Scrappy and Useful

July 23, 2017 at 1:53 pm | Posted in Patchwork | 1 Comment

My old ereader hadn’t made the healthiest of impressions lately, and to save myself from the horrors of it breaking on me in the middle of my vacation, I got a new one. Of course the new one has a different size than the old model, and besides, its bag was getting a bit tatty from being carried around all day, everyday. So, a new bag was in order, and what a good opportunity to use up some of those scraps! I pulled out a coordinating set of leftover strips from my scrapbox and got to work:

Ereader - old and new

Old on the right, new on the left. And since I’m sure you’ll want to see the bags instead of the books, there you go:

Bags for Ereader

Both are made using the same steps: prepare a piece of batting and backing, and sew the strips directly onto it, saving the quilting. The first strip (at the opening) is sewn right on right directly together with the backing, so after turning there isn’t an open seam there. When the batting and backing is all covered with fabric strips, fold into bag, give the flap its final form, and edge all the open edges with bias tape. To make that step easier, I sewed the front and back together using a straight stitch first, which is then hidden under the bias tape.

A quick, satisfying and useful project, and a few scraps gone!


Scrapbox management

March 19, 2017 at 8:05 pm | Posted in Patchwork | 2 Comments

Reading about Kate’s efforts at scrap management, I got inspired to have a look at my own, much smaller scrap collection. Being somewhat in need of a new handwork-in-front-of-TV project, I decided to see how many 1-inch-hexies I could create out of the contents. Turns out not as many as I thought. Here’s the box after emptying out, with everything that wasn’t going to become hexies lying around it:

empty scrapbox

On the left side, there’s a small pile of solids that doesn’t belong in there, since I do have another scrap bag just for solids. On top, a few pieces that are pretty much big and coherent enough to count as fabric, even though they live in the scrap box. And that big pile on the right, pretty much everything that’s too small to cut a 1-inch-hexie out of it. Also some non-patchwork fabrics, and some black and white stuff that I didn’t want to include in the rainbow of hexies I was planning.

Looks like it’s still going to fill the box, and it did. The pieces I did pull out became this:

scrap hexies

Hexies in all the colours of the rainbow. I have no idea what I’m going to do with them yet. The plan is to make more, keep them sorted by colour and maybe use them for some colour exploration or smallish projects. Since a hexie turns out to be pretty big for most of my scraps, I may also continue cutting rhombs for baby blocks out of the fabric left over. Lots of geometric forms to play with!

If you want to create your own EPP templates for hexies, baby blocks, triangles and more, I recommend the graph paper generator that I also link from my sidebar, so I can find the link whenever I need it. Very useful tool!

Progress on this may slow down now that winter sports TV season is pretty much over, but that also means that spring is on the way and it’s time to find inspiration outside.



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