Scrap Happy December

A few years ago I decided that what I needed in the sitting room was a low coffee table that would double as a footstool and was not too high so that it didn’t stop the eye-line across the room which is small. I found a small pallet that part of the heating system was delivered on which I painted and added a set of castors which I found in the workshop so that it can be moved around. I debated making a cushion for the top but in the end decided tht a slab of foam would be better for it’s coffee table function.

I embroidered a cover for it using a piece of calico left over from making curtains and embroidery threads I have had for ages – I think some inherited from aunts who died!

My cats think it is a lovely spot for a snooze! Unfortunately in this weather they are usually damp and muddy and you can perhaps see that the cover is grubby with pawprints. I realised that what I need is a second cover so that I can wash them more frequently – like every time a visitor is coming and I want the place to look nice!

I didn’t want a plain piece of fabric, haven’t time or inclination to embroider another one, hadn’t got a piece of patterned stuff that was the right size or colour so chose to do some simple patchwork. Those of you who do precision patchwork please stop reading NOW! If I want precision I do hand stitched hexies. This is high speed ‘it’ll do’ patchwork!

I have lots of sheeting and similar weight fabric in my collection, most of it from old duvet covers and sheets which my neighbour gave me. I tore 4 inch strips, cut them to random lengths and joined them, again randomly, into one long snake. Then cut that into the width of the top plus an inch for seams and joined them side by side. It turned out I had been a bit over enthusiastic and had enough to make a pair of fronts for cushions too. The piece for the stool top is applied to another piece of calico and the cushions are backed by more sheeting. Quick to make, cheerful. goes with anything and easy to remove and wash – What’s not to like?

Scrap Happy is curated by Kate and Gun on the 15th of each month – a collection of posts about things made from scrap. Not everyone posts every month but follow the links below for lots of inspiring ideas.

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

16 thoughts on “Scrap Happy December

  1. Lynda December 15, 2020 / 1:46 pm

    You could have made a plain ol’ pocket out of any of those pieces, but you didn’t. You took the time and made the effort to cut, sew, and then make the pillow covers. Scrappy, no seams to line up, and voila! I’m predicting that the pampered puss’ paw prints won’t show so much on these. 😉

    My grandmother made what she called a “trousers quilt” using grandpa’s old wool slacks and one pleated wool skirt. Her efforts looked like yours, but on a larger scale to cover the bed. I loved that quilt!


    • Going Batty in Wales December 15, 2020 / 4:39 pm

      Thank you Lynda. I too m hoping that the paw prints show up less! Your Grandmother’s quilt sounds wonderful -I really like ones that are made from scraps with meaning.

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  2. DawnGillDesigns December 15, 2020 / 4:00 pm

    Genius. And I can’t see anything wrong with that piecework!


    • Going Batty in Wales December 15, 2020 / 4:41 pm

      The piecing and stitching isn’t tooo scruffy but not as neat as some of the quilts I see on here. Good enough for me though.

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  3. The Snail of Happiness December 15, 2020 / 4:03 pm

    As one of your visitors, I have to confess that I haven’t noticed the paw prints. Anyway, the new cover is great – a perfect scraphappy project, in my opinion.


    • Going Batty in Wales December 15, 2020 / 4:42 pm

      I do try to wash the cover if it is really mucky when visitors are expected and of course it was particularly mucky this week because it has been raining a lot. 20 paws plus my feet trail in a lot of mud!


      • The Snail of Happiness December 15, 2020 / 10:00 pm

        There seems to be a never-ending trail of mud in our house at the moment


  4. tialys December 15, 2020 / 4:42 pm

    Nothing at all not to like 😁


    • Going Batty in Wales December 15, 2020 / 5:14 pm

      Thank you!


  5. katechiconi December 15, 2020 / 5:28 pm

    Nothing at all wrong with the patchwork, it’s just the tearing into strips that made me wince a bit, since it distorts the fabric a bit. But there was none of that on display and I applaud your splendidly scrappy results – and the original coffee table that prompted them!


    • Going Batty in Wales December 16, 2020 / 10:38 am

      I remember learning that tearing means that the edge runs true along the grain and although the fabric distorts, once joined to other pieces similarly torn they pull each other into shape which certainly seems to be the case. Cutting can mean cutting cross the fibres and result in something where the tensions are not even. Obviously tearing only works for rectangles but it is how I always do them and I always tear even big things like bedlinen, tablecloths or tote bags.


      • katechiconi December 16, 2020 / 11:06 am

        You’re right about tearing runs down the straight grain. It probably matters more when you’re sewing small patches together in a very precise way, where even small distortion would show or throw things off.


  6. onesmallstitch December 15, 2020 / 6:49 pm

    it is perfect and even better with matching cushions. I’m sure kitty will be just as comfortable. And – very important – it is true to the meaning of scrappy quilts made out of necessity, from fabrics on hand, by woman who didn’t have hours of free time and with love, simply to keep their family warm. What’s not to like!


  7. Laurie Graves December 16, 2020 / 2:33 am

    I am in awe of the entire project! Looks wonderful, especially the cheerful patchwork. On another subject…I mailed your book last week. Hope you get it soon.


  8. anne54 December 17, 2020 / 7:36 pm

    This whole project is wonderfully scrappy, from the pallet used to make the table, through the threads from your aunts, to the sheets used for this cover. Now you can sit back and share the footstool with the cats, and admire your work!


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