I Spy…

I have no idea why my sister and I chose this, thread catching, fabric to be used in a thread infested sewing room, but I suspect it was because it was what we had on hand, at the time. This is my sewing room, go-to stool. The one without casters, that I stand on constantly because I am not quite tall enough to reach the high shelves and the rolly chair is a little risky. I can not tell you how long it has looked this way, but I am sure it has been more than 10 years since we found this cool stool and decided to recover it. Selvage Upholstery by Sewfrench After looking, and cringing, at this pitiful fixture, every day, I finally made a decision on what to use and recovered it, again. I definitely do not remember needing 4 hands to take it apart and put it back together again, but maybe subconsciously I did, that is why it took so long to get it done! Selvage Upholstery by Sewfrench I stitched together some of the selvages with interesting names. I pulled the longer lengthed ones, so I didn’t need to stitch short ones together, from my overflowing tub, and just overlapped and topstitched them together, leaving some of the color showing. I didn’t really see a need for a backing fabric, to stitch them to, not in this application, anyway. If you haven’t started collecting selvedges (what is the proper American English spelling, anyway??) but want to start, I’d suggest you leave at least 1″ of color when you trim them off. Some of mine only had 1/4″ of the actual fabric and those aren’t really usable. Of course, I could have trimmed them like that because that is what we have always done to get rid of the tightly woven, unusable because it shrinks at a different rate, edge of the fabric. Selvage Upholstery by Sewfrench It is fun remembering all the different projects these fabrics were used in. I spy placemats, a travel bag, raincoat lining, a bathrobe, a couple of quilt backs, a pair of slippers, an ironing board cover, another travel bag….. And, of course, all the scraps of these fabrics have all been used in any number of quilts. Selvage sewing Now to decide what to do with the rest of them! Have you created any selvage projects? Have any you are planning on making? Anything cool I should know about???

Linking up with:
Fabric Tuesday
Sew Can Do
A Round Tuit

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19 Responses to I Spy…

  1. Very Cute! I used to have one until I forgot it outside at the river, it became soaked and my hubby trashed it!! 😦
    Your’s is an inspiration for me to find another one. Great post!


  2. claire93 says:

    what a brilliant upcycle ^^

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  3. PBS51 says:

    Very cute! I save my selvages also. Just a quick note that I had really missed your posts this summer and so glad to see your work again!


  4. Espirational says:

    Cool! Love the new cover.

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  5. pamiam123 says:

    Love it!! I am enjoying seeing you blog again also!!

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  6. Lynne MA says:

    Good to see you again! I have been making selvage mug rug/potholders. I cut the insulbrite the size I want, layer it on the backing fabric and stitch them right onto the insulbrite, usually on the diagonal. Trim and bind and done!

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  7. Kathy says:

    I love that! I have to admit that I usually cut WOF, right through the selvages and then trim off the selvages. I can see that I’m going to have to trim the selvages off first and then cut WOF. 😉 Although I can’t remember the last time I bought fabric with such cute selvages as some of those you used.

    So glad to see you back to blogging.


    • sewfrench says:

      Thanks, Kathy. It feels good to be back.
      And I don’t buy fabric based on the selvage. I think the designers are all getting smarter though. Cute sells! Back in the day, you were lucky to get the makers name much less the designer or the name of the line!


  8. mtetar says:

    It’s beautiful and I enjoy doing such. The fact is your crafts/projects are always creative and at your BEST. Blessings Always, Mtetar


  9. Ann says:

    I must start to keep my selvages, I never have before, but this project is really inspiring. Very pretty and practical too.


  10. ashleycalderandthethingsthatshine says:

    Great idea for a stool cover! It’s so perfect for a sewing room. 🙂


  11. Great redo and nice that it brings back past project memories too. I’d love to feature this – I see you added the Sew Can Do link in the post, but don’t see it at this week’s (or last week’s) party If you can add it, I’ll be able to feature you next week. Thanks for sharing the Craftastic Monday Party at Sew Can Do:)


  12. Louisa says:

    Very cute. I usually throw my selvedges away, I hadn’t thought to save them but I see that they can be made into something beautiful. #craftasticmonday

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