ScrapHappy May

Scraphappy Day has come around very fast this month.  I’m amazed how the time has flown considering the restrictions on our movements which I thought would make it drag.

As a result, I was a little unprepared so I’m showing a new version of a project I’ve made several times before, some of which I showed on a previous Scraphappy day.  Sorry about that but the timing was good for me as my youngest daughter has expressed an interest in sewing and, although I’m not holding out much hope, I want to encourage it as it’s more useful than some of her other interests.

So, I made her one of my needle books.

I had some of this fabric left from a project I can’t remember making but there were large pieces cut out of it so I know it exists somewhere.  The fabric is significant as one of my daughter’s nicknames is ‘Bea’ and the logo for my handmade shop on Etsy is a dragonfly.

The inside lining and pocket are made from a bit of patchwork I had left over from a quilt I made for a baby .

I used some scrap felt for the ‘book’ and thought I’d include these cat themed scissors and heart pin in the package.

Together with a selection of odd buttons, it might give her a bit of a kick start to a sewing future and, if not, well she can pass it all on to her sister who does sew.

While I was in the needle book groove I made another one which isn’t from scrap but I’ve been dying to use this fun Japanese linen blend fabric for ages.

To be honest, this fabric would also be fairly relevant to Mlle Tialys the Younger – but don’t tell her I said so.


EDIT: just showed the second needle case to Mr. T. and he pointed out that’s not how sloths hang 🙃 .  Doh!  This will have to be a spare needle case for me now. 🙄


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.

KateGun, TittiHeléneEvaSue, Lynn (me), Lynda,
Birthe, Turid, Susan, Cathy,  Tracy, Jill, Claire, Jan,
Moira, SandraLindaChrisNancyAlysKerryClaireJean,
Joanne, Jon, HayleyDawnGwen, Connie, Bekki, Pauline,
Sue L, Sunny and Kjerstin

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  1. #1 by katechiconi on May 15, 2020 - 08:47

    Tell M. Tialys that the sloth has awoken, stretched and is about to get to work, hence the unusually alert expression. And if that needle book and the cutest possible scissors don’t get Mademoiselle stitching, I shall be very surprised.

    • #2 by tialys on May 15, 2020 - 11:39

      I’m trying to encourage the merest spark of interest in any hobby that will expand her current repertoire. She has been in receipt of various Amazon packages – ordered from here – in my efforts to enthuse and, so far, it’s the baking that’s winning out but I’m O.K. with that. Any sewing has to be by hand at the moment as she hasn’t got a machine so we’ll see how that goes.

      • #3 by katechiconi on May 15, 2020 - 12:13

        Even if it’s only sewing on buttons and closing up broken stitches it’ll be worth doing. Hard to know what would suit her personality; not everyone feels an urge to creativity.

  2. #4 by nanacathy2 on May 15, 2020 - 09:09

    I beg to differ about the sloth, that is an acrobatic sloth peculiar to a very small region of Madagascar. I’m sure your girl will adore her sewing equipment and make very good use of it.

    • #5 by tialys on May 15, 2020 - 11:36

      Ah, yes, I’ve heard of those Madagascan sloths – we might be the only two though. 🤣

  3. #6 by thecontentedcrafter on May 15, 2020 - 09:14

    It’s does look wide awake – which is terribly unslothlike 🙂 Still. the actual scraphappy needle case was a great success especially as it really doesn’t matter which way bees (beas) and dragonflies zoom about……

    • #7 by tialys on May 15, 2020 - 11:35

      I couldn’t believe it when I showed it to Mr. T. and asked him what he thought – the sloth being upside down was furthest from my mind but it was the first thing that leapt out at him. I felt such a fool.

  4. #8 by claire93 on May 15, 2020 - 09:28

    lovely needle books, and what an interesting collection of buttons to get started!

    • #9 by tialys on May 15, 2020 - 11:33

      Well, at least she’ll be able to practise sewing buttons on if nothing else!

  5. #10 by Kim on May 15, 2020 - 10:41

    Both gorgeous, and why shouldn’t sloths be allowed to practice acrobatics on occasion?

    • #11 by tialys on May 15, 2020 - 11:34

      It’s true – if only they could summon up the energy 😉

      • #12 by sew2pro on May 15, 2020 - 14:47

        How cute! And I love the gymnast sloth; how chuffed he looks by his effort

      • #13 by tialys on May 16, 2020 - 09:42

        He does doesn’t he?

    • #14 by sew2pro on May 15, 2020 - 14:48


  6. #15 by Dartmoor Yarns on May 15, 2020 - 10:49

    Ha ha! Trust you to hang the sloth up the wrong way 🙂 Lovely needle cases. Is your youngest working from your house or free all day to learn to sew? My littlest is freelance and has lost all work. She’s taken up watercolour – am wondering if that will last as long as the knitting did?

    • #16 by tialys on May 15, 2020 - 11:32

      No, she left to go to the U.K. last Summer and lives in Mr. T.’s commuter flat with him when he’s there but, as he got stuck here in France when lockdown struck, she is all on her own and her little job working in Barnardo’s charity shop is obviously not possible at the moment. She has taken up baking too – with quite a bit of success – so that’s a result. I’m not sure whether the sewing will take hold though – especially as it will all have to be by hand as she hasn’t got a machine.

