This Friday I don’t have something for you to make (sorry). What I have is the best crafting item I’ve invested in and yes, it cost less than $5.
It’s my scrap bin. I’ve had people ask me if I really #1. Have a scrap bin and #2. If the fabric I say I used from my scrap bin really came from my scrap bin. The answer to both of these questions is yes.
I used to save scraps in a zip-lock bag, then a drawer, then a basket, and I’ve now moved to a clear plastic storage bin and it’s perfect. I keep it right next to my sewing table (as you can see by the mess surrounding it). That way anytime I need a little piece for a broach or an applique or a flower I can rummage through the pile. (Clear storage bins are better than colored—that way you can see through the sides what else you’ve got in there with out full excavation.)
It’s also great to have the scrap bin for my kids—they pick through it all the time for pieces to make contraptions and art work. (And if I don’t want them playing in it I just snap on the lid.)
You’d be surprised how often you can use all your scrap pieces. They come in so handy. The scrap bin is by far the best crafting piece of “equipment” I own (besides my sewing machine), I use it everyday and it cost less than $5.