Scrappy Doo January

This post has nothing to do with that annoying little nephew of Scooby Doo but I couldn’t resist the title as there are both scraps and a dog.

A friend of a friend bought an old textile factory in our local town which used to be a centre for the textile industry in days gone by.  In fact, the one remaining working factory still produces upholstery for the automotive industry near and far.

The friend of a friend is converting the old factory into offices and is clearing out all the remaining bits and pieces. The friend didn’t want to see the stuff going to the dump so asked people she knows who sew and craft generally if they wanted to take some of it.  I have a few rolls of quite fine, plain coloured, slightly stretchy stuff I’m not sure what I’m going to do with but I also got some of these sample cards.

I have a sort of ‘woollen quilt’ in mind which I could achieve by cutting the rectangles into squares – there’s even some teeny squares showing the different colours that were available in each pattern – any ideas what I could do with those?

I wondered if I could extend my range of dog collars and make a sort of ‘Country Walks’ selection by covering the webbing totally in the wool mix fabric.  I had to join two lengths together and, instead of sewing the resulting band to the top of the webbing only – as I do with the ribbons and tapes I generally use – I made a tube of the fabric and threaded the webbing through so it was completely enclosed.  All the fabric has a slight stretch to it – possibly as it was produced for car seats – so worked well for this but not sure what implications that would have for a quilt.  Although it would probably be more a blanket than a quilt.

Here’s what I came up with

and here’s Stan doing a grand job of modelling it.

He is my own personal product tester and not nearly as annoying as Scrappy Doo.

Joining in again this month with Kate & Gun’s monthly Scraphappy Day where you too can use your scraps of fabric, yarn, paper, wood, anything to make something useful or lovely or both and show it off to the world.  You don’t have to join in every month, only when you have something to show.  Details and a list of other participants’ scrappy endeavours over on Kate’s blog.

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  1. #1 by katechiconi on January 15, 2019 - 08:30

    I immediately saw this fabric as suiting. It’s a total fantasy, but how about dog coats with neat lapels and welts and a row of buttons somewhere, like a sleeve cuff? I know a few people who’d pay a tiny fortune for really stylish dogwear… The collar is chic; what the elegant country hound is wearing for daywear.

    • #2 by tialys on January 15, 2019 - 10:27

      I like your fantasy but the reality is, even if I have enough of each fabric sample to make one dog coat, somebody would want to buy it who has a bigger (or smaller) dog and they wouldn’t like any of the other colours, etc. etc. Anyway, let’s see if I can manage neat lapels and welts on the coat I’m making for myself first.
      I did think about bow ties to attach to a matching collar with a press stud though.

      • #3 by katechiconi on January 15, 2019 - 15:44

        Now *that’s* a cute idea.

  2. #4 by thecontentedcrafter on January 15, 2019 - 08:49

    I rather like Kate’s idea of dog coats with pizzazz! Knowing first hand how well made your collars are I feel sure they would be an instant hit with every stylish pooch.

    • #5 by tialys on January 15, 2019 - 10:23

      I’ll have to have a think about that.

  3. #6 by nanacathy2 on January 15, 2019 - 09:09

    Stan is doing a stirling job there, and the collar is wonderful.

    • #7 by tialys on January 15, 2019 - 10:23

      Thanks Cathy – it’s very easy to get Stan to pose, I just hold one of his tennis balls aloft and he will stare at it for hours if necessary.

  4. #8 by claire93 on January 15, 2019 - 11:22

    I would be inclined to stop thinking about what to make to sell for dog home . . . and make a large cover for a dog bed, OR a patchworky thing to go in the boot/on seat of car for dogs to lie on.

    • #9 by tialys on January 16, 2019 - 09:55

      Is ‘patchworky thing’ a technical term Claire? 😊

      • #10 by claire93 on January 16, 2019 - 10:04

        most definitely is, Lynn lol.
        in my dictionanry patchworky = larger project achieved by sewing small pièces of fabric together, not necessarily following any specific block pattern or layout. Especially useful when larger project is not destined for interior decoration but simply for canine companions to use while travelling in car.

  5. #11 by mlmcspadden on January 15, 2019 - 13:37

    Great use of teh fabric for the dog collar! And Kate’s idea of dog coats is a wonderful idea.

    • #12 by tialys on January 16, 2019 - 09:54

      It is – and they’d all be ‘one-offs’ but I’m not sure there’s enough of each colour – unless I make patchwork ones of course.

  6. #13 by tinaor on January 15, 2019 - 13:51

    I love the collar! More ideas – bags – either for the outside or the inside as linings?

    • #14 by tialys on January 16, 2019 - 09:53

      Mr. Tialys – who makes leather bags – has already eyed these up for linings!

