Stash Happy: Patchwork — Review & Giveaway


Posted on June 10th, by Amy in give away, review. 224 comments

Hi there!  I’m excited to have a copy of Stash Happy: Patchwork by Cynthia Shaffer to review, AND Lark has generously offered to send a copy to one of you!  Read on to learn how to win -

Knowing that you love fabric, as much as I do – there’s always little scraps left over from projects, that are to big to toss, but I don’t always have a specific plan for them either.  This book is the solution!  There’s 25 adorable projects to guide and inspire you.  Isn’t the cover fantastic?  Here’s a few of my favorite projects from the book:

Cynthia includes clear, easy to understand instructions for each project, basic embroidery stitches, and general sewing basics.  Including paper-piecing these hexagons, to make this honeycomb sheet set.  So fun and can work with any existing sheet sets, and your favorite splash of color!

As I turned from page to page, I kept thinking, “I want to make that!”  These nesting bowls are adorable – can’t wait to make them!  All the patterns pieces/templates are included in the back of the book.

This Sew on the go kit is so sweet!  The perfect small size to stash in your bag, or have handy on the couch.  It has a pin cushion in the bottom, and pockets for scissors and thread.

The Hobo bag!  So clever, and fantastic – you’ll have to get a copy of the book to know just how clever, but this is another favorite I can’t wait to make!  (maybe even this weekend)

Along with these super projects there’s also pin cushions, a bento box, a cute panda pillow, a girls dress, and ladies skirt!  More home decor includes a bistro set, a chair pad, and a bucket tote – perfect for toys or crafting supplies!

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If you would like to win a copy of Stash Happy: Patchwork -

Leave me a comment about how you organize (or don’t) your scraps!

Personally, when cutting fabric if  pieces no longer need to be folded they get stuck in a bag, to be cut for hexies or kept for later.

I’ll select a winner on Wednesday, June 15th.

Good luck – Amy

 





224 thoughts on “Stash Happy: Patchwork — Review & Giveaway

  1. 1
    rhonda says:

    I have a few glass old-fashioned looking canisters in my sewing room. The small scraps are sorted by color and kept in those. The larger pieces are folded and put in a cute basket. These way they are almost decoration. Makes me feel less weary about not using them. hehehe

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    Bree says:

    My scraps, as they’re cut, go into a laundry basket under my cutting table. When the basket is overflowing, I dump it all onto the floor and sort by size. under 2″ goes in one bag, 2-5″ in another, and 5″+ in another. if I have more than one bagful of a size, they get sorta seperated by color. Then the bags get smushed wherever they fit, lol!

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    Gill says:

    Fabric lengths folded and stored on shelves – meant to be in colours but some seem to wander when I’m not looking!
    Scraps in a plastic box – good to sort out on a rainy day!

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    Nina-Marie says:

    When I was doing a lot of traditional quilting – I would put all my scraps in a bucket. When I was done with a project – I would cut them up into charm squares sizes 2″ – 8″ and then they would go into their respective boxes. That way when I was doing a scrap quilt and needed square, they were there. Now with doing both art and traditional quilting – I still use a bucket but they get sorted into big gallon zip lock bags – by color. I have a set for commercial fabric and a set for hand dyed and batiks. I can’t believe how much I use my scraps now that they are organized this way!!

    I do ALOT of English PP myself – its relaxing and VERY addicting!

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    andrea says:

    i throw all of mine-some as small as a penny(!) into a big basket-i need another basket now ;)

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    I put mine in Plastic Storage boxes ; however they are a mess !! I need to organize them better ! My daughter wanted to know if I had fabric scraps for a sensory box for the grandkids ; I laughed and almost had trouble giving some away ! hah . So now I have a 2 gallon ziploc almost full for them and a box of fleece scraps from project blankets for the kids ! I will get ideas from this post on separating and NEATLY organizing the rest ! YAY!

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    Becky M says:

    My scraps are in Bell Jars inspired by the bottled rainbow quiltalong. I have a bin that they get thrown in as I make them and then they get sorted later.

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    Chris says:

    I am a new sewer and I do not really have enough scraps to worry about ….. yet!

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    lee says:

    I am a terrible organizer of scraps – two bins – one for larger pieces and one for smaller! lol thanks!

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    Grace says:

    I am now so curious about the clever hobo bag! My scraps go into a box of their own so I can look through what I have when I need it!

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    Linda Hall says:

    I organize my scraps by color, and each color has its own box. The boxes are stacked by my cutting table. This system has worked out pretty well for me! That book looks fabulous, thanks for the chance to win!

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    Melissa says:

    My quilter daughter is a scrap collector, so I usually give everything to her and she stores it in one of those cardboard photo boxes you can pick up at the craft store.

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    Q+B says:

    I organize my stash by separating it into batik and non-batiks and put them in a plastic bin. Once the bin starts overflowing – I’ll make a scrap quilt.

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    MoeWest says:

    I use decorative boxes and plastic containers. I have strips separated for a future strip quilt. Selvedges are saved. I keep Christmas fabrics separate from other scraps. The rest are all together. When I have more, I will separate by colour, but it’s not a problem now.
    Thanks for the giveaway. It looks like a fun book.

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    Brie says:

    My solution is simple and easy. I keep them all in a basket :)

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    Diane says:

    I’m not real good at organizing…right now I have some just thrown in a box, some I have cut into 2 1/2″ squares and put in a shoe box, and then of course there are some on the floor! I really should do something about that!

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    Allison Gougeon says:

    I put all my “left overs’ in one bin.

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    Carol says:

    Oooooh — I want to win:) I must admit I am not very organized–I just put scraps in a box, then i root around when I need a certain color.

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    Alli says:

    I put my scraps into ziploc bags — one for each color. Organized, huh? Except the pile of bags occupies the only comfy chair in our computer room!

