I picked up this lovely old cassette tape tray at a thrift shop a month or so ago for $3.  

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Before I had even left the store I knew what I wanted to do with it.

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Store all of those lovely scraps of fabric that I hang onto for various projects.

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How do you organize fabric scraps?

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Evelyn Cucchiara October 13, 2011 - 5:35 am

This is a brilliant idea – and it looks so inspiring too!

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mom taxi julie October 13, 2011 - 10:15 am

Oh that’s so pretty! I’m going to be on the look out for one of those now.

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Heather Westenhaver Bandura October 13, 2011 - 11:13 am

Pure brilliance – much better than just thrown in a basket!

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Tonya Staab October 14, 2011 - 6:57 am

Thank you Heather – and yes that is exactly how mine were before.

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Tonya Staab October 14, 2011 - 4:29 pm

Thank you Evelyn

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danielle October 23, 2011 - 1:26 pm

i just came across you blog , i love it already. so many inspiring ideas you have on here. thanks.

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Tonya Staab October 28, 2011 - 5:31 pm

thank you so much Danielle.

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Dana Detre January 12, 2012 - 4:13 pm

Love this! I’m thinking of doing this with my fabric scraps. About how big are the scraps of fabric in each slot?

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Tonya Staab January 12, 2012 - 4:22 pm

Dana, some of them are fat quarters, others literally are scraps from projects in varying sizes.  Are couple of the scraps in there are the bottoms that I have trimmed off curtains that have been too long.

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Peggy January 21, 2012 - 4:59 am

Oh my gosh, I have two of these for cassettes. This is perfect. You are now officially on my “Tell Santa She Has Been Very Good” list.

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Tonya Staab January 21, 2012 - 7:37 am

Ha!  Thank you 🙂

Seeing as you have 2, I have seen on Pinterest a couple of other fun ideas that others have done.  One used it for stamp pads and another used it for storing rolls of ribbons.

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Liz July 11, 2012 - 9:18 am

How did you get the fabric to slide in without catching?

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Tonya Staab July 11, 2012 - 9:41 am

Hmm, good question, I didn't have any problems with catching. Is some of your wood splintered?  Maybe take a little sandpaper to those sections.  If I had a slightly larger piece of fabric, or one that I'd cut sections out of previously, I folded the sides in first to make it the width of the space, then folded it down so it would sit nicely in the little compartments without pieces sticking out.

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Liz July 11, 2012 - 8:50 pm

I think I might be trying to use this for scraps that are too big. I think I’ll make a few double width sections since you didn’t use some special trick.

Thanks for replying so quickly!

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Liz July 12, 2012 - 7:44 am

It worked! Double sections let me put in those larger scraps that aren’t quite big enough for my other system, but won’t fold down to a single slot. It also worked for scraps of heavier fabric like corduroy.

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Tonya Staab July 12, 2012 - 7:50 am

Yay, that's great news Liz.  Thank you for letting me know.

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tracey February 6, 2013 - 4:29 pm

just saw this on Pinterest (love, love that site)! my thought would be that you could cut a piece of cardboard the size of an old cassette box (that originally fit in there) to use as your guide to fold your fabric around and then slide the cardboard out to reuse OR could leave the cardboard in like the large bolts of fabric in the stores.

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sara June 12, 2014 - 6:47 am

would fat quarters folded right be able to fit in there? thanks!!

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julia dance June 2, 2015 - 2:42 am

Great idea, also quite inspirational for colour combinations. A visual treat and clever storage. Genius. Thank you!

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