Leanne at She Can Quilt hosts a once a month Scraptastic Tuesday. You can link a post about a scrap project or a post about scraps. This post is all about scrap management. I like to try to keep it all under control. I keep a small basket on my sewing table. It is small on purpose. I don't want to let the scraps go too long without dealing with them. Scraps have a way of taking over. Just saying. When the basket gets a little overfull, I know it is time and I sort the piles into colours. I keep linen scraps in a separate pile and if the solids are substantial, I pop them into their own pile. Once the scraps are sorted, I stuff them into their respective colour plastic shoebox.
You can see all the plastic shoeboxes here on my shelves. I have double boxes of some colours.
I also keep 5" and 4" squares in their own bin, especially if they are leftovers from certain projects because they are a good start on another project. I am not yet convinced this is always a good idea but I am going with it right now. I try to keep strips in a separate bin but I am not sold on this idea.
I have started keeping leftover binding in a tin. I used to just toss them in the strip bin but then I started thinking that I would have binding available for small projects if I was better organized. I like this idea.
All the little bits that are too small go into a Britex shopping bag. I fill it up and then pass it on to a guild member who loves to make little HSTS out of all those little leftover triangles. The rest of it goes into pin cushion stuffing apparently. I have to say that getting rid of a large quantity of the little sawdust bits felt fantastic!
Another great way to deal with scraps is swapping with a buddy. I just did that this past week with Cynthia. Her scraps are so much more interesting than mine. And I think she feels the same way about mine. He he he. Perfect. Look. Gnomes!
Linking up with Leanne.