Scraphappy Day June 2021

Nothing better to do on my birthday so I’ve made my daughter some hair scrunchies from scraps – she actually helped make them as part of her pledge to get more confident on the sewing machine.

So many scraps and bits and pieces of elastic left over from masks – the compulsory use of which has now been extended for at least another four weeks in England, due to fears about another variant, despite the vast majority of the more vulnerable being double vaccinated.  I don’t like the sound of that ‘at least’.  Oh well.

Only joking about nothing better to do for my birthday – we made them yesterday and Mr, Tialys and I are going out for a slap up meal tonight with favourite sister-in-law and her other half.  A great excuse to wear a ‘frock’.

Talking of Mr. T., he has made a rustic divider/wind break structure for one of the flower beds using yet more pieces of wood found scattered around the garden.

It’s rather stylish so I suppose I’d better include it too otherwise he’ll be a bit miffed.

Plus, let’s be honest, it’s much more impressive than a few hair scrunchies.



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 June 15, 2021 - 09:03

    a great project to gain in confidence on the sewing machine, with pretty results too!
    and applause to Mr T, of course!

  2. #3 by Wild Daffodil on June 15, 2021 - 09:16

    Happy Birthday to you!
    Scrunchies to match masks? How smart.
    Round of applause to all three of you.

    • #4 by tialys on June 15, 2021 - 09:55

      Thank you. As usual, the sun is shining on my birthday – it almost never fails.
      I wore a dress on Sunday with a matching mask – I felt very ‘coordinated’ but of course it screams ‘she must have made that dress herself’ doesn’t it.

  3. #5 by rutigt on June 15, 2021 - 10:08

    Hair scrunchies, that´s one great idea to use up scraps!!!

    • #6 by tialys on June 15, 2021 - 10:14

      Back ‘in fashion’ apparently and easy to make too. I don’t wear them myself but both daughters have long hair and they will make use of them.

  4. #7 by katechiconi on June 15, 2021 - 11:47

    I think the scrunchies are a perfectly fine scrappy project, and it’s also quite an achievement to get Miss Tialys a bit happier with a sewing machine. As for Mr Tialys’ trellis, it’s lovely, and he’s a clever bloke. Well done for encouraging his scrapping!
    And of course, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!

    • #8 by tialys on June 16, 2021 - 11:31

      Thank you. I think we might well end up with more trellis – some shorter ones to protect the lower growing plants.

  5. #9 by Laurie Graves on June 15, 2021 - 14:05

    Those hair scrunchies are a very pretty way to use scraps. As for the wind break your husband made…Really snappy looking, and I want my husband to make me one. Since we live in the woods, the wind break would be purely decorative. What a great way to jazz up the yard.

    • #10 by tialys on June 16, 2021 - 11:33

      Yes, get Clif to work on a trellis for your woodland garden and don’t forget to post pictures.

  6. #12 by Laurie Graves on June 15, 2021 - 14:05

    P.S. Happy birthday! Enjoy your slap-up meal.

  7. #14 by CurlsnSkirls on June 15, 2021 - 14:21

    Happy Birthday! Glad to see you’re getting out & about, and helping along your daughter in her sewing journey. Clever Mr. T is taking you for a posh dinner tonight — enjoy! 🎂 🎉

    • #15 by tialys on June 16, 2021 - 11:28

      Thank you Del – it was a lovely evening. Good company, good food and good weather.

  8. #16 by Quimper Hitty on June 15, 2021 - 15:33

    “She made that dress” is a good thing! Happy Birthday…Hooray for passing along the sewing and scrapping enthusiasm!

    • #17 by tialys on June 16, 2021 - 11:23

      Thank you. I’ve managed to pass on the sewing genes to one daughter already, this one’s proving a more difficult task.

  9. #18 by nanacathy2 on June 15, 2021 - 16:03

    Happy Birthday. Have a wonderful night out. A frock, hey, bare legs too? Scrunchies very pretty. Mr T pulled a blinder with the trellis.

    • #19 by tialys on June 16, 2021 - 11:22

      Thank you. Bare legs happened! It was a lovely evening – good enough to eat our meal outside.

  10. #20 by Bear on June 15, 2021 - 16:10

    Happy, Happy Birthday, Dear one! 🙂 ❤ Ah, a use for old masks… hmm, hadn't thought of scrunchies. Thanks! I'm looking at a stack that needs to be repurposed… I was thinking I could get a few hexagons out of them… or maybe… and this is crazy thinking… I'm considering a quilt/lapblanket featuring masks appliqued on… In memory of covid! Ach, I've gone mad… totally off my rocker. hahaahahaaaha!Hope you have a great week ahead!

