Scrap Happy Bag

Hello!  It is that Scrap-Happy time of the month again:)!  I always love linking up with Kate over at Tall Tales from Chiconia and seeing what fun creations everyone is making from their scraps:)

I helped my daughter in law make a beautiful quilt for her new baby boy.  She cut, sewed, and then cut and sewed again.  It turned out wonderfully!After it was all sewn together, there were quite a few beautiful fabric strips leftover.

I can’t throw lovely fabric away, so I decided to gather them up and make a matching bag for her.


I have had this bag pattern in my file for years.  Now seemed like the perfect time to use it:)


I sewed the scraps into strips and then quilted them to a backing.


Looking good so far!   I followed the pattern to construct the bag and then came to the grommet section.  I used Dritz curtain grommets that I bought at Walmart but you can get them on Amazon as well. 

  • There was a template to mark the fabric.  
  • I traced the circle
  • Pinned my fabric together to keep it from shifting as I cut
  • I took a DEEP breath and cut this large hole into my bag.  Eeeeek!!  That was scary!!
  • I snapped the grommet in place. 

Woo hoo!  They look GREAT!!  Some of the grommets were easier to snap together than others.  There is a lot of fabric in there!  But they all came together:)The bag turned out so cute!!  I really love the large grommets.  


I even used scraps to make an inside pocket to hold bottles or a phone.


Here is the matching set.  SWEET!!  They look so good together:). I probably need to make another one for me!

I hope you have a Scrap Happy Day!

Patio Chair Make-Over Scrap Happy Style!

It a Scrap Happy day around my house today:). Each month Kate @ Tall Tales from Chiconia hosts a use your scraps party called Scrap Happy.  It has been a great motivator for me to use what I have.   Waste not, want not is always a good idea:)

I have been working on my backyard lately.  Every now and then I do get out of the sewing room believe it or not!:).  Our patio table was in extreme need of replacement.

The cushions were destroyed by the sun, the webbing felt a bit weak, and the color was dated.  Yep, time to go!

I wanted an all metal table and chairs with large pillows. I started looking online, around stores and on Craigslist for new or almost new sets in the burnt orange-red and greens that are a bit more trendy.  But wow, they were pricey!  Some were as high as $4,000.00!

Nope, that’s not my way.   I will not spend full price on something I can make almost as nice myself.   I bought 8 wrought iron chairs on Craig’s List with two extra tables for $500.00.  

These chairs are never going to weaken in the Arizona sun and heat:)!  They gently rock and are comfortable to sit in even without the cushions.  Yea!  


I scrubbed and cleaned them up, and bought 10 cans of Rust-Oleum. $60.00  I spray painted everything, including my old table with this lovely hammered bronze.  I love it!

Now, on to the pillows.  Thick chair covers were anywhere from $35-50  each.  Ouch!  Nope.  Not gunna do it!  I found these large Solarium pillows at Costco.

They were two for $15.00.  Now we’re talking!  I stuck eight of them in my cart and smiled all the way home:).  $60.00 for eight!  The only thing they needed to make them into chair cushions was ties in two corners to keep them from blowing away in the wind.  I can do that!

Scrap Happy to the rescue!!   I have a bunch of old orange fabric that I have used to make pioneer skirts and quilts out of.  It is the fabric that never reduces no matter how often I use it.  Here it is in the quilt I made for my niece.  Remember?

I cut a bunch, well really ripped a bunch of 3″ strips.

I cut them in half.  Then I  folded them in half lengthwise and sewed them into a tube


Next I took out my handy Turn-it All.   

This is a wonderful little tool.  

You place the plastic tube into your fabric tube and sew the fabric tube end closed.

Next, you use the dowel to push the sewn end into the tube and pushed it through.  The fabric magically turns!  You can use the dowel to push out the edges.  How easy is that?!


I made 16 of these.  I then pushed in the open edges, and edge stitched all the way around.

 

Pretty!

Now I just had to sew them to my pillow cushions.

I folded the ties in half and sewed them to corners of the pillow.  They were easy and turned out PERFECT!


I promptly ran outside and tied them to my chairs.  They look great!

Woo hoo!!  So for a total of $620.00 I now have an all metal table with 8 rocking chairs and large squishy cushions.  I saved up to $3500.00!   That’s what I’m talking about!!:)

From this–

To this–

It was definitely worth the elbow grease:). I know we will be enjoying this new set for many many years to come.   

