ScrapHappy February 2020

You may recall that at the end of my January ScrapHappy adventure I was left with a selection of zips, toggles, elastic, plastic sliders, velcro, cords, pockets and waterproof fabric…

… and a headache.

Well, the headache went quite quickly, but the materials remained and I had a plan for some of them… I wanted to make Mr Snail a small, waterproof backpack using a pattern that I first used last year.

For this scrappy project, I made use of the following scraps: a zip, two toggles, a slider, a piece of elastic and pieces of Gore-tex fabric from the old waterproof jackets, plus some old seconds wool suiting fabric that had some marks on it. I did have to use four new D-rings, two metal sliders, stiffening and interfacing to complete the project, but the bulk of it is scrappy.

You can see from some of the pictures that I didn’t worry about existing seams in the fabric – they were all flat and I thought that it showed off the re-purposed nature of the materials. In fact, now it is complete, I think it looks anything but scrappy!

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I’ve been inspired to write this (and future) ScrapHappy posts by Kate,  Tall Tales from Chiconia. On the fifteenth of every month lots of other folks often publish a ScrapHappy post, do check them out:

KateGun, TittiHeléneEvaSue, Nanette, Lynn, Lynda,
Birthe, Turid, Susan, Cathy, Debbierose, Tracy, Jill, Claire, Jan (me)Karen,
Moira, SandraLindaChrisNancy, Alys, Kerry, Claire, Jean, Johanna,
Joanne, Jon, HayleyDawn, Gwen, Connie, Bekki, Sue and Sunny

If you fancy joining, contact Kate and she’ll add you to the list. It would be lovely to see more non-sewing posts, but any use of scraps is welcome.

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  1. I think Mr Snail looks very stylish ~ much better than a Crumpler bag, and better for the environment too!

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  2. Very very nice indeed! Backpacks are definitely a Snail thing!

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  3. Beautiful, useful, enviable, responsible, stylish…. I’m sure I could come up with plenty more appropriate adjectives, but I’ll wrap it up by saying you’ve done a great job, and are clearly on a backpack roll! In fact, I’d be rushing out to buy the Swoon pattern if it weren’t for the fact that in our current climate a backpack would result in a great sweaty patch on your back in about 5 minutes! Shoulder bag or cross-body for me…

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  4. Your bags look so professional. How satisfying it must be to produce such wonderful practical items from scraps.

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  5. That backpack looks fabulous! No-one would guess that it was a scrappy project. Well done 😁

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  6. I’m well impressed.

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  7. You are so right – it looks anything but scrappy. It looks very professional and so practical with being waterproof too.
    A great use of bits and pieces most people would have put straight in the bin.

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  8. Wow, it is recycled but no-one would ever guess. Fabulous.

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  9. Ann Pole

     /  February 15, 2020

    Superb work. I hope it didn’t make you feel ill again.

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    • I was very careful to only work on it for short periods of time. And, in fact, I made it at the same time as the other three, so only 1/4 of my time was spent on that one, thus diluting any effects. I’m so pleased with how it turned out.

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  10. I think you are on a roll here Jan! How many is that you have made now? It looks fantastic and Being waterproof will make it so useful.

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    • I’ve made five in total now… and learned some things about what works and what doesn’t. Jon’s backpack has already been used for a trip to London and seems to be a really good size for a reusable cup and other bits and bobs.

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  11. What a snappy scrap-happy project! As usual, I am in awe of what you create from scraps.

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  12. very impressive, it looks perfect, would never know that it was made from scraps.

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  13. Susan Nixon

     /  February 16, 2020

    What a clever thing! I’m sure he is proud to use it, and proud of you for making it.

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  14. What a great project and perfect outcome. It’s always satisfying to make something new from something old.

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  15. Looks fab. What I love about Scrap Happy is not just that it uses scraps and save waste etc, but that projects rarely never look like they are made from scraps.

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  16. It certainly does not look like it was made from scraps! Well done!

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  17. It definitely doesn’t look scrappy, that’s such a good use of scraps. Did you manage to avoid the headache this time?

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  18. WOW — the bag looks amazing, and I would never have known it was from repurposed materials. Well done!!!

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