    • #21 by tialys on June 16, 2021 - 11:20

      Thank you for birthday wishes.
      I like the idea of the appliqued masks – it would make a good sort of memory quilt for when we can look back on the current situation.

      • #22 by Bear on June 16, 2021 - 20:04

        My masks were all the “fitted” kind… so I’m thinking rip seams between layers, cut in half and do a half-mask…. side view, you could say.

      • #23 by tialys on June 18, 2021 - 19:12

        Sounds like a plan!

  11. #24 by Born To Organize on June 15, 2021 - 19:10

    I’m impressed with everything you share on this blog. Your hair scrunchies are inspired and having given me a thought for the unhoused women we serve. This might be a great summer project for young sewers looking for something to do.

    Mr. T has some mad skills as well. At first I thought he’d created a headboard for your bed. It’s lovely and what fun to be able to simple pick up the wood from your property and then hammer something like this out.

    Happy Birthday!!! I’m glad you had a nice meal and I’m gathering that you are feeling much better since your last post.

    We are officially mask-free for the most part starting today, but honestly, I’m still wearing mine to the grocery store and while volunteering with unhoused women, at least for now. My whole family is fully vaccinated, along with nearly 70% of Santa Clara County.

    • #25 by tialys on June 16, 2021 - 11:17

      We had a lovely birthday meal thank you – and the weather was fine enough to eat outside too!
      Scrunchies are great to use up scrap fabric and would be a great thing for your unhoused women both to wear and, for those interested, to learn how to make. Many tutorials available for free online.

  12. #27 by onesmallstitch on June 15, 2021 - 20:43

    Happy Birthday. Love that daughter is learning to sew and what better than something she can wear, quick and easy. Well done Mr. T

    • #28 by tialys on June 16, 2021 - 11:13

      I’ve also had her joining 1/4 inch quilt seams for me. Crafty eh?

  13. #29 by Lynn on June 16, 2021 - 19:53

    Nothing wrong with a scrunchie the more the merrier.
    Enjoy your birthday and meal out, very jealous

    • #30 by tialys on June 18, 2021 - 19:11

      Out for another on Saturday – like to spread the birthday out as you know.

  14. #31 by Fairy Queen on June 16, 2021 - 22:00

    Very beautiful idea for hair 😍😍😍

    • #32 by tialys on June 18, 2021 - 19:10

      They are quite useful and look good on your wrist between putting your hair up.

  15. #33 by DawnGillDesigns on June 17, 2021 - 09:34

    you do realise that making your own clothing is super cool now, don’t you?! Happy Birthday 🙂

    • #34 by tialys on June 18, 2021 - 19:09

      Cool has caught up with me – or is it the other way round?

  16. #36 by tinaor on June 18, 2021 - 20:45

    Hope you had a lovely birthday meal. I made a handful of little scrunchies last summer for my great nieces – a quick and fun project. I posted them and at aged 2 and 4 they loved getting their own mail posted through the letterbox for once.

    • #37 by tialys on June 20, 2021 - 19:19

      I had two lovely brthday meals actually – four days apart, I like to spread my birthdays out a bit.
      I’d like to say that I used to get very excited when I was a child and got my own post but I don’t think it happened very often and, anyway, I probably get just as excited now 🤣 Your great nieces are very lucky to have you to realise how happy your gesture would make them.

  17. #38 by tinaor on June 21, 2021 - 14:15

    Tialys, a great idea to enjoy your birthday more than once – just like The Queen who has her actual birthday and her official birthday. Post nowadays is usually just flyers or bills, though not even too many bills as they are often digital. It was exciting for us too – especially if a birthday card contained cash from long lost aunties and uncles!

    • #39 by tialys on June 22, 2021 - 14:38

      Yes, why should Her Majesty have all the fun?

  18. #40 by magpiesue on June 22, 2021 - 18:01

    I’m late to the party, as usual. Sorry to learn you’ve been having back issues. At least it seems to be sorted out by now. And belated Happy Birthday! I didn’t realize our birthdays were so close to each other (although separated by years, I’m sure). Mr. T’s windbreak looks like a headboard for a bed to me. Very nice work. And thanks for the lovely photos of your blooming garden. It’s always a treat to see flowers, whether in person or online. 🙂

    • #41 by tialys on June 23, 2021 - 12:03

      I also thought of a headboard but now it’s in the ground and surrounded by foliage it looks as if it’s been there forever.

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