ScrapHappy February 2019

This month’s ScrapHappy is very much a work in progress. Once I got used to the new/old sewing machine, I gave some thought to what I would like to make and the answer (as you have seen here and here) was bags. As a complete beginner with bags, I started off by buying a couple of kits, but now those are finished, I want to progress on to using up some of my old fabric, much of it left over from long-completed projects. However, I was also interested in working with charity shop finds. When I was trawling Aberystwyth, unsuccessfully as it turned out, for old handbags to cannibalise, I came across a very large vinyl-coated cotton tablecloth and thought that it might be a cheap and useful source of waterproof fabric. A bit of research later and I settled on using some of it to make a satchel (designed specifically with this sort of fabric in mind). However, I wanted this to be a scrappy project, so I found a nightdress that I made but hated and had only worn a couple of times, to use for the lining and some left-overs from my gardening apron for the strap and handle. Not only that, but I also found some very tatty, but salvageable interfacing to use, as well as part of a fleece blanket that my mum gave me after she had used some of it to make soft toys, but then decided that it wasn’t ideal.

So, all the main bits and bobs are scraps (or scrapped!):

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Old tablecloth (hearts), old nighty (spots), fleece blanket scraps (cream) and scraps left over from my gardening apron (dark)

I have had to buy some hardware, but I don’t mind a few new things in such a scrappy project:

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the new bits

So, now it’s all cut out, I’m ready to sew… wish me luck!

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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. You’ll be happy to know that the nightie fabric lives on Down Under in not only the Worldwide Friends quilt, but also a wide variety of scrappy items. I still have a few fragments in my Very Small Scraps box… 🙂

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  2. Looking forward to seeing the satchel 🙂

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  3. I made my daughter a bag using that sort of material – tricky because of not wanting to get holes where they should not be but it was a success and she uses it a lot. Double sided sticky tape was a big help. Good luck – I will look forward to the pictures.

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  4. Wow–lots of scrappiness here! I’ll look forward to seeing the outcome!

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  5. Very timely post, on my list of projects for this weekend is a handbag made from bits of leftover fabrics and hardware salvaged from old bags that were buried a long time ago. Partly dreading, partly excited about it. Good luck!

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  6. So now I know what you will be sewing this weekend. Can’t wait to see as I have a huge yen for a satchel.

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    • If it works ok I’ll share a link to the pattern. Actually, in one of my books I have a pattern for a real, classic satchel which looks very complicated, this one is a bit simpler.

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  7. Your other bags have been brilliant – so looking forward to seeing this progress.

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  8. I await the bag. With a bit of time off, I’m going to go into my own scrap bag to see what I can do…

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  9. Joanne S

     /  February 18, 2019

    Great reuse of items! Can’t wait to see the completed bag. Nightie and all. 🙂

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  10. That’s very scrap happy! I trust it all turned out well and you’ve got a lovely new bag now

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