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December 10, 2008

Selvage Edges Anyone?

Meet my 2008 Christmas Cards; fun to make and easy as falling off a pile of fabric.
I layered 4 inch lengths of Warm and Natural cotton batting onto 4 inch strips of holiday fabric. On the reverse side I stitched down strips of selvage on the diagonal, diagonal just for added interest.
Once the long strips were made I trimmed the edges with a wavy edge rotary cutter, and then cut the individual ornament/cards according to the size of the image used. I tucked the twine behind the card image and stitched around that.

This idea could be easily translated to magnets and even glued to card stock for a more traditional feeling card. Since the holiday images are recycled from last year's cards and the batting and fabric all came from leftover bits I'm not sure these wouldn't take the prize for being the new catchword, Green.

If I were to do it over, I'd cut a little wider strip from the selvage edge, the sewing would go faster and would show all the different holiday fabrics to better advantage. I alternated sides when sewing down the images, couldn't decide which type was cuter.

Please visit the Selvage Blog in my Tidbits Drawer on the left...that's where I got the inspiration~ Amazing creations there.

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9 comments:

Bizarre Quilter said...

Wow!!! I love it!!

Lately I have been saving my interesting selvedges...

Maybe we should exchange snail mail addresses???

LOL!!

virtualquilter said...

Love the cards/tree decorations! Too late for this year, but will try to remember it for next!
In the meantime, have a great Christmas this year!
Judy B

Numismatist Facts said...

Adorable!

Pieceful Afternoon said...

Absolutely clever - and darling to boot. And green - what more could you ask. I might try this next year - though I don't use much fabric these days so wouldn't have the selvedges - but leftover strips might work too - great idea. You should do a tutorial.

Anonymous said...

Wonderful little decorations....I have a friend who is into selvages...I have passed the link along I am sure she will love it....found you by way of Yahoo...Margo in Maine http:heartinhishandquilting.blogspot.com/

Seams to Sew and Quilt said...

Oh my goodness those are just the cutest little things ever. I like the idea about making magnets with them too. Thanks for sharing.

Grandma Shell said...

What a quick way to make cards! I've been interested in trying some for quite awhile. I'll have to give it a try now that you've made it sound so easy !!
Michelle

Karen said...

Such a wonderful idea.

everythingquilts said...

These are really cute.