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June 16, 2015

NO MORE YARDAGE SURPRISES FOR ME...

...has this ever happened to you?
The yardage you thought you had turns out to be only a remnant


I went stash diving recently and discovered this nice animal/floral print challis that I thought would  make a nice flowy summer top.    But then surprise,  turns out that it's only a nice sized remnant - I can't even remember when I cut it.  How many times has this happened? - far too many! 
 
I was talking with Rochelle (Smoking Needles) last weekend and she mentioned that she got this nifty remnant control method from Sheila (Sheila CTK ).
Roll/fold nice sized pieces of  left over fabrics (that are too large to throw away) and secure with a rubber band.  When you pick up one of these bundles later, you'll automatically know it's a remnant that's already been cut into - simple but genius.  I knew that box of rubber bands would come in handy one day.

A great idea that traveled from New York to Michigan to Georgia -What state will it travel to next???

21 comments:

  1. You can also use a strip of the fabric to tie around a remnant roll as well :)

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    1. That's a great idea also Sarah.

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  2. Oh do what Sarah Liz recommends and put them into a separate box. It's a great idea.

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    1. I agree. Any method of corralling the culprits is a big help.

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  3. Don't you just love it. Too many times I have gone to the basement ... schlepped a few pieces of fabric to my room only to realize a few are remnants. So I had to find a easy solution. .. rubberbands. Thanks for the shout out.

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    1. I'll shout you out any day my friend. Yes, I love the idea. I've got a special crate earmarked for all the bundles too.

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  4. What I also do is measure how much I have left and write on a sticky note and pin it to the fabric. That way when I need a contrasting fabric, I can immediately see what is available.

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    1. I'll add that tip to the great idea too Diane! Thanks.

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  5. I can relate to the excitment part, as I had folded mine ever so neatly using the quilting ruler method, which makes you get excited thinking you've got fabric cause whether it's a yd or a scrap it's all folded into a neat square lol! love the rolled idea!

    Helen

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    1. oh thanks for stopping by the other day!

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  6. that is a nifty idea. I need to put that into practice.

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    1. Wonderful Linda. I'm sure it will help both your and me!

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    1. Penelope I'm sure it will help both your and me!

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  8. Great idea - and you can count Illinois in the house on this one. I will be implementing this tonight as I have a pile of remnants that I just did not knowing where to put them. But with this idea they can go into my regular "stash with luv" and I can immediately spot them as remnants. Thanks for the idea all!!!

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    1. New York, Michigan, Georgia and Illinois I love it Cynthia. Good ideas travel fast!

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  9. This is a great idea. I've got a basket of remnants that will look so much neater as nice bundles. Of course this only works for large remnants. what do I do with the rest of them?

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    1. Glad you could use this idea Nancy. Seems we always have those little remnants too. If I think of a solution for them I will surely let you know.

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  10. Thank you ladies for these ideas that have made it to Maryland. I've used enough stash that I have a spot that will hold a container for remnants. I've been keeping them in a bag out of sight under my cutting table. Out of sight, out of mind.

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  11. if your a quilter as well & you have pieces that are not big enough clothing wise you can go ahead & cut out strips & squares 6" 5" 2" etc & always be a step ahead when the urge to make a quilt hits you, seen that on you tube & thought it was a neat idea

    Helen

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  12. and back to New York! Great tip, Faye!

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