Friday, February 24, 2012

Scrap Therapy, Podcast episode 50 show notes

As covered in Quilted Cupcake Podcast Episode 50, Joan Ford's Scrap Therapy: Cut The Scraps is a great resource for using up your fabric scraps.  Here's the process that worked for me:  

1. Sort huge pile of scraps (above) into 3 piles: strings, crumbs and cut-able.  If I could make at least a 3.5 inch square from the scrap, it went into cut-able.  

2.  Strings and crumbs (for Bonnie K. Hunter-style crumb blocks) get their own individual holders under my cutting table.

3.  Iron and cut the larger pieces into 3.5 and 5 inch squares using my AccuQuilt Go Cutter.  Look at that awesome pile of squares, ready for a quilt.

It was very liberating to go through that stash of scraps. 

Now, I'm sorting my scraps as I create them according to Step One above.  I've already used some of the strings and crumbs in projects.  

Here are the rest of the links from Quilted Cupcake Podcast Episode 50, Quilty Tools and Reviews:

KnitPicks  needle case  in my Etsy shop
Jewelry roll in my Etsy shop


LisaAnn said...

You have inspired me to finally tackle my scrap bin!! However, mine is a 3'x3'x4' HUGE box and will take me several hours :/

Quilted Cupcake said...

LisaAnn, starting is the hardest part. Soon, it became a game to see how much went in each pile. It took me the better part of a weekend to sort and cut. Let me know how you do!

Heather K said...

Hi new listener here! I have been listening to old episodes to catch up. I have only been sewing about a year or so and am a new quilter mostly I've been sewing dolls/softies.

I have 2 year old twins so I can't sew that often but you are inspiring so I will keep trying to squeeze it in when I can.



Niki said...

Wow; nice job with that scrap pile. I finally did the same thing with my paper scraps.

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for inspiring me, Sis! I sorted through my scrap bag yesterday and was amazed at some of what I found. Going to cut down the bigger pieces into squares today and give them new life!


Barb said...

I'm always looking for ways to use up scraps. I have bins and bins of them. This is a great idea.

Love following you on Pinterest as well... so many cute things.