A while ago I did a little blurb about how I was cutting up scraps. It was just something simple in the middle of a post about my sewing room. I was surprised when I got so many comments and questions about it. Today I’m expanding and writing more. Hopefully in the writing I will answer all the comments that came my way.
Before I get started I do want to say that I use Bonnie Hunter’s Scrap User’s System for keep my scraps. You can learn more about that here.
Here is the tote that needs to get trimmed into usable pieces.
In no real order I garb pieces and I stack them like this. The largest on the bottom, graduated smaller pieces on the tops. I layer about 6-8 to a cut.
For the example above the longer bottom pieces aren’t folded, the top two are.
I’ve been wanting to add to my 2″ bucket. For me, I use 2″ and 2 1/2″ strips most often. Today when given a choice, I plan to cut more 2″ strips than any other size.
I do an edge cut to start so all the edges are even.
Next I made the 2″ cut….
I reposition my ruler and make another 2″ cut.
Now, the top purple fabric is used up. I measure the top piece. It’s not 4″ so I can’t make two 2″ cuts.
I end up opting to take two 1 1/2″ cuts. It was the best use of the fabric as I only had less than 3 1/2″ I was working with…because remember, I only cut according to the top piece of fabric.
Now the top piece of fabric is gone. The best way to use up this last bit is to make a 2″ cut…and I do.
I’ll do another batch so you get the hang of it…
I have graduated layers ready to cut.
I square up the edge and start thinking about what the best cuts are. I start by measuring the top piece.
It’s looks to be about 4 1/2″. I take two 2″ cuts.
I pull the leftover scrap off.
Lucky me…I can squeeze a 1 1/2″ stip off next.
…and another 1 1/2″ cut. That made the best use of the fabric.Now hmmm. What do I want to do with this next cut. The top fabric is 3 1/2″ wide. I could make a 3 1/2″ cut or I could or I could make a 2″ cut and then an 1 1/2″ cut. It doesn’t matter.
The top piece is gone and I’m left with this…I ended up stripping this into 2″ pieces but I could have done anything with it. I opted for 2″ as remember, that was the size I was focusing on.
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