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    Amy says:

    I’m not organized at all with my scraps…. “larger” pieces are in a box and small pieces are in a large clear ziploc. I was saving selvages as well, now they’re all mixed in in the bag OR box. I know, shame on me huh? ;)

    The book looks really cute – thanks for sharing!

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    Janet Yatska says:

    If they are large, I put them in a tub, if they are small…I bought a stainless steel trashcan for in my sewing room with a locking lid and they go in there…but of course that’s not the “real” trashcan’, lol

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    Lovely book – I store my scraps in colour order in a plastic drawer tower, even teeny scraps don’t get chucked! Jxo

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    Beth says:

    I have a few bins for my scraps but they certainly aren’t organized. That’s one of my summer goals!

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    Rachel D says:

    I put my scraps in ziploc bags sorted by color.

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    Karen says:

    They all go into a plastic drawer to collect for a while. When it is about half full I review the contents and decide if I will keep or throw. Sometimes I make a scrappy “thing” and other times they are put away in colours to wait for another day.

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    Julia says:

    Organize?!!! I’ll let you know when I figure that one out! :) Looks like a great book.

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    I put my scraps in a couple of plastic bins handy to go through when I need to made a small gift item or a bunch of pin cushions for the guild. Thanks for the chance to win.

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    Georgia says:

    I just put them all in a box and look at them longingly that I might get a chance to use them again…..

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    shout4joy says:

    organizing my scraps consists of throwing them in bins of the right color and shoving the mess of scraps away on a shelf :) That is, WHEN I am thinking, otherwise they get tossed in a heap on the end of my cutting table.

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    Suzanne says:

    You highlighted some fun projects and my interest is intrigued! I’m in the midst of organizing scraps but I do tend to sort by color with the exception of one set of scraps from a specific quilt I made. They get shoved into gallon ziploc bags for now. Maybe someday I’ll have nice little boxes to put them in. :-)

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    Deb says:

    Unfortunately, I don’t organize my fabrics…they just get tossed all together in a tote bag. I have several tote bags…they just keep growing! I’d love to win this book for lots of inspiration.

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    Amanda says:

    Looks like a great book! My scraps get thrown into a large basket. It’s not quite large enough though…it’s overflowing currently! I could definitely use this book!

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    Margaret says:

    I sort my scraps by general colour, then put them in plastic boxes with lids. Sounds like it should work, but, alas, once I start rummaging around looking for that scrap that would be perfect with whatever project I’m on, all organization goes out the window!

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    Nancy D. says:

    I’ve got three plastic tubs. One is for the lighter/brighter colors: reds, pinks, yellows, orange. One is for darker colors: blue, green, purple, brown. And the third is for multicolored and blacks. If the scraps are big enough, I’ll fold them and put them in another group of smaller bins sorted by individual colors. For a long time if I didn’t have a large enough piece, I’d toss it. After I started following blogs earlier this year I realized how many things I could use the smaller scraps on I started keeping them. Looks like a great book!

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    Jocelyn says:

    What a cute book! My scraps get stashed into plastic shoe boxes, and also tossed into bags for future projects. Thanks for sharing about this very cute book.

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    Kristina says:

    well, I don’t have too many scraps, and I just keep them in a bag and use them, when neccessary. not too sophisticated, is it? :-))

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    Lisa Marie says:

    Recently I’ve been sorting my scraps by color, all neatly pressed and folded and stored in plastic tubs. I still have a lot to sort through though — and they are all just jumbled in a big basket. I really need to use some of them up!

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    Staci says:

    I usually just throw my scraps in a basket and once it’s full I’ll separate them all by size and project. I’ll usually have piles for hexies, patchwork projects, and a pile of scraps I’m sick of and ready to do a scrap swap with someone. The book looks really cute. I love the bowl project. :)

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    Karen says:

    the only way I can say I organize my scraps is that I put them in small boxes and stack them on my shelves. I keep saying I am going to cut into squares and rectangles so they will be ready to use and I never get around to it.
    Karen
    http://karensquilting.com/blog/

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    Me gusta guardar hasta el pedacito más chiquitio porque seguro para algo lo voy a usar, tengo una bolsa enorme jajajjajaj
    gracias por el regalo espero tener suerte!!!
    saludos desde Argentina♥♥♥

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    KT says:

    I don’t have many scraps yet, but what I do have, I’ve cut down into squares, bricks and strips and stacked in a shoe box to use to make a scrap quilt–I have several patterns picked out from Bonnie Hunter’s books and website. Thanks for the chance to win!

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    Valerie Boudier says:

    I have boxes of squares and strips of various sizes cut from my scraps but also loads in boxes and plastic bags waiting to be sorted

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    Before I had my Go! cutter all my scraps were shoved into one of those plastic rolling cart with drawers. Now I throw them into a small tub. Once it is full, I drag out the Go! and cut my scraps into various sizes and shapes.

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    Wendy says:

    Bigger scraps get folded and put bag in the glass cabinet behind my machine. Small scraps get put in a large plastic “baggy”…Just waiting for this book…

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    Lori says:

    I don’t really have a system, but I am starting to try to cut my scraps into 2 1/2 inch blocks or strips when I finish a project. Thanks for a chance to win.

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    Liz says:

    I don’t have that many scraps yet, but they just all get put in a bag. In general my sewing stuff is completely not organized.

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    Carol says:

    I am VERY organized..except for what’s on my tables ~lol~
    I live by plastic totes bought at Walmart. My scraps are in small plastic stack totes organized by color.

    The book looks good with cute projects. I’d love to win it.

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    Tabatha says:

    I want this book!

    Organize scraps? Really? I have one basket for large scraps and one basket for small. That’s it, for now…

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    I used to keep my scraps in one of those rolling plastic organizers with drawers. The drawers were separated as lights, mediums, and darks. When I moved, I ended up giving away many of my scraps so the ones that are left are in a gallon plastic storage bag.

