ScrapHappy # March

I have decided to join in the ScrapHappy fun – a monthly “event” organised by Kate in Australia and Gun in Sweden.  The idea is simple and very economical . . . all you have to do is post on 15th of each month about something made during the month with scraps!  Can be fabric, yarn . . . anything so long as we’re working to keep that scrap pile under control.

Since I have more fabric scraps than anything else, I was inspired by a free pattern by Lauri to make a soft toy fish.  She published this delightful pattern on her blog way back in 2012, but I only stumbled across it the other week.

fishie 01

The printed picture in the background is from Lauri’s block, with the step-by-step instructions.  I opened my “orange” scrap bag and also my “very small pieces” scrap box (perfect for scales).  Some of my regular readers may recognise a few of these scraps, leftovers from so many fun patchwork & sewing projects.

Lauri’s pattern has scales only on one side of the fishy, and she says to lightly stuff them.  I did things slightly differently.  Didn’t stuff scales, and I didn’t like the idea of a plain side, so . . .

fishie 02

Whichever direction my fishy swims in, she has 5 very colourful scales on each side to warn off predators.

I also made a couple of 12″ blocks, using leftover fabrics from the sewing session with Cléo in Fébruary.

scrap turquoise 01

scrap turquoise 02

The second one isn’t strictly a scrap block as I had to use some solid white from my stash rather than scrap box, but it’s a twin to the first one, which is why I’m posting it here.

Here are the links to other people participating in ScrapHappy.  Not everyone posts everytime, but it’s lovely see what wonderful things can be made from scraps.

Kate, Gun, Titti, Heléne, Eva, Sue, Nanette, Lynn, Lynda,
Birthe, Turid, Susan, Cathy, Debbierose, Tracy, Jill, Claire, Jan, Karen,
Moira, Sandra, Linda, Chris Nancy and Alys.

25 thoughts on “ScrapHappy # March

  1. Gorgeous fish, a really great use of scraps. I’m not totally clear how big it is, but it struck me how nice a school of them would look as a mobile, swimming through the air. And that blue background fabric was perfect to photograph her on! BTW, could you add Alys to the end of your list? She’s also joined up this month and her link is at the end of my post.

  2. Oh I LOVE THAT FISH!!!! A sewing shop owner once gave me a little sardine as a gift with my purchase and I keep it in my bag because she told me it was a “lucky sardine.” This scrap idea sounds good but I must confess to something absolutely irrational and horrifying: I actually like keeping the scraps and can’t seem to part with them. I have fun looking at them all jumbled up in my bins (I have one for fabric and another for yarn). Maybe I’ll be featured on the show Hoarders some day!

  3. Darling little fish. I’m thinking it would make a great toy for a new baby in our family, might have to check it out for myself! Beautiful blocks. Welcome to the club!

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