A few months ago I talked about organizing my scraps, and the first step in that plan was to sort the scraps into three big piles based on size. I blogged about that here. At the time, my scraps were stored in small bags and after sorting, they went right back in until I could find a more permanent storage solution.
In January, I visited Ikea and made some strategic purchases. One of them was the Antonius wire basket set. The Antonius holds four wire baskets that slide out.
I bought two of them and slipped them under my cutting table. My scrap piles were so big after sorting back in January that I needed to use two wire baskets for each size, filling six of the eight baskets right away.
There my scraps sat until today when I figured “Gotta start sometime,” and spent a few hours cutting the scraps into useable sizes such as 1-1/2”, 2”, 2-1/2” and so on. I purchased these inserts at Ikea, and I think they’ll help me keep the cut scraps organized by size easily.
I’m gonna participate in the I Think I Have a Scrap Problem linky with Sarah over at Confessions of a Fabric Addict because there I’ll find inspiration and support as I work slowly on this big ol’ pile of scraps. Today I learned that it helps to have a scrappy project in mind while I’m cutting and sorting...a big ol’ carrot to dangle in front of me when I find the whole idea of organizing scraps overwhelming.
Luckily, I’ve got just the thing! Next week my Stepping Stones Quilt Along starts, and it’s a fast scrappy quilt pattern that would make the perfect project for reducing a scrappy stash! Check out the details over here. Hope to see you back here next week. In the meantime, I’m back to cutting!
Because of my quilt along, I'm keeping my scrap busting goals modest this month and setting a goal of cutting at least half the scraps in one of my baskets. At the end of the month, I'll update you on my progress. In the meantime, wish me luck!
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