Friday, 13 May 2016

Scraptastic Tuesday [May]

I know it's Friday but it's Scraptastic Tuesday week! Does that make any sense?

I've got some scraps to share with you! Last month I shared my Preggosaurus pouch, and my sister-in-law's partner commented on Instagram that it was "fab". It was her birthday this week so I made a sister to the Preggosaurus Pouch.

This is the Baby-Brain Pouch.

There's a good reason for that name: I made a right bloody hash of it and I'm blaming baby brain. I had to put it together in short, stolen moments, when both girls were otherwise occupied. It took a couple of attempts to get the panels big enough. I packed away my scraps before I measured - duh! Then I cut the first zip to the wrong length. Yep. Then I forgot to topstitch one side of the zip, so once I'd finished the lining kept getting caught in the zip, and I had to do a fudge job. Then I forgot to open the zip before stitching it all up, which meant turing the finished pouch through was a time consuming and foul-mouthed experience. And then once I'd turned it through, I realised I'd forgotten to box the corners, so had to turn it back. Baby brain.

This hasn't been the only time the scrap basket has been up-ended in the last month. I was due to be induced at 11 days overdue on 19th April. Baby was showing no signs of making an entrance. The induction is booked on the basis that there is room for you in the delivery suite. We called at 1pm as instructed and were told that they were very busy and we couldn't go in. Call back at 5pm. That was 4 very, very long hours and I needed something mindless. So I got out the scraps and started cutting pieces 1"x 2.5" and stitching them together in sets of three. I got a fair few done before the 5pm deadline when thankfully, they said come in at 6.30pm. The first time I sat at my sewing machine after we came back home, I sewed the individual "blocks" together to get this.

If I'm honest, I'm not sure where this is going, and I'm still working on a witty name for this project. It may just be this. It may get bigger.

And one last scrap suggestion. You know those really tiny scraps that you simply cannot use, because once you've taken some seam allowances off (even teensy tiny ones), there is no fabric left? The reception class at a local primary school will take them and the kids get their glue out and make collages from them! There is literally no waste. Turns out Mia also likes playing with prit stick! Here's her offering from this morning. It currently has pride of place on the fridge.

Linking up with Scraptastic Tuesday!
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Ann said...

What a darling way to use the tiniest scraps while encouraging a new generation of quilters. Way to go.
Baby Brain pouches are adorable; what a cute name, too. Enjoy your newest bundle of joy.

Nicky said...

That last pouch was a tricky delivery! Hope the real one went easier and you are cuddling the new arrival!? Thanks for sharing a great way to pass time with scraps and for linking up to #scraptastictuesday!

Lin said...

Those pouches are really great and I love the way the little rail fence is looking. Good to know that even the tiniest scrap won't be wasted too. xx

Leanne said...

I sure love the rainbow rail fence blocks and good for you for donating the tiny bits!

Archie the wonder dog said...

It looks lovely, despite the trials along the way!

Emily said...

That's such a good idea for tiny scraps! I will save them for my 2 1/2 year old--hadn't thought of that!