Scrap happy sewing

My green dress needs one more pocket to be stitched and it’ll be finished, but I keep putting it to one side!

In the meantime, while I wait in the car for the rain to stop….. I thought I’d show off this appliqué top!

Good nail day😉

It started out as a plain top:

Before

There were one or two tiny marks that wouldn’t come out in the wash, so I decide to use some colourful scraps of fabric to jazz it up a bit.

I have lots of embroidery transfers that are years old (maybe 20+!), from a time when I bought an embroidery magazine every fortnite that had a kit attached. (Such a mis-spent youth 😂)!

Image was transferred using a hot iron.

I cut out flower shapes that interested me and strategically placed them to cover any marks and then ironed the design in place.

I then used the transfer to cut out the coloured shapes – those pieces of fabric had bondaweb ironed to the reverse.

The coloured shapes were then ironed in place using the transfer lines as a guide to placement.

Appliques pieces being positioned onto the tee shirt

Once that was done, I used a mixture of machine and then hand embroidery stitches to hold the pieces in place, using running, chain and buttonhole stitches. It was finished over a few nights in front of the TV, a really nice relaxing project that didn’t turn out too badly! I love the colours together.

Close up of the stitching.

In other sewing related news, I thought this might be of interest:

Colourful lobster pots

On one of our walks at the beach, I stopped to photograph the lobster pots that were lined up on the Quay, when we noticed some creative stitching:

Repurposed drums!

These pot’s were made from repurposed drums that had net stitched around a cut-out opening! So clever!

That’s it for now, I hope all is well wherever you’re reading this from. The rain has changed to a foggy blanket, but I’m keeping hopeful that’ll well get a few more days of summer before August ends!

5 thoughts on “Scrap happy sewing

    • The pots are great aren’t they! I’d love to know who thought of it (and did the sewing!), but there was no one around to ask at the time.
      It’s a happy top – I needed something fun to work on, and seeing your moths reminded me how much I used to like embroidery 🙂

      • They are – they’re really cool. 🙂 Maybe at some point you will have a chance to ask?

        I especially love the mix of stitches you use don the embroidery. My “embroidery” is really random stitch painting, as I used nothing other than a basic running stitch or split stitch. I love the way you comfortably work on projects of different types, letting your creativity roam. I can learn from you!

  1. Great solution to one of my regular problems! I hadn’t thought of applique to cover stains but I will in future. Your shirt looks great 😊
    I agree that repurposing old containers as lobster pots is brilliant.

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