Posts Tagged making things with scraps
Again, my Scraphappy project this month comes out of looking for ideas for my sewing sessions on a Wednesday afternoon with my friend, Sandra. Having finished our coats (well, I have) I wanted something a bit less ‘major’ to do round at her house – lugging coat fabric, lining, my machine and all the other coat making paraphernalia round to her’s was a bit of a nightmare – so I bought a pattern I’d had my eye on for some time.
Patchwork Pottery’s teacup (or coffee/hot chocolate mugs) pattern.
When I’ve made make up and wash bags in the past I’ve generally used some linen/canvas type fabric for the outer and kept all the scraps as it tends to be a bit more expensive than cottons.
I thought they’d be perfect for this pattern not least because one of the fabrics actually has cups on it.
Of course, the teacup is my favourite.
But I made a coffee mug too.
The teacup is just the right size for bits and pieces for sewing – or even to keep tea bags in when travelling. A pair of reading glasses even fits inside.
The coffee cup is large enough for a pair of sunglasses or even a crochet hook and some yarn for a small project.
Apart from wool, fabric is my scrap of choice (in other words I have loads of it) but I know Kate welcomes all scrap projects. She reminded me recently, when blogging about her kitchen renovations and having shelves made from the same wood as her worktops, that Mr. Tialys had made a knife rack out of an offcut of our wooden worktops and a magnetic strip so, for the sake of variety, here it is.
If you want to turn scraps into something useful – doesn’t have to be fabric and doesn’t have to be every month – pop over to Kate’s blog and let her know. Have a look at what everybody else has been getting up to this month. – here’s a list of people who often participate if you want some inspiration.
Kate , Gun, Titti, Heléne, Eva, Sue, Nanette, Lynn (me), Lynda,
Birthe, Turid, Susan, Cathy, Debbierose, Tracy, Jill, Claire, Jan, Karen,
Moira, Sandra, Linda, Chris, Nancy, Alys, Kerry, Claire, Jean, Johanna,
Joanne, Jon, Hayley, Dawn, Gwen, Connie, Bekki and Pauline
Using scraps to make something new was all about the dogs again this month.
Well, apart from these cotton dishcloths I have been making as a ‘must do something useful while I’m binge watching a Netflix box set’ in the evening (which is ‘Dirty John’ at the moment by the way). Recognise the colours? It’s the leftover cotton yarn from the niece’s baby blanket. I’m actually going to start a new Eastern Jewels blanket – and keep it myself this time – because I had almost enough yarn left over from the first one to make another. I just needed another four 100g balls and am waiting for those to arrive. The cable cardigan I’ve started is far too complex to do without staring at it fixedly so these fit the bill.
But, I digress – back to the dogs.
Remember those fabric samples for car seats I showed you before ? I made a dog collar for Stan with some of it on Scraphappy day in January.
I decided to have another look at the samples for March’s Scraphappy day and, bearing in mind the state of Flo’s blanket which she regularly pulls out of her bed and then uses it to tempt Stan into a game of tug of war, I thought it might be time for something new.
I feel quite guilty about that blanket as somebody had put a lot of work into making it but, if I tell you I rescued it from a charity shop initially, then used it as a throw over the back of a chair before demoting it to dog bed status, I hope you’ll forgive me. It has certainly had a life.
Anyway, with ScrapHappy day approaching, I got a few of the samples out again and took them off their hanging cards.
I decided to use an orthopedic pillow for the insert as I bought it for when I had a neck ache and it made it worse.
I joined a couple of pieces together for both back and front and closed one end – a bit haphazardly – with a snap closure. I might as well have sewed it right up I suppose as the fabric pieces claim not to be washable but we’ll see about that.
Here’s the side with the ‘depression’ in the middle in case Flo wants to avail herself of its orthopedic qualities
and here’s the other side which is smarter in my opinion so will be placed facing up in the bed.
At first Flo studiously ignored it. I expect she was upset that her old blankie had gone and was busy thinking of ways to destroy the new one.
Then she came round to the idea.
I must say, this monthly ScrapHappy challenge is good for me because, in an effort to join in, I usually come up with something useful that I probably wouldn’t have bothered with in the normal course of events. Plus, my scrap bin gets smaller.
Joining in again this month with Kate & Gun’s monthly Scraphappy Day where you too can use your scraps of fabric, yarn, paper, wood, anything to make something useful or lovely or both and show it off to the world. You don’t have to join in every month, only when you have something to show. Details and a list of other participants’ scrappy endeavours over on Kate’s blog.