All of this playing has got me thinking about scraps, so I thought I'd share my scraps with you.
Let's talk size ...
I have noticed over the past year and a half of blogging that one person's scraps are another person's stash fabrics and that's certainly true with me.
For some stitchers, scraps seem to be anything less a fat quarter, but for me, a scrap is anything less than about 8" square or less than 2.5" wide (like leftover pieces of jelly rolls), and anything less than 2.5" square is destined for my tiny scraps box. It's not an exact science (even I'm not that organised!) but in general them's the rules.
Let's talk storage ...
|Scrap boxes - just two!|
My fabric stash is small by comparison to lots of folks' out there, but it's plenty to be getting on with and to be storing! Anything bigger than a scrap gets neatly folded and sorted by colour (roughly) into my stash drawers.
But everything else goes into my Ikea storage boxes, one for larger scraps and one for the tiny scraps. Again, I don't have a huge volume of scraps and I'd like to keep them consigned to just one box each so that they don't take over the room.
I used to just pitch all the scraps into the boxes with no sorting, but I found that by sorting them into colour packages (just little labelled ziplock bags) they take up less space and I am more likely to find what I need and to use them, which is after all the point.
As you can see, my tiny scraps are still in the process of being colour sorted.
Let's talk purpose...
A little while ago I confess I had a moment when I considered dumping my scraps. I wondered why I was saving all these little pieces. Did I have a plan for them? Would I ever use them?
Of course, scraps are useful to have around for little applique projects or tiny embellishments, but really that didn't use up many in the space of a year. Fear of scrappy projects also made me reticent to use them - how could I use them without making something look horrible? Well, no more fear. Making the blocks Judith suggested for this month has inspired me to make up some scrappies with a view to collecting them over time and making use of fabric pieces I might once have ditched.
So now I have what I'm calling my "By The Ways" (as I'll be making them alongside other things going on) -
- 12.5" crazy scrappy blocks (blocks in one colourway)
- wee 5" improv crumb scrap blocks (again in single colourways).
I love these blocks and am content to have found a way of using up scraps and playing around with my own abilities in "scrappy" (trying not to over-plan) in ways that aren't risking precious fabrics. Besides all that, they are quite fun to whip up!
So, onwards and upwards with my scrappiness - thanks J for the
kick in the pants motivation I needed to do something about the growing heaps of raggedy bits.