scraphappy June 2020

I’ve been making lots of plant hangers lately, mostly from shweshwe cotton but also using some other lovely fabrics. Buuuuuuuut….there hasn’t yet been a patchwork one. I thought Kate’s scraphappy project was the perfect opportunity to give it a go.

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And this is the view of it from the chair at my desk:

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I overlocked the edges instead of double hemming like I do on the cotton ones, because I used scraps of upholstery weight fabric and thought it would look too bulky if I did it that way. The finishing isn’t perfect but it’s living with me in my house so I don’t mind :) I also didn’t bother too much about matching colours or textures – that, I figure, is half the point of using up my scraps!


Here are the links for everyone who joins ScrapHappy from time to time (they may not post every time, but their blogs are still worth looking at). I love looking at what everyone’s come up with!

Gun, TittiHeléneEvaSue, Lynn, Lynda, 
Birthe, Turid, Susan, Cathy,  Tracy, Claire, Jan,
Moira, SandraLindaChrisNancyAlysKerryClaireJean,
Joanne, Jon, HayleyDawnGwen, Connie, Bekki, Pauline,
Sue L, Sunny, Kjerstin, Vera  and of course Kate herself.


18 thoughts on “scraphappy June 2020

    1. Nice Piece of Work Post author

      It’s two separate cuttings in a jar of water, from its big sister which is hanging in a different part of my house. That’s how I justify my impulsive plant purchases!

    1. Nice Piece of Work Post author

      Not a very well-executed job, but a finished make is a win, right?! Those are two philodendron cuttings that I took from a bigger one, so they’re actually sitting in a jar of water inside that hanger :)

      1. katechiconi

        What we don’t know, won’t hurt us. You needn’t have confessed about either the overlocking or the jam jar! But it does look lovely. Actually, I wish I could commission you to make me a big one to cover a hanging basket, lined with plastic to catch any drips. Now THAT would look very fetching hanging outside my living room window, instead of the row of plastic baskets I have there now…

      2. Nice Piece of Work Post author

        I can’t imagine you with a row of plastic baskets – but if they are outside, then it probably makes sense plus I imagine they’re the tasteful kind of plastic, i.e. plastic that doesn’t look like plastic! What plants do you have in them?

      3. katechiconi

        It looks like terracotta, quite convincing… anything organic has to stand up to huge heat and humidity, wind and hot sunshine. I have orchids, geraniums, Moses in a basket, begonia, tradescantia, that sort of thing…

  1. Gail

    My first thought was Wow Wonderful and then noticed that the plant leaves are heart shaped, which adds to the wow factor, especially in your work area.

    1. Nice Piece of Work Post author

      Yes, the concept of a hammock also crossed my mind when I was trying to balance the jar inside it! I’ve seen some very hammocky ones made from leather on pinterest, but they don’t appeal.

  2. insearchofitall

    I like the idea of using scraps to make the hanging plant holders. I do worry about leaking and wonder how you keep the plants from doing that in there. The serged seams is often a trend so you are ahead of the game there.

    1. Nice Piece of Work Post author

      Hi Marlene. It’s a good question but I did plan ahead: if it’s a plastic plant pot that’s going inside, there’s a transparent plastic tray that it sits in. The tray measures 14cm2 and is 8cm deep, so any excess water will sit in that and not drip through. But, I take a lot of cuttings for propagation, so there are always hundreds of jars with them in water around my house…The jar can either sit straight up in the plastic tray or, if it’s a big one, like the one in my pic, it just balances nicely.
      I don’t know so much about being ahead of the game – the story of my life feels more like I’ve always been one or two steps behind! (but we’ll leave that for another day). Hope you are well, enjoying your summer garden and your neighbourhood walks – the little things that we don’t take for granted any more, these days xxx

      1. insearchofitall

        I do understand, Jill. My phrase was always “the hurrier I go, the behinder I get.” It seems to always hold true even though the are made up words. ;)

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