Instead of my sewing & craft stuff being spread across 5 different storage places (causing massive hunting if I need something specific) I have reorganised some toy cupboards and streamlined the paper crat stuff.
To create a big cupboard and 6 shelves all for my sewing
& in unpacking I found a dress I made last year abandoned mid project to do something for DD.....all it needs is neck facing and it will be finished
KatyMac do a lot of patchwork, so all the off cuts are cut up.
from any given scrap I cut the widest possible strip and collect them in bags for 1", 1.5 ", 2", 2.5" and so on strips up to 5". I don't worry about the lengths, but cut them straight, ready for sewing.
Anything bigger than that goes in to my 5"+ patches box.
then every now and then I saw a bunch of strips into a long roll (like jelly roll) si I end up with long patchwork strips in widths of 1", 1.5 " and so on.
then I randomly sew these rolls together until I have a large piece of fabric to make something else out of.
I keep everything. the smallest piece I use for sewing is 1"x1".
Anything smaller (I call them chips) are used for other crafts - typically the kids glue them on paper to make cards - or I use them to stuff toys.
In fact I have a large heart shaped pillow with a zip - I store the fabric chips inside it (instead of a bag) and just take some out when needed.
I cut up some old jeans into strips as well and made a beautiful bag for my mum.
I have loads left and will make a large swimming bag for us.
I cut everything on my cutting mat on the dining room table. I haven't made clothes yet, but want to, so I bought a gorgeous Fiskars Taylor's scissors - they are fantastic, cut through the thick "joints" of jeans like paper!