For our holiday I decided that I didn't want to take my wallet, but I needed something to carry cash, as well as our passports and plane tickets when travelling. I finally pulled out my selvedges that I've been saving for ages, and made a selvedge pouch. I've made a couple of these before, but not for a long time and I've given them as gifts, so I'm thrilled to finally have one of my own!
I love making these, because it's like a trip down memory lane. A reminder of favourite fabrics that I used a long time ago, and have since run out of. It's also a nice reminder of old projects. When I am cutting fabric, I always trim my selvedges off retaining about an inch of the fabric. That way you can see a strip of it and it adds colour to these types of projects.
To make one of these pouches, I cut two pieces of cotton batting to the size I want my panels. Then I line up my selvedges and arrange them the way I want them. Starting from the bottom right hand corner I stitch each selvedge on top of the last onto the batting panel. Because their edges are sealed, you don't have to worry about the selvedges fraying. Once they are all stitched on, I trim up the panel and it's ready to be sewn up as a pouch.
I lined this pouch with a really bright yellow Heather Bailey print. It's so bright, it's almost neon and it makes me smile every time I look at it! I used a couple of scraps for my zip ends and I made them longer than usual which has given the zip ends a really neat finish.
I will definitely be making something else with my selvedges soon, I really enjoyed putting them together for this project. Maybe I should make something on a bigger scale? But what? Or maybe I'll save them for the next Sweet Pouch Swap? (which Alyce and I have decided to do in the early in new year - stay tuned!)