The FIRST looming question is: When does our precious fabric even be considered a scrap or (I even hate to say it) get thrown away?! For me, anything LESS that a 10 inch square is considered a "scrap". Note: most my fabric collection is in fat quarters. When I really like something or I'm going to use it for background in my piecing, then I purchase yardage. But most of the time, I "collect" fabric by the fat quarter and "purchase" fabric yardage specific to projects.
The SECOND looming question is: How do you store your scraps? For me: I have not one, but three answers:
Number One:When I am finished with a project and my leftover fabric is large enough to cut into 1 1/2", 2" or 2 1/2" strips, I will rotary cut the fabrics and toss them into the little red bucket it matches. (I found these little red buckets at a dollar store about three years ago.)
The buckets are organized by color. Blue, Purple, Red...
Orange, Yellow, Green...
Brown, Black and White.
Yes, I'm saving up to make myself a very scrappy quilt!!
Each bucket is labeled using a DYMO label:
If when I'm finished with a project and the scraps aren't really long enough to cut into strips and are LESS than a 10" x 10" square, then I throw them into a basket. This is the fabric I " play with".
I'm not a "small piece" quilter. The only time I really even work with small pieces is when I'm creating "Out of the Box" like this:
If I have a WIP, then I store each (because I never just have one!) project's scraps in a gallon size ziploc bag. I don't throw any fabric away until I'm done with a project. Since I also love to applique, I have found that I just don't know when that little piece will be needed!
So now it's your turn:
1. When do you consider a piece of fabric a scrap?
2. How do you store your scraps?