Sunday, August 19, 2012

My Sewing Room Rug

Sometimes I'm glad I have a hard time purging "stuff".   While I was making an attempt at cleaning my sewing room a couple of weeks ago, I came across a bin of selvages.  For several years I've seen different projects that quilters have made using selvages and I decided to start saving them.  I wasn't sure what I would do with them, but I do think they're sort of fun.   I've dug through them a few times when I needed to know the  name of a certain fabric to check if I could buy it again.

Anyway...... when I came across the bag I came real close to pitching it.  But like so often happens, I just moved it from a bin to a plastic bag so it wouldn't take up so much space, and I shoved it into a different corner.

Then I came across this fun project.  It didn't take me long to dig out that bag and get started!  In just a few days, I turned this mess -

into this cheerful rug for my sewing room!  I have to say I just love it!

Now if I need to know the name of a fabric, I just crawl on the floor instead of trying to figure out where I put that bag!

I recently purchased a box of these little red things.  They seemed a bit pricey, but I wanted to try them out.  I have to say, they're worth the money spent!

And for the record -- I think I'm cured of purging!

Which reminds me - I almost forgot.  I wasn't sure what I was going to use for a base for the rug.  Then I remembered this blanket that Sharyn had bought for me at a garage sale.  Another item that I came close to purging recently -- and it was perfect!

If you save your selvages, there are instructions for making one of your own here.


  1. WORDS FAIL ME!! This was such a fun surprise and inspiring. You have inspired me to NOT purge! All I needed was a good excuse. Fun fun fun

  2. Oh my gosh! Your rug turned out so awesome. Yours is so much better than mine with all that great color. Great job!

  3. I love it! I have a bag of scraps here that might just get used for something like this...thanks for posting!

    1. Thanks Sue -- let me know if you run out of scraps ;)

  4. So cool! Great way to use them up!

  5. Plus, I enjoyed the mental image of you crawling on the floor, trying to find the name of some fabric...

  6. Just beautiful. I was tempted to try this when I read Julie's blog but yours pushed me over the edge. Gotta do one now for sure...

  7. And carol, since I know you won't mention it....CAROL WON A BLUE RIBBON FOR THIS PIECED RUG AT OUR COUNTY FAIR A COUPLE OF WEEKS AGO,, YAY,