Since I already had my selvages spread all over my craft tables, it made sense that I would keep working with them, right.
So many ideas. Little zippered bags. Birthday cake mug rug. Christmas Tree.
Ah. Christmas Tree. Perfect for this time of year. That’s what I decided to make.
So easy since the selvage strips are mostly the length I needed. A few needed a chop here and a fussy cut there. Two of these strips have a personal meaning.
First, the MBT at the top. Though this is name of the fabric manufacturer, to me it represents my first full time job. At Michigan Bell Telephone Company. One of the Baby Bells. (Which is now history. Just a memory.) Started there in November 1967. Ended up staying 18 years.
And second. The one with the words Telegraph Road. So happens we have a Telegraph Road in our area. It is a major, major main road. Like a mini expressway. Go fast or leave your car at home. I learned to drive on that road. I have fond memories of all the middle fingers some very nice people used to thrust up at me.
OK… I think that is enough of going Down Memory Lane. 😀
Back to my tree. After deciding which selvages to use, I stitched them down to white quilted fabric. I love this stuff.
I bought it at JoAnn’s about five years ago. Never could decide what to use it for. Just perfect for this project.
The side borders were easy too. I auditioned a few searching for something Christmasy that was long enough.
And settled on these three. Quilting was Stitch-In-The-Ditch following the grid lines of the quilted fabric.
The backing was a piece of Christmas fabric pulled from my scraps. Used the same for the binding.
I put little triangle tabs on the back so it can be hung on the wall.
And done!! Mug rug or wall hanging.
My favorite. How sweet is this little selvage.
I have more in the works. Unless I get bored, the plan is to make about six trees before Christmas. To give as gifts or put in my Etsy shop.
If you have any selvages, try it yourself. Make up a few of these trees. Quick and cute!!