Last week I was lamenting about my lack of inspiration and the overwhelming amount of fabric scraps I seem to have collected. I thank you all for your supportive comments and good suggestions. A couple of the comments mentioned cutting up all the scraps into squares, but honestly I didn’t have the energy to do that. There was just WAY too much. Still, I do a clean out project every January, so why not make my scrap pile the focus of this year’s effort. So, when I began, I had 17 of these two gallon zip top bags full of small pieces, leftover charms and jelly roll strips, cut bits from previous projects….
and a tower of baskets completely stuffed with more leftovers.
I unloaded all those zip top bags onto the cutting table, one at a time and began bagging up the smaller pieces, leftover squares and strips, and pieces less than a fat quarter in size. These bags will go to the local guild for their grab bag fundraiser.
Then I took everything out of the baskets…
placing all those pieces on the cutting table to go through. Some were small bits that went into the scrap bags. I looked at every single larger piece and asked myself if I really liked it for its own sake, or did I have it because it was given to me or picked up off a free table.
So the scrap bags got a bit fuller.
The closet also was emptied, and the fabrics given the same likeability test. When I was done emptying all the zip top bags, I had space on a shelf for the Asian collection. Yes, every one of those passed my test, LOL!! I kept three zip top bags with bits – one with the blues and yellows for which I have a quilt planned, one with sewing theme fabrics just to keep them together, and one with white background yardages. The one in the back of the closet has a blouse cut out that I lost interest in making. But it is cute, so I’ll decide about it later. Batting pieces large enough for lullaby quilts or table toppers were, measured, labeled, refolded and stacked in one spot.
Removing the not-so-loved fabrics still on bolts freed up more space, as some of those bolts had less than a yard of a fabric. Unopened batting was moved around to sort by size – mostly I have queen and full size battings.
Now the director chair is back in front of the Pfaff again, so I can have a place for a friend to sit and use the machine while I sew on the Brother.
From some of the not-so-loved fabric leftovers, I began cutting out Comfort Pillows. Click on that link for my post on making these and the free pattern.
Two pieces cut for each one. Those scraps were used as stuffing.
Where this cat fabric came from is a mystery, perhaps from the one friend that has two cats, but I don’t remember her giving it to me.
Under the cutting table was this huge bag of clippings too small to do anything with, along with batting scraps, and trimmings from quilting. All of this became stuffing. Since I cannot do the dog beds, I figured Comfort Pillows would be a good place to use it. I cut out 10 to fill right away, plus more to keep under the cutting table to fill with scraps as I go.
Although fabric scraps by themselves are not that great for stuffing, with the batting scraps thrown in and a bit of fiberfill, the pillows are quite comfortable and soft.
I organized the fabrics I am keeping by color, stacking them neatly in the basket tower.
That just feels better! The corner is now clear, the chair can be used again, the bags will be on their way soon, and the comfort pillows were delivered. Shelving is neat and tidy, closet organized, and I can breathe in here again. Are you cleaning out this month?
If you are in the mood to tackle a clear out project, I’ve also done posts in previous years on making sense of Getting Organized with Saving Recipes, and What’s in Your Closet? on how to organize your clothes and find what really works.