As quilters, we ALL have leftover scraps of binding after we complete a project! I hate to admit it, but up until recently I had simply thrown away the leftovers, figuring I would never have a use for such small amounts of binding. I know...I'm sorry :o(
Then I learned about mug rugs, mini quilts, pieced bindings, etc. There are so many uses for these tiny leftover bits! So, I began to collect my leftovers in a small jar...but they were so MESSY LOOKING! Anyone who knows me well knows that I. CAN'T. STAND. MESS! What to do?
A really CUTE solution was waiting for me at the Sizzix website!
After Christmas I began buying quilting supplies and fabric to use up the money left on numerous gift cards (set to expire in early 2015). When I saw this shape cutting die I knew it would be PERFECT to corral all of my binding scraps, and my leftover pieces of ribbon! I popped it into my shopping cart, paid using a free gift card and waited anxiously for my package to arrive.
This morning I used my die to cut a handful of "spools" out of card stock, and began measuring and winding my bindings. I wrote all of the measurements in pencil so it would be easy to reuse my spools a few times before they became dogeared.
I secured the binding ends with a safety pin and dropped the spools into a large metal clasped container. My bindings will stay safe, dust-free and, most importantly, AVAILABLE whenever I need just a small amount of binding to finish a sewing or quilting project.
Because I have more spools cut than binding leftovers, I used two large paperclips to secure the spools together and taped them to the underside of the container...without taping directly to the card stock. I could have dropped the paper-clipped spools into the container with the bindings, but I don't want to have to go digging through my nicely wrapped binding every time I need another spool. Had there been more leftover spools I probably would have placed them in a small clear bag and taped it to the lid. Time will tell which method works best, but for now I have organized yet one more small item in my sewing room. Another 2015 goal gets checked off the list!!!