Thursday, March 11, 2010

Saving Selvages

We have all heard the expression "You'r never to old to learn" well this phrase fits me

Now I love to create so this was right up my alley and I have decided to share this with some of you.

Selvages are the finished end of you material. They usual have the designers name, collections name and maybe a color key code to help with coordinating you fabric. All sewers will
cut them off before they begin using their fabric and for me I always thru them away. Not anymore.

The first one I want to show is from the shop of

She has created a chic eyeglass case. She made this from selvages of some of the most popular fabrics and lined it with tiny orange bird print form Moda. She also states that this would make a great case for carryingperfectly.

Recently a few of my Quiltsy Team members have taught me something new, to save the selvages after I cut my material and to create some wonderful and very useful items.

your rotary cutter to class.

My next feature is from the the shop of

She has created a hotpad or trivet from selvage ends and bound them together with a dark red binding. Every kitchen needs hotpads and this one will go with any motif you might have.

This adorable little skirt was created by She made this

for her granddaughter and I must say I think this is one of the most
creative items I have seen made with the selvage ends.

I searching for my ideas I also came across a great blog by Karen Griska, She has also written a book with all kinds of ideas for using selvage ends. The book is called Quilt from the Selvage ends. I recommend checking out her blog.

So from now on I am saving all my selvages and hope to soon add my own creations to this selection.


  1. I love using selvages too. Love the look, and you chose some wonderful items to feature.

  2. Great post on selvge projects. Thanks for mentioning my book and blog! When you make something, be sure to email a photo to the Selvage Blog. Best wishes.

  3. Looking forward to see what you create with your saved selvages.