My system? I cut. I opened said drawer. I tossed. And I shoved it closed as best I could.
It was quite an impressive collection of scraps to pull from. But there was the problem. I never "pulled from". Ever. It was such a tangled, fraying heap. Awful.
Then the amazing Lori Holt, of Bee In My Bonnet fame, created a whole blog post on how she cuts and organizes all her scraps. It was the first time I had been introduced to such awesome scrap storage. These were scraps I could really see myself reaching for and using over and over again! To learn from the scrap master (and see some super cute quilty pics), GO READ the original blog post! Go. Now.
Way back when, I took all those scraps out of the awful drawer and I began to organize! Following Lori's lead I began to iron and sort and cut. It took a while, but I cannot tell you how pleased I am with the results.
I used Lori's helpful information in her post and then I customized it to what I felt I would really use. I decided on the sizes I would keep and then I also decided I wanted to sort mine by color.
When I save scraps now, I save the following:
* 3.5" squares
* 2.5" squares
* 2.5" strips
* 1.5" strips
* in a glass dish all their own, assorted 1.5" squares
When I began working on the drawer several years ago, I first sorted every usable scrap into color bins. Then began the task of choosing a bin, ironing, sorting and cutting.
The blue bin is the before. The pink bin is the after.
I bought six neat bins I found at Target and I chose to sort them into the following colors based on those fabric colors I own the most of and buy/use over and over again!
My six bins are:
These were the finished buckets.
Recently, I had a large green bin full of all my wonderful scraps that I used while making all my Farm Girl Vintage blocks in the sew along. It, too, was a little out of control. A big raveling, tangled mess. Very unusable.
Yes. That's it.
So I spent many evenings ironing and sorting by size.
Once I was finished ironing and sorting, I turned on some Gilmore Girls, and started cutting! It really was a lot of fun because as you cut and organize you get to look at all these fun fabrics you love!!
When I was all done cutting, I sorted them by size and color!!
And then I added them to my awesome buckets of goodness and I was done!!!!
When I am cutting fabrics for a project, I cut up the left overs that I don't want to add back to my stash on the shelf. I cut them into one of my useful sizes and then I file them away.
It's that easy!
Plus, I always end up feeling like I am being a good steward of all this beautiful fabric I am blessed to own.
Have fun creating your own scrappy saving system!!
PS - Next on the agenda.........
My very, VERY out of control Bonnie and Camille scrap bins! Oh my!