1. All you will need for this project is one disorganized fabric stash, a shelf or clear box for putting away and a few pieces of cardboard.
2. Cut two rectangles of cardboard, measuring 5” x 10” (12.7 x 25.5 cm) each.
3. Sort fabrics (as you go) in three piles:
• Fat Quarters (18” x 21” or 45.7 x 53.3 cm)
• Pieces larger than ½ yard
Create the perfect fold.
1. Start by folding fabric pieces that are approximately a fat quarter in size.
2. Place cardboard on the edge of the short side of the fabric, as shown.
3. Fold left then right sides lengthwise toward the centre of the cardboard.
Hint: For pieces with edges too wide to be tucked in this way, create a tube around cardboard folding as many times as necessary.
4. Flip cardboard-covered piece widthwise, creating a fold in the fabric, then hold folded fabric to maintain shape while sliding out cardboard piece.
Hint: If any pieces are more than double the length of the cardboard piece, simply tuck in edges.
5. Repeat steps 1 through 4 for all pieces around this size.
6. Tape two pieces of cardboard together to create a piece which is twice as wide.
7. Using the same method, fold pieces larger than a half yard.
Hint: For extra large pieces, fold in half or quarters before using cardboard method.
8. How you store your scraps will depend on their shape and how you are most likely to use the pieces:
• Strips can be folded by being wound around a short and narrow piece of cardboard, then stacked
• Awkward pieces can be cut into charm squares, using a 5” x 5” (12. 7 x 12.7 cm) cardboard template as a guide
• Lastly, tiny but precious scraps should be stored in a glass or clear plastic jar, for easy access