ScrapHappy January: Bright, for the sun

Welcome once again to ScrapHappy Day!

It’s the day my friend Gun in Sweden and I host ScrapHappy, a day for showing something made from scraps.

For a change, I’m not showing the hexie project I’m making for Days for Girls. Instead, I decided to use some more recent scraps for a small, quick project.

I had a good few largish scraps left over from making the bag for Chippy. When I say large, the biggest piece was about 12 x 5 inches, the others were smaller. But there was enough to piece together something small but cheerful. Chippy likes her big, big sunglasses, so I though a pouch that might serve as a sunglass case would do the trick. It’s also large enough for an iPhone or other large smartphone if that’s what she prefers. You may remember some time ago I made something similar for myself, from pink scraps.

I sandwiched a pieced outer with a batting scrap and a scrap of the blue I used for a recent top, quilted it with straight parallel(ish!) lines, and bound it with some leftover green binding. It’ll be hard to lose inside a handbag, don’t you agree, even inside the bright green lining of her new tote?

And now I have only really small scraps of that Kaffe Fasset Artisan fabric, but I’m sure they’ll be making an appearance in some scrappy blocks or strips some time or other…

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 genuine scraps is eligible. If your scrap collection is out of control and you’d like to turn them into something beautiful or useful 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). If you’ve copied this list from previous posts, please use the one below as it’s the most up to date – we are being joined by Sunny, a new member 🙂

Kate (me!)Gun, TittiHeléneEvaSue, Nanette, Lynn, Lynda,
Birthe, Turid, Susan, Cathy, Debbierose, Tracy, Jill, Claire, Jan,
Moira, SandraLindaChrisNancy, Alys, Kerry, Claire, Jean,
Joanne, Jon, HayleyDawn, Gwen, Connie, Bekki, Pauline, Sue L
and Sunny

See you again, same time next month

60 thoughts on “ScrapHappy January: Bright, for the sun

  1. […] use for small amounts of fabric. I know there are scraps in my three.  And you will find a link here to other scrappy […]

  2. Thank you my beautiful friend again … looks like I’m cooking special dinner for you every night we are together at NH as a thank you for all this beautiful hand made stuff ♥️

  3. knitnkwilt says:

    Great idea. I have some oversized sunglasses in need of a case. I’m on it!

  4. anne54 says:

    Gorgeous Kate ~ literally! And bright is such a good idea in a handbag. It was brought to my attention by an elderly friend who asked why handbags always had dark linings, which made it impossible for people with poor eye sight to see. I realised it wasn’t just a problem for older folk.

    • katechiconi says:

      I literally *never* lose my pink sunglasses case in my handbag, and my phone case is bright green and my fold-up shopping bag is purple. It makes life so much easier…

  5. I do like how those Kaffe Fasset pieces get smaller and smaller and still are used! I’ve not made a post on my blog for some four months I think – and even longer joining in with scraphappy – maybe next month there might be something ……

  6. claire93 says:

    oh wow! when you go “bright” you really go all the way, don’t you!
    I love the fabrics and that green is fabulous!

  7. tialys says:

    Brilliant! A sunglasses case you need sunglasses to look at. 😎

  8. Moira says:

    Love the colors! and what a great idea for a quick project and gift.

    • katechiconi says:

      It’s so economical on supplies, being all scraps, and a great way to make a personalised gift. You could make it with a flap or a button and loop, but I’ve never needed it with my own pouch.

  9. It’s beautiful for something small. What a great gift. I’m sorting out my sewing room this week. Can’t find anything after the holidays. Too much shifting around. You always come up with the best stuff.

    • katechiconi says:

      I had a big tidy a week ago when I swapped things round a bit. Now, I just have three boxes to unpack and find homes for the contents. I suspect I’ll be throwing a lot out and condensing what remains – it was last minute panic-packing from the sewing room when we moved house.

  10. nanacathy2 says:

    Just loving those zingy colours, absolutely perfect for sunglasses!

  11. rutigt says:

    Åh, I love those fabrics, lovely colors!!! And yes, I have noticed the new member and updated my list!!!!

  12. […] the links to the other happy scrappers isn’t working but you can find them all by going to Kate’s post They are all well worth a […]

  13. Going Batty in Wales says:

    I love those bright colours! I have made several glasses cases over the years – a good way to use small pieces and a present that is easy to post!

  14. Lovely colours… ideal for not getting lost.

  15. Excellent idea and fabulous Colours!

  16. gwenniesgardenworld says:

    This is really lovely !! now she’ll always find her sunglasses what with this bright green fabric !!

  17. Sharon says:

    Darling idea and gift – the material perfect. She’ll never miss places her sunglasses again 🙂

    • katechiconi says:

      I’ve never understood why bag linings had to be dark (unless it’s not to show how grubby they get, ew!), but at least this will show up against the dark interior of a dark bag.

  18. Joanne S says:

    Just love the bright colors! What a great idea( That I may have to borrow). 😉

  19. beautiful colours, too precious to waste. Your friend will love it. 🙂

  20. Beautiful, clever, resourceful… as always 🙂

  21. magpiesue says:

    I’ve finally been upgraded to a smartphone. Been thinking I’ll have to make a case of some kind for it. This would be a good place to start!

    • katechiconi says:

      I’m a total klutz with dropping stuff, and I therefore have a proper leather fitted phone case with a screen cover and magnetic catch, otherwise my phones would last about 5 minutes. But if you’re not as clumsy as me, this pouch would work well, especially if you put some kind of closure like a flap or button and loop, or Velcro® tab. Plus it’s a way to keep your favourite scraps and colours about you!

  22. scrappers might be interested in this blog posted today, Jan.16, http://www.annwoodhandmade,com She does interesting work almost exclusively from scraps and is asking if anyone wants to participate in a scrap exchange. 🙂

    • katechiconi says:

      Jean, thank you so much for this! I’ve been over there and she makes wonderful stuff. I’ve put in an invitation in case she or any of her readers want to participate in ScrapHappy too, as well as subscribing to her blog.

  23. sorry — that is (my fingers are cold this winter morning)

  24. teamwilsun says:

    What a lovely gift, and a clever idea! I think this group is really going to inspire me to think more creatively about the scraps in my stash!

  25. […] walking into my happy place (sew/craft room) and working on this Scrap Happy quilt project has done much to rejuvenate me when I most need it. It is my […]

  26. […] made several of these over the years, but some have been more […]

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