ScrapHappy January 2021

I was determined to join in with Scraphappy this month, having missed some due to the move.

Even though we’ve downsized massively and I affectionately refer to our new home as ‘the dolls’ house’ I’ve always found dolls creepy – I’m more of a teddy bear girl myself.  However, a request for dolls’ clothes was made and scraps were dug out.

A scrappy bit of fleecy stuff found lurking amongst Mr. Tialys’s rolls of leather got turned into mini Ugg style boots.

Some thin, stretchy fabric left over from a dress and a bit of French terry from who knows where got made into a t-shirt and trousers.  This fiddliness prompted a successful search for my rotary cutter and unpicker in the depths of my still disorganised sewing room so that was good at least.


Be grateful I forgot to take a photo of the heart patterned boxer shorts.

With that I shall remark only on how I marvel at people who can make detailed teeny, tiny things for all sorts of dollies and softies without harbouring any wish to join them.  If I’m going to make a pair of jeans with a fly front, belt loops, contrast top stitching and decorated back pockets I want to be able to wear them myself.


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 (me!)Gun, TittiHeléneEvaSue, Lynn, Lynda,
Birthe, Turid, Susan, Cathy,  Tracy, Jill, Claire, Jan,
Moira, SandraLindaChrisNancyAlysKerryClaire,
JeanJon, HayleyDawnGwen, Connie, Bekki,
Sue L, Sunny, Kjerstin, Vera, Nanette and Ann


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  1. #1 by Susan Nixon on January 15, 2021 - 08:22

    I don’t do teeny tiny! I wouldn’t even do those baby sized dolls. Now that you mention it, dolls are a little creepy. LOL Your effort to dress this one looks pretty good, and I’m impressed by Ugg boots!

    • #2 by tialys on January 15, 2021 - 13:38

      Yes, the boots are cute I must admit.

  2. #3 by lifebyacompassnotaclock on January 15, 2021 - 08:33

    I can’t do teeny tiny either coz of my RA … but I definitely love the clothes you have made 😍

  3. #5 by Wild Daffodil on January 15, 2021 - 08:44

    Those dolls clothes are brilliant – I am sure the owner of the doll will be delighted, so delighted there might be more requests!

    • #6 by tialys on January 15, 2021 - 13:34

      I’m teaching her to sew!!

  4. #7 by Evie Jones on January 15, 2021 - 09:59

    I’m glad I’m not the only one who find many dolls creepy. I make an exception for Barbie. I have a friend who makes the most beautiful and detailed garments for her granddaughters dolls.
    I have to say, though, that the fur boots are a triumph.

    • #8 by tialys on January 15, 2021 - 13:33

      I must say I was a bit chuffed with those boots.

  5. #9 by katechiconi on January 15, 2021 - 10:32

    With you on the shudder, but I do admire your scrappy micro-dressmaking and cobblery (it should be cobbling, of course, but that sounds so pejorative). It’s that glassy stare that creeps me out; if you find yourself doing this again, could you maybe crop her above the nose? And thank you for spare us the, um, underthings.

    • #10 by tialys on January 15, 2021 - 13:31

      I will definitely try to keep my glassy stared models to a minimum.

  6. #11 by The Snail of Happiness on January 15, 2021 - 11:10

    My mother is the one in our family who does dolls and other tiny things – she will go as far a knitting them socks from the finest crochet cotton. It doesn’t appeal to me, but she enjoys it and they sell for quite a lot of money (although not enough to cover all the hours she puts into them).

    • #12 by tialys on January 15, 2021 - 13:30

      I am full of admiration for people who make miniature anything. I marvel at the tiny details and just know I’d never have the patience or skill to do it myself.

  7. #14 by claire93 on January 15, 2021 - 11:36

    I’d totally forgotten that with you now living in England, you’ll be closer to daughters again, and get roped in to making BJD clothes ^^ Love the outfit & boots! I’m also amazed at how little bits of fabric go such a long way when making doll clothes!

    • #15 by tialys on January 15, 2021 - 13:21

      Only one daughter is interested but I’m trying to give her sewing lessons – on the rare occasions we can see each other at the moment – so she can do the fiddly stuff on her own. Her hand sewing is better than mine and I have a feeling that most of the teeny stuff would be better done by hand anyway.

      • #16 by claire93 on January 15, 2021 - 13:31

        I was very pleased, the other day, because Mrs Tattoo actually bought herself some yarn and knitted a long black scarf in garter (after our knitting lesson over xmas). She made a really good job of it too! It’s so nice when the younger generation show an inclination to follow in our footsteps ^^

  8. #17 by Carol on January 15, 2021 - 11:44

    Looks great, a very trendy outfit. Especially love the Boots….. We are hoping to move back to the U.K. soon from France, great to see you are settling in. I have started to sort my Craft “stuff,” it’s amazing finding the stuff you had forgotten about…., but know I must be strict and onky take what I know I will use!

