ScrapHappy April: A slight change of direction

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.

The past month has been all about hexies, but not the Days Gone By version, so I have nothing to show for progress on that quilt. However, that doesn’t mean I haven’t done anything scrappy. A comment I made the other day about good uses for worn-out sheets made me think of this. I had two large enough pieces left over from the pillowcase mend to make two hankies, one 12 inches square for the Husband, and one 10 inches square for me. Well, flu season is nearly upon us, I’m having my shot tomorrow, so I can look forward to feeling a bit ordinary for a couple of days after, as usual. Soft hankies will be welcome…

Back to the process. The trick for a nice finish is to mitre the corners. What follows is the method I use. (There is another way, which seals the mitred corner, but it’s tremendously fiddly on mitres as small as this. That’s my excuse, and I’m sticking to it.)

Press a quarter inch seam in towards the centre, all round. Turn this again and press again, so you have two folds.

Open out the corners. In the centre of each corner there will be a square, formed by the overlapping creases. Cut across the corners of this square, diagonally across the corner.

Turn this new diagonal cut in towards the centre, so that the remaining creases of the square line up with the creases of the seams. Press, without disturbing the other creases too much.

Fold up first one side of the corner and then the other, securing with a pin at each side to keep the mitre in place, meeting at the corner.

Pin all round.

Stitch down as close to the inner fold of the seam as possible. Stop with the needle down in the seam of the mitre and pivot. At the end, overlap the stitching a little and secure.

Press the mitred corners to make them lie flat.

Job done. Two new hankies, from scrap.

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.

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

See you next time for more scrappy loveliness.