Stash Reduction Project – Part Two

If you missed it, here is Part One.

A big part of that stash reduction was cutting the strips.  My husband made me a big, high cutting table a few years ago, so it’s not too hard on my back. I don’t think I could have done this on a standard table.

This is an example of my starting tote, except that it’s too empty to be representative. Virtually all of the totes were absolutely crammed full of fabric and I had to work hard to get the lids to stay on. This was the second tote full of clear blues (the green/teal blues are in a separate tote.)


As I mentioned in Part 1 of this series, I cut the smaller or narrow pieces of fabric into 2″ or 1 1/2″ strips. This is from the pink box, obviously – a real priority, since I couldn’t get that one shut even if I sat on it!


This is one of the totes for 2″ strips:


And this is what most of the totes looked like after I had purged them of the scrappy, stringy pieces:


After I cut strips from the blues, I was able to fit the bigger pieces into one tote, which was good, since I needed another tote for strips.

That was the calico. I have three (crammed full) 18 gallon totes of 2″ strips and two of the 1 1/2″ strips. Yes, I use them!

I have a good friend who sews flannel nightgowns and baby items. She sends me her scraps, and I have been shoving them into miscellaneous “flannel” boxes in the attic. A while ago, I decided that I needed new napkins for my diningroom table, so I sent one of my big, strong male people up to the attic to bring down all of the boxes labeled “flannel.” There were four of the 18 gallon Rubbermaid totes crammed full of flannel scraps.

I spent the next few days cutting them into usable squares and strips. I cut squares according to the size of the flannel, starting with 9 1/2″ (still thinking of napkins), all the way down to 4″ squares. Pieces too narrow for squares were cut into 3″, 2 1/2″ and 2″ strips. There were two main groups of squares: sweet baby/child prints and then some that were darker, plaids, wildlife prints, etc. I did not separate the strips – just tossed them into three smaller totes according to width.

With my squares already cut, I was filled with energetic enthusiasm for using them up. In the space of a few days, I made eight baby quilt tops, and I still have one large tote of big pieces/yardage, one of organized squares and a few smaller totes of the strips.

I find that having the strips and squares ready-to-sew make me more likely to start new projects. I’m not sure that’s always a good thing, but it’s fun!

3 thoughts on “Stash Reduction Project – Part Two”

  1. No, Allie, you misread that. I said I made eight baby quilt TOPS. I’ve made at least two more from that flannel in the past year, bringing the total to ten, but six of them are still quilt TOPS. Once a quilt top is finished, I put it in the pile (or the bag or the tote) of quilt tops. I will probably get back to it eventually. Or I will continue making more baby quilt tops.


  2. Giggle. I always dream of starting totes like you have so that when *that* day comes when I am confident enough to make more quilts I have all the fabric at my finger tips…. Alas, I am still not confident enough… and send my large boxes of scraps to a beautiful quilter I know, and she has yet to make something from them taht I dislike. Its so much fun seeing the scraps in a quilt…or 10. 😉


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