep anything that can make a 2.5 strip and the rest get tossed.

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    no, not the only one. i've started bonnie hunter's leaders and enders project, although i think it will take me a long time to put a quilt together from the scraps.
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    and here's what #1piecemaker does with her scraps
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/picture...s-t258942.html
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    At one time I would throw them away but since discovering the joys of applique and hexies I keep them in a bin until i can do something with them

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    I don't throw anything away. I keep it all and make something. Cannot part with what I bought. Like Bonnie Hunter says " we paid for those scraps also".
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    Quote Originally Posted by FURBALLS View Post
    I think I am a fabric hoarder. (no, I know that I am) I keep all my scraps. Well, I ended up with 2 boxes of them so I cut what I could into 5" charms, then cut the smaller pieces into hex's and kept the strips that were at least an inch. Everything else has gone into a bag to make cat beds. The strips will be sewn together to make more fabric for a scrap quilt. With prices for fabric I hate to throw anything that can be usable somehow away. Am I the only one who does this?
    Nope! In fact, I do exactly the same thing you do, except I cut different sizes and my pet beds are for the dogs!

    I do pretty much same with batting too, I love using batting scraps in a scrap quilt...it's like getting a quilt for free! And the little bits help add "fluff" to the pet beds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by meyert View Post
    someday I may get the courage to make a scrappy quilt (I am afraid of all of the different colors and how they will work together that is why I hesitate)
    Nooo! Don't be afraid! They're just scraps, after all!

    Try this: when you look into the scrap bin...do you like what you see? Take out anything that looks wrong (or just cut it up smaller!) Once it looks good in the bin...it'll look good in a quilt. Sew fearlessly and with abandon! Worst case scenario? You made a charity quilt out of some scraps that SOMEONE will think is amazing. Ta-daa!

    (And I do mean amazing - I love scrappy quilts and you can just absolutely not do anything wrong with them, in my eyes. Chaos is really beautiful to some of us, your quilt WILL be amazing...just maybe not to you!)

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    Try this: when you look into the scrap bin...do you like what you see? Take out anything that looks wrong (or just cut it up smaller!) Once it looks good in the bin...it'll look good in a quilt.
    Good tip! Will keep this in mind

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    I love making scrap quilts so I use every thing, down to the crumbs.
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    I save anything bigger than two inches to use in a scrap quilt. They are in tubs by color!
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    I have collected about twenty years of scraps. About one month ago I started to sort it all out with serious intention.

    First sorted everything by color groups and then each color in to sizes from fat quarters and eighths, and squares in incremental sizes from 10" down to 2" squares. Any thing that was 15" long I considered a strip and have them sorted by widths from 2" up to 8". I plan to keep them sorted by the colors rather than size so if I need green scraps they will all be in one place.

    I have a long haul till I'm finished and there will be lots of great scrap quilts in the future.
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    I save scraps to 1 1/2" squares to make 9 patch squares. Smaller scraps and trimmings I give to a friend for cat beds.

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    I donate most of my scraps to a SR center in my state. The SR Center is in a rural, very poor area. I'm told that the scraps are well received.
    A quilt is like a good life. It's full of mistakes, but, in the end, it looks pretty good.

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    My scraps are crammed in bags in one unholy mess. I also was given scraps/cut-offs from our kilt maker. Since its Hogmanay I decided I to have a good old rummage amongst the tartan and ended up making these traditional cushion covers and table topper. Had such fun and feeling rather pleased with myself for having such a productive evening. There is a third cushion cover but haven't got pics of it. Name:  image.jpg
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    I save them. Started organizing by size once upon a time. Didn't stick with it.

    I saw an old Kaye Wood show where she just stitched them to each other and kept rolling them up. When the roll was large enough, she could decide how long or wide she wanted the quilt/pillow or whatever and just cut strips from the roll for a very scrappy quilt. I think the scraps were all the same width but different lengths and colors from all her projects. Sorry I don't remember the exact details.

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