Scraphappy February – Rocket Science It’s Not

Well, it’s the 15th of the month again and time to show you something new made from scraps.

I rather shot myself in the foot this month because I made Wild Daffodil’s Pixie baby hat from leftover yarn but have already blogged about it as I had to send it off to my niece lest she thought I’d forgotten she’d actually given birth a couple of weeks ago.

Anyway, I was looking at my emails this morning and trying to resist a new range of fabrics being touted by a UK fabric shop I’m subscribed to when I noticed they had linked to a tutorial for non-plastic food covers.  I must confess that, having bought lots of beeswax and ruined an ironing board cover, I’m not that over the moon with beeswax wraps.  You can only rinse them out in lukewarm water, maybe with a bit of washing up liquid but mine at least have started to pong a bit.  I don’t use them for meat before you ask and, once rinsed and dried, I keep them in an airtight jar but, to be honest, I don’t like the look of them after a couple of uses and Mr. Tialys hates them and calls them ‘bits of old rag’.  I think I might be doing something wrong.    I will make some nice candles with the beeswax and use it to wax sewing thread so all is not lost.

So, I made what looks like a shower cap instead.

 

I picked out a fabric  from my scrap bin which, because I’m lazy and couldn’t be bothered to change the thread on my overlocker, is the same sort of colour as the current thread, and dug out a length of some sort of waterproof fabric a friend gave me about ten years ago – probably for lining washbags but the reason is lost in the mists of time.

I laid the two fabrics together and cut out a circle. I told you it wasn’t rocket science.

Then – unlike the tutorial which has you zigzag around the edge of the circles to join them together, then attach elastic around the edge on your sewing machine – I  did it with my overlocker using clear elastic through the little slot in the foot I discovered recently which enables you to attach the elastic at the same time as serging the edges.  Very useful for stabilising seams when making clothing.

I think the tutorial uses PUL which I know is a sort of plastic but at least it’s not single use so better than cling film.  I have absolutely no idea what is in the waterproof type fabric I had in my stash but I daresay it’s nothing good.  Still, at least it has now come in useful.  I have so many old tupperware type containers and, like a sock and its matching pair, they somehow become separated from their lids never to be seen again.

I took out the leftover chicken leg that was in here as it wasn’t very photogenic.

We’ll see how many times this can go through the wash before Mr. T. declares it ‘an old rag’.

So, nothing exciting today – after all, it’s really just like a big jam pot cover – but I like to keep Scraphappy and next month I have something much more interesting to show you.  Well, I probably won’t have actually started on it by then but I’ll show you the plan.

Here’s the tutorial I mentioned in case you want to whip up a shower cap for your bowls and make your fridge look pretty.

 

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 Wild Daffodil on February 15, 2019 - 08:35

    great idea!

    • #2 by tialys on February 15, 2019 - 08:50

      Simple but useful – I’m not sure how good the lining fabric I’ve used will be at keeping things fresh as I’ve no idea what it is but, if it doesn’t work well, I’ll try to source some of the same stuff used in the tutorial.

  2. #3 by katechiconi on February 15, 2019 - 08:43

    I think I need to consider a much larger rectangular one for my chicken roasting dish… Once we’ve descended on the roasted chook like a plague of meat-eating locusts, I usually cover the whole thing with foil and stick it in the fridge, but foil’s not very renewable. This would work better. Good scrapping!

    • #4 by tialys on February 15, 2019 - 08:48

      Exactly my thoughts as the vast majority of my dishes and storage boxes are rectangular.

      • #5 by katechiconi on February 15, 2019 - 09:42

        Maybe one could make it like a fitted sheet, with elastic just on the corners….

  3. #6 by thecontentedcrafter on February 15, 2019 - 10:11

    Good job here m’dear! And should you run short of shower caps you now know how to make them too! 🙂 I also like the sound of that zipper foot that attaches the elastic . I need me one of them!!

    As an aside I made a pile of beeswax food wraps last year and mine are still going strong – no issues at all except that the first one I made and which I have used the most is starting to wear thin because I didn’t apply as much wax as I learned I could from making and using that one …… and I love how they keep salad food fresh.

