Make a skinny selvage scarf

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Do you save your fabric selvages?  I started doing it just over a year ago because I kept seeing lots of clever items made with them.  I never used to pay attention to the selvages on my fabric.  They were just things to cut off so that the fabric did not shrink funny or have a little stiff edge.  I never cut them off first, I just cut them willy nilly when I needed to. I now cut them at least an inch wide so I have something to work with on selvage projects.  The giant pile is growing, so here is a fun scarf that I sewed together with some of my selvages.  It is just a little skinny thing, but it can sure dress up a top.  I think you could even make it really long, sew the ends together and make it into an infinity scarf.    Why not be frugal and use every scrap of fabric in your projects?

Skinny Selvage Scarf


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  • colorful fabric selvage scraps (I used about 10-12 strips at least 18 inches long and about 1 inch wide)
  • backing fabric
  • flannel for the batting
  • coordinating thread


Note: All seams are 1/4 inch.

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Pick out your selvages and arrange them in a pleasing order.  Then stitch them together to make your fabric.

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You just overlap the selvage edge and stitch it down.

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Then, I used my rotary cutter to cut my selvage “fabric” into strips.

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Then I joined the strips end to end to get the length I needed.  It also made a nice repeating pattern of fabrics.

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I then layered my selvage strip, backing fabric and flannel for the filler and stitched around the whole thing.

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I turned it right side out and slip stitched the turning opening closed.

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I just added some topstitching to finish it off.  Now you have a funky, frugal and colorful skinny scarf to liven up a solid t-shirt or snazz up a plain white shirt.

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This was so much fun, that I made two more!

Do you save your selvages?  What are you making with them?

Handmade Holiday: Mini Tissue Holder Tutorial

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Here is a cute quick gift you can stitch up in multiples for holiday party favors, stocking stuffers or just a little something for someone special.  I used holiday and Christmas fabric but you could tailor them for boys or girls with masculine prints, sporty fabric or another cute novelty print.  There is really very little sewing so it is perfect for a beginning stitcher.  It doesn’t take much fabric either, so use up some of your scraps or stash.

Materials Needed:

  • Fabric Scraps in coordinating colors (fat quarters are more than enough)
  • Coordinating thread
  • Mini Tissue packages



Solid fabric:

  • Cut 1 — 4″ x 5 3/4″ rectangle
  • Cut 2— 4″ x 4″ squares

Print Fabric:

  • Cut 2 — 4″ x 5 3/4″ rectangle


  1. Iron the two solid squares and the two print rectangles in half the long way, wrong sides together.P1090778
  2. Layer the first print piece over the solid rectangle piece, right sides together.  The fold should be facing the center and the raw edges should be aligned with the solid rectangle.P1090780
  3. Next, layer the solid piece on the end with the fold facing the center and the raw edges aligned with the solid rectangle.P1090782
  4. Continuing to work clockwise, layer the other printed piece on the solid rectangle laying on top of the previous piece and with the raw edges aligned to the bottom rectangle.P1090784
  5. Layer the final solid square and the end with the fold facing the center.  Lift up the other print piece and tuck it under aligning the raw edges with the bottom rectangle.P1090787
  6. The pieces will look like this all layered together.  Pin the layers together.P1090793
  7. Stitch around the entire outside of the cover with a 1/4″ seam.P1090795
  8. Clip the corners and turn it right side out.P1090788
  9. Take one of the mini tissue packs.  I just snip the upper plastic package down the middle so you can get to the tissues.  You can maybe just open them and put the little sticky closer out of the way too.P1090790
  10. Tuck it into the little cover.P1090798
  11. Now you have a cute small tissue cover to tuck in your bag, purse or car.