ScrapHappy February 2020

Holy crapoly, can this really be me — actually early with this post, having only received Kate’s nudging email to post about a scraphappy project by the 15th an hour or two ago??? I am on time with things less regularly than a double lunar eclipse, but to be ahead of schedule – well, it’s a first.

It’s also a quickie… If you’re like me, you have a million empty peanut butter jars all over the place with cuttings in water, growing their little roots. I like hanging things, so I thought if I made some fabric holders with straps, my space would look a lot tidier.


I made this with two strips of fabric sewn together then sewn onto a circle for the base (just measured round the bottom of a jar and cut out the circle slightly bigger).  The strap is an old piece of silver corded ribbon from I don’t even know what, stitched down twice very securely (don’t want any water getting collapsed over my keyboard!)

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I’m happy with this. Thanks, Kate, for the nudge and the inspiration.  Kate and lots of other people make beautiful scraphappy projects, go and have a look here.


23 thoughts on “ScrapHappy February 2020

    1. Nice Piece of Work Post author

      Yes, and on time for once! I’m going to make some of these with leather straps, I think it will take the look up to a trendier level…..(you know how important it is for me to be “on trend”)!!!

  1. quietwatercraft

    I’m honoured to be here on this rare day of earlyness! Your project looks lovely and, as soon as I get a place where I’m allowed to screw things into the ceiling, I shall be borrowing the idea for my many succulents.

    1. Nice Piece of Work Post author

      I have screwed hooks into ceilings before and, when they’ve needed to be removed, the holes can be filled quite easily and effectively. But I know this isn’t always possible. Are you allowed to put brackets up into walls?

    1. Nice Piece of Work Post author

      I don’t actually mind the jars, but they are proliferating! I thought hanging up as many as possible would help clear a few surfaces :)
      Someone commented on instagram that putting the jars into hangers like this will actually prevent the roots from growing, because they need light. Either these cuttings (tradescantias) are just very productive regardless, or I’m just lucky – I stick a lot of cuttings in tins or dark containers, and they all grow roots!!

    1. Nice Piece of Work Post author

      Yes, the fabric was leftovers given to me by a friend who’s daughter is doing a design course. It’s handprinted cotton, by a Cape Town designer :) Very expensive if I went out and bought a couple of metres off a roll…

  2. Susan Nixon

    That’s a very wonderful use of scraps! Quite inventive, and definitely improving the air and the general look of any room. Thanks for the idea.

  3. insearchofitall

    What a great idea and it covers the roots from sunshine and that helps them grow. I too have lots of jars and bottles full of cuttings. It will be awhile before I find time to make holders for them though. Love what you have done.

  4. magpiesue

    What a good idea! I might be another one lifting this project for my own purposes. ;-)
    And kudos on posting early! That’s officially a gold star for your forehead!


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