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    wendy says:

    I “organise” my scraps by chucking them all in a big box! I do have plans to sort them out by colour at some point, but I’m not sure when that’ll happen!

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    Karyn Ashley-Smith says:

    I sort my scraps by color… but I’ll be reading all the answers posted here for better ways. Great question! Thank you! (Cool giveaway too….Thank you for that!)

  52. 52

    What a cute book! Unfortunately my scraps are just piled in with the rest of my fabric. Someday, when I have my “ultimate craft room,” I’ll figure out a cool way to store them. ;)

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    Nancy says:

    This book has so many clever ideas and I love the fabrics used. With Christmas not that far away, this looks like a great inspiration go to book.

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    Carol says:

    If the scraps are big I make pincushions and give them away as gift for my quilting friends. If the scraps are very small I cut them up into little pieces and use to stuff the pincushions with:) If the scraps are medium size I’m keep them in a hat box to make a scrappy quilt one day.

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    Annaliese says:

    I have a few clear shoe-box size plastic bins that get to house my scraps. I’ve got them into teeny, small, and mediumish sizes. Pretty in precise, but it seems to do the trick :)

    Thanks for the chance!

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    angelina says:

    i would be over the big moon to win this book.
    my organization is much better than it used to be.
    perhaps because my stash is dwindled down to near nothing..
    but it sits folded, or not, in a 1970′s blue vinyl suitcase !

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    Carol Sc says:

    Hmmm — I wish I could say I was completely(!) organized — I make attempts, but never seem to get caught up. I cut strips of 1 1/2″, 2″, 2 1/2″ and 3 1/2″ and store them in plastic tubs (with hopes of, someday, separating them by lights and darks). I also cut the same size squares. Strings are thrown into a bucket(s) and the too small pieces are put into plastic bags and donated to some wonderful gals, that make pet beds for the local animal shelter.

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    Julie says:

    That book is so amazing! My scraps right now are just in a basket waiting for inspiration!!

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    Betsy McMahon says:

    What cute designs in the book!

    I use the method my mom always did. She layered like or coordinating scraps in little piles with the largest piece on the bottom and then rolled them up and tied them with a strip too narrow to be used otherwise. They stay wrinkle free and the rolls look nice in clear plastic totes.

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    Jenny says:

    SCRAPS … they are never ending and are shoved into various boxes…although i do keep strips together…the rest is a mess
    this is a fun book! ive looked thru it at a shop! thanks for a chance

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    Miss Nancy says:

    What a great book and what a wonderful review. My scraps are neatlt arranged in stacks in drawers and cabinets according to projects they were used for. I am far from being completely organized just sort of organized.

    Have a super great sewing and stitching day.

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    Karen says:

    I throw all my scraps in a big bin, which I have decided is a bad idea. I’m going to start sorting them into colour groups in an attempt to be more organised!

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    ga447 says:

    I have a basket for hexies, two baskets under my table for mug rugs and one for scraps that need to be cut up in different sizes.
    I am a lover of scraps.

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    Lily says:

    Hi! I’m new to quilting so my scraps are currently just thrown in one box, but soon I will need a better organizing system!

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    I have one giant bin where all the leftovers go and I wouldn’t really call that organized.

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    Melinda says:

    What a cool question to ask! Okay, so my mom taught me a long time ago to keep those zip lock bags that you get when you buy sheet sets or bedding because they’re good for storage. Mine are marked with 1″, 1.5″, 2″, 2.5″ and Bits. As I get pieces that I can cut into strips, I go ahead and cut them, dividing them into the bag where they go. If they’re too small for that, they go in the Bits bag. There is a lady in my quilting guild who is also a member of the American Quilter’s Society. There’s someone in their group called the “Ugly Quilt Lady” who takes bits and pieces to create quilts for the homeless so I give her my bits. Funny how larger pieces find their way into that bag as well sometimes!

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    Melanie says:

    I just throw them all into a wicker basket. This would be great!

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    Jennifer says:

    I keep my scraps in clear bage like pillow cases and sheets come in. That way I can see what I’ve got

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    Holly says:

    Currently I have my scraps somewhat sorted by color into ziplocs. Needs more work!

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    Melissa P says:

    What a wonderful book of projects! My scraps get thrown into plain white paper gift bags sorted by designer. When I’m ready to play with them, I have easy access to the vibe I’m using for that project.

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    I have my scraps in tubs by color. They are all sizes from snippets to smaller than fat quarters. I use them for applique, so small works for me often. If I need a color for an applique, I just pull out a tub of that color and look through it. Not perfect, but works for me.

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    Irina says:

    I sort them by size and keep them in sealed bags. For the left over binding, I use toilet rolls to have them all rolled up. And they all go into the “leftover scraps” box

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    Jenn says:

    I can’t say my fabric is organized, much less my scraps, but most of the smaller ones are in sandwich bags.

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    Christine says:

    Well, I kind of organize my scraps. The small ones just get tossed into a basket and ones that are a bit bigger and can still be folded get put into a small platic tote. I don’t have a ton of scraps so this works for now!

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    duff says:

    I have a pink metal gardening tub I bought for the yard. No, it never made it outside because I threw a scrap in there just to hold it for a day or two. oops.

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    Sandy N. says:

    I have just recently organized my scraps by color. I went to the Dollar store and bought a bunch of matching baskets to store them in. I put everything that is an 1/8yd or smaller in these with the plan to one day use them in some scrap quilts. I like your idea of cutting hexis. I may have to do that.=) Thanks for the opportunity to win.

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    Susan says:

    My scraps are all in plastic bins, with no rhyme or reason. Someday I’ll organize them. Someday. :)

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    De says:

    Love reading all the ideas! I have anything smaller than 2″ in one bin and larger in another ~ love the idea of jars by color!! Thanks for the giveaway! Looks like a great book!

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    NancyJL says:

    My “organization” of scraps was a big basket. Now I sort by color and use my GO! to cut my scraps into various shapes that I can use later. Thanks for the giveaway, book looks great.

