Scrappiness is…. the DaleLee Cuppa

I couldn’t wait till the 15th of February and ScrapHappy Day.

I offered to make Dale something pretty from scraps after she admired my recent scrappy sunglasses case. She requested a teapot picture, to go with the teapot heat pad and cup-and-saucer mug rugs I made for her as a housewarming gift. I had just the thing…

The teapot is made from a chintz-design voile fabric from which I made myself a cool summer top a while ago. I picked out the best floral bits from the scraps I had left over. The background is a sort of olive-gold colour, covered in big blowsy roses, lilies, leaves and rosehips, but illustrated in quite a minimal, free fashion. I love it, and I think it makes a very pretty vintage teapot.Β  The square behind the pot is a cream-on-cream filler print of tiny spots. The paper-pieced pattern is based very approximately on a 1999 design by Susan Druding, which I have extensively redrawn to make it simpler, less blocky and more central in the square. It finishes at 8 inches square.

And now I feel the need to go and sew myself a plate of chocolate biscuits. It’s about as close as I’m allowed to get to the real thing, these days!

33 thoughts on “Scrappiness is…. the DaleLee Cuppa

  1. I LOVE everything about this project!! The teapot and the fabric choice. Just beautiful! I wouldn’t wait to show it off either. πŸ˜‰

  2. Super … I like it a lot … my next favorite thing besides Chickens are Tea Pots 😍

  3. That’s a brilliant outcome from some left over fabric. Admiring!! πŸ™‚

  4. Very very pretty. I think it would look good in anyone’s kitchen…;)

  5. tialys says:

    The perfect gift for a tea drinker.
    I Googled the original pattern and I see you have made one of these for Dale before – it was the first image to come up in my search. You can’t go unnoticed with anything these days!!

    • katechiconi says:

      Yes, the original was a heat pad, and quilted heavily. This is going on the wall, so I’m leaving it unquilted. I’ve also edited the pattern: the body is rounder, the spout is less clunky and the teapot is more centred in the shape. It’s a tiny bit trickier to make, but I find the shape more pleasing.

  6. Terri says:

    That’s very cute Kate! It will make a pretty wall hanging. Enjoy your chocolate biscuits. 😁

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  8. anne54 says:

    It’s the perfect choice of fabric for a teapot. Teapot manufacturers should take note! From the blog photos of Dale’s kitchen, it will fit in so well.

  9. On wow wow wow. It’s exactly ehat I was hoping for… perfect. I love the colours and design. It will look wonderful in the kitchen corner, which as you observed needed a teapot on the wall but in floral of course. Thank you so much, and I’m so glad I didn’t have to wait to see it. If you email/text me the dimensions I’ll see if we have a frame here or start looking for one β™‘

  10. gwenniesgardenworld says:

    What a lovely teapot !!!

  11. Joanne S says:

    What a perfect scrap user upper. πŸ™‚

  12. craftycreeky says:

    It’s just gorgeous! Perfect πŸ™‚

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