One of the things that surprises me is how different (or similar) our contestants interpret the weekly challenges. When I set the challenges, I have a picture in my mind of just how I think they will go…The interesting thing? Rarely do the contestants have the same take on a theme that I do!
Despite their varied take on the project, they all have one thing in common – they work their fingers to the bone. Really. I don’t think anyone realizes what a crush all these weeks of dedicated crafting are. So, take a minute, go visit our contestants and show them how much you appreciate what they’re doing by leaving a comment or two.
Scraps Challenge Projects
Project #1 Scrap Wood Halloween Banner
So, I think that we have all known each other for enough weeks now for me to be honest with you. I *may* have had a variety of scrap material options at my disposal week. Oh, right, honesty. I totally save lots of my scraps and my husband has been known to make fun at me for it. The thing I most often hear about is a wagon full of scrap wood in our garage. Yeah, no joke. I do a lot of wood projects and I wouldn’t think of throwing away perfectly good pieces that could have a use so I toss them in a wagon until an idea (or competition theme) comes along. I mean, I am a blogger after all, so I feel it is justified. This project proves that there is a purpose to my wagon o’ wood.
I had been making a lot of signs with friends and was buying 1×8 inch boards in 6 foot pieces. I had them cut at the store in two pieces to fit in my car and after cutting them into 1 foot pieces, I was left with a stack of 6-8 inch pieces. I decided to cut all of these down to 5 inches wide and make a banner out of them! I was able to find 8 pieces and cut them all down with my saw, then cut one end at a 30 degree angle to make a point.
After I had everything cut, I drilled the holes and painted each piece black. I chose some scrapbook paper from my leftovers box (seemed like the appropriate choice) and cut it to fit the pieces. I love the way it came out and can’t wait to put it on my mantle next week when I decorate for Halloween! I think it will fit in well with the rest of my décor. As an added bonus, my wood scrap pile gets to live another day.
Project #2 Scraps Caplet
It’s hard to believe that we are already on the 5th challenge of this contest! Thanks for keeping me around another week. Making a cape for my daughter has been on my list of things to do for a while now. So, when this week’s challenge came up, I knew I could utilize some of my fabric scraps and sew her up a cape.
Instead of a full blown cape, I decided on a capelet. It’s a smaller, more feminine version of a cape. This is another easy project for beginners and a bonus for using up fabric from the scrap pile. I must admit, I had to enlist the help of my husband when drawing up the pattern. Math is not my strong suit, so when this started to go the direction of talking about a radius, I knew I needed help.
After sketching the pattern on freezer paper, I cut out an exterior and lining piece. Before sewing those together, I cut and appliquéd several “a’s” on to the capelet using a zig zag stitch. I thought about putting just a single A on the back, but I thought it would be much more fun to add a bunch in different sizes and fabrics. After attaching the last “a”, I cut a coordinating piece for the tie closure. I think it turned out really cute! I can’t wait for some cooler weather so she can wear her new capelet! If you like my project and want to see the full tutorial, please send a vote my way!
Wow, if you are reading this I’ve made it through to another week and I am having so much fun. Originally when I was brainstorming about the topic of scraps, all I could think of was scrap metal, scraps of wood and of course scraps of fabric. I really wanted to do something fun that I could use. I had this old comfy office chair that I’ve been wanting to makeover (it was kind of ugly).
I used scraps of fabric, jumbo ric rac, funky tulle and some random scrap buttons. I had all these different scraps from other projects and love how they all came together to create this fun office chair complete with girly finishes.
The best part about this project is that it was cheaper to make than to buy a fancy new office chair. I found the chair at a thrift store and then had the scraps of fabric and embellishments. This unique office chair has a new place in my craft room. Now it definitely fits in.
Hello So You Think You’re Crafty Readers! So excited to still be here…This was the most challenging week thus far! Do I have scraps to work with? Far too many, but what to create with all these treasures?
After raiding the wood pile, garage and craft room, I came up with a really fun idea! Inspired by a favorite piece of art, I created a large wooden pennant banner to hang on the wall in our family room. Scrap wood cut into pennants + fun paint colors around the edges + a topping of fabric from my husbands old shirts and pants + letters cut from a fabric remnant = 1 FUN piece of artwork!
I love creating something out of nothing, especially when it turns out better than expected. I can tell you one thing…We’re always ready to PLAY! (And I cannot wait to show you how it looks on the wall! Love it!)
When I saw the scrap challenge in the line up for this season I knew exactly what I wanted to make, a baby quilt. Quilting was one of my first crafting loves and is still one of the crafty things I enjoy most. I especially love making baby quilts, they are quick and simple, and there is nothing better than seeing a little one snuggle with the blanket you made!
I had a lot of fabric scraps to choose from, I have a hard time throwing away fabric scraps from my projects and I tend to keep even smaller pieces that maybe should just be tossed, you never know when you might want 50 small squares of fabric in rainbow colors! I had just recently organized my sewing room and all my scrap fabrics got organized by color. Seeing all those scraps in color coded stacks inspired me to make this rainbow quilt. I think it will make a perfect baby shower gift and could work for either a boy or a girl.
Everything I used to make this quilt was leftover from other projects, even the fabric for the back, the binding, and the batting inside. I started with 50 5” squares of my rainbow colors and 50 5” squares of scrap white fabric to make this quilt. I used a grey chevron on the back and I love how it looks; the grey is a bit unexpected with all the color on the front. I had some leftover squares from the front so I added them to the back in a fun chevron pattern. The binding is double folded so it will be extra durable and is machine sewn to the front and hand stitched to the back for a seamless finish.
I LOVE this quilt, I hope you like it too and vote for me so I can show you how to make your own next week!
Project #6 Luxury Cat Bed
So this was a tough challenge… so many options. I am a cat person through and through and it seems the Doggies of the world always rule so I thought it was time the Kitties got pampered. I took an old ottoman I found at the Goodwill a few years ago and some scraps of wood, fabric, ribbon, buttons, etc. and made a Luxury Cat Bed. And what says luxury more than a tufted headboard??!!!
I basically flipped the ottoman over cut four side boards and bottom boards that I fixed on with screws then painted the whole piece white. The tufted head board was fun. I cut holes in a board evenly spaced then upholstered it. To do the tufts I fished through some quilting thread to some rhinestone buttons. Then I made the small decorative pillows and the large sleeping cushion.
It was bit time consuming but so much fun… and let’s just say the DOGGIE IS NOT HAPPY!!!
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