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    robin says:

    I’m new to this, so my scraps are only a small pile right now. :)

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    Amy Newbold says:

    I organize by clear bins! I make sure that anything I buy I need to put away immediately or else it will end up in a hot mess. I try to do the same with my scrap unless I’m leaving them out for another WIP. I’ve also put my WIPs in clear ziplock bag because fabric falling here in there isn’t cool.

    Thanks for the giveaway! I want to make that hobobag!!

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    lisa swinney says:

    i have big tub, and eventually get them into little tubs if they are small or “project sacks”

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    Judy C in NC says:

    Ahhh – I would love to win that Stash Happy Patchwork book – what a fantastic giveaway. I do organize my “leftovers” by cutting into 5″, 6-1/2″ and 10″ sqaures (if scrap is big enough) and 2-1/2″ strips for the rest. Small scraps are always cut 2-1/2″ squares. These provide me with the most opportunity for using in quilts I would make. Thanks for the wonderful opportunity. Judy C in NC

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    Rae says:

    I have one of those fabric square containers from a big box store’s organizing aisle. All the scraps go in there. Occasionally I’ll sort through and cut 2.5″ and 5″ squares from them, but mostly it is just all in there until I decide to go through it if I need something small.

    Eventually I want to sort it into pieces and strips, but haven’t gotten there yet… and far in the future eventually, I hope to have enough to sort by color, etc.

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    Robyn says:

    I mostly sew dresses for my girls, I have cut my scraps from making their dresses in to 4 1/2″ squares and 2 1/2″ squares to make quilts for all four of them. I also save all my satin scraps to make flowers.
    I keep all my scraps in baskets, scraps waiting to be cut and the already cut scraps organized by size.

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    Donna~~ says:

    Looks like a fascinating book with lots of new ideas! I cut my scraps into squares or strips (whichever works best for their shape) and the odd ball pieces go into a drawer to be sorted into ziplocks by color.

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    Martha says:

    I have a tub that I keep all my scraps in, but it is quickly over-flowing! Now I have a pile of scraps sitting on top of my scrap box.

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    bess says:

    i have four photo boxes behind my sewing machine, so when i trim and have scraps, i just sort them into the appropriate box. fabulous giveaway!

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    Teje says:

    Hi! That book looks very inviting! My tiny tiny scraps are in one box and my tiny scraps are in other boxer by colours! Would be great to find new ideas to use them!
    Thank you for sharing this lovely book!

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    Gidget says:

    I have a big basket I toss all my scraps into. Someday I plan to go through them and put them into color cordinated tubs….someday.

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    Phyllis O'Connor says:

    After moving my stash 3 times in 4 years (including across the country), any of the many organizational systems I tried to use has disintegrated. Only the 1 1/2″ strips survive in a large plastic bin. But I have made many quilts from scraps, & they are my favorites. Thanks for the opportunity to win the book.
    Phyllis

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    Sonia B says:

    I’m finally getting enough scraps that I need to start thinking about that ;) Thanks for the chance!

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    Denny says:

    I keep scraps in clear plastic jars, but those are fuul, so now I’m in the plastic bag mode.

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    Jackie says:

    Scraps I have in abundance since I hate to throw anything away and I’m now working on sewing projects for grandchildren that makes for a big stash of mostly small bits. I generally try roll all the little bits into a neat little package and hold it all together with a little straight pin or stuff them into fold top sandwich baggies (if they are really tiny) then into the stash box they go. I can’t remember how many times I’ve found just the right piece in the stash box to finish a tiny project.
    I growl when my hubby asks if we really need to keep all this stuff!

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    Pam says:

    Hello Amy!
    Thanks for another good book review. My ends and scraps go into a clear plastic ziplock baggie by color…that is all the warm colors go into one bag and the cool colors into another. In fact each project that I don’t finish is kept in its own bag until it is a finished product; that way I don’t lose important “scraps” that can be used to finish the project.

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    Sallie says:

    I have 2 plastic boxes – one for darks; one for lights.

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    JIL says:

    It is always lovely to read books like this one and get the sparks of inspiration happening. As for my scrappy bits, they get posted through the cut-out handles of a sturdy and generous cloth-covered lidded box that lives just under the cutting table . When I’m looking for smaller pieces, I can take the lid off and start digging…actually after reading other’s solutions, I might line it with a clear plastic bag to let me pull it out and see the scraps more thoroughly! Thanks to all!

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    Lindsay says:

    I just use a couple of canvas bins right now, but I don’t have a huge stash of scraps yet – but I’m working on it!

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    Mary Jo Larson says:

    I have tried organizing scraps by colors, these are little scraps, and I have a drawer of floral, vintage looking fabric, I have a bin of blues for a blue and white project some day, I have a tote of plaid shirts to recycle for a plaid guy quilt and the list goes on. Basically I do a major search about once a week looking for something. Would love the book since I am always looking for ways to use all of this fabric that doesn’t have a home/plan.

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    Elisabeth says:

    I have one big box into which I throw all my scraps. It’s overflowing so I will have to find a different system or win a book that helps me use the scraps :-)

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    Heather says:

    I’ve got two bins…one for pieces that are too small to cut any more and one for strips and bigger pieces that could be cut again.

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    sew.what. says:

    Haha…. organzie. I’m not in that category. I have 2 priority mail boxes under my cutting table. I just throw scraps down in that general direction. Some don’t even make it in the boxes. That’s it. Once they are overflowing I will go through and neatly fold or stack them, but that’s about it.

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    Kelsey says:

    I organize larger pieces of fabric by folding them and putting them into tubs. The smaller scrap pieces get thrown into another box which is used for miscellaneous projects.

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    Sandi Price says:

    I have plastic shoeboxes for bigger scraps, a chest of drawers for “yardage” and strings and crumbs go into big zipper bags. Not greatly organized, but better than all of it in those drawers or bags like I used to do.

