Life continues to be very hectic and I have not had much time to focus on quilting this week. So today I thought I’d share two quick sewing room cleaning tips using items you very likely have on hand already!
I keep ALL of my scrap batting. The larger pieces get saved for potential future projects (from mini mini quilts to being pieced together into frankenbatting for larger quilts). The small scraps are PERFECT for doing quick dusting. I like to dust around my sewing machine after I piece each quilt top and after I finish quilting a project. Sewing and quilting can quickly create a lot of lint and dust, and I find that those pieces of small scrap batting are just the thing to get everything tidied up.
Cutting Mat Care Tip
When you are working on a project that requires a lot of trimming (units like half-square triangles, square-in-a-square blocks, flying geese, half-rectangle triangles, etc.), keep your lint roller near at hand. Rotary blade cutting mats (like my 24″ x 36″ OLFA true blue mat shown in the photo above) are expensive, and I know we all want them to last as long as possible. One of the biggest ways to quickly age your mat is to cut in the same location repeatedly and drive fabric fibers down into grooves in the mat. By keeping my lint roller by me, I’ve trained myself to trim and move the large scraps to a waste bin and then I run the lint roller over the mat before making my next cuts. By keeping the small lint accumulation to a minimum, it really can help extend the life of your cutting mat.
Do you have any quick sewing room cleaning tips or hacks that you recommend? Share them with us in the comments!
I hope you have a great weekend.