ScrapHappy #September – crafting for dolls

Linking with lots of ScrapHappy members today all links here

KateGun , TittiHeléneEvaSue, Lynn, Lynda,
Birthe, Turid, Susan, Cathy,  Tracy, Jill, Claire, Jan,
Moira, SandraLindaChrisNancyAlysKerryClaireJean,
Joanne, Jon, HayleyDawnGwen, Connie, Bekki, Pauline,
Sue L, Sunny, Kjerstin and Vera

to show what I’ve been up to with a few scraps.  Both knitting and sewing.

One little knitted dress, using the 30g remaining of a 100g ball of Marriner Mermaid DK.  And one little cotton dress plus matching hair bow, using a pink floral fabric from my scrap bag, and 3 tiny buttons which have been i n my stash for décades.  Both outfits are for 40cm Disney Animator dolls. If you’re not squeamish about dolls, and want to see what they look like on, feel free to visit my other blog: Claire’s Collections.

 

ScrapHappy # July

15th of each month is the date I link up with Kate, Gun and a whole group of crafters (list of links further down) to make use of those scraps.  It’s been more fabric scraps for me this month, leftovers from past clothes-making projects . . . which are ideal when you have a collection of dolls that need clothing, like I do.  No photos of actual dolls in this post (so no need to shut your eyes). If you’d like to see dolls modelling the following outfits, you can find them here.

Anyway, time for photos.

A  knee-length jumpsuit in brown cotton, with very pretty floral print, plus matching head band, made for a 48cm vinyl doll.  This letfover fabric had been in my drawers since 2011, a remnant from a dress-making project for my daughter.

Another 3/4 length jumpsuit, for a 44cm vinyl doll.  This is more a polyester cotton.  Scraps found in a box I inherited from MIL several years ago.  The pattern for jumpsuit is from the July issue of “Modes & Travaux”.  Original pattern meant for quite a dumpy 40cm doll, I adapted for my slightly taller, more slender dolls.

A little dress for a 40cm vinyl doll with scraps from a tunic I made myself not long ago.  And no, it’s not pattern matched but it does fit the doll, therefore it does the job!

Here’s the list of other ScrapHappy members.

KateGun , TittiHeléneEvaSue, Lynn, Lynda,
Birthe, Turid, Susan, Cathy,  Tracy, Jill, Claire, Jan,
Moira, SandraLindaChrisNancy, Alys, Kerry, Claire, Jean,
Joanne, Jon, HayleyDawn, Gwen, Connie, Bekki, Pauline,
Sue L, Sunny, Kjerstin and Vera

ScrapHappy # June

It’s ScrapHappy day again!  Time to link with Gun, Kate and a whole gang of other crafters (all links further down), to share what we’ve been making with scraps.

I’d had wind of a couple of births in my neighbourhood, so it seemed like a good idea to make a couple of presents to welcome new babies into the world.  Nothing elaborate. Just something soft & bright.

The teething bits are brand new but fabrics & wadding are scraps.  Lots of souvenirs of past projects in these!

Kate Gun , TittiHeléneEvaSue, Lynn, Lynda,
Birthe, Turid, Susan, Cathy,  Tracy, Jill, Claire, Jan,
Moira, SandraLindaChrisNancy, Alys, Kerry, Jean,
Joanne, Jon, HayleyDawn, Gwen, Connie, Bekki, Pauline,
Sue L, Sunny and Kjerstin

ScrapHappy # May

It’s 15th of the month, and time to link up with Gun and Kate for ScrapHappy fun.  I’ve not been very inventive this month, and have repeated myself, making more masks.

First photos shows you a batch of masks made with leftover fabrics – four in size L and two in size M.  Second photo isn’t strictly scraps, as I cut into something brand new for the outer fabric but lining IS scraps.  Photos taken before I threaded elastic.

The reason I’ve been making more masks (bringing my total to 37 I think) is because, since Monday 11th, confinement in France has eased slightly and non-essential shops have reopened.  However, the general public is being asked to wear a mask in shops or on public transport and we’re supposed to all be receiving a washable mask (distribution via local councils) but no idea when that will be.  I just wanted to make sure all the neighbours had at least one mask each, while waiting for the more “official” ones to arrive.

Also linking up to the other ScrapHappy members.

TittiHeléneEvaSue, Lynn, Lynda,
Birthe, Turid, Susan, Cathy,  Tracy, Jill, Claire, Jan,
Moira, SandraLindaChrisNancy, Alys, Kerry, Jean,
Joanne, Jon, HayleyDawn, Gwen, Connie, Bekki, Pauline,
Sue L, Sunny and Kjerstin

ScrapHappy # April

It’s 15th of the month, time to link up with Gun and Kate for our monthly ScrapHappy post.

In France, we’ve been in lockdown for the past 4 weeks, with a further 4 weeks ahead of us.  Since masks seem to be the eternal subject of discussion on the news, I made a few more to give to friends and neighbours, bringing my total production count to 25.  I didn’t take photos of all, but here are a few, making good use of fabric scraps.

One of our neighbours has also been keeping busy in his workshop . . . and made something very useful for the husband.