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    I use shoe boxes from the dollar store.I basically do 2,2.5,3,4,5,6 inch strips and 4,5,6 inch square. What I really need to do is start using them!

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    I usually cut scraps into various sizes of squares, but I also keep a laundry basket of odd-shaped scraps to hunt through for particular projects!

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    Organizing scraps? Are you kidding me? Mine are in a box and thrown in as they accumulate in no order at all. Organizing them is one of my “to-do” things. I think I might con my 8 year old granddaughter into organizing them by color as a summer project. Then she can choose whatever she wants and I can start teaching her to sew.
    I’d love a chance to win this book.

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    Patty says:

    Oh I have boxes of different size scraps but don’t have much storage room so I’m thinking I need to consolidate or better sort them so I can find what I want! This looks like a great book

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    Paula says:

    I tend to be much disorganized with my scraps, but try to separate them into : tiny ones in small ziploc bags by colour, strips in a laaaaarge plastic storage box, and scants of FQs into another. But when working always mess them up. :)
    Tks fr the chance! xoxo

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    Amy says:

    I just keep my scraps in a big bag. Not very exciting :)

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    Pam Smothermon says:

    I would love this book. My scraps are thrown into plastic organizer drawers and that’s about as far as it ever gets. :(

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    Edit Takacs says:

    Bottles, I think it is sorted by color.

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    Stacie says:

    Being new to quilting, I don’t have a huge stash to organize. But I do try to separate scraps by color families, keeping bags of cools, warms, and neutrals.

    Thanks for the great opportunity to win this book — I plan to have LOTS of scraps to repurpose someday!

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    Vicky says:

    I shove them all in a plastic box and sort into colours as i need them. They are often tipped out all over the floor of the study for all to tread around! You just never know which bit you’ll need.

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    Stephanie C. says:

    I have a small bin where scraps go. anything smaller then 2.5″ square goes into a ziploc inside the box, everything else is loose in there. I’ve been saving as small as 1.5″ square because I’ve seen a few cool blocks I’d like to try that use that size squares.

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    Everything is by colour, always by colour. except for the small stuff, they get their own storage.

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    Amy says:

    I don’t have a lot of scraps:( I’m just a beginner:)

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    Esther says:

    I keep all my scraps in an old cuban cigar box! I just started quilting and don’t have a lot of scraps yet. I’ll probably have to come up with a better solution when the box gets full!

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    Amorette says:

    mine is also more of a lack of organization- i think i need to just use them up ASAP, so they don’t get lost in the shuffle! it looks like these are great ways to do just that!

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    Christy says:

    I have a little basket hanging at the end of my cutting table, where I toss my scraps. When it’s full, I sort the scraps, by color, into plastic shoe-box type storage bins.

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    Mary says:

    Oh, I don’t organise my scraps but I want to, I just get distracted when I get that big bag out and then a find some in another cupboard! One day when I have more space I will do it… thanks for the chance to win it looks like a great book.

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    Beth says:

    I have scraps in ziplock bags – and they are slippy little things! Sometimes I have an avalanche!

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    Brenda says:

    I have a square clear zippered bag that my last set of sheets came in that I have been throwing my scraps in. Would love to win!

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    Beverly Atkins says:

    I neatly fold all my scraps and then throw them in a basket in the closet. Don’t really know why I fold them.

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    I keep my scraps just as they are, altogether, when I finish a project, there is a pretty good chance that I will eventually go back to that “colorway” and all those colors will still be there, altogether. Then I can pull the bigger pieces that I need and supplement with additional purchases if needed.

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    My larger pieces of fabric are stored in large plastic bins, but I do not recommend this because although they are clean, they have started smelling musty over the years. I have my fat quarters stored in a wooden CD tower and my smaller scraps are in bags right now. I really need a better way to store all of them all!

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    Angie says:

    I struggle with organization, mostly due to procrastination and laziness. My scraps are organized with the bigger pieces folded and stored in one bag and the smaller pieces piled together in another bag.

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    Hi … loving that hobo bag … very curious …

    My scraps go into big boxes randomly and then get cut into 5″ or 2.5 squares or strips … eventually!

    I’m a bit more organised about it now, but need to go back and sort out the ones that got away!

    Thanks for the chance to win such a great looking book

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    Gloria Mannel says:

    What a cute book for all those little scraps that I didn’t know why I saved them, but I did anyway. I have a friend in Phoenix who would love that cactus pincushion. How cute and simple!

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    KatheG says:

    I have my scraps in one shoe size box that is now full (had been tossing many away); have filled up a couple of quart size canning jars and am now using a plastic shopping bag (not sure how I got one of those since I usualy have a fabric bag). Thanks for the giveaway.

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    Kimberly says:

    I organize my scraps by color in plastic shoe boxes. I have 10 right now and a few are over flowing. If I win, the book could help me use some of those up. Thanks!

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    LisaT says:

    I sort of subscribe to the fold rule too… if it’s not big enough to fold it goes in one plastic container, in the other I it is. Thanks!

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    Manda says:

    All my scraps are chucked in a box! Not very organised!

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    Andrea says:

    How fun would that be to win. I have a large bin I throw everything in, I have to sit on it to get it closed – I want to make a scrappy tumbler quilt when I clear out all my current projects. I love this more than just a comment. Thanks.

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    Linda D says:

    Large pieces of fabric are folded and put in baskets. Smaller pieces are in a box to be sorted later.

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    Liz says:

    Er, With the best will in the world I try to bag scraps by themes, or projects I’m working on and then these bags either go back with the larger fabric pieces in a box with other fabric of that kind…. sounds to good to be true, or else – the baggies get bagged in a big bag (recycled from something prepackaged) which lives an interesting life under my cutting table. “Interesting” because it expands and contracts without me touching it! Very scary.

