I think most quilters hate throwing out scraps, so we collect drawers full of them. For me, those scraps include leftover quilt batting. Since you need to leave a border in your quilt sandwich there are always lots of extra batting pieces left behind when you trim up the final quilt. I can’t bear to throw them out and I tell myself I’ll make coasters. Lots of coasters! But I never do…
A while back, I took an hour to get those scraps organized and it’s made a big difference. I sorted them roughly by size and then quickly measured them and labeled them. I mean quickly, too. I was only looking for an “at least” measurement – I didn’t stop to square them up or get precise. I threw out any scraps that weren’t at least 4″ wide.
I folded each scrap into whatever way it would best fit into the plastic shoeboxes I already had and then pinned a sticky note with their size on.
I sorted them by width, so I’d be able to go back and grab just what I need for a small quilting project. I’m happy to report that it was worth it! I am using up those scraps on lots of small projects I was making anyway, like zippy bags and purse straps. I love that I can open the batting cupboard without it all falling out on me, too!