Scrap Happy December 2022

This is the day when Kate, Gun and the rest of us share something we have made from scrap. My offering this month is a bag I have made for my Granddaughter for Christmas. She is doing Art at College so I thought a bag for all her equipment would be a good thing to make for her. My plan was to do a Multi-Tasking Tote from Lisa Lam’s book. I made one years ago for myself and it was very useful.

But I know G can be very particular so I checked with my daughter. Yes, a tote bag would be great but only one pocket and on the inside and plain calico would be best. Oh dear! I like colour and pattern! But ho hum it is for her so….

To my amazement I had virtually run out of calico but I found a small piece of heavy-ish weight which I used for the outside base. I think it may have been left from a loose cover I made for a sofa 30 odd years ago. The rest of the outside is a linen mix left over from a shirt I made for my husband who died 11 tyears ago and the inside is some medium weight white cotton left from who knows what! The base is stiffened with plastic mesh, there is one pocket inside and I added a ribbon lanyard with a small carabina on the end for keys (every bag I make has one of those).

Weather permitting my daughter is visiting me this weekend and will take it back with her. I can show it to you now, even though it is a Christmas present, because I know G doesn’t read this blog!

You can find loads more ideas for using scrap of all kinds by following the links

KateGun, EvaSue, Lynda,
Birthe, Turid, Susan, Cathy,  Tracy, 
Jill, JanMoira, ChrisAlys,
ClaireJeanJon, DawnJuleGwen,
Sunny, Kjerstin, Sue LVera,
NanetteAnn, Dawn 2, Carol,
Preeti, DebbieroseNóilin and Viv


18 thoughts on “Scrap Happy December 2022

  1. Laurie Graves December 15, 2022 / 1:23 pm

    Oh, what a wonderful present made with your loving hands for a beloved granddaughter! A part of you will be by her side as she embarks on her creative journey.

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    • Going Batty in Wales December 19, 2022 / 7:40 pm

      That is such a nice thought Laurie – I want to help her every way I can

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  2. Quimper Hitty December 15, 2022 / 3:31 pm

    I love the stories about the scraps…it makes a very plain but actually very art-y…I know she will appreciate it!

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    • Going Batty in Wales December 19, 2022 / 7:41 pm

      Thank you


  3. Anne December 15, 2022 / 7:36 pm

    What a fortunate granddaughter you have! This looks an ideal bag.

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  4. onesmallstitch December 15, 2022 / 8:55 pm

    I hope you write a little card with the details of the scraps – they make the bag special. Very practical, I hope she likes and uses it.

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    • Going Batty in Wales December 19, 2022 / 7:43 pm

      I hadn’t thought of telling her what the scraps came from but it is a good idea – thank you


    • Going Batty in Wales December 19, 2022 / 7:43 pm

      No not very practical!

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  5. claire93 December 16, 2022 / 3:52 pm

    hmmmfff, not sure I’d be motivated to sew a bag in plain fabric, and such a light shade to boot! A good job you had some scraps for the job!

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    • Going Batty in Wales December 19, 2022 / 7:44 pm

      It certainly wouldn’t have been my choice of colour!


  6. rutigt December 17, 2022 / 10:24 am

    Hope your daughter will love this bag! I know I would for sure! God Jul och Gott Nytt År!

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    • Going Batty in Wales December 19, 2022 / 7:44 pm

      Thank you.

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  7. Susan Nixon December 19, 2022 / 11:48 pm

    I’m glad you were able to find all that you needed. That key thing is a great idea! I’m always digging for my keys.

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    • Going Batty in Wales December 20, 2022 / 5:26 pm

      I have loads of scrap fabric but not much in white and less at the weight I needed. I got fed up of ‘losing’ my keys and having to scrabble through all the stuff at the bottom of my bag for them so now I always add a lanyard for them. Usually I use a dog lead clip with a swivel in it but I only had very hevy ones so small carabina had to suffice


  8. Lorna December 26, 2022 / 6:30 pm

    I love that you repurposed your husband’s shirt for your granddaughter’s bag. What a wonderful connection. Decades ago my Mom made me a patched jeans skirt from her dad’s old work overalls. I keep it, even though it doesn’t fit around my thickening waistline anymore. Maybe it will get repurposed for my granddaughter. Thanks for the inspiration!

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    • Going Batty in Wales December 26, 2022 / 6:47 pm

      I love things that have a history attached.


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