So Many Leftovers

What to do with those leftovers

This is a guest post by Emilie Kahn

Emilie Kahn
Emilie Kahn

There is no right, wrong, or perfect way to sort your fabric scrap collection. Clearly it’s personal preference – here is my method.

Step 1

The first step is to decide if the scraps should be sorted by size or color. This totally depends on your quilting style. Do you tend to go looking for scraps of a certain size, or the perfect color piece? Pick what works for you and go with it.

Step 2

Second, I would recommend folding the scraps. There is nothing worse than finding exactly what you want and having to free it from a knot of other scrap fabrics.

Step 3

Third, decide how you are going to store your scraps. I use clear plastic shoe boxes, but there are many, many options.

  • Make fabric storage boxes of each color (a great way to use up some of your scraps!)
  • Big, decorative, glass jars
  • Free standing plastic drawer organizer
  • Baskets
  • A dresser with dividers in the drawers
  • An over the door shoe hanger

These are just a few options, but it is by no means an exhaustive list. I recommend inviting a quilting buddy over to help you sort, it will go faster and be a more enjoyable task that way. Lastly,  I like to go through my scraps every six months or so, just to know what I have.

Do you have a favorite method for organizing and storing your “leftovers”? If so – I’d love to know what works for you, great ideas are fun to share (and to try out).

Happy Quilting!


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