Scraphappy Day October – A Close Run Thing

Can the 15th of the month really have come round again?  What with striving to get all my crochet squares done to keep up with the crochet along, and trying to get Mr. Tialys’s shirt finished so that I can start on making stuff for Christmas, it took me a bit bit by surprise.

It’s not as if I’m short of scraps as you can see below.

But I had not transformed anything from either the cotton fabric  or jersey scrap bins nor even the selvedge bin this month.

I hate to disappoint however.

Remember the shirt I’m making for Mr. Tialys out of Liberty of London tana lawn?

Well it has nifty little pockets in the collar for stiffeners – you know those little plastic doodahs that slide in and keep the collar of a more formal shirt  looking neat.

Like so

I was chuffed to bits with those little bits of tailoring – the thread is such a good match you can’t even tell those little diagonal slots are there at the end of the collar but I’m going to show you anyway.

So, instead of using ordinary plastic I wanted to make these collar stiffeners a bit different so that they would be instantly recognisable by Mr. T. as belonging to this particular shirt.

I searched the house hoping to find an old plastic folder the girls might have used for school as I often used to buy them ones with patterns on – spoilt rotten they were  – but I had no luck.  Then I caught sight of a store fidelity card in my daughter’s room which was made of nice thick plastic as used in credit cards and the like.  So, I had a lightbulb moment.

I had a look in my purse and, yes, I still had it.

I don’t have much occasion to shop in the actual Liberty store in London at the moment and I have Liberty fabrics galore in my stash so can’t think I’ll be using it any time soon even if it’s still valid.

So, the answer was obvious

I managed to cut them around the Liberty name and the crest for this shirt and still have some of the card left to use for future shirts – and there will be some because, strangely, I really love making them.

So, no fabric scraps used this month and the jury is probably still out as to whether an unused store card counts as scrap but you can’t say I didn’t try.

Scraphappy Day is organised by Kate & Gun for anybody who wants to make new things from scraps of any kind – doesn’t have to be fabric or yarn.  Here’s a list of participants – both regular and occasional – if you want to have a look at the sort of things you can do with scraps.

Contact Kate (first name on the list) if you want to join in.

Kate Gun, TittiHeléneEvaSue, Nanette, Lynn(me), Lynda,
Birthe, Turid, Susan, Cathy, Debbierose, Tracy, Jill, Claire, Jan,
Moira, SandraLindaChrisNancyAlysKerryClaireJean,
Joanne, Jon, HayleyDawnGwen, Connie, Bekki, Pauline and Sue L.


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  1. #1 by katechiconi on October 15, 2019 - 07:36

    Oh wow! This is one of the most ingenious and creative Scrappinesses I’ve seen for a long time! Does M. Tialys have to remove the stiffeners from the collar before washing? I’m worried that lovely laminated surface design wouldn’t survive the many washings his new favourite shirt is going to receive…

    • #2 by tialys on October 15, 2019 - 23:17

      I think he usually remembers to remove them although he doesn’t seem as rigorous with trouser pockets as I’m always finding coins, tissues and bits of garden twine in the washing machine.

      • #3 by katechiconi on October 16, 2019 - 00:34

        With me, it’s pens in the breast pocket. And the Husband’s work shirts don’t allow you to remove the plastic thingy, so over time they curl up or poke their way through the fabric. Good job he gets new ones every year…

  2. #4 by thecontentedcrafter on October 15, 2019 - 08:22

    I’m with Kate – best scrappiness ever!! You could well start a trend that will see future generations unpicking the corners of their collars to see what the stiffener looks like……..

    • #5 by tialys on October 15, 2019 - 23:18

      No unpicking required – these stiffeners just slide right in a little diagonal pocket on the underside of the collar.

      • #6 by thecontentedcrafter on October 16, 2019 - 10:09

        Even better!! Thought you might like to know one Catocelli was hung on the wall today – so handsome!

      • #7 by tialys on October 17, 2019 - 10:35

        Ooh, what did you do, stretch him round a canvas?

      • #8 by thecontentedcrafter on October 17, 2019 - 19:22

        Nope, he is cunningly attached by 4 little wall tacks until a suitable frame is found for him. I must send you a pic when the sun comes up.

  3. #9 by DawnGillDesigns on October 15, 2019 - 08:35

    That’s perfect, and I love it Total genius.

    • #10 by tialys on October 15, 2019 - 23:19

      Yes! At least if you reuse something you know where it has gone.

  4. #11 by anne54 on October 15, 2019 - 09:48

    Definitely scrappy, (and if Kate says it is, then it is!). Now, can I send you some of my old cards? 😉

    • #12 by tialys on October 15, 2019 - 23:20

      You can if they’re really pretty ones 😉

  5. #13 by nanacathy2 on October 15, 2019 - 09:49

    I think you are genius. The card has gone from redundant and maybe single use plastic to multi use plastic shirt stiffeners. Mr T is one lucky guy.

