When I finish a quilt, I cut the scraps into usable sizes. If there’s enough for strips, I cut them and store them in bins by width. If there are chunks that make good squares for the next scrap quilt (I always have at least one in progress), I cut those and toss them in a pile for use the next time I have a scrap quilt day.
About those piles…it’s easy for the studio to be a mess, so I thought I should have a basket to hold the scrap quilt pieces until I’m ready to make the blocks! I found a free pattern by Noodlehead that makes baskets in two sizes; you can get it here.
I made the baskets out of some of the Kraft-Tex sent to me by P&B when I agreed to be a Kraft-Tex ambassador. The patterns have only the corner seams, which are 1/4″, so they worked out very well for Kraft-Tex. For the smaller one, I did not use any interfacing, but for the larger one I used fusible interfacing as instructed. Yes, it fused to the Kraft-Tex just fine. I ironed from the interfacing side, using a press cloth, and it adhered to the Kraft-Tex without difficulty.
I made another one of the larger baskets, adding a handle, and am thinking of hanging it in the laundry room to hold stray socks. (Although, really, does a missing sock ever show up, or is this a futile plan?) This picture better shows the lovely color of the Kraft-Tex, which is one of the newer pre-washed offerings.
One final benefit of these baskets–they were fully washable. I have washed Kraft-Tex in the past, and it came out just fine. Now to organize some scraps!