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Thread: My New Selvage Tote

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    My New Selvage Tote

    I've admired every selvage tote, umbrella, lamp shade anything made from selvages! I have been collecting selvages for some time now and a very big thank you to my friends who have contributed and to Jill and Elisabeth from the quilting board who sent me a nice big envelope full and a tote bag full! And of course Mary for sharing her pattern with me. So I decided I had enough to start my project-boy did I have enough and then some! I've discovered you don't need very many nor do you need to be so particular where they are placed! So here it is. I have used Soft and Stable - from byannie.com which I discovered at the Sew Expo this year in Puyallup WA. I also added buttons to protect the bottom since I didn't realize the selvages would wrap to the bottom of the tote.

    This tote was supposed to have selvages on both sides. I was taking too long to finish one side so I cut it short and added a solid piece of fabric which tones it down a lot. I think it would have been too busy for me had I done both sides. It was so much fun and I have so many selvages left over I can make a few more!
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    Last edited by Wine Woman; 03-18-2012 at 05:54 PM.
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    sounds pretty!

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    Oh, it is fantastic! Glad you were able to make such good use of them! Can't wait to see more!! I like the solid backing with the selvedge trim better than I think I would like the whole thing of selvedges, too!

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    Very unusual tote. It is so clever and I think you will enjoy carrying it everywhere.

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    Very lovely bag and like the idea of the buttons on the bottom.

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    I like the bottoms on the bottom too. I like the tote, it looks really good with one side solid. Do you have something inside the bag to make it stand up like that? Or is that what the Soft and Stable does.
    Nice tote!

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    Adorable! I like that only the front is selvages.
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    WAY COOL. What a neat tote bag. Love it. Will PM you with my good news
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    It's beautiful! You did a fine job and I like the two different sides, too!

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    Those are great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SWEETPEACHES View Post
    I like the bottoms on the bottom too. I like the tote, it looks really good with one side solid. Do you have something inside the bag to make it stand up like that? Or is that what the Soft and Stable does.
    Nice tote!
    Thank you to all of you for your kind words! I have enjoyed using it! I think on my next one I won't pick buttons that I don't like! I will stack two different size buttons and stitch them on the bottom.

    Sweetpeaches-I really wanted this bag to stand on its own and I started with a very hard stiffner in it but really didn't like the way it looked and felt. I used it this way for the weekend but came across Annie who makes purses and totes and they were beautiful and very sharp looking. I sat through her seminar at the Sew Expo and that's where I learned about Soft and Stable. It is so easy to work with and it's comfortable and durable. Please do look at her website and see her beautiful creations! (byannie.com) I've admired yours you've shared on the board and they are adorable!
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    WOW. I like it too. super nice!

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    I need to do something with mine...your tote is beautiful!

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    How creative! It looks fantastic!

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    Very cute, one of my friends in our quilting class has us saving these for her, for a friend is making things out of them.
    Cute idea and then you don't waste that part.
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    Looks great!

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    So cute! I love working with selvages too!

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    Beautiful!!!!! The two different sides makes it very usable and special.

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    Your bag is wonderful! What a great idea, I never thought of keeping my selvages. Gosh, I'd have a ton if I had kept them through the years. I'm 51 now, but starting sewing when I was 13. I love your tote.
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    Very cute. Bridget says I love it so much (she's 5)

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    That is awesome. Love the buttons on the bottom!!! That was a neat idea. Salvages are lots of fun to use. They are a bit time consuming, but such and awesome look.
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    Great bag! And the buttons on the bottom are brilliant.
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    hpertula - I agree with you selvages are a lot of fun to use. My list is growing bigger and bigger! Thanks to all of you I am really enjoying my tote more and more everyday!
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    Thanks for posting- such a great bag!!!

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    That is so cool!! I don't know how you got the selvages to lie so flat! Are they sewn onto the stabilizer or fused on? I also think it is nice that you left one side fairly plain. Great job!!

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