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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.
Two more scrappy blocks to show you this month.
I’ve decided to make them – or at least nine of them – using scraps left over from making the F2F blocks so, each month I’ll make three 12 inch blocks for that month’s participant and, with the scraps, make a block for my eventual scrappy quilt. That’s the plan anyway.
Confused? Join the club.
I was ‘Miss June’ and chose neutrals for my F2F colour palette so this is the scrappy block I made after making my own three blocks (well, I’m still part way through the third one but you get my drift).
Sue, from Washington, is ‘Miss July’ and her colour choices were different shades of blue with white. Some of these scraps don’t appear in the blocks I made for her – the butterflies wouldn’t have been right for instance – but it’s predominantly blue and white so will serve as a reminder of the blocks I made for her.
I have loads of yarn scraps left over from my Little River Blanket – remnants ranging from 3g to 5g – and I’m wondering what to make with those. Anybody got any experience using up such things? I’d be grateful for any ideas. As I’m making another of these blankets, I’ll have another 48 so the possibilities are endless – aren’t they?
If you want to make use of your own scraps – can be anything, fabric, yarn, paper, whatever – just contact Kate or Gun who organise ScrapHappy Day on the 15th of every month and, if you have something, Kate will link to your blog, if not, nobody will mind.
Here’s a link to Kate’s post this month where you will see a link to the other participants.
Among the many books I bought when I took up the crochet hook was one featuring animal trophy heads. A strange choice I think you’ll agree but one can only have so many blankets around the place and I thought they might be fun.
I started with the smallest animal in the book – a mouse – which may have been a mistake as I’m not used to using 4-ply yarn and a 2mm hook so it was a bit fiddly but it is done.
Mr. T. made me a little wooden shield out of some scrap wood he had lying about.
Now the cats have the first of what might well be several trophies for ‘their room’ aka our conservatory. Maybe it will discourage them from bringing any more real ones in but I doubt it.
I think I’ll do the hare next but I won’t hang that in the cats’ room in case it gives them ideas.
I know they don’t look very dangerous but, trust me, I wouldn’t want to be a mouse (or mole!) in the vicinity (plus there are four others lurking out of shot!)
To think I used to say ‘life’s too short to stuff a mushroom’.
As I used some scrap yarn – albeit Jaegar alpaca no less – and the wood was scrap too, I’m linking up with Kate and Gun’s Scraphappy Day for which we attempt to make something using scraps every month – or just when we have something to show.
Now, enough with the animal crochet – I have a half finished dress draped over two mannequins that won’t finish itself.