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The Many Lives of Selvedge Edges Part 1

Selvedge Edges – Part 1 This is part 1 of a 2 part series on selvedge edges. Do I collect selvedge edges? YES!! Am I embarrassed about that? NO!! Do I ask my fellow quilters in the groups I’m in, “Would you save me your selvedge edges, please?” You bet I do. Okay, here comes the why, and there are a few reasons. Firstly, it does offer the handy color guide, which I sometimes refer to when considering other fabrics to choose for a project. Secondly, I have a lot of stash, some of which is old. When I bought this floral fabric a few years ago, I didn’t have a project in mind for it. But I do now, and what if I needed more than I bought? Fortunately, I had just enough. Well, it sure is helpful to have that information if I had needed to track it down. When I did need to locate an out of print fabric, I have called the customer service department of the fabric companies, and they have had suggestions of web sites, and even brick and mortar stores that might possibly have more of it, which is so kind and helpful. Thirdly, I am planning a quilt or a bag or something, someday made out of selvedge edges, and I’m sure I’ll need a lot.

(Photo from Google Images). I was looking on the internet and found some pretty interesting items made of selvedge edges. a great Pinterest board by Eileen Richardson shows some creative selvedge edge projects. “> And what about this cute girl’s skirt I found on google?

(Photo from Adventures in Fiber: Selvedge Edge Skirts).

I will not attempt this, but am impressed that someone made a dress out of selvedge edges; (Photo from Big Selvedge Project vintagericrac.blogspot.com) But the one I found this fall that really got me was a backpack made of selvedge edges.

(Photo from http://www.ebay.com/itm/SELVAGE-BACKPACK-Quilt-Pattern-From-Magazine-A-Great-Back-To-School-Project-/261255519576). What would you like to make or see made out of selvedge edges? Please leave a comment if you’d like. Part 2 later this week will cover sources to find out of print fabrics.


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