ScrapHappy December 2021

Tassel time! I caught a glimpse of someone making tassels with bits of old saris on instagram but I haven’t been able to find it again so I can’t share the link. It stuck with me, though, so I had a squizz on youtube and there are loads of similar DIYs.

I’ve made two so far and have no doubt more will appear (as if by magic). With the first one I used only strips of cotton, so I’ve found that the lighter, filmier fabric in the second works better.

I have some ideas about how to use them, and think some smaller ones would work well on earrings. Bigger ones in Christmassy colours might be fun on a tree or strung across a mantelpiece as a change from the usual decorations.

ScrapHappy is open to anyone using up scraps of anything – no new materials. It can be a quilt block, pincushion, bag or hat, socks or a sculpture. Anything made of genuine scraps is eligible. If your scrap collection is out of control and you’d like to turn them into something beautiful or useful instead of leaving them to collect dust in the cupboard, why not join us on the 15th of each month? Email Kate at Tall Tales of Chiconia at the address on her Contact Me page, or you can also contact Gun via her blog to join.

Those listed below try to post a ScrapHappy make every month, I love seeing what everyone else gets up to!

KateGun, EvaSue, Lynn, Lynda, Birthe, Turid, Susan, Cathy,  Tracy, Jill, Claire, JanMoira, SandraChrisAlys, ClaireJeanJon, DawnJuleGwen,
Bekki, Sunny, Kjerstin, Sue LVera, NanetteAnn, Dawn 2, Bear, Carol,
Preeti, Edith, and Debbierose


31 thoughts on “ScrapHappy December 2021

  1. katechiconi

    Oooh, those are gorgeous. What lovely earrings they’d make (I can’t tell the scale, so maybe they’re too big?). What do you call the ‘cap’ things that go over the ends?

    1. Nice Piece of Work Post author

      Strangely enough, they are called caps! These two were from an old necklace that I chopped up so naturally it was a priority to get to the jewellery findings shop in town yesterday morning. but I They are a bit short stocked but nobody scrabbles at the back of shelves like I do, so I didn’t leave empty-handed!

      1. katechiconi

        I might have to pinch your idea and go and scrabble in the shelves at Spotlight to see if they have any. I have a whole bowlful of triangular batik scraps left from the Floribunda quilt, and I’m thinking a whole necklace made of these would be spectacular. Must put ‘caps’ on the Spotlight list!

      1. The Little Room of Rachell

        I do, and as it’s Christmas ….I don’t really hate pom-poms either, well not that much, it was just a time some years ago when they seemed to take over the world! Do you
        Remember? Pom-pom scarves?!!!! Add them to every single thing you’ve made. Yikes.

  2. nanacathy2

    They are lovely, and nice thol the caps are you don’t actually need them to make a tassle, you can just use fabric, or yarn. Have to love a nice tassle, or pompom Rachel. Have to say how much I like Kate’s beads from your tutorial. So much scrap happiness, almost too much.

  3. cedar51

    Jill, awesome idea – they would look good on the end of a bookmark as well – if you made books on the end of the binding strings … then dripping out the bottom of the book. I’m making a “new book” and today dripping of the ends are some tiny metal objects. More when the book is complete…

    (at least it’s still December when I’m replying – but as you are aware it’s been a tuff month)!

  4. Nice Piece of Work Post author

    I made some Christmassy ones and put them on instagram – immediately had orders! They were fun to make. I’m not sure how to attach an image to a wordpress reply so I’ll have to put them in a blog post so you can see them.
    I think we will all be very glad when December is done and dusted. Hang in there xxx


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