Monday, February 8, 2010

Selvages ROCK!

Today is my first day back to work full time since my surgery. I'm working from home this morning, and then heading to a school for the afternoon to work with them on the paperwork needed for being nominated as a Blue Ribbon School. I needed a quick break, so here I am posting to my blog. Shame on me!

I've always loved the selvage edges of fabrics - partly for the little circles that identify individual colors used in the design, and partly for the writing. But until last summer I never did anything with them - other than trim them off and throw them away.

What a waste!! Last summer I saw a couple of cute projects made using selvages sewn onto muslin. So - I've been saving my selvages since early June and have quite a collection that continues to grow of course. I make sure to leave a sliver of fabric along the selvage edge when I trim them off.

On Saturday afternoon I got distracted from my other sewing project - and this block is the result. I sewed rows of selvages onto a 8.5" square of muslin. Then I squared the whole thing up again to 8.5". I really like the results and think this will be a great little project to work on when I don't have much time.

Not sure what I'll do with them yet, but some ideas are bouncing around in my head. A bag maybe, or even a quilt. Maybe I'll make some of them different sizes too. Possibilities are endless.

If anyone has selvages they want to get rid of, just let me know. I'll gladly pay the postage.


  1. I will save all of mine for you! After doing some research on this whole selvage craze I was quite surprised to find that the Examiner in Sioux Falls, printed a story about this craze! Here is the link for your enjoyment!

  2. Anyone who is willing to send some selvages to me can email me at: and I'll send you my regular mailing address. I'll pay your postage!