12 February 2008

Fun with selvedges

Today I tried something I have wanted to for ages. I cut a mass of selvedges - you know, the pretty parts with writing and little coloured spots - and stitched then to a piece of foundation fabric (I used quilters' muslin). They are easy to overlap - place the woven edge over the cut edge of the previous strip and stitch a line through all layers. This is the square after I stitched a variety of strips down.
Then I cut the square into four smaller squares. I placed a selvedge square with a plain fabric square, right sides together, and sewed around three edges. Turn them inside out, stuff with offcuts of batting and stitch the seam closed. Here they are - pretty little selvedge pin cushions. Aren't they fun?

Karen Griska has other ideas for selvedges on her website and good basic instructions for sewing them to foundations. She is publishing a book about this very topic later this year.

11 comments:

  1. They look great, Erica!
    I have been saving my selvedges ever since Lissa did her ATC with them. I didn't want to copy her idea, as they're her ATCs, but this has opened my mind to more possibilities.

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  2. There's no stopping you now is there Erica, you are very quickly off the starting blocks of your little break at home! Love the Pin Cushions!
    Word Verification - lpwkszv
    Longlegged People Will Keep Stealing Zany Violins!

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  3. Hi Erica - I came to your blog to look at your quilt (just delicious - love the woven sheers) but I wanted to let you know I love your selvedge pin cushions - so cute!!

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  4. Aren't they gorgeous! So clever.

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  5. Clever and fun- thanks for the link! Oh dear - now I will never thow out selvesges again - more clutter - I'll just have to be disciplined and USE them, won't I!

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  6. I see Pennie has been here! I think I've started something with the word verification.
    She's left them everywhere since I started the game/comp on my blog.
    Would you like to have a go, Erica?

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  7. What little beauties. Opens up all sorts of possibilities. Thanks for the inspiration, Erica.

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  8. Anonymous11:01 pm

    WOW they look great.
    Selvedges also make great cords. Now that is another idea for you to try now you have more time.
    Delia

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  9. You are certainly taking to your new life with creative zeal - well done.

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  10. These are so cute! I've never thought of keeping the selvedges to use. Might just have to start a new collection LOL.

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