I’m not sure what it’s called in English (that’s what 34 years of life in France does) . . . it’s so that the husband can lay large logs across the top and then chainsaw down to size so logs will fit in our fireplace this winter.

scraphappy # February

It’s time to link up with Gun and Kate for the once a month ScrapHappy day! 

My scrappy project this month is very colourful.  And practical.

I had a good rummage in my bags of fabric scraps, pulling out only bright strips, to make myself a folding tote bag.

scraphappy feb 03 (2)

scraphappy feb 03

To make sure it doesn’t fall to pieces and will be strong enough to carry a certain amount of weight, I sewed all my strips together, overlocked each seam and then top-stitched.

scraphappy feb 01

scraphappy feb 02

I’m all ready to go shopping now lol.

But before I do, let’s hop over to other links and see what other ScrapHappy members have been up to.

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

ScrapHappy # January

It’s 15th of the month, in a brand new year . . . time to link up with Gun and Kate, and enjoy some ScrapHappy fun!

For me, it was playing with fabric scraps . . . and while not being terribly adventurous, the end result is lovely & colourful and smells of lavender.

scrappy happy Jan

Fabric scraps were all leftovers from patchwork or sewing projects.  However the pompoms and metal embellishments were from my stash.   Lavender was from our garden, harvested late summer and kept in airtight plastic bags since. 

Here is a list of other ScrapHappy members.

Titti, Heléne, Eva, Sue, Nanette, Lynn, Lynda,
Birthe, Turid, Susan, Cathy, Debbierose, Tracy, Jill, Claire, Jan,
Moira, Sandra, Linda, Chris, Nancy, Alys, KerryJean,
Joanne, Jon, Hayley, Dawn, Gwen, Connie, Bekki, Pauline and Sue L.

ScrapHappy # December (or what the husband made)

It’s 15th of the month, time to link up, as always,  with Kate & Gun . . . and talk about what we made with scraps since last time.  I’m actually posting photos of what the husband made – on my request.  A lovely doll-sized clothes rack – yay!

nov clothes rack

It was made with odd bits of wood we had lying around in the attic (don’t ask!), including one piece that looked like it used to be a desk drawer or something, but which was broken & missing a huge gap in one corner.  The husband fixed that, and gave the whole thing a coat of blue paint which looked nice but was too “plain blue” for my liking.  On my request, he therefore gave it a more vintage/distressed/used look . . . and I love it!  Having used an old drawer for the base means I have somewhere to keep doll shoes safe.

And there’s plenty of room on the rack for all my new clothes hangers and future sewing projects.

Next photo (not the faint-hearted) with dolls to show you the size of the rack

nov clothes rack 02

Here are Belle and Alix, both wearing their matching blue floral dresses AND a little blue cardie each that hardly took any time at all to knit up.

Here is the list of the other people who take part in ScrapHappy.

Titti, Heléne, Eva, Sue, Nanette, Lynn, Lynda,
Birthe, Turid, Susan, Cathy, Debbierose, Tracy, Jill, Claire, Jan,
Moira, Sandra, Linda, Chris, Nancy, Alys, KerryJean,
Joanne, Jon, Hayley, Dawn, Gwen, Connie, Bekki, Pauline and Sue L.

ScrapHappy # November & a happy dance!

Today is the day I link up with Kate, Gun and a big group of other crafters worldwide, to share photos of what we’ve made this month from scraps.

I am so thrilled to be having a happy dance this time, with a finished lapquilt.  Before I do the unveiling . . . here are photos I shared with you during the process.

squares

I started off with my bags of scrap and cut some 2.5” squares . . . and the lapquilt took shape from there.

scraphappy august

to this 01

to this 02

and then the happy dancing!

scraphappy nov 01

scraphappy nov 03

Quilt is only small: 37” squares (or approx 94cm if you prefer) but I am thrilled to bits with how it turned out.  Fabrics on the front are all from previous patchwork or clothes-making projects over the years.  While the spotty dotty fabric on the back is (almost) the last of a huge piece I bought as backing fabric for my F2F2 quilt.  Since the F2F2 quilt, the spotty dotty fabric has featured in baby toy sewing, doll clothes, a tunic for myself, and now this colourful lap quilt.

Below is the list of links of all ScrapHappy members.

Titti, Heléne, Eva, Sue, Nanette, Lynn, Lynda,
Birthe, Turid, Susan, Cathy, Debbierose, Tracy, Jill, Claire, Jan,
Moira, Sandra, Linda, Chris, Nancy, Alys, Kerry, Jean,
Joanne, Jon, Hayley, Dawn, Gwen, Connie, Bekki, Pauline and Sue L.

ScrapHappy # October

It’s time to link up with Kate and Gun for our monthly ScrapHappy party!

In August I showed you this

scraphappy august

A small patchwork piece where I was having fun assembling squares with some white rectangles.  I wasn’t really sure where I was going with this, but it’s since grown from

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to

to this 02

It’s now 36” square . . . and I reckon it’s a nice size to stop there.  Stay tuned for next time, when I hope to have this little patchwork quilted and bound.