ScrapHappy January

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.

I have invented a new scrappy garment.

It’s called the Trous-A-pron. Seriously, though, I was having a tidy-up in the sewing room a few days before Christmas and came across an old pair of the Husband’s work pants which had been cannibalised for repair patches. There was a leg and a half left attached to the waistband.

I have a lot of patches already, and this particular pair was exceptionally richly endowed with pockets. An idea formed…. So, I unpicked the inside leg seam on both sides, followed by the crotch seam from front to back, eliminating the zipper section en route. The whole leg became the lower half of the apron, minus about 30cm/12 inches of leg at the bottom. The other half leg became the bib of the apron, and the bit I’d cut off the bottom of the full leg became the front shoulder straps. The waistband became the back shoulder straps where they cross over and rejoin the apron at the waist.

Lots of fiddly unpicking. Lots of working around bumpy seams and pockets. End result: one useful, durable, extremely pockety apron for working outside in muddy, chickeny, weedy conditions. There is not a new thing in it apart from the thread.

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). The list below is the most current one I have, so if you’d like me to update something, let me know in the Comments.

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, Carol,
Preeti, Debbierose, Nóilin and Viv

71 thoughts on “ScrapHappy January

  1. anne54 says:

    Very impressed! A sturdy chicken wrangling apron is what every cowgal needs. And I love that picture of you, Kate 😘

    • katechiconi says:

      Thanks, Anne! It will withstand the wiping of muddy hands after potting, the soggy attentions of a wet dog and the backblast from a pressure washer. I’m pretty sure it’ll do…

  2. Caroline says:

    husband will be guarding his workpants in case they mutate into additional aprons !!!

    • katechiconi says:

      I always have a supply of worn out work pants, so no need to go after the good ones. His job is quite hard on his work clothes… I have a strong feeling he’ll be after another truck quilt soon, there’s word of a new truck being issued to his driver group, so that’ll be old shirts being cannibalised too.

  3. I love the ScrapHappy apron & the lovely you posing 🥰

  4. Anything with pockets gets my vote, Kate. It also looks like it goes over the shoulder, not around the neck which is what I need to be using. I love them. You are looking quite fresh in that apron. Hugs. M

  5. mlmcspadden says:

    Love the apron, and you look great modeling it!

    • katechiconi says:

      Thanks! The apron was something I needed, so those workpants were doomed once I’d worked out how to make it!

      • mlmcspadden says:

        I’ve got a stack of men’s t-shirts that are doomed as soon as I make a pattern for undies, I can’t find the size I need in the style I need,and don’t want to pay $10-15 a single pair. So I’m gonna make my own. =)

      • katechiconi says:

        That sounds extremely sensible. Obviously you won’t be modelling them for us, but it would be interesting to hear how you end up drafting your pattern!

  6. knitnkwilt says:

    Great scrappy fun!

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  8. That’s exactly my sort of apron. Fabulous

  9. Going Batty in Wales says:

    What a brilliant idea!

  10. Lucyannluna says:

    I love your apron.

  11. So many pockets! And you can fill them with eggs, or mouse treats, or seed packets…string, a Hitty…you are a practical genius!

    • katechiconi says:

      A phone, a pen, a hanky, a small notebook, a trowel, secateurs, a pair of gloves. The eggs have already been transported! And I think at least a dozen Hittys would travel in comfort…

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  13. nanacathy2 says:

    Brilliant. Could never figure this out. Thank goodness I have a craft apron already, gifted a few years ago from Nespresso.

  14. This is fantastic! Very nice upcycle Kate!

  15. claire93 says:

    what a fabulous save! robust & perfect for getting dirty in the garden!

  16. gwenniesgardenworld says:

    You are a real artist !!! This will be handy in the garden !! And you can stuff them with goodies for Mouse !!lol

  17. can’t wait to see what ends up in those pockets – maybe a chicken or doggie toys? Could even fit a potted plant. Looking good!

  18. It’s amazing what you can do with an old pair of jeans/pants. Great repurposing, Kate. You look terrific in this pic not to mention ready for anything with all those pockets. I miss scrap happy and hope to have something for next month.

  19. rutigt says:

    Hahaha! That´s a very clever idea! I like it!

  20. Debbierose says:

    Great use of hubby’s old jeans you look gorgeous modelling your apron

  21. Karrin Hurd says:

    I’d like to join the Scrap Happy group

    • katechiconi says:

      Of course! Do you have a blog you’d like to link? Otherwise I have no way of showcasing your work, although I can send you reminders a few days before ScrapHappy is due, like the other participants. If you have a blog, please send me the link so I can add you to the list of other participants when I post.

      • Karrin Hurd says:

        My blog is

        Thanks so much!

      • katechiconi says:

        Great! I’ll add you to the list and advise the others to add your link to their list, so come ScrapHappy Day on the 15th, you’ll get a ton of traffic. Also, a reminder that it’s about using scraps, and new fabrics or items are not allowed unless they are required to actually finish something scrappy (like backing for a scrappy quilt top, for example).

  22. kymlucas says:

    Love! ❤️ You should be proud of me – I went to a library pro on “slow stitching” because the concept is similar to visible mending, which I’m interested in. Our project was to make some kind of slow stitch art using three pieces of material. Someone asked if I was a quilter (as if!) because mine reminded her of a quilt. I must say my hand stitching is very bad, but I’m liking the product. Think I’ll frame it when done and give it to a friend for her birthday. I’ll send you a picture.

    • katechiconi says:

      I saw it, and it’s *lovely*. The hand stitching isn’t bad, it just lacks practice. If you enjoyed it, these small pieces are a great way of being creative and making something that will engage you without being so long-winded that you get bored. Also, make enough of them, and you could (shock! horror!) end up having enough to stitch together into a quilt. Stranger things have happened…

  23. Stephanie says:

    Clever and useful!

  24. Emmely says:

    Genious! I’ve made tool aprons from old jeans in the past but only used the back with the back pockets. Never included a bib with additional pockets. And I really need to find a new blog reader because I checked your blog because I found it strange that you hadn’t posted for so long, only to find SEVERAL new posts….

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