ScrapHappy January 2019

The arrival of the new sewing machine and the easy access to it because of it having it’s own cabinet has encouraged me to do a bit more sewing. A project that I have been considering for a while it what I’m going to refer to as ‘Frankenfabric’ – not patchwork, but a different way of using random scraps. So, over Christmas I finally got round to having a play.

First, I laid out a piece of robust cotton furnishing fabric that has been in my stash since I was about 16. Onto this I laid out random piece of fabric left over from cutting out patterns in the past (I think all the bits were cotton or viscose). I made no attempt to match colours or be artistic, I wanted it to be truly random:

A random assemblage

Next, I covered the whole thing with a piece of old net curtain and pinned everything together with lots and lots of pins:

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All held in place

And then I did lots of random stitching with my new sewing machine, gradually removing the pins as everything became secure:

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Starting sewing

And I finally ended up with a robust piece of multi-layered fabric:

I was interested to see what it was like to work with, so I dug out an old zip and made a little pencil case, lined with a scrap of fabric left over from making one of my aprons:

But I didn’t stop there. Once finished, you can see that I put a few pens in it… some of those that have accumulated round the house. If you read the comments following Patricia’s post about accumulating pens, you may have noticed that Sue mentioned that she has the opposite problem and can never find a pen around the house. So, I parceled it up, pens and all, and sent it to Sue.

Scrap fabric, scrap zip and scrap pens… altogether a very ScrapHappy January. Next I plan to use yarn ends between the layers and see what that looks like.

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I’ve been inspired to write this (and future) ScrapHappy posts by Kate, who provides links to other (mostly sewing) ScrapHappy bloggers at Tall Tales from Chiconia on the fifteenth of every month… do check them out.

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  1. what fun! Doreen once showed me how to do something very similar but without the net on top, your’s is a great addition 🙂

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  2. A great way to use up those scraps and neatly done too!

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  3. Excellent scrappiness! They use a very similar process using black tulle to make beautiful scrappy ‘confetti’ patchwork with tiny crumbs of fabric. The black dulls the colours a little but is less visible than white. But you’ve been much more true to the scrappy principle 🙂

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    • I think it was you who originally sowed the seeds in my mind for this project. I’m going to attempt a bigger scrappy bag since the “fabric” is so robust and I have plenty of net curtain/small scraps/base fabric in my scrappy collection.

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      • I did one where there was no netting over the top at all. It has actually stood up well to daily use as a mat for my coffee mug and the small amount of fraying that’s happened is quite pretty, really. If you make a bag, you might consider using some batting between the scraps and the backing, as that’ll give it more body and make it harder wearing.

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  4. What a clever idea. A real scrap happy project, leftover everything.

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  5. Ann Pole

     /  January 15, 2019

    Clever.

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  6. Patricia Collins

     /  January 15, 2019

    Inspiring. Lovely surprise for Sue.

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  7. Fabulous scrap happy project. I have tried something similar with some organza covering the scraps – I’ve yet to put it in a blog post though – thanks for the nudge.

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  8. The pencil case is lovely and I feel really priviledged that it was made for me! Keep scrapping Mrs S!

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  9. mlmcspadden

     /  January 15, 2019

    Great work! I often put my strips/strings together in Frankenfabric but never thought to do something like this. Gotta remember it.

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  10. That’s about as scrappy as one can get!

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