Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Organize Those Scraps! .... Sewing Room Organization

Here's a little peek at the on going work I am doing in my sewing room. There has been lots of slicing, dicing and labeling going on in there. I have made so much progress, but still have lots left to do in order to get it the way I want it!

Most of my bins are "see through", like these.  These drawers are labeled: 2 inch strips light; 2 inch strips dark and 5 inch charm squares.  When I am working on scraps and have pieces of fabric that are close to these sizes, I cut them and store them in the appropriate bin.

In the 5 inch charm square bin I have a dark stack and a light stack.  Here's the light stack.

These drawers contain 2 1/2 inch strips dark and 2 1/2 inch strips light.



In the top drawer here are 2 1/2 inch squares, 2 1/2 X 5 inch rectangles, and some stacks of smaller squares.

I am trying to fold all the larger pieces of fabric so that they stand up in the drawers like this.  They are sorted by color.  Here are some browns:

Some yellows:

The larger scraps that are at least as big as a fat quarter, but not really big enough to be considered yardage, are being folded and stored in the plastic dish basin type containers.   I won't slice these up since they are bigger pieces.  I want to keep my options open on them. 

This basket sits at the end of the ironing board for throwing strips smaller than 1 1/2 inch.  Its filling up fast!

I have lots of folding and cutting left to do.  But, I don't want to spend all my time on this.  I have been sewing and quilting as well.  Maybe I'll get everything organized in here before long and can just concentrate on the sewing part!

I am studying quilt books and quilting blogs to find quilts that use the sizes of scraps that I have cut.  There are so many to choose from.  I can't wait to start making some of them.


Pen Pen said...

Whoa! Look at you!! You have quite a stash there, girl. I need to go shopping. PS...is our friend, Elizabeth from Texas still blogging?

Denise said...

I need to to the same thing with my scraps they are all over the place in my house!

Betty Lou said...

What a great way to organize your scraps-----all ready to go for your next scrap quilt.

Rebecca Davidson said...

Try Bonnie Hunter's website-"Quiltville" She has free patterns that use the scrap sizes you've cut up and several books you might like.

Love her stuff myself and thought you might too.

Rebecca Davidson said...

Try Bonnie hunter's website-Quiltville. It is a great one for helping quilter's use up their scraps. Her patterns use many of the sizes you've cut and she had quite a few free ones along with her published books that I just love.

Auntie M said...

Gollee!! What a neat job of organizing. You are absolutely amazing. Many quilts to come, it would appear.

Diane Wagner said...

Good job getting your scraps in order. That's on my To Do list.