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    I do make scrap quilts, so I save all small pieces. The really small ones are great for string quilts-which I love. When the blocks are finished and have been trimmed up, I save the tiny pieces in a bucket on my sewing table. I use these to make toys for my dogs. Use an old sock or knee high, stuff scraps into it to your desired size, tie a knot and you have a toy for the dog(s). I make them of varied sizes and stuffieness and my dogs love them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PaperPrincess
    I've taken the very small pieces and the 1/8 - 1/4" spagetti strips and put them in a box. I took my extra heavy duty chenille scissors and snipped them up even smaller (while watching tv). Just stuck the scissors in the box & snipped. I took the confetti & used it as mulch around my perennials. 100% cotton is biodegradeable. I know that the colors will fade in the sun, but it looks like it's doing a good job as mulch and looks so pretty.
    what an idea, I love it

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    I keep only 2 inch squares or larger or strips wider than 1 1/2 inches. Anything odd shaped ,scrap batting or thread gets collected by our guild to make dog beds for the humane society.

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    I save everything. Right now I have 2 large Rubbermaid totes of unsorted scraps. When I get around to sorting I will decide what to keep. But I won't throw anything away. There is always someone who wants crumbs, even selvages, so I will give them away. If I can't find anyone who wants them, they will go in the compost bin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by klc
    Yep! I keep everything! The little pieces come in handy for applique.
    Yeap my too. I have a very large tote I just throw all the scraps in and they come in very handy down the road. :thumbup:

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    Have you tried "bottom line" thread? It is really thin like silk. It would be awsome for these small quilts.

    Quote Originally Posted by noveltyjunkie
    My whole stash would be junk to some of you! I mostly only buy FQs and I keep three different bags of leftovers, the smallest of which might be 1 inch by half an inch. I use them for making things for our dolls house. The dolls have some really great scappies- 50% of the weight in them would be thread!

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    This is too funny.

    I just spent a few days cutting scraps into 2 1/2" and 3" squares and strips. I started with a few large grocery bags. I now have 2 full ziplock bags with the squares and a few grocery bags full of the too small pieces. I have sorted but not cut the strips yet as I was doing this at someone else's home.

    All the scraps go to our local Humane Society for pet bedding.

    However, after doing all this and hardly making a dent in the fabric, or so it seems. My new pledge is noting less that 3" ... and bigger is preferred.

    I'll donate the rest of the sizable pieces to one of my quilting groups for others to use.

    I, hopefully, will be making the squares and strips as I go from now on. Notice I said 'hopefully.'

    ali

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    Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

    That's my story and I'm sticking to it. Just don't even think of disposing of any thing in MY sewing junk..sorry, sewing stuff.

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    I wanna come over and play!!! Lol



    Quote Originally Posted by gaigai
    I am not a scrap quilter, so I don't keep anything smaller than a half yard (and probably shouldn't keep those). I tend to buy a minimum of three yards of anything, and if I like the fabric a lot, I'll buy the whole bolt.

    Anything smaller than an 1/2 yard goes into a big tub of scraps that I seldom look at.

    I also have a lot of FQ's, but I've stopped buying them because I don't think I've ever used any. (And please, no pm's asking to me to sell/donate etc)

    My rationale now is that they are BAIT!! A certain friend of mine here on the board, loves scrappy quilts. When she was here recently, I let her go through and take what she wanted. We shipped a 23 lb. box home to her. So the rest are BAIT to entice her to come back and play! LOL

    Well back on subject- everyon is different in what they want or can use. I'm a scrappy quilter and I love crumb quilts. So anything smaller than 1inch half sq is trash ( or stuffing).... And selvages I do not keep either...

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    I keep and use everything that is 1.5" square and larger. I do not however keep selvages. I have to draw the line somewhere, LOL!

