Scrap Bag Heaven

I like to make bags from discarded items and scraps of fabric. It's just what I must do.

Mr Grasshopper is now happily living alongside some thread painted flowers and underneath some sparkly gems I found at Liberty last year. He’s almost ready to take the plunge and become a shopping bag. Just have to decide on the construction method and make the lining and zip pocket.

I had some scrap cotton and was dying to play with some new thread I got at the NEC last month and these were the result. The thread is Wonderfil Tutti and Spaghetti in various shades. It’s a fairly thick cotton that covers well if you are thread painting. I treated myself to a titanium top stitch needle which performed well with the thread. Might stitch these on to Mr Grasshopper’s bag!

I had some scrap cotton and was dying to play with some new thread I got at the NEC last month and these were the result. The thread is Wonderfil Tutti and Spaghetti in various shades. It’s a fairly thick cotton that covers well if you are thread painting. I treated myself to a titanium top stitch needle which performed well with the thread. Might stitch these on to Mr Grasshopper’s bag!

Mr Grasshopper has jumped on to some scraps of organza-like fabric that is begging to be turned into a big of some description. Sadly, I had to buy the ric-rac and the cotton lace trim. Not sure where to go from here.

Mr Grasshopper has jumped on to some scraps of organza-like fabric that is begging to be turned into a big of some description. Sadly, I had to buy the ric-rac and the cotton lace trim. Not sure where to go from here.

And here is my latest muse, Mr Grasshopper. Saw him in a Sunday newspaper and couldn’t resist picturing him in thread. In fact, I have stitched a few more on to multi-coloured scrap ready to make another bag. Just for a change.
Threads used were mainly Gutterman varigated cotton with some green embroidery rayon topped off with some Maderia green metallic.

And here is my latest muse, Mr Grasshopper. Saw him in a Sunday newspaper and couldn’t resist picturing him in thread. In fact, I have stitched a few more on to multi-coloured scrap ready to make another bag. Just for a change.

Threads used were mainly Gutterman varigated cotton with some green embroidery rayon topped off with some Maderia green metallic.

This was the result of me playing with foils and sparkly thread on a scrap of black felt. Looks like I didn’t know when to stop but I really enjoyed every minute of seeing how much “bling” I could add.

There is some organza in there too but most of the “gold” is simply Ferrero Rocher wrappers that I felt compelled to use after shamefully utilising their contents.

The fastening is an elastic hair tie secured over a button with just a touch of a gem on top. Again, not a bag but definitely made from scrap!

I have been asked to make several of these stag themed cushions lately and have really enjoyed seeing them come together. The cream fabric was a king size valence from my favourite store, Homesense, at just £3! I did buy the zips so its not truely a scrap project but the grey cushions were all made from Next rejects. Feeling quite pleased with this lot.

Duffel bag made from yet more scrap from Next. Quite pleased with this. The pattern I used is from the Merchant and Mills book and was easy to follow. They use oilskin and tweed but I wanted to give the bag a “spring” look so used linen and a dull sort of synthetic satin for the outside. More linen on the inside and a small pocket. Might consider making the next one slightly shorter just so it’s easier to get in to.
The base is stiffened with some plastic canvas sandwiched between 2 layers of base fabric and I used 8mm cotton cord from Dunelm which was the only thing I had to buy. Result! A true scrap bag.

So I fell for the minimal, huntin’ look and produced these two as my first attempt. The burgundy and cream one now has pride of place in my sister-in-law’s house and the grey one adorns my sofa. And, yes they do have some scrap content even if they are not bags. The cream linen-effect fabric was slavaged from a very posh valance that I rescued from HomeSense for £3 and there’s loads left.

The grey cushion was made entirely from fabric from Scrap Store. Haven’t found a source of scrap thread yet but I’m looking!

Pug apron made from scraps left over from my last cushion frenzy. It’s basically an old quilt cover and some plain blue and red cotton that I free-machined with a Pug. Sadly, it was rejected as being too angry for a cushion so it now has a new life as an apron in a student house.
I’m not entirely sure I like it……

Pug apron made from scraps left over from my last cushion frenzy. It’s basically an old quilt cover and some plain blue and red cotton that I free-machined with a Pug. Sadly, it was rejected as being too angry for a cushion so it now has a new life as an apron in a student house.

I’m not entirely sure I like it……

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