ScrapHappy September 2020

The past month has been very ScrapHappy – I resurrected a cushion cover, the zip of which Sam had decided would make an exciting chew toy. I removed the zip, then didn’t worry about an inner case, but simply stuffed the canvas cover with a combination of Woolcool insulation, tiny bits of left-over fabric and yarn ends that were too small to tie together to make scrappy hats. There’s no point in making any furnishings with zips because of Sam’s predilection for them, so I simply stitched it closed and now we have an extra sofa cushion.

Sam not eating the cushion this time

I came across some red yarn that might be pure cotton or might be cotton and bamboo. It was a bit of a ball and I have no recollection what I used it for originally. Anyway, I used it to add to my ever-growing wash cloth collection. I like making these because I can play with different stitches and it doesn’t really matter how successful the design actually is. As you can see, I only had enough for a small cloth with the last of the yarn, even combined with a final scrap of some of the organic cotton that I’d been using for the same thing earlier in the year.

Three new cloths

My final project was a mend, but using a scrap (as is so often the case). Daisy’s harness is attached to her lead via a metal ring that slides along the “handle”. After two years, the fabric had started to wear, so I rummaged around and found a length of (nylon?) ribbon off a chocolate box and used that as binding. I wrapped it around and stitched it, then wrapped it around and stitched it for a second time, so hopefully it’s strong and secure and won’t need mending for another couple of years. The harness is perfect for an enthusiastic spaniel and they are quite expense to replace, so I’m pleased to have been able to mend it… especially since it was a scrappy mend.

So, that’s three different ScrapHappies for this month. How about you?

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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 folks often publish a ScrapHappy post, do check them out:

Kate (me!)Gun, TittiHelรฉneEvaSue, Nanette, Lynn, Lynda,
Birthe, Turid, Susan, Cathy, Debbierose, Tracy, Jill, Claire, Jan,
Moira, SandraLindaChrisNancyAlysKerryClaireJean,
Joanne, Jon, HayleyDawnGwen, Connie, Bekki, PaulineSue L,
Sunny and Kjerstin

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. Lots of lovely ScrapHappiness this month. Daisy’s harness was a good call; I’d probably have replaced the whole section but your fix was better, you mended only what was needed. Those wash cloths will certainly wake you up with a smile on your face in the morning, too ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • The problem with Daisy’s harness actually was mostly cosmetic, because the webbing part that gave it strength was mostly in tact. Originally I thought of an additional piece of webbing, but then my rummaging came up with the nylon ribbon and it seemed to be perfect.
      The wash cloths are really soft, so I suspect there is bamboo in there. I haven’t used them yet, so I’m just hoping the dye is fast!

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  2. You are the Thrifty Queen ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  3. Lovely – the harness mend looks particularly succesful, practical and colour co-ordinated!. I am trying to work out what stitches you used for the washcloths! The middle one looks like ‘fishing net’
    https://iamsimplyhooked.wordpress.com/2015/02/12/100th-post-give-away/
    But I am intrigued by the one at the back….

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  4. It even coordinates!! I always keep my Hotel Chocolate ribbons too, but they are never long enough to use for anything other than tieing in plants at the allotment – but I sweat we always have the best dressed plants!

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  5. at one point in my craft life – I had decided to knit in moss stitch “squares” that would become part of a summer blanket. I had some organic natural colour cotton and some other slightly brown/grey soft cotton – so I set forth. Something happened and all I did was make a few squares and I somehow realised “this ain’t gonna happen” – move on to this year and found that after a good few goes through the washing machine, I had my own personalised face flannels – I love them…

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  6. Well done you! I think our nearly all scrappy happy is our new path. The slabs were a skip save, OK, the cement was new, but we will plant a tree or several. The infill was a mix of all sorts – marbles (see, I hadn’t lost them after all!), beads, buttons, pretty tiles from B&Q (the only not scrappy), shells, ammonites and a ‘poo’ emoji I found in a charity shop sometime last year!

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  7. Inspirational as always. Face flannels are a great project.

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  8. I love the scrappy crochet pieces and the mends are awesome ๐Ÿ˜Ž

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  9. Three scrappy projects! Now you’re just showing off.
    The harness mend has also served to smarten the whole thing up too hasn’t it.

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  10. Very creative Mrs S and lucky dogs!

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  11. I save chocolate ribbons too! I use them in doll millinery mostly. I think you might have to get more chocolate boxes in coordinating colours, just to be prepared…

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  12. Daisy looks very happy with her harness, I hope you all enjoy your walkies.

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