It’s a fact that I am unable to throw away even the tiniest scraps of fabric. I have buckets and bins of all sizes and shapes of scraps. And I have most of them sorted!
One of my buckets is for strings:
The string bucket lives on the bottom shelf in the end of my cutting table, and any time I have more strings, I just add them to the bucket. Now the string bucket is getting too full, so I’ve decided to spend a bit of time sewing some of them together so I can do something with them, and make more room in the bucket — for future strings, of course!
These are leftover scrap strips that are all smaller than 1 1/2″ wide (because I can’t bring myself to just throw them away).
I’m sewing them together randomly, but I am separating the brights from the darks.
I’m just choosing strips that are close to the same length, and sewing them together. If the strips are short, then I sew several of them together to make a strip of the length I want. This adds more variety to the strip set.
I’m not paying any attention to the ragged edges just yet. I’ll be cutting these up, so they don’t matter at this point. The plan I have for my dark string sets requires my piece to be at least 6″ wide, so I have this one ready to cut up. I’ll show you how I’m cutting them and what my plan is in a later post when I have enough done for it to make sense.
I’m not sure yet what I’ll be doing with the bright ones, so for now I’m just sewing them together in sets.
Notice they’re not even, they’re not straight, and they’re not the same widths. This is what is gonna make them so interesting! I love how the narrowest strips make just a tiny strip of color in the set.
It’s gonna take me a long time just to sew all theses strings together!
Oh, and the parts I trim off of these? If they’re too small to do anything else with, they go into recycle. So really, none of it gets thrown away!
Do you save strings?
What is the smallest size scrap that you’ll save?
I can’t be alone in this . . . can I?