I think I may have to eat my pizza from the Fantastic Bake Along pizza party out here on the patio!  SWEET!!

Scrap Happy Maple Leaf Rag Quilt

It is the 15th of the month which means it is time to link up with Kate @ Tall Tales from Chiconia on her  Scrap Happy Link up party:).   I really would not get anything done on this quilt if it weren’t for this party.  Thank you again Kate!  She is so nice

This month I sewed a few of my pieced blocks together.  I gathered my strip triangles and my crazy pieced winged triangles and took a deep breath to get started.

I laid the quilt out and started placing the pieces into octagonal shapes.  I started sewing, taking care to leave the final edge of the seams open so I could get the angles to make squares.  Yes, it was and is tricky!

Even with my careful planning, I managed to sew a striped piece to the wrong wing and sewed it all together without noticing.  Ugh!

I had to take out my good friend, Triagan, the seam ripper, and un-sew that whole section.  Oh well,  these things do happen.  Sewing, un-sewing, it’s all part of the process:). 

Here is another pretty octagon that I laid out and then pinned together in hopes of not getting lost this time.

Whew!  It worked better that way:).  I am so excited to see this quilt come together.  It is definitely scrappy happy:)  Look at that uber scrappy star between the octagons–AMAZING !

The pattern can be found in the book Material Obsession 2 by Kathy Doughty.  It definitely isn’t for a beginner quilter, it is tricky to be sure. But I think it is worth the time and effort. I love the kaleidoscopic effect of all of these little scraps:)

I hope your day is SWEET with creative projects!  Thank you for stopping by:) 

Until tomorrow,


 If you have a moment or two, you might want to go check out what the other Scrap Happy participants are sewing together.

 

Scrap-Happy TWX! 

I am very Scrap happy today in fact, I feel Tealed With a Kiss or TWX!  It”s always fun to link up with Kate and Gun on their monthly Scrap Happy challenge.  This month I am also happy to join Kate  in a service project quilt for ovarian cancer.  I am donating this 12.5″ block in teals and creams with an “x” or a kiss in it.  Cute!!

The block is a Memory Lane block and this is how you can make one yourself:

  • Gather your scraps
  • Cut 4- 3″ medium teal and 4- 3″ cream squares
  • Draw a line diagonally on the back of of the teal squares
  • Sew 1/4″ on either side of the line
  • Cut down the center making two 1/2 square triangles 
  • Trim these to 2.5″.  
  • Cut 4- 4.5″ cream squares
  • Cut 1- 4.5″ dark teal square
  • Cut 8- 2.5″ medium teal squares
  • Cut 8- 2.5″ light teal squares
  • Stitch and flip one medium teal square to the corner of one 4.5″ cream square and the add another stitch and flip square to the next side as shown in the above pictures
  • Sew the 1/2 square triangles to the light teal 2.5″ squares
  • Sew the pairs together making sure the seams “kiss” together as you go.
  • Arrange your small blocks together and sew them block by block, row by row.

Done!  Now you have a beautiful Memory Lane block.  If you put a bunch of them together, you will get a lovely trellis type quilt.Pretty, pretty!  I just love the many variations one block can make in a quilt.  Don’t you?

I hope you have a super SWEET day!

Scrap-Happy:)

I am  very excited to join Kate @talltalesfromchiconia with her monthly “scrap-happy” challenge.  I have a box of brightly colored scraps that I have been wanting to make into a Maple Leaf rag quilt.  I think that this is going to be my scrap-happy project for the next year or so.  I’m so glad to have a monthly deadline:)

This is a scrap quilt to the max!   I sew these scrappy strips together in strings of six and use a kaleidoscope ruler to cut them into wedges.The filler blocks are sewn crazy block style (anyway at all just adding more scraps at any angle until the piece  is large enough to cut the desired shape) then I cut it into the diamond type shape and sew it  down to a  foundation piece which is also a scrap. 

I promise, I will make a tutorial one of these months with more details on the method.  Until then, I will just post these pretty pictures and try to envision how totally SWEET  this quilt is going to be when it is all finished!


Thank you Kate for the motivation:)

–Tracy