Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Cut the Scraps

Anyone have this book?

Anyone use the Scrap Therapy method of fabric organization?

I heard about the book when Jodi posted about it as part of her Sew Scraps Along. After visiting 5 stores yesterday and not finding it, I called ahead to the only other place I could think of... they had one copy left and set it aside for me. I started reading the 7 steps and kept thinking yep, that's me with the pile and wad of fabrics unable to find anything when looking for scraps. but.... I am thinking of going 2.5, 4.5 and 5 inches. 5 to be used for charm pack patterns which are aplenty, but rather than 2 and 3.5 I am thinking of the larger because those sizes come with the GO.... easy cutting!

Before I start cutting into my pile of wadded fabric scraps, I would love to hear from anyone else that has the book or has used this method for organizing.


  1. How funny - I just got the book in the mail today from Amazon! I started cutting my scraps by her size suggestions, because I find it just as easy to cut scrap pieces with a rotary cutter and straight edge. It went pretty fast - I pulled about a dozen pieces out of my scrap basket (the one on my sewing table), pressed them and cut them out - ended up with a nice stack of all three sizes and a bunch of little smidges in the trash! Woohoo!! I love that there are so many patterns in the book that use the sizes she recommended cutting, too!

  2. I got the book for Christmas but haven't started doing anything in it yet. I have absolutely NO way of organizing scraps, so maybe this book will help!

  3. I have not seen this book and I am not a very organized person, but I aspire to be. I inherited several boxes of scraps among other yardage from my grandmother. I finally went thru and organized my own style. Anything that was large enough to be cut into 5"X5" I made squares, then 2.5 inch strips....I just let the fabric speak to me. There were 3 shoe boxes of 1x1 to 2X2 (& all in between) sloppy squares went into it's own shopping bag. It only took me 2 years to realize the small squares in her shoe boxes where for a cathedral quilt - which I have now started.

    I have to keep everything visual because if I put it away I forget about it, out of sight out of mind. So, in the guest room (aka my sewing room) I placed 2 mid-sized boxes on the dresser and stacked as evenly as possible my yardage by color and solid (cotton only). I am still reorganizing. The one big thing I realized is .... always pre-wash before it makes it to the guest room. I have short memory retention for such details.

    Think of the type of quilting you like to do and see what you personally use the most. I find that 2.5 strips are in almost everything I do.