I'm cleaning up my sewing room today, and thinking about scraps. It's amazing how that word means different things to different quilters. I once took a class with a gal who was throwing out strips 4 and 5 inches wide by WOF. I was shocked, and quickly grabbed them. To me a throwaway is something pretty tiny!
This is what my trash looks like generally. These are small waste baskets and the throwaways are very itty-bitty.
Anything too small to bother refolding goes into my scrap basket which lives right next to my sewing machine. These pieces are maybe 1" by 2" at the smallest -- anything I might make a crumb block with, or use to try out a stitch, etc. -- anything that might be just perfect for an applique piece. You never know.
I also keep my selvages. I usually cut them 1.5". Here's my basket of those.
And then there's my shoe box full of left over strips -- you know, those narrow strips left over from squaring up fabrics. I use them as ribbons on gifts. Or to tie FQs together for a gift. They come in very handy.
I'm just curious, what to you consider too big to throw out -- too precious, because, after all, you paid the same price per square inch for the scraps as you did for the big fabric cuts?
I know applique enthusiasts save tinier pieces than most gals. You just never know when what will be the perfect piece!
Maybe I should start a TV show on fabric scrap hoarders! I bet I could find lots of sewing rooms to film my episodes! In fact I know quite a few already, LOL!
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