ScrapHappy Christmas 2019

After last month’s rather cheeky (and violently coloured) scraphappy day entry –  the yarn I used for my anti-hunter, bright orange beanie could only very tenuously be called scrap – this time I’m back on good behaviour for this, the last scraphappy day of the year.

A selection of scraps were unearthed and I display the proof below (although some of these didn’t make the final cut.)

You might remember that, last year, I paper pieced a reindeer and made it into a Christmas table runner.

I bought another pattern from the same designer.

Now, I’ve made a scrappy gnome and don’t really know what to do with him.

Because a gnome isn’t just for Christmas is it?

Any ideas?  He’s 12 inches square.



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 nanacathy2 on December 15, 2019 - 09:22

    He’s a Christmas cushion and very nice too, so jolly.

    • #2 by tialys on December 15, 2019 - 19:00

      That could work!

  2. #3 by Wild Daffodil on December 15, 2019 - 09:47

    He could be a photo album cover for an album full of festive photos.
    If the top of the mushroom was up the other way it could be a glass of wine – cheers!

    • #4 by tialys on December 15, 2019 - 19:01

      Now, why didn’t I think of that 🍷

  3. #5 by katechiconi on December 15, 2019 - 10:51

    I love his ‘fair isle’ sweater! How about making a frame for him out of a Christmas wreath made of green and red scraps?

  4. #7 by craftycreeky on December 15, 2019 - 11:43

    He’s gorgeous, he’d be lovely on a mini wall quilt, or a Christmas cushion.

    • #8 by tialys on December 15, 2019 - 19:03

      I might incorporate him in some sort of quilt – he’s a good size for it.

  5. #9 by Lynda on December 15, 2019 - 12:01

    Seems my two thoughts have been covered: Mini wall quilt or little cushion.
    Oh, and I’m glad you’ve added eyes to the little fella. 🙂

    • #10 by tialys on December 15, 2019 - 19:02

      Yes, he looked a bit spooky without any.

  6. #11 by Moira on December 15, 2019 - 13:42

    Very nice little gnome! love the fabric you used as his sweater.

    • #12 by tialys on December 15, 2019 - 19:05

      Sometimes you find just the right scrap don’t you?

  7. #13 by CurlsnSkirls on December 15, 2019 - 14:02

    Cute little gnome❣️ Lovely use of scraps, whatever he gets turned into. 🎄

    • #14 by tialys on December 15, 2019 - 19:03

      There’s something about gnomes isn’t there?

  8. #15 by thecontentedcrafter on December 15, 2019 - 18:01

    I think he has huge potential! A bit of colourful embroidery stitching here and there – a couple of well chosen words like maybe ‘welcome gnome’ or a more neutral ‘Hi there!’ if you are avoiding the puns …….. the toadstool he’s holding could turn into a bunch of flowers…… frame and you have a lovely pic for the front entryway….. Gnomes are for every day after all 🙂

    • #16 by tialys on December 15, 2019 - 19:05

      ‘welcome gnome’

  9. #17 by claire93 on December 15, 2019 - 22:23

    am I the only one who thinks gnomes are spooky? I appreciate all the work and clever piecing . . . but I prefer your reindeer ^^

    • #18 by tialys on December 16, 2019 - 08:40

      I think you might be the only one. After all, Father Christmas just looks like a giant gnome. 🎅

  10. #19 by Dartmoor Yarns on December 15, 2019 - 22:46

    Don’t expect me to come up with a new suggestion when I’m so late to the party, but he is very cute and too nice to be just for Christmas.

  11. #22 by magpiesue on December 15, 2019 - 23:16

    He’s charming. He’d look good in a quilt with your hedgehogs I bet. 😉

  12. #23 by tialys on December 16, 2019 - 08:42

    Ooh Yes, not to forget my fox and I’ve also got patterns for a unicorn and an owl. I could make a fantasy quilt for a small person or just a young at heart person.

  13. #24 by Laurie Graves on December 17, 2019 - 15:52

    Yes! A fantasy quilt for the young and the young at heart!

  14. #25 by Born To Organize on December 19, 2019 - 05:38

    I have a small, traveling gnome that I’ve grown fond of. I think your paper pieced gnome is delightful. I wonder if you could treat the fabric to make it weatherproof, then make it into a cushion for a patio chair in a sheltered part of your garden. Gnomes love the garden.

    • #26 by tialys on December 20, 2019 - 11:51

      Good idea – I’ll look into it – or he could go into the conservatory where he’ll be half in and half out although also covered in cats.

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