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The 15th of the month has whizzed round once again and, unlike last month, I was determined not to let it take me by surprise so had a rummage through my scraps to make something for Scraphappy Day.
Miss Tialys the Younger was visiting again so, continuing her sewing studies, I decided it was time for her to insert a zip. Mean of me I know but if you’re going to sew the time will come when you will need to put a zip in, like it or not.
The project I chose uses scraps of fabric 8 inches x 6 inches and any length of zip which is good as I have a large zip stash bought as ‘mixed lots’ which means I have lengths I will never need and colours I would never want.
I had a small piece of this vintage style Scottie dog design from which I managed to cut two rectangles of the right size.
My ‘student’ chose a piece of cheaters patchwork fabric left over from a quilt I made a few years ago for my god-daughter’s new baby.
This must be the easiest way to insert a zip. If you use one longer than you need it’s easy to keep the pull out of the way until it’s all sewn in.
Then sew the bottoms together and then, NOT FORGETTING TO OPEN THE ZIP HALFWAY (ask me how I know why you should do this!), sew up the sides running the stitches over both ends of the zip a couple of times to secure it. Trim off most of the excess length from each end of the zip.
Turn inside out – through the half open zip! – and fold the corners to achieve the boxy shape you want. I drew a line one inch up from each point and stitched across, then trimmed off a quarter of an inch from the stitch line.
Turn right side out and you have a cute little box pouch to keep little bits and pieces in.
We didn’t line these but you could do without too much difficulty and it would make it more sturdy and more able to stand up alone. Full disclosure, I’ve cheated a bit for the photos and stuffed them full of paper.
My ‘student’ did well too. What next for her? She’s still scared of the rotary cutter so I think we’ll have to do some work with that as I rarely use scissors to cut anything out. I’ll keep the Band Aids ready.
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.
Kate , Gun, Eva, Sue, Lynn(me), Lynda,
Birthe, Turid, Susan, Cathy, Tracy, Jill,
Claire, Jan, Moira, Sandra, Chris, Alys,
Kerry, Claire, Jean, Jon, Hayley, Dawn,
Gwen, Bekki, Sue L, Sunny, Kjerstin,
Vera, Nanette, Ann, Dawn 2, Bear,
Carol, Preeti, Edith and Debbierose
Around 18 months ago I showed you this gnome that I had made using the foundation paper piecing method……just because.
It’s a twelve inch finished block that ended up in my Parts Department as I didn’t really know what to do with it after I made it. Ever get that feeling?
Anyway, the crafting group I joined a few weeks ago is committed to supporting Project Linus UK** and, although I can’t face piecing and quilting anything large at the moment, a small baby quilt measuring around 30 x 30 inches is eminently doable and will fit nicely under my machine for some rudimentary quilting (which is the only quilting I do).
So, the first step was to cut off those little black beads I’d used for his eyes, promptly lose them down the cracks in my floorboards, and replace them with my even more rudimentary embroidery.
Then, using my stash and scraps, I did a spotted border to reflect those spots on his top and red cornerstones to pick up the hat.
Also in my Parts Department, I had the remains of a batik charm pack and then cut the cornerstones from fabric left over from a quilt I made for my niece’s baby a couple of years ago.
I used a cream fabric with a slightly embossed design for the border and the same fabric I used for the cornerstones as a backing.
Then I marked the quilt top with a simple, diagonal cross hatch design ready for machine quilting.
I had a fat quarter of Provencal fabric in my stash which, with a few joins and a bit of luck, was just enough to make the binding.
To give credit where credit’s due, Miss Tialys the Younger joined a lot of the ¼ inch seams for me while I did the measuring and cutting and, because she’s learning, she probably took much more care than I do.
I hope the baby and his/her parents like this little quilt and it brightens up their days which might have had a traumatic start of one sort or another.
Next, I have a paper pieced dog’s face in the Parts Department which I might treat in a similar way to this but make it rectangular for a bassinet.
While Miss T. the Younger was in the swing of things we made some tote bags together so now she has her own hand made ‘bags for life’ to go shopping with and I have another two to add to my collection, We made them with box corners rather than the more simple shape as I find them much more useful for grocery shopping,
Again, I did all the measuring and cutting out but, hopefully, she’ll show an interest in doing that too eventually 🙄 Still, even if she doesn’t, it’s nice to spend time together doing something creative when she visits. Plus, yet more stash fabric gets used up in a useful way. Those first two fabrics are from Ikea I don’t know how many moons ago.
** from the Project Linus website:
“Project Linus UK is a volunteer organisation. We aim to provide a sense of security and comfort to sick and traumatised babies, children and teenagers through the provision of new home made patchwork quilts and knitted blankets, and give volunteers across the UK the opportunity to contribute to their local community.”