ScrapHappy Update

I simply can’t wait until next month to share my completed February ScrapHappy project with you. I used a pattern from etsy called the Carina Satchel and, apart from a few places where I scratched my head a bit, it all went quite smoothly. I took Kate‘s advice and used a denim/jeans needle and didn’t break a single one – thank you for that tip. In addition, I worked almost entirely using the walking foot on my sewing machine, which coped well with multiple layers and ‘sticky’ vinyl.

In the end I used a few new things: the hardware (a magnetic clasp, two D-rings, a slider and two swivel clips), some waistband interfacing (to make sure the strap was nice and tidy) and a small amount of ready-made piping (which I could have made myself, but decided to buy). Working with vinyl meant that the bag mostly couldn’t be pinned, because pins leave holes in the plastic, so I used the sewing clips that I’d bought specifically to use for bag-making. Of course these are going to be used time and again. All the fabric and most of the interfacing as well as the fleece, which helps to give structure, were scraps.

And here it is completed:

Now, I don’t know about you, but I wouldn’t look at that and think ‘scrap’. I’m now on the look out for other old vinyl tablecloths, although I have lots more of that one to play with still.

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  1. Amazing!!! They look so professional. Very impressive.

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  2. Shirley

     /  February 25, 2019

    It looks great. Well done πŸ™‚

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  3. Oh great! I’m glad the needles worked. The bag is great, and the red spot lining is perfect. I should think it’s waterproof too, a good thing in the Welsh climate πŸ™‚

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  4. Very very impressive- I would pay good money for one.

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  5. Really nice!

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  6. It’s wonderful – and I have to admire you for the patience it must have taken, too πŸ™‚
    I, too, think these are something you could sell πŸ™‚

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    • It really felt like learning something new… but now I understand how the structure works I feel much more confident.

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      • Yes, that’s always half the battle, isn’t it? Lol
        It amazes me the things I used to be afraid to try – until I actually did them πŸ™‚
        Mind you – working with vinyl? I defo think you’re brave there – unless the clip things you used are extra strong holding? Lol

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  7. Lovely to recycle and re-use things, and make them look like new or whatever articles you make from them look like new. Wonderful work!

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  8. I’m on the make more and sell them bandwagon too. It’s ingenious! ❀

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    • I have a trip to Reading planned soon… I may have to visit some charity shops whilst I’m there to see if I can find any more unwanted tablecloths. To be honest, the subdued hearts design would not have been my first choice if I’d had one, although I think I came to like it more in contrast with the red spotty lining.

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  9. Wow! I have always been scared of working with vinyl – you have done well!

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    • I think it would have been impossible without a walking foot on my sewing machine because the vinyl would have been too sticky to sew easily. I’m certainly going to use it again – after all, I have plenty of the tablecloth left.

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  10. It looks great and waterproof to boot!

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  11. It’s amazing!

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  12. I have a teflon foot for my machine to sew on vinyl but there are many ways to get the job done and you did a good job of this. I like the bag and Kate is very good at helping.

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