Yesterday I got the urge to sort through my unsorted scraps and I thought you might like to see how I sort my scraps (cause I love that sort of thing!). I keep a shoebox next to my cutting table where I pile all of my scraps as I work. In theory I plan to sort it every time it gets full.
In theory that is a good plan :) See that shoe box right there? The one that is 2/3 full. This is after 45 minutes of sorting and pressing. All of those piles covering the rest of the table? They started inside the box. It was a little overfull LOL.
On the far right is a pile of snips/crumbs. Basically anything that cannot be cut into a 2 1/2" square. This is the second pile. I put the first pile into it's proper storage box when it threatened to topple. To the left of that is a pile of strips smaller than 2 1/2 " wide. And to the left of that is a pile of large scraps. I would say larger than about 5" goes here.
Bottom right corner (pink mushrooms) is a pile to be cut into 2 1/2" squares for Bits and Pieces II. Above that is 2 1/2" (or wider) strips for scrappy bindings. The polka dot is a reference fabric for a blanket I'm making and the pile on top of my ruler is scraps that will work in that blanket. Bottom center is larger than 2 1/2" but smaller than 5". These will be cut into 3" and 3 1/2" squares.
And there you have it. A little random scrap adventure for your Tuesday morning. I would love to read about your scrap sorting/hoarding/storing strategies. Leave a link in a comment if you have a related post and I will surely stop by :)
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