ScrapHappy August

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.

All plans have gone out of the window temporarily. The Husband and I are both laid low with an extremely nasty cold (all RAT tests so far are negative), and things we should/want to get done are falling by the wayside. The dog is being fed and walked, the chickens are cared for, there’s food… and that’s about it. So no coat. Again.

But I had already started this. It’s another car quilt for doggo, made entirely from scrap or recycled materials. As you can see, the top is made from the Husband’s old hi-vis work shirts. The batting is discarded spill kit batting, the back is bits of unwanted fabric scrap, the binding is made of ends of jelly roll strips from many, many projects. And stitching down binding is something you can do quite well even with a stinking cold.

In fact, while I was at it, I made a very long binding strip from ALL the unwanted jelly roll scraps I had, so there’s still a fair bit left over for some future scrappy quilty item.

And I’d like to point out that very handsome label which my friend Lyn made to test out her new embroidery machine. Mouse feels it adds that certain je ne sais quoi to make his quilt even more exclusive and hard to steal. Because of course every other doggo will want it…

On top of that, doggo has a pillow in the back, under which he likes to bury his face on long trips, the better to snooze in the dark, I suppose. By a lucky chance, the width of the Husband’s work shirts is exactly the width of a pillowcase, so with two passes of the serger/overlocker, I could make a nice matching cushion cover. Buttoned opening right there in the middle.Tidy!

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). Please note that Bekki has decided to concentrate on other projects and is leaving the group, so please remove her from your list of participants. The updated list is as shown below.

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



46 thoughts on “ScrapHappy August

  1. Nice 😊 & hoping the cold is getting better ❤️‍🩹

    • katechiconi says:

      It’s hanging on for grim death, sadly… I’m pleased with the quilt, and hope Mouse will like it when we can finally venture out.

      • You poor thing 😞 Lots if VitC & you will get there .
        I’m definite Mouse will love his quilt and his pillow too 🥰

      • katechiconi says:

        I made some Brazilian cherry jam the other day, which has huge amounts of VitC in it, so a slice of toast and that ought to help. Mouse will have to wait for another day or so to try out his new travel arrangements, but I’m confident he’ll approve.

  2. Mr Mouse is the luckiest! A matching pillow no less! So glad the RATs are negative, long may that last…

    • katechiconi says:

      Mouse is a very, very spoiled dog… And it’s such a good way to use up the worn-out work shirts! The cold is just that, a very nasty head cold, so far no fever or cough, just streaming eyes and nose 🤧

  3. Clever, useful and brilliantly scrappy! And I agree, the Mouse is the perfect finishing touch 👏

    • katechiconi says:

      The label does add a finishing touch, but I think Mouse’s concern that someone will want to steal his ‘blankie’ is misguided… it’s not as if anyone else will have the same thing!

  4. What a great ScrapHappy make. I am not showing this to Sammy as he would be SO jealous!

    • katechiconi says:

      I always like finding another use for the worn out shirts, as they’re made of such good quality cotton. But once they’ve gone under the arms and the seatbelt wear areas, I need to recycle them, and this seems like a good use. The weave is so tight that they even resist dog claws!

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  6. nanacathy2 says:

    Hope you both get well soon. What a clever use of the High vis jacket. Pretty swanky quilt there with matching pillow. Love it.

    • katechiconi says:

      Hi Cathy! The Husband is almost there, but I reckon I’ve got another couple of days of it. Once I can think straight again, I’ll be introducing Mouse to his new car setup, and hopefully he’ll agree with you!

  7. Sending get-better-soon wishes to both of you xx

  8. You do so well at this. All those panels appear so effortlessly considered , but I remember you saying that there are many areas that aren’t usable because of sun-fade/seatbelt chafing. Your posts are always an inspiration .

  9. Debbierose says:

    Fab use of the HiVis, nice, bright and durable for mouse

  10. Nice!
    Sorry to hear you have both been poorly – hope it does not linger for much longer.

    • katechiconi says:

      It’s one of those grim head colds that makes your eyes run and your head ring as well as blocking you up totally. The yuck is totally disproportionate, but we’ll get there… I think Mouse will approve of his new bedding 😊

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  12. Terri H. says:

    Mouse is so lucky to have such a talented mom. The quilt is beautiful. So sorry to hear you two have been sick. Hope that you continue to feel better.

    • katechiconi says:

      I’m not sure beautiful is quite the right word… but it is functional, comfy, recycled, scrappy, practical and a loving gift to my darling doggo. The Husband is almost well again. I’m two days behind him so will hopefully be well by the end of the week 🤧

  13. Moira says:

    Great use of the shirt bits that are still in good shape. Love the colors and how it turned out.

  14. magpiesue says:

    I’d been wondering what was keeping you so quiet. I hope you can enjoy a full recovery soon. Mouse’s new quilt is a masterpiece of repurposing. It will be hard to lose with all that hi-vis fabric in it!

    • katechiconi says:

      It’s not the only thing, but certainly a factor. We have a lot of ‘mundane life’ stuff going on right now to take care of, so handwork of any sort has been taking a bit of a back seat. Hopefully I’ll have some pretties to show soon 😊

  15. oh, what a spoiled doggo. Love the strong colours, he will have technicolour dreams. Hope you are feeling better soon.

    • katechiconi says:

      He certainly is… The car quilts serve a useful function in keeping the back seat hammock comfy, but we also use them as his ‘place marker’ when we’re out and about; he knows that’s where he has to lie and wait, so it needs to be durable. Hopefully I’m on the mend, but it’s taking its own sweet time…

  16. rutigt says:

    Love the colors! Great way to use scraps. Mouse must love it! I hope you´ll get well soon ❤

  17. Stephanie says:

    So cute and clever!
    Hope you are feeling better.

  18. gwenniesgardenworld says:

    Mouse is so lucky to have you !!! It’s a beautiful coat.

  19. My mind said I left a comment. My fingers weren’t paying attention. This turned out great and he can even read his own name on there to be sure it’s his. Did you embroider it? Great use of fabric that would otherwise sit in a corner for far too long.

    • katechiconi says:

      No, I didn’t embroider it. My friend Lyn has an embroidery machine, and she’s been practising with different threads and fonts, so she made this as a sample and I thought it would make the perfect name tag!

      • Ah. I have one of those machines too. Actually 2 of them. The old one (22yrs) works well. Then newer on, not so well. 😉 She did a lovely job for you. I did some practice on a t-shirt today. I’ll show it soon. 🙂

      • katechiconi says:

        She’s also made something for the Happy Greys Social Club. I’ll show that soon too!

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