I save scraps, fabric scraps. Some sewists don’t save any, some save every bit. I don’t get too obsessive, but I do save pieces that I hope to use at some point. My sewing room and closet were getting a tad messy from tossing scraps randomly, so I got busy sorting through them and organizing my sewing room and supplies. After sorting through my fabrics I ended up with a small tub of strips, a box of squares and rectangles from 1.5 inches to about 4 inches, another box of small(ish) scraps, and another of large scraps. Large scraps are pieces that I can’t make into fat quarters. I organized the entire closet where I store my fabrics. I bought plastic storage containers, I labeled them and packed away much of my supply of fabrics and supplies.The first thing I did was admire my work, then I got after the strips and sewed a few of them together. Then I “made” fabric by sewing scraps together. From that I made a hot pad and a pillow. I’ll be making pin cushions, too. I have one project to finish before spring gardening and golf begin, so most of my summer sewing will be from the scraps I have accumulated and organized.
I love fabric; I love to look at it, admire it, pet it, and ooh and aah over it. Why would I throw it away. Sometimes I don’t even want to sew with it. I know many sewists who are like that. But once I use the fabric, it’s important that I utilize as much of it as I can. I have to get ideas from blogs and Pinterest and the internet, but I try to get the most I can out of my fabrics. Here’s the cute little pillow.