Scrap Happy May

I was reading a post by Lynn (see the link to her site below) who had been making a box using the French craft of cartonnage. I have loads of pieces of fabric and balls of yarn stored in old cardboard boxes which do the job but look scruffy. How much nicer my workroom would look if they were attractive in their own right.

I looked up cartonnage on the internet and discovered that the boxes are made to measure by cutting up very strong card, glueing the pieces together then covering them. Some of the examples were exquisite. But it would take forever to make enough for all my stuff. Not to mention the fact that give me a pot of glue and I stick everything in sight together except the thing I am trying to stick!

So ‘bastard’ cartonnage it had to be. Since the pet shop in Cardigan closed I get dental chews for the dogs delivered every 2 months from Amazon and they come in a sturdy cardboard box. In one of those unsightly boxes in the loft I found a set of curtains and some matching sheeting which were given to me for recycling by a friend who had redecorated. (They are lilac despite looking blue in the photo.) The curtain fabric would be strong for the outside and thick enough to obscure the printing on the carton, whilst the thinner sheeting would do well for the inside.

Et Voila! (well it is a French craft!)

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When I do another one I will do it slightly differently and if I am feeling brave I will use a bit of glue to hold things in place. At least the outside is reasonably tidy and, it is more sightly than when it was bare and it holds things! I had hoped to do a second improved version before writing this post but the weather is good and I have seedlings needing to be planted out!

Scrap Happy is curated by Kate and Gun. Here are the links for everyone who joins in from time to time (they may not post every time, but their blogs are still worth looking at).

Kate, Gun, Titty, Heléne, Eva, Sue, Lynn, Lynda,
Birthe, Turid, Susan, Cathy, Tracy, Jill, Claire, Jan,
Moira, Sandra, Linda, Chris, Nancy, Alys, Kerry, Claire, Jean,
Joanne, Jon, Hayley, Dawn, Gwen, Connie, Bekki, Pauline,
Sunny and Kjerstin

See you next time for more scrappy loveliness.

18 thoughts on “Scrap Happy May

  1. Laurie Graves May 15, 2020 / 2:39 am

    How elegant! How elegant a workroom you will have if all the boxes look like that.


    • Going Batty in Wales May 15, 2020 / 9:33 am

      I think it will take quite some time. Until now I have flattened boxes and used them on the garden so from now on it will be acase of saving them and covering them as I get them. Oredering loads of things online just to get the boxes seems a bit counter-productive!

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      • Laurie Graves May 15, 2020 / 1:06 pm

        It sure does! Too bad we didn’t live near each other. Lately, I have been ordering so much online that I would have plenty of boxes to give you. Now that we have discovered Instacart, a service that delivers local groceries to our door, the boxes will ease off. Wish I had someone like you to give them to.

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      • Going Batty in Wales May 16, 2020 / 9:45 am

        I have just met a new neighbour who moved in just before lockdown started. He has been ordering loads on line and has paid someone to take the boxes away – I nearly wept!


      • Going Batty in Wales May 17, 2020 / 9:37 am

        Is the like button not working? WordPress can be very fickle! And my tech skills very limited.

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  2. nanacathy2 May 15, 2020 / 6:47 am

    Amazing what you can do with an old box and unused curtains= very prettty storage container, and as not glued is also washable.

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    • Going Batty in Wales May 15, 2020 / 9:34 am

      Thank you. I don’t knoiw why I didn’t think of it before!


    • Going Batty in Wales May 15, 2020 / 9:35 am

      Thank you! Nothing likle as beautiful as yours which are works of art.

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    • Going Batty in Wales May 16, 2020 / 10:22 am

      Me too! But I am hoping that using up some fabric covering them will reduce the amount I need to store inside them!


  3. Joanne S May 15, 2020 / 7:17 pm

    Very clever idea. I’ve noticed quite a few fabric boxes posts recently. I’m adding it to me try list. 🙂


    • Going Batty in Wales May 16, 2020 / 9:46 am

      I was surprised how straight forward and quick it was for a first attempt. I think a whole load of them would make my room much nicer.


  4. Array May 16, 2020 / 5:10 am

    Good idea! How often I have just trashed a box when an idea for a box comes to mind . . .


    • Going Batty in Wales May 16, 2020 / 10:22 am

      It’s like clearing out a cupboard, deciding I haven’t used something for years so getting rid of it and then the next week needing it!


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