    • #7 by tialys on February 15, 2019 - 10:47

      The gizmo for the elastic is on my overlocker/serger and is on the standard supplied foot. My poor hideously expensive, shamefully underused overlocker is capable of doing so much more than I use it for. Well, I do use it a lot but only for basic stuff – I really need to watch the videos Babylock provide to see what else I can do with it. I was chuffed to bits when I realised I could seam and elasticise at the same time.
      What method do you use to make your wraps – did you blog about it, I can’t remember – I actually preferred using my pure soy (no paraffin) wax beads because they didn’t dye the lighter fabric yellow. A messy business I found it to be anyway but I’m willing to try again.

      • #8 by thecontentedcrafter on February 15, 2019 - 19:47

        I didn’t blog about it – I don’t know why I have a blog really 🙂 I took photos while making the first lot and everything – Maybe I’ll do one 🙂

      • #9 by tialys on February 16, 2019 - 09:25

        You should – I like seeing different methods until I find one that suits me. I have all the gear. It’s not where you melt the was in the oven and drape the cloths through it though is it? I got into all sorts of trouble when I tried that 🙄

      • #10 by thecontentedcrafter on February 16, 2019 - 19:58

        No, that didn’t appeal at all. Just the iron and beeswax pellets………….

  4. #11 by The Snail of Happiness on February 15, 2019 - 10:17

    I have some beeswax wraps that a friend made me (so my ironing board remains functional). I use them for lining tins that I put cake/biscuits in and that works well, as well as for wrapping cheese. I was wondering if the way to keep them hygienic is to iron them again after washing, but since I don’t want to destroy my ironing board, then maybe not. I like your container cover. I now need to go and investigate whether my overlocker can do that thing with elastic. Plus I too have lots of waterproof fabric as featured in my scraphappy post this month.

    • #12 by tialys on February 15, 2019 - 10:50

      Ooh yes – the tablecloth. The French love oilcloth for their tables and they are available all over the place here – the thick stuff would be too unwieldy but the finer, linen look, type might work quite well and I have some scraps somewhere because I used it once to make lunch bags.

  5. #13 by KerryCan on February 15, 2019 - 13:10

    It might not be rocket science but you made it fun to read about!

    • #14 by tialys on February 16, 2019 - 09:33

      Well, thank you, if I’ve made sewing two bits of fabric together with a bit of elastic round the edge fun to read about I’ve done my blogging job 😃

  6. #15 by mlmcspadden on February 15, 2019 - 14:27

    Great idea!

    • #16 by tialys on February 16, 2019 - 09:31

      I love a great idea, especially one as simple as this to execute.

  7. #17 by kathyreeves on February 15, 2019 - 16:17

    Now I’m off to see if I have a groove in my server foot!

    • #18 by tialys on February 16, 2019 - 09:26

      More of a slot than a groove – did you find one?

      • #19 by kathyreeves on February 16, 2019 - 17:28

        I haven’t looked yet, been on the other machine, but now I am going to check before I forget. Had to take a break before doing the hand sewing on my shirt.

      • #20 by tialys on February 17, 2019 - 09:46

        I hope the hand sewing went well.

      • #21 by kathyreeves on February 17, 2019 - 14:10

        I have just buttons left on the shirt and finally got the jeans to basting mode last night and they actually fit! I was sweating that because I was just going on measurements and past reviews and finished garments and the reviews kept saying the pattern runs big, but some were using stretch denim and this is for plain(which is what I have.) 😅 tweaking today and then I’ll start the jacket.

  8. #22 by magpiesue on February 15, 2019 - 18:50

    Love the concept but it’s unlikely I’d ever go to the effort of actually making any of these. Meanwhile, I wonder what’s available in local discount shops around here in the way of shower caps!

    • #23 by tialys on February 16, 2019 - 09:26

      It’s barely any effort at all Sue – it took me all of 10 minutes.

  9. #24 by nottaholiday on February 16, 2019 - 08:12

    reducing plastic usage is an admirable aim… well done!

