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.
Today, I’m showing you the start of something rather than a finished project. A bit of background: The Husband drives a truck and spends long hours in the driver’s seat. It’s loud, it’s boring and he needs something to help pass the time, so he wears big Bluetooth headphones which enable him to listen to music or talking books, take a hands-free phone call, and protect his hearing from the noise. The ones he likes tend to break easily in un-mendable ways, from either deterioration after constant use, or accidental dropping. I’ve found a way of salvaging at least something from this situation, which is the packaging. It’s beautiful. There’s a nearly-square box and the headphone are packed inside a nearly-oval zipped hard case, nesting in a drawer with a ribbon pull. I’m using the inner cases already in a variety of ways, but the packaging waste was bothering me.
So I’ve decided to make something from them. I have three of them (so far, anyway), so I’m going to stack them into a small drawer unit for keeping my sewing tools (cutter, scissors, tape measure, etc). On the outside, I’m going to glue fabric scraps and seal the whole thing with Mod Podge. I like the orange and white colours, so I’m only going to cover up the bits with pictures and writing. I started it too late to have the thing completed for this month’s ScrapHappy, so hopefully you’ll see either more progress or the finished thing next time. I’ll certainly have some gorgeous scraps left over from the Harlequin Coat project I have on the go to use on this.
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. This month, we’re welcoming back Lynn after taking some time off from blogging, and Tierney, who’s creating something spectacular for you all to enjoy. Be sure to drop by and say hello!
Kate, Gun, Eva, Sue, Lynda,
Birthe, Turid, Susan, Cathy, Tracy,
Jan, Moira, Sandra, Chris, Alys,
Claire, Jean, Jon, Dawn, Jule, Gwen,
Sunny, Kjerstin, Sue L, Vera, Edith
Nanette, Ann, Dawn 2, Carol, Preeti,
Debbierose, Nóilin, Viv, Karrin,
Amo, Alissa, Lynn and Tierney
Those boxes were far too good to just throw out. I’ve never been able to get rid of a decent box if I could possibly find a use for it. (Which might explain the big pile of them under my desk…)
We are the same!
I hope it will be, but for now, I’m concentrating too much on my other project to give this the attention it deserves. Soon, I hope!
Interesting to see something that isn’t quilted! I like the idea. Some of the packaging of things that are Apple products just beg to be reused!
I agree! I have two laptop boxes I can’t bear to throw out, not just because ‘you never know’ but also because they’re beautiful in their own right.
Aha! So this is the start of the cartonnage project. Intriguing.
Yes, this is it. I’ve done a few tests and worked out that the wood glue works best for applying the fabric really securely, and quilting wonder clips are great when you want to clamp glued sections together!
Wood glue eh? Never tried that. Wonder clips are wonderful for oh so many things – sorry for the completely unintended pun but I really do wonder what I ever did without them in my sewing/craft projects.
PVA wood glue dries clear, rather handy for when you’re a bit too lavish with the application…
I hope it’ll be pretty as well as useful; so much more satisfying when I can kill two birds with one stone!
Clever, recycled boxes are so handy. Reminds me I have pne stashed to jazz up.
I actually had another one saved too, but they changed the packaging slightly and it’s a different size and doesn’t stack neatly. I shall have to wait a couple more years before I can do the same thing with another set of boxes!
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I can see why it was hard to toss these beautiful boxes! I love the drawer unit idea, looks like it is proceeding apace as well as your coat of many colours!
It has taken a back seat to the coat, but the coat may end up contributing many of the scraps I use to cover the drawers, so it’s all one…
they look like nice sturdy boxes, and I’m looking forward to seeing the final result!
The idea of having a drawer instead of just a flap really elevated them and made them actually useful.
I agree, too nice not to reuse. I saw magazine containers.
They’re a tad bit small for that. Lying flat, they’re only about 9×8″ and about 2.5″ deep. They’ll corral my large scissors, tape measures, rotary cutter, quilting markers, pencil sharpener, etc, nicely. One drawer for cutty things, one drawer for writey things, one drawer for the other stuff.
Who isn’t a sucker for good packaging! I treat myself to at least one decent Advent calendar each year as long as it’s a good drawers one. My favourite one is a Whittard hot chocolate one I now have my goldwork supplies in. It’s dark blue with gold and blue stars all over it.
Ooh, I miss Whittards! I used to be addicted to those big tins of Turkish Apple Tea…
clever and useful, what more can you ask for. I’m sure you will find lots of stuff to fill the spaces.
I think the spaces may well be rather over-subscribed already!
Amazing idea 💡
Now if I was being really swanky, I’d stick a set of legs on it and change the ribbon pulls for something antique and original. But there aren’t enough hours in the day, and it’ll be just fine the way I plan it!
Brilliant idea, I can’t wait to see the finished product.
Next month, hopefully!
You’ve got to love *free* storage, haven’t you?
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Another great idea and useful!
The best kind of project!
Very useful! In terms of scraphappy things at our house, I’m still on the afghans, but The Engineer made a lid for our compost bin out of the top of a grill we picked up while hiking. We were going to recycle the metal, but he had the idea to make it into a hinged lid for our bin. Not beautiful, but very functional!
Oh, that’s clever. Any danger of a post about it for next month?
Remind me of the date, and maybe I can do a quickie.
15th of the month. If you decide to go ahead, tell me, and I can put a one-time-only link to it in my post.
Okay. I’ve got a post scheduled about our new compost bin lid. 🙂
Okeydoke. I’ll put a one-time link to your blog in the body of my post. If you want to email me the actual link, that’s fine, otherwise it’ll default to your home page, which will have the same effect, I suppose!
That should have the same effect, so let’s go with that. 🙂
I’ve set it for 14 May because I wasn’t sure how the date would work with your post.
Link in place already in the May draft 😊
Books are addictive. I used to love changing them into starage for friends who were crafters.
Sorry I don’t know where “books” came fro it was meant to read boxes!!!! i must have been wearing the incorrect glasses!!!!!!
I got the idea – it was the only logical word!