  7. #15 by rrita on January 15, 2019 - 14:00

    I like what you did with that dog collar, your dog looks very classy!
    The only idea I have is paper boy hats, you know those flat ones. They are coming back in fashion and those scraps might be enough.
    I also have a similar stash but they were upholstery samples (probably for sofas). They’ve got some paper sticked to the back and therefore they are very stiff to work with. But the fabric is so pretty, I didn’t have the heart to through them away. Still waiting on an idea…

    • #16 by tialys on January 16, 2019 - 09:53

      Have you Googled – ‘what to do with upholstery samples’? If you do you’ll probably disappear down a rabbit hole but I’m sure you’ll get lots of ideas and maybe even a way to get rid of the paper.

  8. #17 by rrita on January 15, 2019 - 14:03

    I also like the idea of bow tie and patchwork dog bed! Wow, so many creative minds here!

    • #18 by tialys on January 16, 2019 - 09:51

      I think I might give the bow tie a go – there’s bound to be a tute on YouTube somewhere.

  9. #19 by Ellen on January 15, 2019 - 15:34

    I love the dog collar!

    • #20 by tialys on January 16, 2019 - 09:50

      Thank you Ellen – I make them to raise funds for a refuge for old and disabled dogs over here.

  10. #21 by kathyreeves on January 15, 2019 - 15:39

    That collar is very stylish, Stan is quite the looker in his GQ collar!

    • #22 by tialys on January 16, 2019 - 09:50

      He is a proper poser!

  11. #23 by Wild Daffodil on January 15, 2019 - 15:41

    Love what you made. How about a ‘man-bag’ or a car blanket. Maybe they could be mixed with some bright truquoise florals for a funky patchwork skirt or trousers. Red, hot pink and orange would go well with the blues and greys.

    • #24 by tialys on January 16, 2019 - 09:49

      I think some sort of bag making wouldn’t go amiss and, if I made a blanket out of them, it would seem appropriate that it be for a car as the fabric would have been for car seats originally. I’m not picturing myself in patchwork trousers though.

  12. #25 by magpiesue on January 16, 2019 - 00:07

    I’ve had upholstery samples in the past. I think I finally gave them away again because the fabric was so hard to remove from the paper/cardstock they’d been mounted on. Wasn’t worth the effort to remove them when I had so much other fabric at hand to work with! The collar is a gem, perfect for the country squire’s dog. 🙂

    • #26 by tialys on January 16, 2019 - 09:47

      Luckily these are only attached by staples to a card right at the top.

  13. #27 by The Snail of Happiness on January 16, 2019 - 09:58

    The collar is marvellous – suitable for a town dog visiting the country… our rural mutts are just too uncouth for such elegance.
    I’m currently on a bag-making adventure, so I agree with Sandra that the fabric would look great to use for bags. Plus those little samples could then be used to make little pockets, either internally of as a bit of contrast externally.

    • #28 by tialys on January 17, 2019 - 10:43

      I think your dogs would have a job to be more uncouth than our two but I won’t go into some of their more disgusting habits 😱
      My husband is the bag maker in our house and he’s already assessed some of these for linings. I’ll have to move quickly if I want to use them.

  14. #29 by sew2pro on January 17, 2019 - 00:54

    Credit to the photographer, the model AND the seamstress. Love that photo!

    • #30 by tialys on January 17, 2019 - 10:37

      Thank you from me and Stan 🐶

  15. #31 by KerryCan on January 17, 2019 - 12:42

    A guy I knew, who was a menswear buyer, used woolen samples from men’s suits to have a quilt made–it was very handsome but very heavy. I think the dog collars are really a nice idea–and others here have provided more direction! You’ll be out of fabric in no time!

    • #32 by tialys on January 17, 2019 - 23:43

      Well, that would be a first 🤣

  16. #33 by Nanette on January 17, 2019 - 22:03

    Oh Stan, in your lord of the manor collar, what a handsome fellow you are. You have lots of ideas to be going on with, look forward to seeing what else you come up with.

    • #34 by tialys on January 17, 2019 - 23:35

      Its been added to my pile of ‘stuff to think about, mull over and hopefully do something with in the fullness of time’. Its quite a big pile.

  17. #35 by Kim on January 18, 2019 - 08:50

    Stan looks magnificent! The country walks collar looks great – but I quite understand your comment about wanting a different size/colour.
    You might imagine that people would realise that if it was available it would be shown, but oh no……..
    (Can you tell that I speak from experience?)

  18. #37 by dezertsuz on January 20, 2019 - 06:39

    That’s a great use for it, and it looks very smart on your dog. While I think clothing might be an excellent choice, if you think the fabric is workable, I also think a quilt would work, though you might not want to put batting inside, because it could wind up very heavy then! Perhaps a flannel sheet? It could be tied and considered a utility quilt – who would worry about throwing that on the ground for a picnic? And it would last forever. Emergency quilts, if your electricity is likely to go out in the cold now and then, or to keep in the trunk for who knows what might happen?

    • #38 by tialys on January 21, 2019 - 11:20

      My husband’s in the process of making a leather bag with one of the samples as lining so, what with the collars, there’ll not be enough to make a blanket soon.

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