Published on March 18th, 2009 | by Jackie Hernandez7
Don’t Scrap The Selvedge
Self-proclaimed crazy selvedge lady, Jodie Carleton of Vintage RicRac, never lets a scrap go to waste. Not even the selvedge. She developed her own process for turning fabric selvedge into “cloth”. She has used selvedge to make everything from a dress to pillow covers. Her latest project was this selvedge reupholstered chair. I have never been so inspired to be more creative and less wasteful.
Jodie has become so enamored with selvedge she even created a selvedge storage system. She keeps three boxes labeled Papa Selvedge, Mamma Selvedge, and Baby Selvedge. She explains the Papa Selvedge box is the long strips she cuts off yardage. I assume then Baby Selvedge are short bits and Mamma Selvedge is somewhere in between. I also assume she had more than three photo boxes worth of selvedge to create the dress and chair.
If you want to try your own hand and a selvedge creation, check out Jodie’s complete tutorial to make a selvedge doll quilt, her first selvedge project. The tutorial gives the basics on how to piece your selvedge strips and how to foundation piece them to a cotton backing. From there you can make whatever you decide. I think a selvedge covered cork board in a craft/sewing room would be genius.
[Images by Jodie Carleton]