Scraphappy April

It’s the 15th of the month and time for another scrappy post where we show what we’ve made with scraps of  – well, anything really – although my scraps are usually fabric or wool.

I think it was Anne over on her blog who introduced me to Ann Wood Handmade‘s lovely website .  I nipped over there the other day after Anne once again mentioned her in a post and, as Scraphappy day was on the horizon and I managed to miss the last one, I thought I’d take up her offer of a free pattern to make a little pincushion.

As every sewing person knows, you can’t possibly have too many pincushions although, if I’m honest, I might have.

So I printed out the pattern and made little cardboard templates in case I want to make another of these little ladies (or pears – see further down) in future.

I used scraps from a quilt I’d made in the past which was a braided design and so these scraps were in the shape of a short rhomboid so have been hanging around in my scrap bin for a while now but proved to be the perfect size for this project.

Remember I mentioned pears earlier on?  Well, I know this is a little doll but I think, in an appropriate colour and with some felt leaves on top, this pattern would make an excellent pear too.

A bit lumpy – it’s filled with lentils and some wool.  The lentils might have been an error of judgement but I didn’t want to waste precious rice in this time of difficult shopping and lentils do unpleasant things to my digestive tract so this is one way to get rid of them rather than eat them.

I upended the whole thing to attach some of this mini pompom trim I’ve had hanging around for a while and never found a use for.

Just before Christmas, my friend gave me some wooden beads for use as heads on little gnomes she was making.  I didn’t make the gnomes and can’t remember for the life of me where I put those beads.  I probably spent more time looking for them than making this project.  However, I am now a needle felting person and have the tools of the trade and, unlike several years ago when I first tried needle felting, I appear to have mastered the art of making a felt bead.

So, I did, and harpooned it on a stick.

She just needed a little scarf around her scrawny neck and a flower in her hair and she was ready to hold my heart pin.



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, PaulineSue L
and Sunny


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  1. #1 by nanacathy2 on April 15, 2020 - 08:55

    She is utterly charming- love her!

    • #2 by tialys on April 15, 2020 - 12:34

      I gave her a flower in her hair instead of a little scarf – it would be quite fun to do a little set, all different.

  2. #3 by katechiconi on April 15, 2020 - 09:31

    Aww, she’s a sweetie. I confess to being a pincushion heretic: I keep my pins in a tin box, but I do love the look of a gorgeous pincushion or several…

    • #4 by tialys on April 15, 2020 - 12:33

      I have some silk pins in a tin but that’s because I don’t use them very often. I would find groping in a tin for more habitually used pins a bit annoying I think – harder to get hold of aren’t they?

      • #5 by katechiconi on April 15, 2020 - 12:46

        I don’t know… I’ve kept my pins in tins since art college days and it’s totally what I’m used to. I tried a pincushion a couple of times, but it just didn’t work. I can keep a dozen pins in my mouth while I pin stuff up on the design wall, and I love not having to stab them back into a pincushion while I’m sewing, but just dropping them back in the tin. Chaqu’un a son goût, Works for me.

      • #6 by tialys on April 15, 2020 - 12:59

        I do have a magnetic pincushion which I also like. I think, with a tin, I would be scared of knocking it down off the worktable and the pins going everywhere – I think this actually might have happened to me once.

      • #7 by katechiconi on April 15, 2020 - 13:28

        I have a magnet on a telescopic stick… ask me how well it works… Yes, of course I knock it over from time to time, but it’s not enough to convert me 😉

  3. #8 by DawnGillDesigns on April 15, 2020 - 10:17

    have you resisted making your doll a replica of someone? I’d have been tempted to make an effigy !!! Thanks for sharing the link too.

    • #9 by tialys on April 15, 2020 - 12:32

      Well, there’s a thought.

  4. #10 by Kim on April 15, 2020 - 10:19

    Cute as a button!

  5. #12 by nottaholiday on April 15, 2020 - 11:15

    a friend once announced (whilst assembling a artisan fromage platter) that she had a firm pear. She has never lived that one down.

    • #13 by tialys on April 15, 2020 - 12:30

      Well, she shouldn’t be allowed to – it’s too funny.

  6. #14 by Dartmoor Yarns on April 15, 2020 - 11:23

    Very cute. An now I realise when you commented on my post your were imagining me harpooning LH’s head.

  7. #17 by CurlsnSkirls on April 15, 2020 - 13:08

    Lynn, that’s absolutely adorable! How I admire people who can make such tiny things and not have them turn into a shapeless blob as mine do!

    • #18 by tialys on April 15, 2020 - 13:21

      I am full of admiration for people who can make miniature items for dolls houses, etc. – I find it fascinating but I’m not usually a fan of making tiny things myself – this would be as small as I’d go.

      • #19 by CurlsnSkirls on April 16, 2020 - 02:48

        It’s a lot smaller than I’m ready to go!🤪

  8. #20 by Laurie Graves on April 15, 2020 - 15:47

    Oh, so sweet! She is utterly charming. Does she have a name?

    • #21 by tialys on April 15, 2020 - 18:45

      she doesn’t – any suggestions?

  9. #22 by Born To Organize on April 15, 2020 - 17:57

    I just realized that I haven’t stopped grinning since the beginning of this post. She’s charming, stylishly dressed and clever, too, with her lentil center and a flower in her hair. Lynn, I’ll bet you had a lot of fun with this. I know I’ve had fun reading this post.

  10. #25 by onesmallstitch on April 15, 2020 - 20:12

    oh, what an adorable little flower girl and the pink pompoms are a delightful finish. Thank you for my first smile of the day.

    • #26 by tialys on April 16, 2020 - 10:42

      I’m so pleased to have provided your first smile of the day- I hope you had many more 😁

  11. #27 by Susan Nixon on April 16, 2020 - 02:44

    That’s delightful and whimsical, Lynn. What a cute little person pinner. I wondered what made the little round circles in the fabric, so thanks for explaining the peas. LOL

    • #28 by tialys on April 16, 2020 - 10:43

      I really need some emery or sharp sand for filling but I’ll wait until ordering online is easier again. If, indeed, I need any more pincushions 🙄

  12. #29 by kathyreeves on April 16, 2020 - 02:55

    That is just sweet!

  13. #31 by claire93 on April 16, 2020 - 15:52

    what a cutie pin cushion!

    • #32 by tialys on April 16, 2020 - 17:30

      I just realised I made a doll 🤣

      • #33 by claire93 on April 16, 2020 - 19:47

        you did indeed!

  14. #34 by Moira on April 16, 2020 - 18:57

    Very cute!

  15. #36 by magpiesue on April 16, 2020 - 20:14

    Love the pink pom pom trim! She’s darling.

    • #37 by tialys on April 17, 2020 - 09:38

      Amazing what you find when you go a-rummaging.

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