ScrappHappy June: Raw?

My word, time goes fast when you’re having fun busy…

It’s the day my friend Gun in Sweden and I host ScrapHappy, a day for showing something made from scraps, and although I couldn’t wait till now to show you the finish of the $11 Rainbow quilt, I do have something else to show you.

It is square, really. I just can’t seem to take a decent photo today…

I’ve tested an idea I had a while ago. You know those ‘confetti’ quilts, where people scatter tiny snippets of coloured fabric on a background, then cover it with very fine black tulle netting and quilt all over it? I didn’t have any tulle, but I did want to try the idea of raw edges held down with lots of quilting. I’d like to make a scrappy rug for the bathroom using this technique, but rather than make the whole thing and discover it disintegrates the first time I put it in the washing machine, I thought I’d make a test piece. This cheerful little square will get used as a mug rug for a while, and when it’s received a few brown rings, I shall put it in the washing machine and see what happens. If it works, we’re good to go. If not, well, it’s very little time and effort wasted. (Oh, and the binding’s a scrappy remnant too, leftover from the Bonnard quilt.)

ScrapHappy is open to anyone using up scraps of anything – no new materials. It can be a quilt block, pincushion, bag or hat, socks or a sculpture. Anything made of scraps is eligible. If your scrap collection is out of control and you’d like to turn them into something beautiful instead of leaving them to collect dust in the cupboard, why not join us on the 15th of each month? Either email me at the address on my Contact Me page, or leave a comment below. You can also contact Gun via her blog to join. We welcome new members. You don’t have to worry about making a long term commitment or even join in every month, just let either of us know a day or so in advance if you’re new and you’ll have something to show, so we can add your link. Regular contributors will receive an email reminder three days before the event.

Here are the links for everyone who joins ScrapHappy from time to time (they may not post every time, but their blogs are still worth looking at). We have two new members today!

Kate (me!)Gun, TittiHeléneEvaSue, Nanette, Lynn,  Lynda,
Birthe, Turid, Susan, Cathy, Debbierose, Tracy, Jill, Claire, JanKaren,
Moira, SandraLindaChrisNancy, Alys, Kerry, Claire, Jean, Jon
and Hayley

See you again, same time next month!




59 thoughts on “ScrappHappy June: Raw?

  1. kathyreeves says:

    Smart way to experiment, and while you wait, what a cheerful piece of scrappiness!

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  3. Lynda says:

    Too funny, Kate. I didn’t notice these were sewn down rather than quilted together till you mentioned it. I hope your experiment works, because this little test piece is really pretty!

    • katechiconi says:

      I tried to keep the quilting lines as close to the raw edges as I could to prevent bits flapping about. I’m hoping nothing frays back so radically that it starts to come away; I don’t mind a bit of fluffiness in the eventual project, but not great fraying strings.

  4. tialys says:

    Well! This will be an experiment worth watching. Will you pick up some tulle next time you’re in the tulle shop just to see whether or not it makes a difference and, if so, whether you prefer the effect or not?

    • katechiconi says:

      No, I don’t think so. The black tulle does tend to dull the colours a little, even though it’s so fine. If it’s a big fail, I shall go back to scrappy blocks. I need a rug/mat in the bathroom, which is in tones of sand, white and aqua, so a rootle in my OCA scrap box should prove rewarding!

  5. anne54 says:

    Great idea! I imagine it’s a nice relief to have the freedom to just zip around with the machine, rather than needing to be precise stitching. Would tulle work if it gets wet as a bath mat?

    • katechiconi says:

      It would, but as I’ve said to Tialys, I’m reluctant to use it as it tends to dull and grey the colours. I’m hoping this process would survive wet feet and the washing machine; if not, it’s back to seamed construction 🙂

    • katechiconi says:

      Me too, it was fun to make! Fun also to dip the hand in the ‘tiny scrap’ box and just work with what you pull out. But I couldn’t do it for a whole quilt, my eye is already pining for straight lines 😉

  6. nanacathy2 says:

    I love this, and so hope it washes well so you can make a whole rug. Meantime here is my scrappy offering.

  7. rutigt says:

    Great idea!! I hope it will work out well 🙂 I have finally managed to post on my blog. The internet connection here was very( VERY) slow, I thought I´d never be done. But then, who am I to give up, just be patience LOL!

  8. KerryCan says:

    You’re smart to do a sample before you commit to the whole project. I tend to be lazy about such things . . . and pay the price.

    • katechiconi says:

      I was all ready to get started and then had an 11th hour second thought; how bad it would look if it all frayed like crazy, and how much time I would have wasted. Most of the time I don’t bother, but when I’m trying something really new, I do a lot of testing. For one project I did a couple of years ago, I have a whole big notebook full of notes, samples and test pieces.

  9. I’m looking forward to seeing how this stands the washing as I have lots of scraps of fabric that I could be tempted to make into a rug.

  10. claire93 says:

    well if the little mug rug does fray with this method, there’s still nothing to stop you making a bigger one as a wall hanging rather than a bathroom rug!