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    I keep everything. If it is not big enough for applique or another project I stuff a pillow with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blueangel
    Sometimes I keep the scraps for stuffing a pillow.
    Me too, I make fur baby's beds, even put the thread pieces in :shock:

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    What a clever idea!! I just might try it.
    Quote Originally Posted by PaperPrincess
    I've taken the very small pieces and the 1/8 - 1/4" spagetti strips and put them in a box. I took my extra heavy duty chenille scissors and snipped them up even smaller (while watching tv). Just stuck the scissors in the box & snipped. I took the confetti & used it as mulch around my perennials. 100% cotton is biodegradeable. I know that the colors will fade in the sun, but it looks like it's doing a good job as mulch and looks so pretty.

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    anything i can cut a 1 1/2 inch block out of is scrap under that is trash and any triangle that can be sewn together to make a 1 1/2 inch block is a keeper

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    I keep it all.

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    You ladies (and gents?) are an inspiration to me!! I have always kept all my 'scraps'. I bought them, so I want them! :) I thought I'd gone overboard with SO many of them... I have made 24 blocks from my scraps for one quilt, but they were 'bigger' scraps... Just the other day I began making headscarves for selling at my Green Market booth - I went through my scrap bin(s) - found enough to make about 20 scarves for children!! :) I keep everything. One thing I do - and I think I read it here - keep the very minimal scraps in a quart mason jar (only one will be done) and when it is STUFFED full I will put a lid on it and use it as decor for my sewing room... :)

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    I keep most everything. I love Bonnie Hunters website although I haven't done one of her quilts yet. I've been cutting strips in 1 1/2, 2, 2 1/2 and 3 inch widths. I had cut some squares but decided the strips were better and can always be cut into squares later. I also paper piece so no scrap is too little for some of that.I have 2 garbage bags of small pieces I'm trying to iron and cut.

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    I keep anything one inch or wider. I recently covered some muslin hexagons I inherited from someone with small strips and then sewed those together for a lap quilt. The longer ones go to make scrappy strip quilts.

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    Please don't toss your scraps. They can be sewn into a pillow for comfort for an animal in your local shelter. We cannot adopt them all, but can ease their lives a little. Also true for towels you may be considering tossing.

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    I keep nearly everything and my scraps runneth over!!

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    I keep everything . There are so many things you can do with your leftover fabrics and then one day, you need a small piece of a certain color and there it is in your stash.

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    funny you should bring that subject up. I've cleaned up a tub of scraps and now have a garbage bag for the goodwill. I get tired of the same scraps so I get rid of them
    There is a lady that goes to this thrift store, which belongs to my church and never charges for anything, everything is free, so I give them to her. She has no money to buy fabric.

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    Anything I am incapable of using to sew into something is what I throw out!

    I have just started quilting but I have always sewn something - my clothes, costumes, curtains, drapes, domestic stuff. I have always saved bought-clothes and bought-curtains if I loved the fabric, and then used them in other projects over the years. I like it because something which pleased me once can please me again, if only by being useful one last time.

    I am specially saving all the leftover fabric from the quilts I am now making for my grown children, so that I can make a big scrappy quilt from them all and it will be like having a piece of them with me. :-) :-)

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    I used to keep everything, but it piled up until it was overwhelming. Now I toss anything smaller than two inches. Those little triangles? Gone! Life is too short. If it bothers you, put it in sandwich bags and give it away.

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    What a shame, I was just in Houston. Maybe we could have become friends LOL. Seriously, perhaps you could use the FQ's in a Turning Twenty's Quilt. I loved the ones I made as gifts.

    Quote Originally Posted by gaigai
    I am not a scrap quilter, so I don't keep anything smaller than a half yard (and probably shouldn't keep those). I tend to buy a minimum of three yards of anything, and if I like the fabric a lot, I'll buy the whole bolt.

    Anything smaller than an 1/2 yard goes into a big tub of scraps that I seldom look at.

    I also have a lot of FQ's, but I've stopped buying them because I don't think I've ever used any. (And please, no pm's asking to me to sell/donate etc)

    My rationale now is that they are BAIT!! A certain friend of mine here on the board, loves scrappy quilts. When she was here recently, I let her go through and take what she wanted. We shipped a 23 lb. box home to her. So the rest are BAIT to entice her to come back and play! LOL

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