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Thread: Selvages

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    Quote Originally Posted by dotcomdtcm
    My first quilt instruction, made from Bali Pops, said to cut off the selvage first. And I did not prewash them. So I've just been cutting them off and tossing them out.

    Well if they were from Bali Pops then your selvedge pieces were only 2 1/2" long. When I cut off my selvedge I rarely take more than 1/2". Usually less. I consider a piece 2 1/2" x 1/2" fodder for the circular file (trash can). I have seen beautiful quilts made with very long selvedges cut wider but I want every last inch of my usable fabric so I guess that is why I do it the way I do it.

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    I just make a snip right at the edge of the selvage, and rip it all off at one time.

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    Please read the update in this post from Admin.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dotcomdtcm
    I was just browsing online & I saw a quilter using them, with the writing as part of her design! I'm bored. I'm looking for a scrappy project!I'm also tired of my scraps. But, I am going to Joann's tomorrow!
    Selvage strips also make great strips to tie things up. I even used for a bow for a gift bag to a sewer. I try to remember to cut them in longer strips before cutting up my fabric.

    If you are tired of scraps, think about joining the 9 patch group activity this summer. I am not sure how to post links to other threads.

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    My mom uses selvage strips for all kinds of neat things...I'll be with her in a couple of weeks, and will try to take and post some pictures!

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    I started saving selveges about a year ago when I saw the quilt on the internet. I just have to make one.

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    I save all my selvages and my friends save theirs for me as well. I make tote bags, lap size quilts, pot holders, all sorts of things with them. they are fun to use up and every project is unique!

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    I do save my selvages, (I did not post the PM's) but I did receive one.
    I have a link saved and will look for it if anyone if interested? She has a TON of items made from the selvages. I started saving them when one of my magazines had a pattern for a tote bag. I have seen a pinchusion made from but can't find the pattern again :cry:

    found the link
    http://selvageblog.blogspot.com/
    check it out if you save salvages

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    She hit me up, too, been saving for her. I guess I will use them to make one of those fabric covered rag rugs for my camper, LOL.

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    You would want to cut off the selvedges off of your yardage first :wink: Some cut them 1" some cut them wider, this is totally up to you :D:D:D

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