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    Kathy says:

    LOVE those nested bowls! I have a square bin on the floor next to my cutting table, and I just toss them into the bin! Thanks for the giveaway!
    kbzelazny@gmail.com

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    Linda says:

    I sort my scraps by colors into plastic bins for fat quarters and smaller. Larger than that I have shelves and still use the color system. EXCEPT for batiks, novelty, etc.

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    Karen Go says:

    I throw all my scraps into drawers.now, if I could close them….

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    Karen says:

    Mostly my scraps are in zip loc bags but I do now have a few jars filled with specific colours on the shelf. Thx for the chance :o)

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    Lindsay says:

    Plastic tubs with lids–though I really need to get some more, so I can be semi organized with scraps. I also have some in paper bags, some on the floor, some on my sewing table…

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    MarciaW says:

    I keep lil schnibbles in small clear baggies. My mother’s leftovers of larger foldable pieces go into plastic bins sorted by color. Normally I do not have much leftover after making a quilt other than the itty-bitties. She uses yardage and I normally use fqs, come up short, and raid her fabric bins! Thanks for the giveaway because I like making scrap quilts from my mother’s old fabrics.

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    Christine M says:

    I usually fold up the smaller scraps in with the larger pieces. That way when I need to use a small piece, I look at the scrap size first.

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    Pat V. says:

    I sort my scraps by color and put them in clear plastic shoe boxes. I also have a box of 2.5 inch strips, and one of 1.5 inch strips. It makes it so much easier to find what I need!

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    Allison C says:

    I have many hard plastic containers full, but typically they sit on the table and pile up before i manage to put them away. I have no organization to the scrap “buckets”, but maybe one day I will…OR I will use them before I need to organize!

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    CitricSugar says:

    How do I organize my scraps? Hmmm… loosely? :-) I have a basket that holds most pieces that are smaller than an 1/8th but once they get niblet sized, they go in big ziplocs.

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    María Cristina says:

    I have very few remains, stored in one plastic box because I am a new quilter … I think they are many color ordain ….
    Thanks for the opportunity to participate and win the book!

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    Patty says:

    I attempt to organize my scraps, but my granddaughter un-organizes them just as fast. At almost 10, she is a fabric artist in her own right. Love the things she makes for family and friends.

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    Heather says:

    I’m newish to quilting. So far my scraps are neatly stacked in 2 shoeboxes.

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    Janine says:

    I sort scraps by size and organize them in stacking letter trays kept in my sewing closet. I love the fabric baskets pictured from this book. Thanks for the chance to win!

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    MarciaW says:

    I keep lil scraps in small clear baggies. My Moms leftovers of larger foldable pieces go into plastic bins sorted by color. Normally I do not have much leftover after making a quilt other than the itty-bitties. She uses yardage and I normally use fqs, come up short, and raid her fabric bins! Thanks for the book giveaway because I like making scrap quilts from my mother’s old fabrics.

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    Sarah says:

    I don’t as of yet organize scraps. I have been thinking i need to though.

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    Becky says:

    I’ll be honest- my version of organizing scraps is just making sure they all get put in the same place. I’m pretty happy with that.

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    Jo says:

    My scraps are the thing nightmears are made of! I have some sorted by color and then I gave up! I have large cardboard boxes under the cutting table, when I have a scrap it goes in the box when the box is full it goes in the corner, when I need something I just start pulling out boxes and digging!
    The book looks great what a wonderful prize for the giveaway winner.hanks

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    Barbara says:

    I try to be organized and put my scraps into sandwhich baggies as I am working on a project, but if you look at my sewing room it is a mess right now. I am more interested in cutting/ sewing then cleaning up…:)

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    Kirsten N says:

    I try to keep scraps together organized by colour or a particular fabric line if I have enough.

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    Cecilia says:

    The projects in this book look really cute. Thank you for a chance to win a copy.

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    Fran says:

    I only get around to organizing my scraps when the container I keep them in is full to overflowing & then I trim the straggly ends & sort them by color.

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    ann says:

    Big scraps are put back in my fabric bin which is arranged by color most of the time. Little scraps go into a canister on my sewing table. Currently, I’m crocheting stringy scraps into a round rug, adding as I get more stringy scraps. It’s turning out kinda cute.

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    Ann says:

    Big scraps are put back in my fabric bin which is arranged by color most of the time. Little scraps go into a canister on my sewing table all willy nilly. Currently, I’m crocheting stringy scraps into a round rug, adding as I get more stringy scraps. It’s turning out kinda cute.

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    nadila says:

    I have a basket to keep all my scraps and arranged by color.

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    hafza says:

    I sorted my scraps based on the fabric type, colors and size. This lead me to have a few baskets and boxes of scraps. Big scraps will folded and arranged on the shelves.

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    Michelle says:

    I have just started saving my scraps so I’m going to listen to everyone else’s ideas!

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    Mary Lynn says:

    I would love a copy of this book. The cactus is adorable! I use small clear plastic boxes with lids for my scraps. That way I can put the lid on and stop them from getting out!

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    Allie says:

    What a good looking book – I made a cactus pincushion about 18 years ago, my mom nabbed it, lol! Are you supposed to organize your scraps? I just put them in drawers – and pull as needed, lol!

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    Melissa says:

    Looks like a great book! I have some very small baskets on the same shelf as my stash and I sort them by color. Two colors to a basket (red/pink, blue/green, orange/yellow, etc). I’m quickly filling them though so I need to come up with another idea.

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    Scraps? Organised? I started putting them in a plastic shoe storage box but I often use the scraps up on a scrappy binding for the quilts I make. I admit to throwing out very small scraps – I just don’t have lots of storage room. After two years of quilting I still only have one small box of scraps. Sigh.