  11. nettyg says:

    A super scrappy experiment. Hope it translates to your bath mat, but if not, what an enjoyable time spent not having to think too much, just dipping in and out of scrap bag. No scraps from me this month.

  12. This practically defines “scrap happy!” I’m interested in how it holds up to washing, too, and whether or not a similar piece with tulle would do differently. Be sure to let us know!

    • katechiconi says:

      In the interests of science, I think I may have to do a small trial of the tulle version. Hmm. I have some very fine netting in grey that I used for the Cloths of Heaven quilt. I might try with that first…

  13. […] am happy to be linking this scrappy zippered pouch up with Kate’s ScrappHappy June […]

  14. You are a smart smart girl! I bet it is going to hold up just fine, but you never know. Your scrappy mug mug rug is a beauty!!❤️❤️

  15. Your scraps made me happy! Really cute.

  16. magpiesue says:

    I’d have used a white tulle, or light gray, I think. I wonder if you’d have been happier with the results that way? It’s a cute mug rug in any case. 🙂

    • katechiconi says:

      The white and the grey show up far more, which is why people tend to use black. It’s like window screens, use a dark colour and you look right past the mesh, use white and that’s all you see. I do have some very fine grey netting which I might test, just to see if it prevents fraying, but I don’t think it would feel so nice under bare feet as the fabric alone. I’m increasingly tending towards going back to seamed blocks…

  17. […] of the blogs I follow do a scrap happy blog post once a month, all about using up scraps, Kate at tall tales from chiconia and Gun at rutigt jointly host it – please follow there links and check it […]

  18. dezertsuz says:

    Also a great idea! I bet it washes well. I didn’t get a dedicated post this month, with other things going on, but I’ll try again for July.

  19. This is so cute and cheerful!
    I have made pincushions just by quilting bits down. That might be a good plan B as they rarely (never?) get washed.
    I should have thought to link up my lastest tiny scrappy pincushion.

    • katechiconi says:

      Save it for next month! I can add you to the email reminder list, or you could just do a post and schedule it. Either way, I’d love to see the pincushion!

  20. What a great idea, Kate! I hope it works out for a bigger project. I had photos for this month, but birthdays, graduations, and my son moving home for the summer have kept me busy, busy, busy. Next month!

  21. What a fantastic idea to make it into a rug. I love how yours looks and I have lots of flannel that would be so gentle on bare feet coming out of the shower. Right now, when the headache is gone, I’ll get back to work on the crazy quilt that started all the scraps.

  22. Hello – I’ve come over and found your blog, and it really appeals — despite my shocking lack of needle skills, so I’ve followed. That’s a bonus I didn’t expect from my giveaway!
    Would you like me to share some of the jewellery I’ve made from my offcuts and waste? Silver is a very expensive product to waste, so I try very hard to reuse every last bit – wire, sheet or clay. I’m not sure if it’s the kind of thing you’d be interested in, so please don’t be polite!! Have a great day, I’m off to pick fruit and water the allotment, and then it’s silver time this evening whilst the England world cup footie match is on. TTFN

    • katechiconi says:

      Hello, and welcome to Chiconia and the ScrapHappy family 🙂 I’d absolutely love you to share your scrappy jewellery, and hope it might bring you some more followers/ customers. If you’d like to do it regularly, I’ll add you to the reminder email list, and your blog address will be added to the others on each ScrapHappy post, going out on 15th of each month. All you have to do is have a scrappy post ready on that day. We need more variety to encourage people who don’t sew, crochet or knit.

      • cool!! Yes please do add me to the reminder list (how wonderfully organised, I like you even more now!)
        my email is
        It will help prompt me to do something!
        I can’t promise I will have something new every month, but it will an excellent discipline to try. And are you called Kate?

  23. […] am excited to participate in my first ScrapHappy Project hosted by Kate and Gun.  Not only will it be fun to share scrap projects; but I hope to […]

  24. […] mid-month and time for the ScrapHappy Project hosted by Kate and Gun.  There are many ideas percolating in my head, but in getting […]

  25. […] mid-month and time for the ScrapHappy Project hosted by Kate and Gun.  I’m posting a wee bit early as we may lose electric […]

  26. […] mid-month and time for the ScrapHappy Project hosted by Kate and Gun.  I’ve completed my state/hometown blocks for the swap […]

  27. […] My ScrapHappy Project (hosted by Kate and Gun ) has no pre-plan nor timeline this month.  It is made of a bunch of  strips and tiny square scraps left over from an Alison Glass quilt top. I have hoarded vibrant colors scraps and pre-cuts of her fabric for several years. So…of course, I can’t bear to throw out any of these scraps. Thank goodness for Scrap Happy! 😀  […]

  28. […] project from last month (creating a new quilt block using strip scraps and the block trimmings). Scrap Happy is a fun reuse-recycle-reduce activity (hosted by Kate and Gun ) to help one use up scraps of […]

  29. […] Scrap Happy is a fun reuse-recycle-reduce activity (hosted by Kate and Gun ) to help one use up scraps of anything from past projects (check out the link)! I am still working on a plan for the Alison Glass Scrap Happy Roundabout quilt blocks.  […]

  30. This is so cute, great idea. Should wash and dry just fine.

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