Framed Selvage Tutorial

Friday, October 29, 2010

Here is the promised mini tutorial for the framed selvage I used to decorate in my sewing space.


What You'll Need
New or Old frame (remove the glass if there is any)
Mod Podge
fabric selvages (scraps)
glue gun
scissors (rotary cutter and board optional)

Let's Get Started
First, trace the outline of your frame opening on the cardboard. You want to cardboard to sit in the lip of the opening, so make it bigger than the opening itself. Cut out the card board piece and check the fit.

Cut your fabric scraps into strips roughly 2" wide.
Press the strips nice and flat.
Layout the strips on the cardboard to get the placement you like.
I needed a tiny strip at the bottom of mine so you could still see the selvage in the frame, but also cover up the last bit of cardboard. Check your layout in the frame to see if you have everything showing the way you want it.
Grab a medium size brush, a small brush, and your mod podge.
Working in small sections, paint the cardboard with mod podge then place a strip of fabric down on top. Carefully smooth out your fabric strip. Cover the top edge of the previously placed strip with mod podge before you place the next overlapping strip. Continue until you have covered the cardboard piece.
Go back over your strips checking for any loose pieces. Using the small brush, touch up these spots with additional mod podge.
Once everything is secured, flip over the cardboard piece and trim the strips along the edges of the cardboard.
Use a glue gun to glue your decorated cardboard to the inner lip of the frame. Then display and enjoy!
Framed Selvage Tutorial
The is a great scrap buster and reminder of the beautiful things you have created with the fabric pieces you've used.

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  1. This is so fabulous. I LOVE selvage projects!

  2. What a great Idea. I always loved the selvage edges and thought they were a shame to throw out. I am off to my fabric stash to see how many I have!

  3. What a sweet way to pay homage to your favorite fabric designers!

  4. It's amazing how may uses we've gotten out of the diaper champ box!

  5. What a CUTE addition to a craft room!!

  6. What a great idea! Esp for a sewing room! Love it.

  7. I absolutely love that! What a clever idea!!! (visiting from TT&J)

  8. I love this! What a great idea! This is the second use for fabric selvages that I've seen this week. So clever!

  9. What a creative idea and a lovely finished project !!
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  11. this is super cute and would look adorable in a craft or sewing room! If you have a chance come link up to handmade tuesdays @ ladybug blessings tomorrow.

  12. What a clever idea! I like the colorful fabrics.

  13. I love love love this! I featured it on my blog today!!!

  14. Love, LOVE this idea. I can never remember the official name of the fabrics I've used.

  15. How cute, what a great idea! I been saving selvages for a project.


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