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    Lorraine says:

    I used to give away my scraps to my aunt-in-law who quilts. Now that I quilt, however…I have my fat quarters all sorted out and in their own little plastic drawer and the actual scraps are just hanging out in a big zip-lock bag. They used to be in a plastic container until I needed the plastic container for something else. :)

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    JoAnne says:

    I have a couple shelves in the closet of my sewing room. One shelf is for swapped charms from my guild. Another has boxes with squares, 2 1/2″ and 3″. There’s also a box of 5 x 2″ rectangles. When I’m finished cutting a fabric for a particular quilt, I cut a few 2 1/2″ strips (cut 1 strip into squares), 5″ charms, and some 5 x 2″ pieces until the fabric is used up. I’m not saving anything but cut pieces anymore. While the rotary cutter is in my hand and the fabric is on the cutting table, it all gets cut.

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    Billie K says:

    I bought a lot of the plastic shoe boxes for my scraps and quickly filled them up so down I have extra piles and try to give some of them to a good friend.

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    Beth T. says:

    I sort by size: large swaths, mid-size pieces, and strips each go into their own drawers. I also keep little random snippets of fabric in a cute box…I haven’t known what I would do with them but was loathe to throw them away. Perhaps if I win this book I’ll have an idea ;)

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    Peggy says:

    hmmm, I have several ways to keep scraps. If it is about the size of a Fat quarter, it goes back on the shelf. if I can cut any 1.5″ squares, I cut them right then & it goes with the “aways in progress” scrap quilt. anything in between goes in a clear vinyl shoe organizer that hangs on the backside of my sew-room door, sorted by colour.

    Love to win, the books looks interest and FUN!

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    Lotti says:

    At the moment they just get stuffed into a bag under my workstation, I do plan to organise them better once I have organised my house and workspace better!

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    kathy harris says:

    I am working on reorganizing my sewing area. I just bought some new plastic boxes in different sizes and actually labeled them so I know what is in them. I also like to use decorative tins to store my scraps in. Big popcorn tins are great.

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    Joyce Mitchell says:

    I have a couple of plasic containers that I throw scraps into. I’ve recently tried to start cutting them into usable shapes. Thanks the for the great giveaway.

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    Jodi says:

    I have just started my first quilt so I am now getting some scraps and at the moment I am just keeping them in a bag within the bag I am keeping all the fabric for the quilt in case I decide to use the scraps for a border or to peice a couple of cushion covers to match the quilt. We will see.

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    I keep my scraps in plastic see through bins! :)

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    Sasha says:

    I feel put to shame by how organised some people are! I have a drawer that is full of scraps, when needed the whole thing gets tipped on the floor…

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    Leslie says:

    I organize my scraps, fabrics, etc by colour unless they are a fabric design grouping picked for a special project, they don’t get organized, hoping I will start the project!
    As I’m cutting fabric, I save the selvage edges for a friend and then I do as you do, cut them up into 2.5 inch squares for future hexies! Anything left over is in no shape to use for other things!
    This little book will be perfect for me!
    Thanks to you and Lark for the give away!
    Take care, Leslie

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    Alecia says:

    I tend to stuff scraps in bags of other scraps, no real organization to speak of, I’m hoping when we move into the new house and I get a (*GASP*) sewing room there will be more organization.

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    Terry says:

    I actually haven’t finished organizing my craft room so alot of things are still just thrown into canvas or plastic boxes. My scraps are in a large canvas bin. Maybe someday I will get it together. I love the book and would love to win. Thank you for the chance.

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    Patty says:

    My scraps all go into 1 big tote. I need to cut them to a specific size and do away with some of the tiny ones I know I’ll never use.

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    Hi Amy,
    I put larger pieces of fabric (10″x10″)in my cabinets organized by color. I put smaller pieces in a big rubbermaid bin for smaller stash projects like those in the book! I hope I win!

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    jopsy says:

    mine are in colour piles (just about ;)

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    Patty D says:

    I’ve just started to organize by cutting strips Haven’t made anything yet.

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    I just organized my scraps by signing up for a scrap swap, filling large envelopes full of scraps and requesting I get fewer back than I sent out. I can actually open my scrap bin again without cringing. (Yup it was that bad). The book looks great! It would be nice to win.

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    Cindy says:

    I am up to two ziploc bags of scraps. I am just gathering ideas for my future need to organize scraps. I have read enough to know that I shouldn’t throw them away anymore. There are just so many great ideas for scrap quilts and projects. I am plain old excited to organize them. I love the clear bottle idea because you can see all the beauty in the colors displayed on the shelf. Love your blog and thanks Cindy

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    Cris A says:

    I don’t organize my scraps….yet. It’s my goal this summer to do it……yeah right. :) I’d love a copy of the book, maybe it will motivate me! Thanks for the chance to win :)

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    in drawers, by color. :)

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    Hilary says:

    I have a basket that they all get shoved into and periodically I bribe the small quilarys to sort them into colour groups so I have half a chance of knowing what’s in there – mind you as the smalls get older and less inclined to help I am discovering that my “sorting system” is getting more and more useless!

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    Heather says:

    I have several boxes which I hold under my working table and where I put my scraps according to their length. I am always trying to use them whenever possible. When the boxes overflow,I put it all into a special larger bag.

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    Beth says:

    I have ziploc bags that I have labeled on the outside: 2″ strips, 3″ squares, etcc. When I’m cutting a pattern and have leftovers, if I know what the sizes are I “file” them accordingly. Random sizes and shapes go in a random bag.

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    Hi Amy! I have a couple of small bins that I keep for scraps, then I go through them once they are full and sort by color, and sometimes by project idea if I happen to know what I would like to do with them, and trash ones that I no longer want.

    Thanks for the chance at the give away, it looks like a great book!!

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    Marti says:

    Sadly, at the moment, I toss them all over the living room.

    I’ve got to say, there are moment when it is nice to live alone.

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    Sandra Davidson says:

    Oh boy I sure could use a book like that, right now my left over fabrics are mostly in a big basket some have been cut into 2 1/2″ strips when I have time.

