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Scrap Happy September

September 14, 2022

the pile of Indonesian ikat pieces my neighbour gave me are a challenge

long, narrow (many only  3-4-5 inches wide) and the full 45″ width of the fabric

I felt like I was expected to “do” something to show my appreciation -best to just get on with it

so – with the addition of some indigo dyed cotton of a similar weight and weaveI divided them into colour co-ordinated piles and started with the blues – my favorite colour and the largest pieces

to design a light, unlined jacket starting with the largest pieces

for the back, the sleeves

and the lower fronts – they look like pockets but really aren’t

well, you might have guessed – the bears were watching with interest

Arthur liked the red piece – so here he is in his indigo trimmed top

with the left-over blues

and showing off to the little stuffies

one long strip of ikat finished with handmade bias binding made a nice runner

there is still a large pile of brown, reddish brown, black and some of Arthur’s red

Rosie is pouting and Gilbert is looking wishful

so – what’s next?

I did add Kate’s links to other happy scrappers but they disappeared – I’ll try again

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). This is an updated list, so ScrapHappy members, please check it against the one you post. And a warm welcome to our newest member, Nóilin!

KateGun, EvaSue, Lynda,
Birthe, Turid, Susan, Cathy,  Tracy, 
Jill, Jan, Moira, Sandra, Chris, Alys,
Claire, Jean (me), Jon, Dawn, Jule, Gwen,
Sunny, Kjerstin, Sue L, Vera,
Nanette, Ann, Dawn 2, Carol,
Preeti, Debbierose, Nóilin and Viv

26 Comments leave one →
  1. September 16, 2022 11:57 pm

    Beautiful jacket – it really doesn’t look like it’s made of scraps


    • September 17, 2022 11:02 am

      Jan – scraps come in all different sizes and if they are headed for the garbage I consider them scrappy and am always happy to give them a new life.

      Liked by 1 person

      • September 17, 2022 2:24 pm

        You demonstrate such skill that you manage to make your scraps look amazing


      • September 17, 2022 10:50 pm

        Jan – thank you but any skill I have comes from working with textiles since I was a child in many different techniques. Taught early and always encouraged by my Mother.


  2. September 16, 2022 1:24 am

    Great looking jacket!


  3. September 15, 2022 6:11 pm

    It is a gorgeous jacket, Jean…and will still be wearable and lovely when it cools down…it’s cool here down the hill by the water


    • September 16, 2022 10:57 am

      Kjerstin – I’ll just have to wear a couple extra layers under it! Cool and windy up here too, just wish it would rain and give the garden a good soaking.

      Liked by 1 person

  4. Susan Nixon permalink
    September 15, 2022 8:49 am

    I’m amazed and impressed with anyone who can do this kind of imagining and stitching up. Great job of using your gifts.


    • September 15, 2022 10:39 am

      Susan – thank you, I enjoy the problem solving of designing and the satisfaction of using scraps. It helps to keep my aging brain functioning. 🙂


  5. claire93 permalink
    September 15, 2022 5:57 am

    beautiful jacket and how lovely that the bears got some new outfits too!


  6. Going Batty in Wales permalink
    September 15, 2022 3:26 am

    The jacket is gorgeous! No wonder the bears are envious!


    • September 15, 2022 10:32 am

      Sue – I am enjoying wearing the jacket, wish I’d lined it so it would be warmer. There isn’t one large piece to get a second jacket started. I keep moving the strips around like a jigsaw puzzle trying to find a pleasing design. The bears only use up small bits but Rosie is happy.

      Liked by 1 person

  7. September 15, 2022 1:38 am

    Brilliant. You’d never know these were offcuts.


  8. September 14, 2022 2:46 pm

    Oh, that’s gorgeous, and the bears complement it perfectly! I’d be eyeing those scraps and thinking hexies, but you know how my mind runs; it’s not for everyone. I do find directional patterns work really well to create interesting hexies.


    • September 14, 2022 10:03 pm

      Kate – I did think of hexies – but – the fabric is woven, warp faced and frays when you just look at it. I tried it, the patterns just don’t look right.


  9. September 14, 2022 2:38 pm

    Ohhh I like a lot & Arthur is very cute 🥰


  10. September 14, 2022 12:39 pm

    That jacket is amazing! It would dress up any outfit and yet it looks so comfortable. What a great use of the scraps!


    • September 14, 2022 10:11 pm

      Gwen – the jacket is very light so I’ve been wearing it with a tank top and jeans in our excessive heat. You are right it could be very dressy with the right outfit.


  11. September 14, 2022 11:59 am

    Your jacket is gorgeous! Lucky Arthur, to get the first of the tiny tops. 😉


    • September 14, 2022 10:13 pm

      Sue – I’m surprised at how nice it turned out for scraps. I thought Arthur was the only one to get a top but it seems there are more on the cutting table.


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