    • #18 by tialys on January 15, 2021 - 13:19

      Ooh, does that mean you’ve sold your French house or are you being reckless as we are?
      I gave so much crafting stuff away. There was a woman who organised ateliers for children and she took jewellery making stuff, rubber stamps, scrap fabric, yarn, stationery – probably around two car boots full – and I still have too much.

      • #19 by Carol Archer on January 20, 2021 - 21:36

        Yes, set to sign the Compromise de Vente next week…. 🤞 Will be selling to a lovely young French couple. Very mindful it isn’t finished till it’s done!!! Being very, very strict with myself, already given lots of fabric away and loads more to do likewise. Unfortunately have a lot of other non sewing hobbies – Cartonnage, Greeting card making, jewellery making, soft furnishings!! Felt Animals – look at Cool Crafting! Husband has similar addictions – classic cars, wood turning… It is going to be very difficult, to say nothing of the 5 Cats, who have somehow found us! We had previously been up to Seven, plus a Chien Perdue – sadly now passed….. Will make rdv next week for the Cats to be ‘chipped’ and get rabies jab. Ouch!! Oh well, here we go. Any tips very, very welcome…..

      • #20 by tialys on January 21, 2021 - 11:17

        Wow! You’re almost like a mirror image of us. I had all that ‘other’ craft stuff and more and husband does leather work. Plus I had loads of stock left from my vintage Etsy shop – most of which is still in the storeroom of the French house. I gave a lot of craft stuff away to a woman who runs crafting ateliers for children and sold a few bits and pieces on FB Marketplace.
        As for our five cats, we couldn’t face transporting them ourselves as we would have our two dogs in the car so paid for an animal courier company to take the cats. I would definitely not recommend the company we used so, if you’re thinking of doing the same, let me know and I’ll warn you off that particular one.
        Well done on your house sale – the main cloud on my horizon now is that we still need to sell ours – and I hope all goes well with the final steps.
        Where will you be moving to in the U.K.? Sounds as if we would have a lot in common 😁

  9. #21 by nanacathy2 on January 15, 2021 - 13:42

    I think they are an absolute triumph- I think you could sell them on Folksy . Or do a You tube tutorial. More I say!

    • #22 by tialys on January 15, 2021 - 19:12

      Do they allow foul language on YouTube? 🤐

  10. #23 by Laurie Graves on January 15, 2021 - 15:01

    That is a doll with attitude, that’s for sure. But, as we would say in Maine, those boots are wicked cute.

    • #24 by tialys on January 15, 2021 - 19:04

      I like that description.

  11. #25 by Quimper Hitty on January 15, 2021 - 15:16

    I like the boots too – I have several small wooden friends who would love them…hmmm. I certainly find hand-sewing much easier than machine-sewing on tiny things.

    • #26 by tialys on January 15, 2021 - 19:04

      You are definitely one of the people I had in mind when I talked about my admiration for makers of beautiful, tiny things.

  12. #27 by CurlsnSkirls on January 15, 2021 - 20:56

    Must say I am impressed with all your attention to such tiny detail. I’d have refused immediately, vehemently, and changed the subject.
    Yes, you should have your own pair of jeans… what’s in that box over there?! Any denim? 🥰

    • #28 by tialys on January 17, 2021 - 21:05

      Rest assured, they would’t bear close examination.
      I did make my own jeans – with all the trimmings – last summer but never got round to blogging about them because it was too hot to wear them and then, of course, I got distracted. I must do a post about them though as I’m quite proud of them.

      • #29 by CurlsnSkirls on January 18, 2021 - 04:12

        Will look forward to it!
        (And you’ve every right to be proud – that’s a lot of sewing skill not to mention time and attention to detail!)

  13. #30 by onesmallstitch on January 15, 2021 - 23:09

    the boots are great, I wouldn’t mind a people size pair. Thank goodness my granddaughters weren’t interested in Barbies, I got to make teddies and other things.

    • #31 by tialys on January 17, 2021 - 21:03

      Lovely! I’m much more of a teddy person.

  14. #32 by myquiltprojects on January 15, 2021 - 23:53

    Mini uggs, delightful!

    • #33 by tialys on January 17, 2021 - 21:02

      Cheaper than full size too.

  15. #34 by kathyreeves on January 16, 2021 - 05:19

    The boots are a triumph, and the outfit is darn cute! My last doll clothes foray was making dresses to match my girls for Christmas. Never Again!!!!!!

    • #35 by tialys on January 17, 2021 - 21:01

      Well, it’s the sort of thing only a mother would do.

  16. #36 by Lynn on January 16, 2021 - 11:02

    Lovely outfit but very creepy doll!!!!!

    • #37 by tialys on January 17, 2021 - 21:00

      I made a doll sized circular skirt today. I’m a glutton for punishment,

  17. #38 by Jamie@hookthisweavethat on January 17, 2021 - 11:29

    Agree, dolls can be creepy. Especially some of the antique ones.

  18. #41 by Dartmoor Creative on January 17, 2021 - 22:33

    OMG! I’d definitely lock my bedroom door at night if I was living with that doll.

    • #42 by tialys on January 18, 2021 - 11:57

      Luckily, it’s only a visitor.

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