ScrapHappy October 2021

Some months ago, you may recall, I started making a rag rug. The idea is to use up all sorts of fabric scraps without having to co-ordinate colours or worry about odd shapes. Back in May I had got this far:

Progress in May

I haven’t wanted to bore you every month with a picture of progress, as it isn’t very exciting and there have been some periods when I haven’t worked on it much. However, as autumn is now upon us, I have been a bit more focused on it. As well as scraps left over from making, I’ve also started incorporating fabric from old clothes. Once I have cut useable cloths from old t-shirts, for example, there are usually some bits left over, and these are going into the rug. I’ve dismantled several garments and been able to retrieve fabric from the waistbands that has been suitable too, even it it’s a bit worn. So, this is progress so far.

As you can see, my tester seems to approve.

It is very time-consuming, but I do like the fact that fabric I would otherwise struggle to find a use for can be incorporated. It’s going to be a while before it’s finished, but, the scrap bag will certainly be much emptier once it is.

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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 folk s often publish a ScrapHappy post, do check them out:

KateGun, EvaSue, Lynn, Lynda, Birthe, Turid, Susan, Cathy, Tracy, Jill, Claire, Jan (me), Moira, Sandra, Chris, Alys, Kerry, Claire, Jean, Jon, HayleyDawn, Gwen, Bekki, Sue L, Sunny, Kjerstin, Vera, Nanette, Ann, Dawn 2 , Bear, Carol, Noreen, Preeti, Edith, Jule and Esther

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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23 Comments

  1. So bright and pretty! What a be wonderful way to use scraps, even if it is time consuming.

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  2. That’s impressive! It’s hard work and tough on the hands, so that’s really good progress. So glad Miss Rosie approves…

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  3. Nice going! And it’s already received the ultimate seal of approval from a high-ranking member of the Supreme Court of Quality Control 🙂

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  4. it looks so soft and warm. It’s really rather inspiring.

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  5. Going Batty in Wales

     /  October 15, 2021

    They do take ages to make and become very heavy but mine have already lasted ages so it is worth it in the end. It does use loads of rubbish scraps which is very satisfying.

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  6. I love rag rugs, and this one is a beauty already…your rug-tester agrees, and what more needs to be said?!

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  7. Susan Nixon

     /  October 15, 2021

    I’m impressed that you even know how to do this. So many such arts are lost these days. I love the picture of your dog on it. Beautiful animal, beautiful rag rug.

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  8. This is another great idea for using scraps!!!!

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  9. What a great use of those odd scraps. It looks wonderfully thick and comfy.

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  10. This is coming along very nicely considering the work involved and, when it’s finished, it will last a very long time and already has a slightly impatient end user.

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  11. Bear

     /  October 16, 2021

    Oooooo. I loves it! So, how big are your pieces??? I’ve toyed with making one of these rugs for years. I used to make braided fabric rugs back in the 80’s when they were the “cool” thing to have. Haven’t made one of those for years. But I do have a bunch of wee scraps that might be suitable to make this style with.

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