Advanced Fabric Hoarding
Although I’ve been on a campaign to get rid of excess possessions in other parts of my house, I am a compulsive saver of scraps and odds and ends in my sewing room. I have a very hard time making myself throw anything out. Who knows, I might need it for some project that hasn’t occurred to me yet, right? Confession: I even save thread, because of some Youtube video I saw once that gave me an idea.
Here is my thread jar. I’ve been stuffing thread into it since 2013. When I’m sewing, I save all the cut-off ends in a little dish, and then stuff them in here at the end of a project. This has a useful benefit in keeping the threads out of the rollers of my vacuum cleaner (well, mostly).
It’s worse with scraps. This is not going to be one of those posts that helps you to corral and organize your scraps. That is not how I roll. I save just about everything as long as there is one dimension greater than about an inch. I try to sort them by sizes, and sometimes I get energetic and cut some of the smaller ones into squares or strips, but I was getting quite a pile of odd-shaped snippets in my basket, so I began a postcard making project. The scraps are cut and fused to muslin backing, then stitched, then fused again to a Peltex core with card stock on the back, and then edge stitched. Quite labor intensive, but addicting. Today I finished a batch of over 50 cards. My friends and family like them, so I thought I should share. Here’s a selection.