Why Save Stabilizer Scraps?

Do you save your stabilizer scraps? I will show you why, and how they come in handy.

Finally, after more than a year in total disarray, I am nearly finished giving my sewing room a total reorganization. I prefer a clean and organized work space but it got away from me a year ago at Christmas time. Typically, I get everything put away after the sometimes chaotic holiday season of making but it did not happen two Christmases ago.

In putting things in their place, I recently organized my stabilizer scraps. Instead of throwing them all away, I simply trimmed them into what I thought were useful strips or squares. I separate the scraps by type – tear-away, cut-away, water-soluble, etc. Be sure to store water-soluble scraps in a plastic zip bag to keep them from gathering moisture.

“Why bother with scraps?” you might ask. They take up little space and I can often use them later.

Sticky-backed stabilizers can be used as a band-aid, fixing little tears or holes that sometimes happen along the way.

The same thing can be said for water-soluble stabilizers. Just moisten a patch and it sticks to other water-soluble stabilizer. You can even layer it, if necessary. After all, it washes away. See the blog here.

Often, you may need to float a piece of stabilizer under a project for extra support. Scraps are ideal. Little pieces of tear-away are quite useful for stitching buttonholes, some quilting stitches, and even seams.

Squares of stabilizers can easily patch stabilizer windows.

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