    • #25 by tialys on February 16, 2019 - 09:24

      It’s all the rage 😃

  10. #26 by lovelucie1 on February 16, 2019 - 08:30

    I need some of these in my life! I use shop bought bees wax wraps for cheese and also sandwiches. They are going strong but I need to make my own as they were hideously expensive. I was looking for a replacement for covering meat, instead of cling or foil. Looks like just the ticket.

    • #27 by tialys on February 16, 2019 - 09:23

      I do love a quick, satisfying, useful sewing project – and this really is one.

  11. #28 by Dartmoor Yarns on February 16, 2019 - 19:39

    Hurrah for shower caps for bowls!

    • #29 by tialys on February 17, 2019 - 09:45

      Its the latest thing 😎

  12. #30 by Born To Organize on February 17, 2019 - 07:51

    Another clever use of scraps, you. Nicely done. I’ve heard of beeswax wraps but it never occurred to me that you could make them. I have a Bernina with some attachments, and was thrilled one day to discover I could run a seam and overlock at the same time. It’s great fun finding a “new” feature on something you’ve had for so long.

    • #31 by tialys on February 17, 2019 - 09:44

      Yes, apparently beeswax wraps are expensive to buy so it’s worth making your own if you’re going to make use of them. I just need to work on my technique.

  13. #33 by claire93 on February 17, 2019 - 19:43

    and there was I expecting to see you peeking out from behind the shower curtain, modelling your cap!
    I’ll admit to being very lazy where bowlos of leftovers go. I just pop into a plastic bowl and slide a small plate on top to keep contents from drying out in the fridge.

    • #34 by tialys on February 18, 2019 - 11:00

      Sorry to disappoint!

  14. #35 by Nanette on February 18, 2019 - 00:56

    Your blue rooster mug caught my eye before I noticed your scrap project shower cap. Good on you for helping to save the planet. I have home made as well as bought beeswax wraps, and usually just give them a wipe with a damp cloth then hang them out on the verandah to dry/air.

    • #36 by tialys on February 18, 2019 - 11:00

      I will try them again – just need to find a method that suits.

  15. #37 by Beads and Barnacles on February 18, 2019 - 11:16

    I make these for my big Kenwood mixing bowl so that I can cover the bread dough over night and it doesn’t dry out. And I don’t have to keep buying cling film… They are so useful.
    I use bias binding with elastic inside it to make it a little more “finished” but I might just opt for your method for the next ones

    • #38 by tialys on February 18, 2019 - 11:34

      Good idea – I use it for my breakfast pancake batter made the night before.

      • #39 by Beads and Barnacles on February 18, 2019 - 11:37

        Sounds good. I use “oilcloth” inside mine which is quite thick but makes it nice and easy to wipe and food off. But I’m not sure how they will hold up in the wash, I’m just hand washing atm.

  16. #40 by Joanne Joanne S on February 18, 2019 - 20:08

    What a clever idea. I never heard of bees wax wraps. Now another item on my bucket to-do list (that list is getting rather long). 🙂

    • #41 by tialys on February 19, 2019 - 10:06

      It’s a never ending list isn’t it?

  17. #42 by thecraftersapprentice on February 22, 2019 - 16:19

    my beeswax wraps (which I bought!) have gone all bitty and horrible. I was careful to only wash them in lukewarm water, and I only used them for wrapping sandwiches or toast so it was mainly crumbs, but they had to be thrown away. I am no reusing a piece of tinfoil until it falls apart!

    • #43 by tialys on February 23, 2019 - 10:13

      Oh dear. I think they’re quite expensive to buy too aren’t they? Maybe you should try to make some yourself – I will probably have another go at some point as I have all the beeswax.

  18. #44 by Lynda on March 8, 2019 - 16:55

    I tried working with melted bee’s wax once. It ruined everything it touched Not sure I would want to put my iron onto fabric coated with the stuff. I like your newer idea! Let us know how it holds up.

    • #45 by tialys on March 9, 2019 - 08:42

      I might give it one more go seeing as I have all the ‘stuff’ but I’m going to be a bit less generous with the wax sprinkling next time and use my spare, less fancy iron. I’ll let you know how I get on.

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