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    Noga Lewis says:

    I put my scraps in zip lock bags, not sorted by any criteria (color, size). Very disorganized…

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    Linda says:

    THANKS AMY! A REALLY NEAT GIVEAWAY!

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    I don’t. They’re stuffed in a Ziploc bag and then stuffed in with my stash.

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    Jodi Sellers says:

    That book looks soooo cute, I haven’t seen it before at all. I don’t really organize my scraps, except I have one of those big square shopping bags filling up with selvages and scraps less than 2.5″ (good for hexagons), go into a ziplock bag in case I ever decide to do more of the tiny hexagons or for a ticker tape for the Bottle Rainbows quilt I am going to do. I don’t really have my fabrics sorted by color or anything either.

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    Julie says:

    If they are big enough scraps I put them back with the other fabrics of that type or color. If they are small its bags.
    I would love to win the book it looks so fun.

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    Julie says:

    If they are big enough scraps I put them back with the other fabrics of that type or color. If they are small its bags.
    I would love to win the book it looks so fun.

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    Susan says:

    OMG! That book sounds perfect for me. I haven’t delved into the big quilting projects (yet) since I really enjoy working on fabric “things”. As for how I organize my scraps, my “modus operandi” is organized chaos. Somehow I just know (or usually know) where a certain stash of scraps are. I do need to be better though because I certainly waste too much time looking for something and am crushed when I can’t find it.

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    anne says:

    I just have a few ziplocs full of scraps. Many are too small to use, but I hate to waste anything! Thanks and have a great day.

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    Tove Leggett says:

    Looks like a neat book! the towels in the one picture sure are a cute idea

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    Tove Leggett says:

    Looks like a neat book! the towels in the one picture sure are a cute idea.
    I organize mine ininto size of scrap, then when its get to small it goes in a bag. However this is how its supposed to be organized! But it doesn’t always make it there.!
    another thing i’ve done that I love is i have folded my fatquearters and stuck them vertically into a clear jar its really pretty

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    Mystica says:

    I have no particular method of storage – but it is folded and kept the bigger pieces.

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    Mystica says:

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    Alfa says:

    if is an small piece of fabric, i just put it a very cute box i have for that if is big i put it in a big plastic envelope with other fabrics. thanks for the chance.

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    Deb says:

    I am ashamed to admit that my scraps are stored in a xerox box. They are unorganized, thrown in there and just at total mess! I am on a mission though to organize that disaster zone and separate them but I’m so not there yet… My box has begun to overflow now so I must do something quick!! I’ll be on the lookout for some great scrap projects!

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    Messy Karen says:

    i have laundry baskets for each color for large pieces. and i used to just throw in a big bag the smaller scraps. now anything smaller gets immediately into a few specific size scraps until i have enough to make those scrappy blocks i have picked out. i love the hobo bag!

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    Angela d. says:

    I put all my scraps in a medium sized tote/box. I try to sew up a few string blocks each week to keep my scraps in check. I’ll put the blocks together for a quilt at some point in the future.

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    Recently developed the habit of cutting my project scraps into charms/strips. So far so good, but haven’t made anything from them just yet. They do look so nice and neat now as opposed to the overflowing cardboard box stuffed under my cutting table!

    Thanks for the giveaway! :)

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    Colleen says:

    I organize my scraps by color in small totes. Im hoping to startcutting some in to shapes and store them that way.

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    Clare says:

    I have an old ice cream container that I put all my fabric scraps in. (Cheap and good for recycling for the planet) Unless they are largish pieces and they get folded up. My daughter loves my scraps container and enjoys making things out of them. She made me a little girl recently out of different scraps by cutting out shapes and sticky taping them together — was so cute and very creative!

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    Pat says:

    I try to organize 2″, 3-1/2″ and 5″ squares in plastic tubs.
    2-1/2″ strips are put into bags according to lights, darks, flannels.
    5″ charms are stacked on book shelves.
    They are handy but could probably be better organized.
    But works for me.
    Love your blog.

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    My scraps that I don’t have plans for are keep in a bin and then cut into strips. I have room for improvement for sure!

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    christi R says:

    I put all my scraps in a pile and then look at them to give me inspiration. Then when I need to clean up the basement I shove them all in drawers!

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    Shirley says:

    I can’t wait to go back and read how everybody organizes their scraps because I need some serious help in that department. This book looks great. Thanks for a chance to win it. :)

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    Paulina says:

    I don’t have much scraps yet, so I keep them all in one plastic bag. However, when the pile becomes bigger I guess I’ll need to sort them somehow by color.

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    I have followed the Bonnie Hunter method of organizing/citing my scraps. I have labeled plastic bins by strip size, squares, fq’s, less than a yard, yardage, strings, crumbs, solids, batiks, etc. Works for me.

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    Sarah G says:

    I have a desk that was my husband’s grandmother’s desk. I was so happy to receive the desk and now have made it into my “craft” desk. Projects that I am currently working on get priority in and on the desk. I have other spots that I store scraps and larger pieces. One large drawer and “hanging” storage cubes for the closet. My favorite small scraps go into a basket that I use quite often.

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    Terri Fisher says:

    I organize my smallest scraps in a colour-coded bin system, and everything else I follow Bonnie Hunter’s system – it has finally got my scraps under control!

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    Melissa says:

    This looks like a great book. I love that travel sewing kit. Cute and practical. What more could a girl ask for?
    I used to keep my scraps organized by color, but my small bins quickly started overflowing. Now I just keep them all in a large plastic tote. Going through it is kind of like a treasure hunt. I never know what I might find!

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    Melissa says:

    This looks like a great book. Love that travel sewing kit. Cute and practical. What more could a girl ask for?
    I used to keep my scraps organized by color, but my small binds quickly started overflowing. Now I just keep them all in a large plastic tote. It’s kind of fun digging through. I never know what treasures I might find.



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