|A bag of fabric scraps.|
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Once it gets out that you are a scrappy quilter others will start to give you fabric scraps. I also can't leave a quilt store without a bag of their scraps. If you start to make a name for yourself as loving fabric scraps you'll get contacted by fabric companies to make scrappy projects for them, like my patchwork insulated bag. It's pretty easy to get over ran with them if you don't have a system to store them.
The first thing I do is sort by color. If I want blues I don't want to dig through a bunch of fabric to find my blues. I want them at my fingertips. Easy to find so I can just grab and go. Once everything is sorted by color you need to put all somewhere. I don't like boxes I can't see into because that requires labeling and that's just an extra step. I want to spend my time sewing up those scraps not labeling them.
So what do I put my scraps in? Plastic shoe boxes. They are the perfect size, they stack well, and they are clear so I can see what color is in each box. You can get them from a bunch of places, like Amazon, WalMart, or Target. They stack nicely under my sewing machine cabinet so they are at my finger tips if I need to quickly swap something out or pick a new fabric. Amazon also carries the comic book boards if you have yardage you need to store as well.
Each box holds one color. So all my reds are together, all my blues, ect. Right now I have white, brown/tan, and black in the same boxes as neutrals. Batiks have their own box as do those fabrics that just have too many colors in them to call what color they are. I also have a box from my "strings" those are pieces too small to use for a quilt but too big to toss. I use another box to hold the "kit" I'm currently working on. A quilt kit is all the pieces needed for that project.
How do you store your fabric?
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