Thursday, July 28, 2011

Scrapalicious

According to reliable reports, scraps are overthrowing sewing rooms everywhere ;).  Baskets are filled to the brim, scrap management systems are slipping into anarchy and some have confessed, "I just don't know how I should sort them and what pieces are actually useful, and for what."

Don't despair!  I totally understand that "slipping" feeling.  It puts me on edge.  I guess I decided to give my scraps the royal treatment as a way of reminding myself how useful they are and how much I want to be using them!  I kind of think that scraps are just about as useful as yardage.  It's all in your frame of mind.  You can piece them together (try to avoid getting blue in the face) to make fabric that can be used for blank, blank and blank.  So, given that, I save even the tiny pieces (down to about 2" square).  Those little itty bitty things are best for applique, where you don't loose fabric to seam allowances. But, I only save it if I like it.  I have my throwing-out moods as well, especially with small neutral scraps or very multi-colored ones.  The more colors, the harder it will be for me to find the scrap a real home in some random, already-planned project.

But, moving on to today's finishes!  After sorting those scraps, I was inspired to help them evolve into some wild, come-what-may improv patchwork.  So I set about thinking...  No, not a quilt.  Something smaller, something a little more useful?  Hey, maybe something to give!

Enter $3 graph-paper composition books and Jennifer Paganelli's covered journal tutorial

scrappy journals in progress!

Each book cover is such a small project, which allows me to play around with random piecing styles and color schemes. And, quite a lot of fabric goes into the front/back inside flaps, so the entire work doesn't have to be stunningly fabulous.

front

back

inside

I'll be making 10 in all. And I'm trying my best to make them suited to the very special individuals I have in mind. Problem is, I'm already starting to think I should have ordered more than 10 composition books. Not only could I double my list of gift-recipients, I'm having a ball making them!

thanks to Jennifer!

I'm really happy with how they fit the books too. Thanks, Jennifer, for an easy, well-designed tutorial! My only change was shrinking the 2" seam allowance to 1" in order to save fabric. Yep, still can't bare to waste scraps...

27 comments:

  1. they turned out really nice! great gifts indeed.

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  2. very cute and a great way to use up those scraps.

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  3. What a brilliant idea - I`m off to check out the tutorial. Your covers are beautiful!

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  4. Now I see what the scraps were for. Great use of them.

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  5. Very cute, especially for designer scraps you can't bear to just toss! I see these turning into adorable quilt-planning-notebooks for 10 lucky individuals. ;)

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  6. Oh I like those a lot; fabric and notebooks - heaven!

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  7. What a great tutorial! I'm loving the patchwork!!!

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  8. What a great idea! I love it. I think what you've done with your scraps is a great idea. Why waste when you can re-use :D

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  9. Great project. I'm always looking for ways to upcycle scraps.

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  10. So pretty--and a clever way to use up scraps!

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  11. Ooh, I love these! I've been feeling more inspired by my scraps than by yardage lately, and I love your ode to scraps in this post! I'm a sucker for anything book related, and these look like the perfect gift.

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  12. Oh. I just saw your scrap drawers. I am overawed by how fabulous they are. I have just moved and am unpacking my sewing stuff (which, let's face it, was not well organised at the last house.) and have found soooooo many scraps that I am beginning to despair. Then I saw your drawers. If only I had a space on the floor to put some drawers! I might just have to go to Ikea anyway for a little look! (Lol, already posted about Ikea this week!) Oh. And I love your book covers too. I just need to get my scraps to the usable stage before I can get too excited about the book covers.

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  13. Love these! Great idea for using up scraps! I am especially loving the string pieced triangle one!

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  14. they look so beautiful! inspired!!Thanks for the tutorial link

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  15. Hmm scraps!!!

    I'm not feeling any love from accuquilt yet, I don't think I conform enough to interest them!

    I have hands and scissors, what more do I need!!

    Have a scrappy weekend.
    Clare

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  16. I'm also a psycho scrapaholic so I decided to treat myself to Confetti Naturescapes by Noriko Endo. I'm completely inspired to continue cutting up those itty bits when I'm in the mood and I have a pretty tray of mason jars with them.

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  17. Thanks for sharing about Confetti Naturescapes by Noriko Endo. I had never seen the artist's work before. It's truly incredible!

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  18. They turned out so nicely, Rachel. I love them! And you know which one I like, even though my brain was wonky when I commented on flickr. ;)

    These are such a great idea for using some favorite scraps. I think I might try to make a few for my sister, an avid journal user.

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  19. Love, love your scrappy book covers! I need to make me some. How great would they be for back to school gifts?!
    Oh, you can usually get the composition books for around $1.00 at Targets back to school sales. That's a super thrifty gift right there!

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  20. I know I already said it on fickr, but these are awesome! :)

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  21. Gosh Rachel, those are fantastic! I just LOVE them! You are so creative. :)

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  22. Your book covers are so cute. Thank you for showing this post. I was looking for the books and didn't know that all I have to do is drive to my local staples. Thank you.

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  23. Where did you get the graph paper notebooks? Love your idea!!!

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  24. With all of the back to school sales, I was able to get some of these books for as little as ten cents. Of course there is a limit per trip, but if you go by the stores on daily road trips, it's easy to stock up. They do make great presents.

    liz

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  25. I love these, all of them and they are now on my sewing machine being stitched up! Rachel did you use the flannel on the inside as per the instructions? I am contemplating using interfacing or muslin instead. Any thought would be appreciated! Thanks!

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  26. I used no interfacing, no flannel - nothing. I don't think they need it, personally.

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