Yeah, totally had to look it up. Turns out they’re both right. I’m cool with that.
I have been collecting selvedges for years. People bring them to me in little baggies with hopeful looks on their faces, wanting to know what brilliant project I am going to make with them. I have disappointed them all, as I have not come up with anything super fabulous so far. I wanted to use the words on the selvedges to write a story, but it just hasn’t worked. Anyway, I recently had a little inspiration for a couple of projects, and I pulled out that box of selvedges.
This is how the box looked when I started. (The lid was smashed on pretty good.) Along with tons of selvedges, I also have tons of leftover batting. I really have difficulty letting go, especially of any kind of fibers. Bits of fabric, batting, thread, yarn, you name it. It really is a disease, but I don’t really want to be cured.
I recently got a new laptop so that I can haul it around with me as I travel. I wanted to make a kind of sleeve for it so that even as I slide it in my tote or whatever it would be a little more protected. And also, not so obvious that it was a computer. So, I measured the laptop and generously cut a piece of batting that would word for my desired result. Then I simply laid the selvedges on the batting and started sewing. Each selvedge overlays on the one before, and they are just simply top stitched onto the batting.
I did this for the full length of my bit of batting, then trimmed it to the desired size for the computer. I lined it with a cute fabric, then folded it with right sides together, and a flap for the top and seamed down each side. Easy peasy.
Then I was on to the next project. Pin cushions. I needed to do a few thank you gifts for some guild members, and I thought these would be cute. I just cut the prepared selvedge “fabric” down to 5″ squares, backed them with a 5″ square of fabric, and filled with crushed walnut shells.
After I made 11 of these for my guild members, I still had a stack of selvedge squares left, and needed a little encouragement to finish them. (I was way sick of stuffing pin cushions at this point!)
So, I talked to my sweet friend and asked her to help me find a purpose to finish the rest of those silly pin cushions, and she said I should donate them to the Jarrell Plantation gift shop as a fundraiser.
Well, once I had a purpose in making those silly pincushions, I got the rest of them made- 27 to be exact, and dropped them off! (I hate to admit how glad I was to see them go!)
And this is how the box looked when I finished. Do you see anything wrong with this picture? (Hint, compare it to the one before I started!)