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What to do with a bag of scraps?

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We live in a lovely little village, not quite a hamlet because, by definition, a hamlet doesn’t have a church.

We have a church. And a village hall. Nothing else.

The pub is a twenty minute walk away in the next village which is great in the Summer. Not so on a cold, wet Winter’s evening when you fancy a pint.

I digress. The point is, being a small community of just 91 dwellings, people are friendly and generous and generally get on rather well. (Remember those flowers?)

A few weeks back, I had an email from an artist living in The Old Stables asking me if I would like first dibs on some textile-y things as she was having a clear out of her studio. Of course, I jumped at the chance and popped round that afternoon to have a look. I ended up coming home with a car load of stuff from fabric remnants a few yards long to tiny 4″ squares of silk oddments.

After being quite strict with myself, I kept only what I knew I would definitely use and, with her permission, bagged up the remainder for the charity shop.

There was also a bin liner stuffed to the brim with feather cushion pads which is where I made a start.

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No.1 Son is now twenty-three, has his first post-graduate job and is saving hard for a deposit for his own house. He is also amassing quite a ‘bottom drawer’ in readiness for his new home, the most recent being this cute little Edwardian armchair from eBay.

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Anyway, amongst the things I found when rooting through the stash of goodies I had been given, was a square of fabric from Anthropologie. Possibly a (very large) napkin in its original incarnation, it was unused with the store tag still attached.

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A little bit too ethnic for my taste, I asked said son if he liked it and would he like me to make him a cushion cover from it. Having received a ‘yes’ on both counts, I set to.

There was a small carrier bag full of bits of top quality wool tweed in several shades of grey which were pretty useless on their own, but which I could see (!) would piece together to make a nice back to the cushion.

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See? They go together quite well.

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I patchworked some strips together until I had a square measuring 20″, the same as the front.

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Then, because it still looked exactly like what it was – scraps of fabric sewn together – I added some detail in the form of turquoise top stitching along all the seams.

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It was still a bit ‘functional’ so I thought a few appliquΓ©d swirls wouldn’t go amiss.

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And a few more….

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There, that’s enough. Now it looks more like a piece of textile art than leftovers!

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Using some turquoise linen (left over from this dress), I covered some piping cord in a shade that would pick out the blue in the Anthropologie napkin. See, there was a reason for choosing turquoise?!

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Piping was basted on first…

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…then a random zip from my collection was inserted.

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The zip was too long so I shortened it by sewing a new ‘stop’.

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Sew round the remaining three sides, turn inside out and – TADAH!

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A tip is to make the cushion cover slightly smaller than the size of the feather insert, then it stays nice and plump like this.

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The turquoise piping ties the front in with the back.

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Actually, there’s not really a front or back as both sides are deserving of top spot!

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I thought it looked quite at home in our lounge and said as much – at which point it was “Thanks, Mum” and whisked off to No.1 Son’s bedroom before I got too attached to it!

Author: sewchet

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54 thoughts on “What to do with a bag of scraps?

  1. Yes, you are right. The turquoise completely ties the two sides of the cushion together. Perfect!

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  2. I love the piping. It adds an extra pop. Very cool!

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  3. Oooooooooooooooooooooooooooh I am so jealous,,,marvellous to see what another arty brain produces. Absolutely gorgeous and inspiring! x

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    • Thank you so much for giving me all that treasure! I am having so much fun playing with it all – I’ve nearly finished making a tunic out of that lovely blue modern floral Rose and Hubble fabric that was in there:)

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    • I don’t think he wants to have the typical white box with beige carpets and brown leather sofa! His place will probably have lots of ‘character’ (for which read ‘clutter’)- like ours, lol!

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      • Re ‘Clutter’..I have a lovely Dutch Architect son-in-law who is a tad minimalistic ! He is somewhat horrified by the amount of ‘treasures’ we have in our house…however, I have told him not to worry ..I have left it all to him in my Will !! Like me I am sure your son will have treasured memories for every piece of his clutter!

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  4. Love the way you stitched the backing!

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  5. Super cushion, lucky lad!

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  6. Briiliant! I have way too many scraps around. It was nice to see how you pulled this together!

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  7. Love, love, love the wool tweed backing …I’m pretty sure I would have renegaded on my gift and kept it my self !!!! OMGoodness what type of mother does that make me !!!!

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  8. Wow, that’s stunning! I’m not surprised it was soon off the chair and into his room! You’ve a great eye for design & colours πŸ˜ƒ

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  9. That is a beautiful cushion. I can see why your son took it before you got attached. I get that way with alot of the beanies I crochet. I will sometimes wear them for a while before I decide to sell them. Then I will wash them up and package them so I am not tempted to start wearing them again. πŸ˜‰

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  10. Such a lovely lady to send fabric treasures your way! What may be scraps to some, can become little works of art – as you have shown πŸ˜‰ Love the little applique swirls. No1 son is very lucky to have such a talented mum to help create unique dΓ©cor for his new home πŸ™‚

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  11. It looks great and I love how you get the choice of two very different

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  12. Absolutely gorgeous! Bold and beautiful, it looks great!

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  13. Gorgeous realisation for this thoughtful re-use project yardage! Will be great to see what you do with more of the stash!

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  14. Really excellent use of the tweed, inspirational in fact! I’ve got some old jeans from my boys, that I was going to make cushion covers with, so I might steal some of your ideas!

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  15. I love the cushion, great idea! The “front” fabric is stunning, I would probably have used it as well.
    Its very interesting to live with “arty” children. My daughter is a graphic designer and my son in law an artist and graffiti artist. lol. They have a very interesting taste in most things. πŸ™‚

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    • Yes, creative minds tend to be interesting souls, don’t they? I am looking forward to helping my son with his new home eventually, although I think my daughter will need my input first as she has already saved a deposit. I wonder is she’d like some cushions…?

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  16. What a lovely colour combination! It is very satisfying making something from scraps, and your cushion is delightful – I prefer the patchwork side myself!

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  17. Wow – that’s lovely! I love how the turquoise brings the 2 sides together, it’s a perfect match for that lovely chair πŸ™‚

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    • Thanks, I think that’s key in design isn’t it – tying all the elements together with a joint factor, turquoise in this instance. Not sure it goes with the Edwardian chair, but I’m sure it will fit in somewhere:)

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  18. Love how you’ve pulled the colours together in this. And what a great make from all those leftovers, no wonder he scarpered with it fast! πŸ˜‰

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  19. You are such a fabulous seamstress! Amazing what you can do with just scraps of fabric. I love both sides of the pillow. I would jump on it too if I were your son. Woo hoo!! Do you have the sound of a sewing machine bouncing around in your head? LOL
    Lots of love and hugs to everyone in the family!

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  20. Thank you and, yes, I do actually dream about sewing or knitting sometimes!! Some of my favourite things are the ones that are made from scraps – they seem to bring out my creativity somehow:)

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  21. Lovely cushion – so much attention and love poured into it. What a cute little chair that is too πŸ™‚

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  22. Brilliant and so resourceful. Perhaps I won’t be chucking out my rather overflowing bags of cut offs! Well done and I love the chair too!

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  24. It’s absolutely fabulous – a designer piece!!

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  25. Oooh i just love it!!! Your work is always so beautiful!

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