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Scrap project update

We will be having some special visitors coming later this summer so we have been working little by little to get the children's room organized before they arrive. I finally have finished organizing all my fabric scraps and have the larger pieces wrapped on the cardboards and stored by color on this little storage unit:

The smaller pieces of fabric were cut into scraps and I have them sorted by size in bags in the little bins. Some of the bins also contain yarn and other craft supplies.

Since I could finally see what was available in my stash I gathered up some purples and greens and made this little lap quilt for a birthday present:

As usual Adelaide was very helpful in the process:

This dress was given to me a while back.

I really liked the fabric but not the way the dress fit. Recently I cut it apart and recycled it into a new summer top:

Have you been doing any recycling or stash reducing projects lately?


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10 Comments on “Scrap project update”

  1. #1 Ann B.
    on May 28th, 2012 at 9:04 pm

    Becka, you are incredible. Just gathered up some purple and green scraps and threw together a little quilt for a gift! What talent!!!

    I’ve just gotten done with the school year, but everyone is gone right now so I have been rearranging books, getting rid of some and organizing others, and loving doing that. That’s my kind of organization. 🙂

  2. #2 Becka
    on May 29th, 2012 at 10:35 am

    Thanks for your kind comment, Ann. It really is a very simple quilt. 🙂 I need to follow your lead and work on organizing and getting rid of some of our books. Our church has a used book sale to raise funds for new purchases each spring so they will go to a good cause.

  3. #3 Carrie
    on May 29th, 2012 at 8:20 pm

    Your organization is so cute! Maybe when I’m a grandma I’ll organize my scraps too. :o) Your quilt is very sweet. I recently finished a ruffly outfit for my daughter.

  4. #4 Adie
    on May 29th, 2012 at 9:37 pm

    Thanks for visiting! I like how you wrapped your fabrics too. I wish I could store mine upright like you do, but my cabinet shelves aren’t tall enough. Did you have to toss any fabrics to get them to fit?

  5. #5 Marilyn
    on May 29th, 2012 at 10:53 pm

    I’m just curious, what sized fabric did you put on the cards? I now have my stash sorted by color in clear pastic wheeled bins each about the same size as your cubes. I really like having it in clear boxes now. But – I think I should do another cull and also sort by scrap size and it would be a lot more useful. And I’ve got 2 dresses like yours and would like to make similar alterations to each.

  6. #6 Becka
    on May 30th, 2012 at 1:49 pm

    Hi Adie, I did end up tossing some fabrics that I either didn’t really like or that I thought were too heavy for any projects that I might make. Most of the fabric on the boards is just small pieces of about 1/4-1/2 yards. I do have some pieces which are larger–maybe up to two yards. I have some larger pieces that would work for a quilt backing in a box in the closet. I’ve been purchasing plaids at thrift stores hoping to someday make a plaid quilt.

  7. #7 Becka
    on May 30th, 2012 at 1:51 pm

    Thanks, Carrie. I figure I’ll finally get everything nice and organized just before it’s time to move into the nursing home. 🙂 I saw Elizabeth’s cute little outfit on your blog this week. Love all the ruffles!

  8. #8 Becka
    on May 30th, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    Hi Marilyn, Most of the pieces on the cards are between 1/4 and 1/2 yards. There are a few larger pieces–maybe up to two yards. Anything smaller was cut into strip and is stored in the bins in ziplock bags according to size of strips–1 1/2″, 2″, 2 1/2″, and 3 1/2″. I think the clear boxes would be a nice way to store things. If you want to see some serious fabric organization, check out this blog post:

  9. #9 Mary
    on May 30th, 2012 at 7:33 pm

    I find your blog inspiring! Thanks for sharing.

  10. #10 Marilyn
    on Jun 1st, 2012 at 11:52 pm

    Oh me oh my, I did check out the link you included. I enjoy my hobbies, but I certainly am not ‘dedicated’ to them like she is. I too many UFOs and not enough time as it is.

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