ScrapHappy May

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’d fully intended to have my little scrappy fabric-covered drawer unit ready for today, but it kept getting pushed to the back of the queue. Never mind, I will get it done for a future post. In the meantime, I have a small scrappy project I did get done and another one that’s singing a siren song to lure me away from other more constructive things.

Firstly, a small key pouch to go in my colourful backpack, using scraps of the backpack fabric and pieces from the Harlequin coat. I had some leftover piping I couldn’t bear to throw out, and it seemed to be telling me it would look very nice around the outside of a small scrappy pouch. Keys are hard on bag linings, and this one is double lined to preserve the interior of my lovely new bag. The zipper is a recycled one from an old pair of pants and actually determined the size of the finished thing, the ribbon pull is a scrap from a garment swing tag.

The other thing is all the fabulous Harlequin scraps. I simply cannot let them go. I trimmed them out very frugally to tidy shapes, throwing out only the barest slivers. Jigsawed together, they form a piece about 80cm square. I would need to join all the pieces together with sashing, but it would be a spectacular piece of scrappiness, and I believe there might actually be the potential for at least part of another garment in there. Maybe a waistcoat/bodywarmer? These bits are all basted to the charcoal grey 60% wool batting, so it’d be moderately cosy for the forthcoming not-very-cold North Queensland winter, and although there’s not enough for a whole anything, I could easily cut a pattern and piece something together using some other fabric to supplement it. No silk lining on this one, of course, but I have plenty of quilting fabric needing a home.

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. Please note that Jule has asked to come off the list as she will be turning her attention elsewhere for a while, and we are delighted to welcome Hannah for the first time.

KateGun, EvaSue, Lynda,
Birthe, Turid, Susan, Cathy,  Tracy, 
JanMoira, SandraChrisAlys,
ClaireJeanJon, DawnGwen,
Sunny, Kjerstin, Sue LVera, Edith
 Ann, Dawn 2, Carol, Preeti,
DebbieroseNóilinViv, Karrin,
Amo, Alissa, Lynn, Tierney and Hannah

We also have a special one-time guest appearance by Kym’s blog, The Byrd and the Bees, featuring creative scrappy recycling by her husband, The Engineer. You’ll find it here, so do pay a visit.


47 thoughts on “ScrapHappy May

  1. knitnkwilt says:

    “Made fabric” is really fun to work with, and you’re right. You can always fill in the gaps with more scraps.

  2. […] you, Kate, of Tall Tales from Chiconia, for inspiring us to put our scraps to good use. I enjoy the challenge but don’t often make, […]

  3. Fabbaroo. I will update my contributor link list.

  4. […] Joining with Kate and others for scrap happy day. Do pop over to see contributions from others. Here- […]

  5. Emma Cownie says:

    I think your key pouch is a great idea. It makes it easier to find the keys in your bag too, I have quite a collection of scraps and this blog is great for inspiration, thank you

    • katechiconi says:

      Thank you, and welcome to Chiconia! I’ve been reviewing my scrap boxes and think it’s almost time to make my fourth rainbow scrap quilt. Do let me know if at any time you’d like to join the ScrapHappy group. There’s always room for people who make good use of what other see as waste.

      • Emma Cownie says:

        Thank you for the invite, Kate – I am a winter textile person (I paint in the summer) so can I join and only participate in the winter months?

      • katechiconi says:

        There’s no obligation at all to post every time. I am the only one in the whole group who has posted every month for 7 years; Gun come close though. There’s really only one rule: it has to be made of scraps. You’re allowed new stuff only in order to finish, like binding or batting for a quilt, or fastenings for a bag, or paint for a piece of metalwork, for example. Most people email to check if they’re not sure, and as the moderator, I usually (always!) say yes. So if you’d still like to join in, send me your email address (mine is on the Contact Me page) and I’ll add you to list of people I email reminders on 12th of the month. If you schedule your posts to go up on the 15th, then your blog address should suffice for the links. Does that sound OK?

      • Emma Cownie says:

        Thank you, I think I will read contribute by reading and commenting others posts. I don’t think I can commit to posting more than one a year to be honest! Thank you once again for the invite.

      • katechiconi says:

        That’s fine too! We all love comments, encouragement and contributions like that.

  6. claire93 says:

    what a lovely pouch, and oh my! to all the scraps the Harlequin coat created!

  7. Susan Nixon says:

    I love the little pouch, including that piping. It’s so great to see something more come from the scraps, and the backpack below is beautiful, too. Thanks for sharing your scrappy project.

  8. It is so very satisfying when a big project generates so many little scraps of beauty, which lead to more projects which lead to more scraps… Small contributions to the overall wonderfulness! And even a use for the swing tag ribbon!

  9. So bright, cheerful, and useful. Win, win, win!

  10. nanacathy2 says:

    A matching key holder. Very pretty and an excellent idea.

  11. Oh my goodness those are some gorgeous scraps!

    • katechiconi says:

      Right? Who could throw those out? They’re already spray basted onto dark batting, so I can’t seam them together easily, and it seems to me that some kind of warmish garment is going to be the final outcome.

  12. Caroline says:

    The Harlequin scraps are just too beautiful. Remind me, did you make a coin purse or wallet to go with the ensemble.

    • katechiconi says:

      I don’t use coins much, and have a rather nice leather wallet already… But I did use some of the scraps to make the key pouch for the backpack. I think the next step will probably be to join all the pieces together and see what inspiration strikes…

  13. all those bright and crazy colours sing a wonderful song. Great idea and you’ll never have to search through all the “stuff: in your bag for the keys.

    • katechiconi says:

      I’m actually contemplating putting a string on one corner to attach to the inside of the bag top, so I can just pull on it to retrieve it from the black hole!

  14. Karrin Hurd says:

    Your key pouch is lovely, and love those crazy wild colors!

  15. There is something about piping that elevates any item. I think you might sew in your sleep, Kate. You get so much done and it’s all so pretty, practical, and well made.

  16. rutigt says:

    Love your backpack The fabric is stunning and your keykeeper will fit perfectly in it!

  17. tialys says:

    Great idea for the key pouch. So many scraps from this project – what will be next?

    • katechiconi says:

      Whatever I can make from all those long skinny triangular bits! I think the only way is to join them with sashing and see how much ‘fabric’ I have to work with.

  18. kymlucas says:

    I do love those colors!

  19. Amo says:

    Great use of the scrap scraps.

  20. You have such beautiful scraps, it makes sense that you want to keep and use as many as possible.

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