    • #14 by tialys on October 15, 2019 - 23:20

      That’s what I tell him 😊

  6. #15 by The Snail of Happiness on October 15, 2019 - 10:26

    What a perfect scrappy solution 🙂

    • #16 by tialys on October 15, 2019 - 23:21

      I’ll just have to keep making shirts now as I have enough left of that card to make at least another two pairs.

  7. #17 by Dartmoor Yarns on October 15, 2019 - 11:01

    Good God! Woman! You’re a genius! I’ll have to think twice before I chop my next out of date bank card in half – although none of mine are as pretty as yours.

    • #18 by tialys on October 15, 2019 - 23:22

      That was my prettiest and, if you can believe it, I even thought twice about cutting it up.

  8. #20 by Lynda on October 15, 2019 - 13:16

    I’ll cast my vote for it being a scrappy idea. Very clever!
    And I must ask, because I really like it, did you paint the scene from the Little Prince onto the top of your workspace, or did it come that way?

    • #21 by tialys on October 15, 2019 - 23:23

      No, it is the actual book cover. Well spotted!

    • #22 by tialys on October 15, 2019 - 23:23

      No, it is the actual book cover. Well spotted!

  9. #23 by mlmcspadden on October 15, 2019 - 13:58

    Definitely a scrappy idea to my mind! Great idea to keep in mind for reusing things.

    • #24 by tialys on October 15, 2019 - 23:24

      It was one of my rare lightbulb moments – I wish I had more.💡💡

  10. #25 by CurlsnSkirls on October 15, 2019 - 14:07


  11. #27 by Laurie Graves on October 15, 2019 - 14:57

    Now that’s what I call Sraphappy! Well done!

  12. #29 by KerryCan on October 15, 2019 - 14:59

    You never disappoint! This is a complete hoot but also the perfect detail for your one-of-a-kind shirt (and husband, right?!)

  13. #31 by claire93 on October 15, 2019 - 17:23

    I never realised that shirt collars had these little plastic doodads Inside, but your Liberty ones looks perfect for the job!

    • #32 by tialys on October 15, 2019 - 23:27

      Usually just the slightly formal shirts have them – the type you would wear with a suit.

  14. #33 by Kim on October 15, 2019 - 17:42

    Excellent idea!

  15. #35 by Wild Daffodil on October 15, 2019 - 19:29

    So cool! Definitely scrappy brilliance in my eyes.
    I use old like that cards for spearding glue, or paint about in abstract art.

    • #36 by tialys on October 15, 2019 - 23:28

      That’s a good use for them too but would be a shame with such a pretty one though.

  16. #37 by magpiesue on October 15, 2019 - 20:39

    Talk about custom! That Mr. Tialys is one lucky fella!

    • #38 by tialys on October 15, 2019 - 23:29

      He certainly is and he knows it – because I tell him 😉

  17. #39 by sew2pro on October 15, 2019 - 22:17

    That is so cool!! Wow, like they said.

    • #40 by tialys on October 15, 2019 - 23:30

      I have my moments 😎

  18. #41 by dezertsuz on October 16, 2019 - 02:21

    It definitely counts! And you can always get a new card. Those things always drove me crazy putting them back in. This would certainly make it easier. What a great seamstress you are!

    • #42 by tialys on October 17, 2019 - 10:29

      Thinking about it, I should have made a note of the number and then I could still use it online – although I really don’t need anything else from Liberty.

  19. #43 by kathyreeves on October 16, 2019 - 03:44

    Exceptional idea ma’am!

  20. #45 by Born To Organize on October 16, 2019 - 21:57

    I think you’re brilliant! What a clever idea.

    • #46 by tialys on October 17, 2019 - 10:36

      It’s great when you hit on just the right solution isn’t it?

  21. #48 by Alison Toni on October 17, 2019 - 12:58

    That’s the best use for a loyalty card ever. Sadly mine are just boring Sainsbury and Tesco ones!
    Is the shirt from a pattern? I don’t think I’ve ever seen one (a pattern) with the pockets for the collar stiffeners. Not that any of the men in my family would want collar stiffeners. I would just want to make the collar with the little pockets. 🙄

  22. #51 by lovelucie1 on October 19, 2019 - 08:52

    Wow! This is superb! My husband uses these all the time and is well trained in removing them. I’ve stored your idea for stocking fillers!

    • #52 by tialys on October 20, 2019 - 18:53

      Good idea – if you can find a nice little box they’d be perfect. I was thinking it would be good to get hold of an expired card and cut out the embossed name to run down the centre of a future pair. Just need to get hold of it before he cuts it into pieces.

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