Organizing Fabric Scraps

Bonnie Hunter is known for her scrap quilts and using a fabric scrap system for cutting up her leftover fabrics. While it is good in theory I was always hesitant to do so. Mainly for the “what-if’s” that may come up once the fabric is cut. No turning back. So while I had bins marked for cuts sizes: 1 ½ inch, 2 inch, 2 ½ inches, 3 inches, 5 inches, both for squares and strips, very little was cut up.

This is how the space under my cutting board was used. On the left side the scraps went into the laundry basket (which was over flowing). Cut scraps were stored in these bins by size and type (square or strip). 1-DSCN7124The right side of the storage area held bins with many of my projects (not all). The hanging plastic bag hold narrow strips. 2-DSCN7125 Two weeks ago I spent much of my time pressing, cutting and organizing that laundry basket of scraps. Now the laundry basket has 2 inch strips, and the drawers contain squares sorted by light and dark. The top two drawers are at my sewing machine as a leader ender project with 1 1/2 inch squares. 1-DSCN7332

I moved my projects to a shelf where my “2nd priority” projects are kept. 1-DSCN7334

Now the first shelf contains strips, stuffing bits and crumbs. The next shelf has 1 ½ inch strips sorted by light and dark with the current project in the middle. The third shelf has 2  ½ inch strips sorted by light and dark with a current project in the middle The last shelf has a bin for pieces to be cut (with the intention that they are trimmed down before the bin is full, and 2 veteran quilt projects. It is much less congested, my scraps are organized and I have fewer projects shouting in my face for attention.4-DSCN7129

How do you organize?

Getting things in order on the Journey, Jackie

  • Jaye

    I am starting to have an overflow all the time. I need a new system or more shelves or a bigger room or less fabric or something. I was glad to see a square I recognized in your 1.5″ bin. 😉

    Thanks for the tour.

    • Jackie


      I vote for more room. Which means more storage units for all the fabric.
      Jackie Berdych
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