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.
Here are the latest blocks for Hopscotch. I have 8 done already, so these are blocks 9-10. I’ve decided this is going to be my usual format of 5 x 6 blocks. However, as these blocks are 15 inches square, it’s going to be a fair size for a lap quilt: 75 x 90 inches. I’m currently a third of the way through and I already have another 6 blocks laid out waiting to be sewn, but still the supply of scraps seems endless… Still, I must be making some sort of dent in them, wouldn’t you say?
Now, I do have another scrappy item to show you. These days, with the weather a bit cooler, I’m living in yoga pants. Very comfy, but with one major defect: no pockets. On morning walkies and when I’m sewing, I need pockets: for my phone, for doggie poo bags, for hankies, and so on. You get the idea. So I thought I’d improvise a bit. One pair of the Husband’s work pants has finally given up, and I took the scissors to it. I wanted a belt, a side pocket and a cargo pocket, and these pants offered all three. I cut across the pants leg below the cargo pocket, and up alongside it. A hem around the pocket area, and blanket stitch to finish off the waistband, and it was done! Oh, and I added a leg strap to stop the whole thing swaying about like a hula girl’s hips. It looks a bit unusual, but the cargo pocket can take a used poo bag till I get to a bin, and is a nice long way from my nose! It’s also comfortable, and I like that it’s recycled from something that would otherwise go in the bin.
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). Noreen has left the group as she’s a bit over-committed with other things, but today we’re welcoming Debbierose; she’s starting a crazy, scrappy patchwork quilt, so do go and check it out.
Kate (me!), Gun, Eva, Sue, Lynn, Lynda,
Birthe, Turid, Susan, Cathy, Tracy, Jill,
Claire, Jan, Moira, Sandra, Chris, Alys,
Kerry, Claire, Jean, Jon, Hayley, Dawn,
Gwen, Bekki, Sue L, Sunny, Kjerstin,
Vera, Nanette, Ann, Dawn 2, Bear,
Carol, Preeti, Edith and Debbierose
See you next time for more scrappy loveliness.