So what the heck is a selvedge anyway? Well, for those who really don’t know, it’s the edge of either side of a woven fabric, so finished as to prevent raveling. That’s according to Merriam-Webster, that is.
To me, it’s the fun narrow border of a fabric that usually has written words and color dots, and more recently, colorful designs. Selvedges have become so charming, I am absolutely enamored with them.
Sometimes selvedges will have more than just the name of the company and/or the name of the fabric. Nowadays they will have words of wisdom, like these.
How can you go wrong, when your fabric tells you how the world should be!
And the selvedges with those cute characters! I mean, who doesn’t love colorful, charming, little animals or objects just marching across the edge? Usually the objects pertain to the pattern of the fabric and sometimes . . . who knows where the idea came from?
But I save all selvedges – the smooth edged and the ruffly edged. I cut the selvedge plus at least one inch of fabric. That way, when I overlap the selvedges to make fabric, I will get some of the color.
Which is why I save the selvedges – to make more fabric out of the strips. Sounds insane, I know, but it is so great-looking. I have covered my sewing room chair with that fabric. Here’s a photo:
Basically, once you make a piece of fabric from the strips, you can do anything with that fabric. Use it like any other fabric and sew into any shape you want. The possibilities are endless.
I’m not sure why selvedges speak to me the way they do but I sure am hooked. I confess that once I bought some fabric only because the selvedge was so outstanding. My love of selvedges is so well known, that many people now save them for me.
It’s kind of like being a drug addict and having dealers who give me the drug for free. I mean, really? I once even talked a lady at my Quilt Guild Meeting, who had won a bag of selvedges as a door prize, into giving me the whole bag. I think I need an intervention.
So next time you see a piece of fabric, look at the selvedges. Careful! You might become addicted, just like me!
Oh, I see some now! Gotta go!