Scraphappy May 2021

It’s time to make things with scraps again and, this time, I’ve gone back to fabric scraps and it’s a ridiculously simple project so apologies in advance but scraps are scraps.

After moving house, I’ve never really got around to totally reorganising my sewing/craft supplies but, as you can see above, I’m trying.

I noticed a tutorial for make up remover pads (find it here) and I thought immediately of Scraphappy day and the fact that the pads call for 4.5 inch squares which I actually had pre-cut in my Parts Department box.


Nobody is more surprised than me when I occasionally show signs of being organised.

The tutorial suggests using a bamboo velour for the actual cleansing pad part – probably because the shop sells it which is fair enough but I remembered an old cotton flanelette sheet I used for auditioning quilt blocks on and thought that would make a good substitute.

So, 4.5 inch squares of scrap cotton fabric sewn to 4.5 inch squares of soft flanelette right sides together, turned right side out and top stitched.

I told you it was ridiculously simple.

I have tested them out and I prefer them to the little crochet rounds I made before for the same purpose because these have more surface area and are more absorbent.  The flanelette seems to work really well but you could also use some old soft towelling.

Having made these I thought I’d follow the rest of the tutorial which has a zippered pouch with waterproof lining to put the used pads in and a side pocket to separate the clean ones.

I gave away the bulk of my scrap stash before leaving France but, luckily, a few scraps survived the move and I have started a new scrap collection already.

So, it was easy to find enough bits to make the pouch and, long ago, a friend had given me a length of waterproof fabric (PUL??) that I unearthed to use for the inside.

So some scraps used and lots of cotton pads unused which can only be a good thing.

Everything can go in the washing machine ready to re-use next time I get round to bothering to wear any make-up other than mascara which, once masks are no longer needed (fingers crossed) I might actually do.

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 or Gun (first names on the list) if you want to join in.


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  1. #1 by claire93 on May 15, 2021 - 08:33

    phew! what a relief, to learn you kept some scraps ^^
    I never wear makeup nor do any kind of skin care, but I appreciate how brilliant these little squares must be since they’re re-useable thus “green” and, of course, your sewing is always a pleasure to behold. That pouch is very pretty & clever, with its outer pocket!

    • #2 by tialys on May 15, 2021 - 09:46

      It’s one of those tutorials that immediately caught my eye when it popped up in a routine publicity email from a fabric shop I occasionally frequent – and just in time for Scraphappy day too.

  2. #3 by Wild Daffodil on May 15, 2021 - 08:36

    That is a brilliant Scrap Happy make.
    It would make a good present too.

    • #4 by tialys on May 15, 2021 - 09:48

      Yes, definitely going to make one of these for one of my daughters – last time she visited I noticed she was using a manky old flannel which I nearly threw in the bin by mistake.😬

  3. #5 by rutigt on May 15, 2021 - 09:23

    This is a great way to use up your scraps and with a pouch as well!!!!!

    • #6 by tialys on May 15, 2021 - 09:49

      I wasn’t going to make the pouch too but thought it was a good idea to separate the used and un-used pads – ideal for travelling or visiting friends.

  4. #7 by katechiconi on May 15, 2021 - 09:40

    Inspired! Responsible AND pretty AND useful AND scrap-gobbling. Great gift idea, too.

    • #8 by tialys on May 15, 2021 - 09:53

      Definitely going to make another one for Miss T. the Elder. I love it when you see a non-patchwork tutorial or pattern calling for small sized pieces of fabric because then I know it’s worthwhile squirreling away those little pieces. Having an organised ‘Parts Department’ makes life easier too although I really should add to it more often.

  5. #9 by DawnGillDesigns on May 15, 2021 - 09:46

    that looks amazing.

    • #10 by tialys on May 15, 2021 - 10:23

      Thank you, a very simple project really but sometimes that’s just what’s needed.

  6. #11 by Carol on May 15, 2021 - 10:11

    Brilliant, fabulous idea….. That could be Christmas sorted, if I can get started early enough!!

    • #12 by tialys on May 15, 2021 - 10:21

      Yes, I’m thinking about presents too – very easy to post.

  7. #13 by nanacathy2 on May 15, 2021 - 13:31

    Very impressive green credentials here. I love the foxy fabric in one of your photos.

    • #14 by tialys on May 15, 2021 - 13:42

      Cute isn’t it. I used it to make one of my wigwam shaped peg bags and the remainder is now in with the scraps.

  8. #15 by Laurie Graves on May 15, 2021 - 14:21

    I’ll echo the others: Would make a great present. Let’s hear it for scrappy projects!

    • #16 by tialys on May 16, 2021 - 07:28

      There are some good ones this month, as ever, and it’s great that other halves are getting involved on a more regular basis too giving us even more varied projects.

  9. #17 by Quimper Hitty on May 15, 2021 - 14:50

    I like them for their optimism! Yes, we will stop wearing masks, Yes!

  10. #19 by Moira on May 15, 2021 - 16:18

    Great idea for a gift project (yours truly doesn’t wear makeup…lol).

    • #20 by tialys on May 16, 2021 - 07:25

      I wear the bare minimum of make-up – but it will be nice to feel ‘dressed up’ to go out for a meal with friends and family once we’re allowed to again – if I can remember how to apply it that is.

  11. #21 by onesmallstitch on May 15, 2021 - 18:59

    pretty and practical and great for gifts, can’t get much better than that.

    • #22 by tialys on May 16, 2021 - 07:22

      I’ve already had to make some more of the cleansing pads as I’ve found them comfortable to use so I’m pleased to have spotted that little project tutorial.

  12. #23 by Born To Organize on May 16, 2021 - 03:21

    I love that you have a bin called “parts department.” That made me smile. These are a great idea, Lynn. I like the size, too, and I imagine they’re soft and will be softer each time they’re washed. The zipper pouch is also a good idea. I used lipstick earlier this week for an online interview. It felt strange. I hope we can soon put this COVID nightmare behind us.

    • #24 by tialys on May 16, 2021 - 07:17

      It barely seems worth putting any sort of make up on when most of your face is covered by a mask does it. A very elegant friend of mine said, right at the beginning, she would continue getting up, getting dressed nicely and putting make up on to make herself feel better. She’s one of the friends I left behind in France but, next time I speak to her, I must ask her if she kept it up – I know I didn’t. I might not even have started.

      • #25 by Born To Organize on May 23, 2021 - 05:09

        It’s been interesting to follow the trends from the past year in terms of clothing and makeup. My husband laughs at the term “hard pants” as in “put your hard pants on for a meeting.” He’s been working from home for over a year, but he always dressed the part, albeit more casually than his business travel. I had major foot surgery a year agoJanuary, so I was just starting to take steps when we went in to lockdown. I went from six weeks on the couch to more weeks doing puzzles and projects with extra worrying thrown in for good measure.

      • #26 by tialys on May 24, 2021 - 10:12

        Well, ‘hard pants’ would have a different meaning for us Brits of course but I won’t go there. As for dressing the part for meetings, there’s a reason my husband won’t turn his camera on unless absolutely necessary 🤣.
        I hope your foot is being kind to you now.

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