I save the "doodle" cloths that I use to make sure my tension is correct for each quilt I quilt; and also to practice the design I'm getting ready to put on the quilt.
I do a lot of quilts over the year, so that's a lot of "doodle cloths".
I turn these into zipper bags for Christmas presents.
I wanted to spruce them up, because the same people get them year after year, so I decided to start saving selvages to embellish them. Here is my first attempt:
As I started saving the selvages it seems like every one around me got in on the project. The LQS, Quilters Corner put a jar out on the table in the classroom labeled
"Selvages for Mary Ann". My friends at all my sewing activities (who will most likely be the recipient of some of these zipper bags) bring me ziploc baggies full of selvages every time we meet. Then, I go home with the selvages that are cut at
the activity that particular day. So they have added up pretty fast! I really like the way they spruced up the looks of the little bags.
For these bags I just sewed the 2 1/2" pieces directly on to the quilted "doodle cloths"
Then I overcast the edges with a decorative stitch.