Scrap Happy!!

Today is the 15th of the month and I get to check in with some projects that I have/am using scraps for.  Kate at Tall Tales from Chiconia is hosting this and it’s so much fun!  I have lots and lots of scraps from my projects as well as from my student’s projects.  This month I didn’t get a whole lot of scrappy sewing done so I thought I’d share the different projects and how I store them.  First up are the boxes:img_4885

I love these boxes.  I bought them at Costco.  Each of my students has one for themselves to store their fabric and Wips from week to week.  I use them for some of my projects as well.  These are the scrap projects that I am working on.  Strings:img_4887

I’ve never made one of these before so this a first for me.  I cut the squares 1/2″ larger all the way around than I want the finished square to be and then sew the strips to it.  This is super easy and fun.  I keep all the strips and squares in the box so that I can work on it whenever I wish.  The box that says “1 and a half in strips”:img_4888

You’ve see that one before.  I just sew the strips to each other to make one long strip that is 1 and a half inch wide and then sew it to the body.  Again, I cut scraps as I go and place them in the box.  “yo-yos:img_4889

Same idea, I cut the fabric as I get it and then put it in the box.  I find I am more likely to pick it up and stitch if it’s ready for me.  Makes life so much easier.  “1 X 3 inch pieces”:

You’ve also seen this one as well.  I cut the pieces and put them in the box.  Then I pin them to this piece of fabric and sew when I can.  I actually don’t like sewing this one.  All that turning and fiddling — I just don’t find it that much fun — I’ll complete it, but it will take longer than the others.  And then this:img_4892

I don’t know if this counts.  These are my kids’ old t-shirts that I have made into yarn and am intending to weave into rugs for my kitchen and in front of the doors.  As you can imagine, with 5 kids, I have boxes of old t-shirts!!!img_4893

This is half of my warp.  I have all of the warp measured out and now just have to find time to warp my loom.  2019 here we come!!

5 thoughts on “Scrap Happy!!

  1. I’ll really look forward too seeing progress on that weaving project! I keep meaning to weave a rag rug but haven’t done it yet. Your organizational skills, with all those bits of fabric, are inspiring!

  2. I love those boxes too. They just fit in my storage cubes and I try to think that they help me stay on top of things. I’m looking forward to seeing the rug you make from the old t-shirts. martidiy @ outlook.com

  3. You’ve got a great way to organize your scraps that seems to support how you use them. I’m still struggling to figure out what works for me on that front.

  4. You are so organized! I have a couple of those boxes, and one has my CQ blocks for one project. It sort of keeps them flat, but I tend to turn it on end and slide it in between the wall and the bookcase, and THAT ends the flat part. But at least they are together! I like the 1 x 3 project, though I CAN see how it would become tedious after a while. And maybe confusing. I’m easily confused!

  5. Getting things ready to use like this is really helpful. String blocks can be addictive, so be careful! 😉

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