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Thread: What size is a "scrap"?

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    What size is a "scrap"?

    I am never sure what size a piece of fabric should be before I consider it a scrap. What is the smallest and largest sizes you put into the "scrap" bin?
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    wow i have them of all sizes. i keep only 1 inch squares (smallest) and strips and then i have some larger.
    if i am lucky when i put them away i organize in right bin. lol

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    My scrap bin has very tiny pieces down to about 3/4" all the way up to fat quarters that have been cut into. I do applique so keep the very small pieces for that purpose. For someone who doesn't applique, tiny pieces wouldn't likely be needed.
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    It depends on the day and my mood!! Actually right now I am trying to organize my scraps by strings, 2 1/2 strips, 6, 2 1/2 & 4 inch squares and hexagons..

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    I believe it's Marti Michell who says that a scrap is any piece of fabric that she hasn't used yet, even if it's 5 yards long.

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    If it is not WOF I consider it a scrap. That being said, I do have several Large scrapes only 10 inches X 2 1/2 yards. LOL Left over from cutting with grain for borders. I save everything I think I can use, I have baskets for sorting diffrent size strips from 1 to 6 inch width I also have baskets holding diffrent sizes squares. Anything I don't think I will use or don't want I haul to our guild and hand it over to the ladies that turn out so many of our charity quilts.

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    i think to a degree it depends on how and what you sew.....because I do a fair amount of applique work where I may need a piece of orange for a snowman nose or a piece of white satin for a fairy wing, I keep anything down to maybe a 2" square. I sort by color and type, ie....all my flannel together and all my holiday together....but when you need just a piece of black velvet for a nose.....its a sin to but into a fat quarter....On the other hand if you do not do applique or postage stamp quilts, then only save pieces that you could use in your smallest quilt.....I have a whole box of just strips for my string quilts.....just depends on what you do as to what your needs will be..............
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    To me a scrap is 2x2 to less than a FQ...

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    up to a FQ I would fold it. Under would be a scrap.
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    We used to get "scraps" from a fellow quilter, she had LARGE pieces in the bags as well as small. Always loved picking up her stuff - before she met us she used to throw it away!! (oh no.....)

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    Scrap to me is anything too small to use - like the trimmings from squaring up HST units. But some people use those for stuffing dog/cat mats or for the birds to use in their nests.

    Maybe lint?

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    A scrap to small to use is anything that would not be big enough to piece together somehow. So if it can't at least fill in that little corner where I need just a bit more then it is not something I might at some point use. Guess that means under 3/4" as I use strips that narrow for piping and I've used some pretty tiny triangles in scrappy mug rugs.
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    I save anything 2 inches or bigger, and things that are somewhat yardage, I put on a board instead of the scrap bin. Trouble is, I seldom use those small pieces, so I just about consider that a waste of time and storage. I see so many videos on using 2 1/2 inch strips as scraps, but I never have any of those. I guess I haven't used a jelly roll yet, and that's where you get those scraps.

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    i consider a scrap what ever is left when i am finished with my quilt- unless i purchased extra yardage.
    sometimes my scraps are foldable- sometimes they are small corners / squares/strips- sometimes i cut my scraps into the largest piece i can get out of them- sometimes the piece gets tossed into my (applique) tote
    sometimes they get tossed into a drawer for my granddaughter's to play in when they come to visit- sometimes they go into a flat rate box for me to send on to someone else when it's full. there's always a use for them regardless of size- decide what works for you & pass on the rest- there's always someone somewhere wishing for scraps in all different sizes.
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    For me, a scrap is anything small enough to throw away. Larger than that is put back in stash. So I guess my 'scrap bin' is the waste basket.
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    I confess I never kept my "scraps". But now that my studio is organized and I have places for storing scrap fabrics I am saving any fabric that is 3 inches or larger.
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    Anything and everything depending on how I feel. One day I may hate a certain piece of fabric - into scraps it goes. The next day I might find it just perfect for a certain PP block and that day it*s my favorite piece of cloth.

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    I save very small pieces for applique, especially if it already has fusible on the back, and I also have some much larger pieces that I consider scrap because there isn't enough to figure into a quilt unless it would be a doll quilt or something like that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bearisgray View Post
    Scrap to me is anything too small to use - like the trimmings from squaring up HST units. But some people use those for stuffing dog/cat mats or for the birds to use in their nests.

    Maybe lint?
    Maybe lint?!! Bear, you are so funny!

    A scrap for me is any size I "might" consider using. Some days I don't really like the fabric so a piece 3x4" would go into the trash. Other days I'd keep a piece 1" x 2" for a scrappy log cabin.

    Yep, a scrap is "mood dependent".
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    since i know people who happily accept boxes of pretty small peices of fabric i really don't throw any fabric in the trash- i keep a flat rate box under my cutting table & any piece of fabric i don't want to keep i toss into that box- when it's full i tape it up & send it to someone who will use them- there are always people looking for scraps for something-even if it's for stuffing dog beds- the only thing that goes in my trash is threads- frayed edges with nothing of substance left-
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    I save down to 2" for myself. anything smaller goes into a box for a friend that had the patience to to work with tiny pieces. many pieces I send her end up in a cathedral window quilt she is hand-sewing. The rest she uses for the intricate dolls she makes.
    Batting i save to use in purses etc.
    Selvedges, trimmings etc. go into the trash. might seem wasteful to some, but I only have so much space. i know what i will actually use and what just takes up valuable space.

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    I have been on the receiving end of scraps from friends, to me there is plenty to do with those little pieces! I put them together in crumb blocks.......some of my crumb blocks that are 4" square have over 30 pieces of fabrics in them when I square them up. I use the salvalges too, makes for an interesting block. After you square them, some of the fabric leftover from cutting can still be used in the next block. I LOVE the results, and my friends thought I was crazy. But guess what, after they saw my completed string and Xstring quilts they are making them too! I think I am the only one of the group crazy enough to play with the little little pieces though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ckcowl View Post
    i consider a scrap what ever is left when i am finished with my quilt- unless i purchased extra yardage.
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    s sometimes they go into a flat rate box for me to send on to someone else when it's full. there's always a use for them regardless of size- decide what works for you & pass on the rest- there's always someone somewhere wishing for scraps in all different sizes.
    This is so true and the reason I started saving my selvages. When I realized that some of you actually WANT them, then I started saving them for others.

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    Quote Originally Posted by salemrabbits View Post
    I have been on the receiving end of scraps from friends, to me there is plenty to do with those little pieces! I put them together in crumb blocks.......some of my crumb blocks that are 4" square have over 30 pieces of fabrics in them when I square them up. I use the salvalges too, makes for an interesting block. After you square them, some of the fabric leftover from cutting can still be used in the next block. I LOVE the results, and my friends thought I was crazy. But guess what, after they saw my completed string and Xstring quilts they are making them too! I think I am the only one of the group crazy enough to play with the little little pieces though.
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    I have been working on my scrap box tonight...I have plastic shoe boxes and have them set by 2 1/2 sq., 3 1/2 sq, 5 sq, 6 1/2 sq...Then I have another of 2 1/2 strips of different lengths for a scrappy jelly roll, and another of 3 1/2 strips that will be later cut down into hexagons for a GFG. Finally I have a large carton full of strings, of at least 3/4 wide ( I use them even if they are odd shaped) for use in a string quilt. Finally hanging from the desk in my cutting area is a sewn square with an opening for stuffing any smaller unusable pieces of fabric or batting that will soon be my dog's bed! Once his is done, I will begin making them for our local animal shelter. The bed is made with the lovely fabric someone gave me that I would NEVER use in a quilt. But my dog has no taste anyway!!

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