      • #17 by Dartmoor Yarns on May 15, 2020 - 17:23

        Aw! bless her. Can’t be much fun on your own in lock down. Shame she hasn’t got a machine.

      • #18 by tialys on May 16, 2020 - 09:31

        I think a sewing machine scares her a bit. If I was into cross stitch or embroidery which, as you know, I’m not, I could steer her down that route. My other daughter does cross stitch so maybe she could encourage her along that path and no machine would be needed.

      • #19 by Dartmoor Yarns on May 16, 2020 - 16:12

        Good plan 🙂

  7. #20 by Laurie Graves on May 15, 2020 - 13:16

    Those little books are adorable. Good luck to your daughter.

    • #21 by tialys on May 16, 2020 - 09:43

      I’m sure she’ll like the needle book even if she never takes to sewing and just keeps pins/needles and thread in it for emergency button sewing on or whatever.

  8. #23 by Quimper Hitty on May 15, 2020 - 15:03

    I am amused by the sloth doing calisthenics…any means to get some exercise while we are stuck indoors! Lovely encouraging needle case for your daughter.

    • #24 by tialys on May 16, 2020 - 09:40

      Calisthenics! I think I remember doing those back in the day and making my husband laugh at the small, almost imperceptible movements involved. Just right for a sloth come to think of it. However, I’ve just looked up ‘calisthenics’ and it doesn’t seem to be like that at all so maybe I’m thinking of something else. (Found it – I’m thinking of Callanetics)
      I’ve been very lazy – exercise wise – I’m afraid and when my pilates and zumba classes start again (probably in September) I’ll probably be a physical wreck and have to go back to beginners’ classes.

  9. #25 by CurlsnSkirls on May 15, 2020 - 15:03

    Quick note as today’s VirtualTeaParty day and I’ve frozen cornmeal cooky logs to slice & bake…
    Take a peek at’s podcast this week, which is all about mending. Might help with enthusiasm… 😉 See you later for tea & goodies?! 🤞 (Mr. T can come, too, but you can take him a goody bag if he’s playing with his sloth.)

    • #26 by tialys on May 16, 2020 - 10:07

      Oops – I was tracing a jeans pattern and forgot to come for tea. I hope you had fun.

      • #27 by CurlsnSkirls on May 16, 2020 - 14:27

        Come on over on the weekend, Lynn. Plenty of leftovers, and the kettle’s almost always on. Would love a good natter!

  10. #28 by Joanne S on May 15, 2020 - 20:11

    Never mind the athletic sloth… I just love the fabric; especially the bea and dragonfly!

    • #29 by tialys on May 16, 2020 - 09:29

      I love the bee and dragonfly fabric too – it’s been in my stash for a while and was just right for her.

  11. #30 by magpiesue on May 15, 2020 - 20:35

    I love the needle book for your daughter, and all the accessories! I’m sorry to confess I noticed the incongruous sloth right off the bat too. Leave it to Kate to explain it perfectly. 😉

    • #31 by tialys on May 16, 2020 - 09:29

      I can’t believe I spent all that time making it and didn’t spot it.

  12. #32 by Jamie@hookthisweavethat on May 15, 2020 - 20:47

    Too funny. Never mind, you can also turn 180 degrees and open it to the right instead if the left.

    • #33 by tialys on May 16, 2020 - 09:28

      Well, that would be the Japanese way wouldn’t it? It would have worked if I hadn’t put a pocket inside which would then also be upside down and therefore no use to man nor beast 🙄

      • #34 by Jamie@hookthisweavethat on May 16, 2020 - 09:58

        Lol it’s lovely anyway and that’s all that matters. Maybe the sloth has been startled.

  13. #35 by cedar51 on May 16, 2020 - 00:02

    I wouldn’t worry about Mr T and his comment…which may be right OR not…it’s a great talking point and it was made with intentional love…

    • #36 by tialys on May 16, 2020 - 09:27

      I wouldn’t mind but I had that binding machine stitched down on the back and wasn’t happy with it – as I usually hand stitch binding – so I pulled it all out and did it by hand. And I still didn’t notice!!

  14. #37 by onesmallstitch on May 16, 2020 - 00:58

    I hope the needlebook encourages some playful stitching, the scissors are a cute bonus. Love the acrobatic sloth, he’s just on the upward swing going around the branch.

    • #38 by tialys on May 16, 2020 - 09:24

      Yes, if anyone asks, I’m going to say that’s what he’s doing 😉

  15. #39 by kathyreeves on May 16, 2020 - 02:30

    I love the sloth the way he is! Hopeful that younger M. Tialys enjoys her foray into sewing!

    • #40 by tialys on May 16, 2020 - 09:23

      I am ever hopeful but we’ll see. She hasn’t got a machine and I’m not sure she wants one so it might be better to get her interested in the cross stitch/embroidery type of sewing – although she won’t be able to rely on me for that!!

  16. #41 by Moira on May 17, 2020 - 16:50

    Lovely needlebooks! I’m sure both of them will be well used.

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