Sunday, April 17, 2016

Have you seen THIS?

This is a drawstring bag that opens up to a 44 inches diameter containment system.  I think it is designed for Legos and toys, but wouldn't it be an awesome "play area" for LITTLE SCRAPS????

For those of us who use every last snippet of scraps, we struggle with organization so that little pieces of fabrics aren't migrating around the house, stuck to socks, shoes or the cat/dog/husband/kids.  But the scraps also need to be accessible.  I like the little "rim" that helps contain the madness.

(Full disclosure, these are called "Scoop Bags" and can be found here.)

I have to say I am intrigued.  I am really more excited about the smaller versions, also pictured above, which I didn't find on the same website.  I think 44 inches would be a little large, although I could spread it out on the ping pong table. But if I go to a class or retreat it might prove a little clumsy if working space is an issue.

I wonder how may quilters it would hold at one time, LOL?


There are tutorials online for making something like this.  Here is one that looked pretty good.

I have worked pretty hard to tame my little scraps, opting to put some of them in little flat containers...they take up little space when pressed and ready to go.  

I pick through them with long beading tweezers rather than my fumbly, clumsy fingers.  Really easy, fast and convenient when I know what I want to use.  I set up and maintained several of these for making the music quilt, where I used brighter fabrics than I am currently using on the LITTLE TREASURE blocks made from reproduction fabrics.  I wish I had taken the time to make some little boxes for my repro scraps, but I had no idea at the onset that I would me making so many little blocks!

(These little containers are made by Iris, are really made for storing 4 x 6 and 5 x 7 photos, and can be gotten from Joann's and Amazon.  At my old Michigan Joann's I found them in the scrapbooking area, not the little containers near the fabrics. At the Joann's website, the 5 x 7 are here, and the 4 x 6 are here.  At Amazon, the 5 x 7 are here, and the 4 x 6 are here.)

But then I still have some larger scrap boxes like this...sorted into warm (red/pink, orange, yellow), cool (blue, green, purple), and brown/black colors.  Oh, and a fourth one for the neutral giblets.

These boxes fit well on shelves, but it might be fun to have a drawstring bag to dump them into while "fishing" for what I want, or when going to a class or retreat.  It is hard to "fish" through these without stuff spilling everywhere because they are basically at capacity.

Hmmm...may have to order a time to make one right now...

Stash and scrap maintenance is definitely on ongoing, ever-changing thing in my quilt cave.  I do very little permanent labeling for that reason (insert index cards that "peek through" the see-through containers and use easy-to-peel-off label tape in my label makers for drawers).

Anything to make the prepping of applique blocks and scrappy quilts easier, more organized, and streamlined is groovy to me.  I am always looking for ways to reduce the amount of time when I "sit and spin" or "wring my hands" or "tear hair and gnash teeth." Those activities waste time!

Happy stitching!


  1. Oh thanks for the linky to those iris storage boxes--it's my strips, strings and little scraps/orts of fabrics all piled in baskets that drive me crazee (a little OCD about these) ;--000
    I am always tripping over the floor baskets or unable to close my bi-fold closet doors if I stash them in there!! I want to really go through everything including my big pieces -- I have a question for you: I would like to purge as some of the fabrics I know I'll never (or think anyway) use--but the moment they're gone--I just KNOW I'll find a use for them...Do you ever purge?? My tastes have changed so much....hugs, Julierose

  2. I like your new header, but miss the cat.

  3. What type of peel off tape do you use for your label maker? I can't find any! Thanks.

  4. I have one of the bags in my wishlist on Amazon, but I'm thinking grandson's legos and small cars. It never occurred to me to sort all the little bits of fabric in one, what a brilliant idea. And now I've gone and found several of the Iris bins I need too...thanks for the great ideas.

  5. I also like your new header, but do miss Weasley as he looked like our old cat. My legos are now stored in boxes. I admire your scrap storage. Makes sense to have them stored per color. I am resorting through my stash which some is soon going to a quilter-to-quilter sale.

  6. Unfortunately my Grandkids tip the bag out. It never looks like these very tidy children in your blog. LOL!

  7. Teresa, can I assume from the pics that you are all unpacked? As usual, your organization ideas are exactly what I'm thinking about. Your new header is adorable. Take care and take it easy.


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