I’m on my way back home tomorrow! I’ve had such a super wonderful time in St. Louis and am looking forward to a nice long hug from my husband. And some kitty snuggles. I’ll have a bunch of posts for you guys as I download photographs, experiences, jokes, and life lessons. For now, here’s a little insight onto how I’m able to turn trash to treasure with a little help from my friends.
Some of my quilting buddies have taken to collecting and saving their scraps of fabric for me. I love using teeny tiny pieces of fabrics for my crumb piecing projects, and they feel good that these bits aren’t ending up in the trash. My friend Melissa says it’s like going back to the origin of quilting, sewing together every usable bit of fabric. It was out of necessity way back when. You know, keep the family bed warm with what’s left of dresses and flour sacks. When I get scraps, they come in “Megan Bags” which look something like this:
Yup, this one’s mostly batiks. Aren’t they pretty?! I turn on the TV or Hulu and start the sort. The pieces that are too small even for me (yes, there are a few) go in a bag for community service at one of my quilt guilds. They stuff pillows for the homeless with those bits. The rest, I sort by color into bins.
When I stop for the night, usually when the show is over or the Megan bag is empty, I transfer the sorted fabric into the larger drawers that I use to store scraps. Here’s what some of them will become:
I don’t usually use the small bits, it’s good that you have a fun use for them.
Love your “Megan Bags”! I save and use the bits too — fabric is fabric and costs the same whether it’s yardage or a crumb!
I’m inspired what can be created from scraps! You have me rethinking….how small is considered a scrap. Like you said, you can always use them for stuffing in nothing else. Thanks for sharing at Tuesday Archives. V
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I save all the itty-bits too! As in forever. I figured there must be some reason I’ve dragged them from house to house for all these years so I started piecing what I can into 9-pointed stars. Not sure what I will do with them!