(Feeble) Attempt at de-scrapping

Ivory Spring’s definition of de-scrap:  Getting rid of scraps by using them constructively

One up side in the latest development in my life (being Miss Baby’s taxi driver) is that I get to work more on my handwork projects while I “wait outside” during Miss Baby’s “drop-off” activities. I needed an on-the-go sewing case that was super super quick to put together.  As much as I loved to, I did not have the time to make those beautiful needle books that I see on Etsy.

Here is a 69-cent pencil case I bought at Target…

I hadn’t known they make pencil cases like that:

I used two scrap pieces still laying on my work table from a recently finished quilt, a piece of batting scrap, and leftover binding to make a mat for my needles. The only thing I wish I had added to the mat is a pocket for my scissors so that they don’t bounce around within the box, but I hadn’t thought of that till later.

I then added embroidery floss, a pair of embroidery scissors, a small pill box (for scrap threads), and my trusty hedgehog pincushion in the box to complete the little ensemble.

And here you can see my sewing box being tucked in a corner in my purse.  I have a rather large purse – I don’t know, I always feel like I have to have a purse in which I can pack the entire house, but that’s another story for another day!

There it is – my very feeble attempt at de-scrapping.  The official (and very laughable) stats are: two 2.5″ x 6″ scrap pieces, one 2.5″ x 6″ piece of batting scrap and 19″ binding strip!

Thanks for putting up with me trying to make a big deal out of this “nothing to write home” effort. :)  I hope you have a great day!

Now, curious mind wants to know something totally vain —

1.  Do you carry a big or small purse?

2.  If you are a quilter or needleworker, do you keep in your big/small purse anything craft-related?  If so, what?

3.  If you are a reader, do you keep a book in your purse at all times?

p.s.  Vicki, I thought of you when I was using the scraps – hope you are proud of me for using my scraps!! :) For those who don’t know Vicki, she doesn’t throw any fabrics away, and always has the most creative ways to use up her scraps!

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22 thoughts on “(Feeble) Attempt at de-scrapping

  1. Cute idea Wendy! I designed a stitchery keeper that I use for taking my handwork with me. I’m currently putting together a pattern for it and I’m sure you’ll see it on my blog when I do. I blogged about it a couple months ago. I carry a small purse because I fill big ones up with too much “stuff”. I always buy one with over-the-shoulder straps so it doesn’t slide down my shoulder and I can shop hands free. I used to always carry a book, but now I have Kindle & Audible both on my iPhone so I just carry my phone with books loaded on each ap. I listen to one book on the way and read another while waiting :*) Crazy right???

  2. I don’t carry a large purse, have had shoulder problems that a big purse makes worse! And so I don’t have room for much more than a wallet, small makeup bag and eyeglass case. As far as books, when my 30 something daughter was in school, I kept novels in the car to read while I waited in the line to pick her up. Now I have Nook reader, and have taken it with me when I’m going to be waiting. I love it and get most of the books from the local library that uses a website to download the books, only purchased a few books.

  3. Super cute idea! I LOVE those pencil boxes (and right now at Staples this week you can buy up to 4 for a penny each when you make a $5 purchase or more…ask me how I know..lol)…I have a kazillion of them! I use a couple for rotary cutters – one for fabric pencils/markers…one for small scissors….one tucked in my crochet basket holds a yarn needle, scissors and measuring tape….I could go on…you get the idea! Thanks for sharing your brilliance!

  4. I keep a traced redwork project on an 8″ square of fabric, in a sandwich-size ziplock bag. No scissors, but a handful of precut floss. Things get tossed into the top of a diaper bag, or into a knapsack, more often than using a purse.

  5. This is a cute idea. I would add a piece of ribbon to hold down the scissors. My purse is an old inexpensive leather that has lots of zipper compartments, The lining is starting to come out and a snap has loosened from the lining area that holds down the main flap.

    I carry a small zipper bag with my sewing supplies when I know I will have time to sew. I finished the last block I was working on and need to set up something for emergency trips.

    I love to read, but would rather hand sew and listen to a book. Is that mulitasking????

  6. I carry a large purse. I can put most anything in it. I like your needle/pencil. I may need to trotbtomTarget too! I am always looking for the perfect “something”

  7. I carry one of the 3-tie purses that I make (3 men’s neckties= purse). It is reasonably good sized but is a downsize from previous. The joke is that I still get everything I had in the previous purse/bag in this latest one. Not sure how that “computes”!!!! I maintain that even the kitchen sink MUST be available in some instances!?! “Pack Rat” has become my middle name!!!

  8. Yes, I admit it, I do love my scraps! I carry a fairly small purse and the only sewing thing in it is a tape measure. :) My books are audio so they are easy to carry around. A physical therapist broke me of the habit of large (heavy) purses several years ago. The heavy purses were costing me a lot of money in PT sessions!

  9. I think that’s pretty clever! I had never seen a hedgehog pincushion — how unique!

    I definitely can’t carry a small purse. I feel like I have to be prepared for every contingency. :) But it is not as big as some I’ve seen. I keep my current stitching project in a tote bag. I might take it on trips, but not usually for those “waiting int the car” moments since I’ve started having to use a magnifier to see what I am doing. I don’t mind, in fact, I’m happy to have it so I can keep stitching, but I’m embarrassed to be seen wearing it.

    I usually bring a book for those occasions when I know or suspect I’m going to be waiting. But I have a Kindle app on my iPhone, so I can get to books I have downloaded there in a pinch.

  10. I carry a big purse but nothing needlework related in it except a tape measure. I have that in another tote that I pick up on the way out. I keep guideposts in my purse so I always have something to read.

  11. I am guilty of a big purse….especially on vaction. On vacation, I think I’m carrying my purse and my husband’s purse. All I hear is “Will this fit in your purse?” So, I’ve grown accustomed to a big purse. There are no crafts or books in it. Or at least I don’t think so! Who knows what lurks in the bottom!! LOL!

  12. I have two of those pencil cases, now I know what to do with them! (Well, one holds a rotary cutter for retreats, but the other is just latying around. I just started carrying a big purse, mainly so my new ipad fits in there. Always been an”only as big as absolutely necessary” kinda girl.

  13. Soooooo cute. You’ve inspired me once again. I just got a smartphone and need to protect it in my purse, because it doesn’t fit into any of the pockets like my old one did. lol I know, I should just buy a new purse, but I think a quilty project is in order! Love the fabrics you used, they make me smile!

  14. That is a really cute idea! My purse is sort of mid size to hold my nook which I take everywhere. I dont carry anything crafty in it. I use my waiting time catching up on reading. :)

  15. Love craft/quilt projects.I carry a large purse, tried a small one, always missing something. I no longer have many occasions to wait on someone. but when I do, I grab a magazine, something to do with quilting, crafting, or health.

  16. Wendy, I really love your recently found blog through the Back to School Blog Hop. I don’t carry a large purse but a rather large tote. I volunteer at our hospital one day a week and always have a project with me which includes a small needle case for needle, thread & scissors.

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