Scrap quilts really are a wonder of the quilting world. I’m sure you know what it’s like going into the local quilt shop to scope the new fabric that just came in. You’ve had your eye on it for awhile, and it’s beautiful.
Then you take it home, make your most gorgeous quilt yet because of that fabric, and you’re left with a pile of beautiful scraps. You can’t let any bit of it go to waste, so what can you do? Well, this week’s Tip Tuesday has some ideas for you if you read on.
Tip #1: Catch All Your Scraps
Use a zipper sandwich bag to catch threads and small scraps while you are sewing. To keep the bag from closing, turn it inside out, and it will stay permanently open. You can tape it to your sewing machine or table.
Tip #2: Plan Your Scrap Quilts
I like to cut my leftover fabrics into usable pieces for scrap quilts. I make a color copy of a quilt I plan to make, write on a sticky note the sizes of the pieces I need to cut, and slip the scrap quilt pattern into a plastic sleeve. The pattern is next to my cutting table, and a plastic storage container labeled with the name of the quilt is ready for the pieces.
Tip #3: Scrap Storage Jar
I use a clear, plastic pretzel container for storing small scraps. It’s easy to find what you need for a paper piecing or scrap quilt project because you can see through the container.
Tip #4: Scrappy Binding
I love scrap quilts and hate wasting fabric, so I save my leftover lengths of binding and join them to make binding for scrap quilts. Even the smallest bit of fabric works for this technique. It saves me time later, and the scrappy binding looks great on my quilts.
Tip #5: Scrappy Idea
Use scraps from projects to make 6″ quilt blocks that you can join into a pillow to fill with potpourri, cinnamon sticks or lavender for quick sachets. They make great gifts or gift enclosures.
Tip #6: Prepare to Repair
Put a completed quilt’s scraps and photo into a plastic sleeve protector or large ziplock bag. If the quilt needs to be repaired later, you’ll have both the fabrics and the photo to make the job easier.
Tip #7: Stuffing
Nothing is too small to be useful. Use tiny scraps of fabric to stuff toys or pillows.
Wow! Did you know you could do so much with fabric scraps? I love the idea of making a small quilt project like a sewing machine cover, eyeglass case or sachet when you’re done with a quilt so you can preserve the memories of that quilt project. What unique ways do you use your fabric scraps? Do you enjoy making scrap quilts? Let me know and share photos in the comments.