ScrapHappy June

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.

This month, it’s time for something completely different. Some of you know that I recently visited Melbourne, and part of that trip was spending some serious browsing time in Amitié Textiles in Torquay, south west of the city on the Great Ocean Road. They had a number of remnants bins filled with small, colourful pieces of fabric, and of course, I went scrap-diving!

This is my haul. There’s no real theme there except that it’s very, very approximately orange and teal-ish. There was just SO much choice that I had to narrow it down a bit. Now that I have it home, I can begin to insert other colours and patterns from my already very extensive personal scrap collection!

And the long term goal? The recent Melbourne visit underlined a major lack in my wardrobe. A warm and colourful long jacket/coat! I have a coat, but it’s very sober, and I do love, love, love colour. So I’m making myself a ScrapHappy coat, using Simplicity 4789 (the long red edge-to-edge coat in the image). I’ll probably add a button overlap to the front, either something interesting and asymmetrical, or simple and straight, I’ll see how I feel closer to the time.

Yes, it’s going to take some time and lots and lots of piecing. I need to decide what size/ shape to make the pieces, how to assemble it, what to line it with, etc. So, still plenty to do…

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).

KateGun, EvaSue, Lynda,
Birthe, Turid, Susan, Cathy,  Tracy, Jill,
Jan, Moira, Sandra, Chris, Alys,
Claire, Jean, Jon, Dawn, Jule, Gwen,
Bekki, Sunny, Kjerstin, Sue L, Vera,
Nanette, Ann, Dawn 2, Bear, Carol,
Preeti, Edith, Debbierose and Viv

See you next time for more scrappy loveliness.

42 thoughts on “ScrapHappy June

  1. The coat of many scraps – I am quite sure it will be glorious!

    • Reminds me of the Dolly Parton song I loved as a kid…
      “Back through the years
      I go wonderin’ once again
      Back to the seasons of my youth
      I recall a box of rags that someone gave us
      And how my momma put the rags to use
      There were rags of many colors
      Every piece was small
      And I didn’t have a coat
      And it was way down in the fall
      Momma sewed the rags together
      Sewin’ every piece with love
      She made my coat of many colors
      That I was so proud of…”

      • katechiconi says:

        Awww… I didn’t know that one, but I’ve had the ‘dazzling coat of many colours’ line from the Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat musical in my head all this time.

    • katechiconi says:

      Exactly! Amongst all the black-wearers of Melbourne, I’d stand out like the tropical bird I am…

  2. It’s a delight to skip from site to site seeing what everyone is up to! Thank you for all the links.

    • katechiconi says:

      Sometimes we lose a member of the group, more often we add one. At this point, it’s time to ‘clean’ the list and remove the ones who haven’t posted for a very long time, otherwise it’s boring for the regular followers. And I love that the scraps aren’t all fabric; it really adds to the enjoyment.

  3. mlmcspadden says:

    Looking forward to seeing your coat as it progresses!

  4. […] Joining Kate and her happy band of Scrap Happy contributors. […]

  5. I too have decided to make a scrappy coat! I can’t wait to see what you come up with!

    • katechiconi says:

      What fun! It’ll be interesting to see how our approaches differ. I think I’d like mine to look like ‘patchwork fabric’ rather than large areas of the same fabric, so the pieces may well be fairly small.

  6. Debbierose says:

    Your very pwn technicolour dreamcoat in the making. Fabulous

  7. I can only imagine how amazing this coat is going to be !!!! I love colours as you know and that comes from living in vibrant India before coming here to Melbourne. Thank goodness I haven’t lost my love of colour.

  8. nanacathy2 says:

    Oh my days, a coat of many colours. It and you will be Fabulous Darling!

  9. rutigt says:

    I like the coat and with all the colors it will lok gorgeous! I also like the dresses in your pattern!

  10. Going Batty in Wales says:

    I love the idea and the pattern looks very stylish – well able to take a colourful patchy fabric.

  11. gwenniesgardenworld says:

    Looks like you found some real gems in that store !

  12. {rubs hands together in anticipation}…..

  13. oh yes, a scrappy coat of many bright colours is so “you”. Can’t wait to see the progress.

  14. It’s always fun to find things in the colors you love. I’m sure you will do something marvelous with them. I love the idea of a not so heavy and somber coat. If that one has pockets, it would be perfect.

  15. claire93 says:

    a very colourful scrap haul!

  16. This looks like so much fun, Kate!

    • katechiconi says:

      I spent a couple of hours looking at the coat pattern and considering options for adjusting the pattern to make it a bit more fun. I’m going to need quite a lot of ‘created fabric’!

  17. I too immediately thought of the Dolly Parton song. There’s a line in it about there being love in every stitch, which appeals to me. I really look forward to seeing your progress on this project.

    • katechiconi says:

      I’ve made a very gentle start by unfolding, ironing and reviewing the pattern. It’s going to need a bit of adjusting to give the skirts a bit of flare, and I want the front to cross over at the throat.

  18. […] in to share a quick ScrapHappy project for my neighbour, a link over to Kate’s Scraphappy post, and share another project […]

  19. […] remember that I had thoughts nearly a year ago about making a patchwork coat. I wrote about it here.  Other things took over, other priorities emerged and the project went on the back burner. Well, […]

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