Friday, September 10, 2010

How to Sew a Selvage Edge Bag

Goedemorgen Iedereen!
{That's Dutch for Good Morning Everyone}
Since having been featured on the cover of Haute Handbags Magazine, 
the Aerika Selvage Edge Bag has become a REAL HIT!!!!
What do you think of it?

I kinda like the draw-string casual closure.
Fun and flowing
Wanna make your own Selvage Edge Purse...????
I know you can ABSOLUTELY do it!!!!
It's easy to do and You will LOVE the result!

Here we go:
EASY DIY instructions on how to make a unique selvage bag....
Isn't it so fun to make something out of something we would normally discard? I think so!
  • Save your selvage edges {or just cut them off the collection of fabrics you already have}

  • Cut 1/2 inch into the print of the fabric.  {some people do more,  I like to be consistent and do 1/2 inch each time}

  • Cut your purse pattern pieces out of white cotton
  • {use the FREE Aerika Pattern, available from CrystelleBoutique....!!!!,or your own favorite pattern}
  • {OK, so you can see I didn't even pre-iron my fabric, and it still turned out cute!  It is such a forgiving method!.....YAY!!!!}

  • Draw parallel lines on the cotton to keep you going straight as you go  along

  •  Place one strip of selvage edge on at a time, and sew it in place

    • Be sure to overlap the unfinished edge of the previous selvage edge with the finished edge of the current one
    Not bad, is it?
    You can SO do this!!!!
    • I really love the way it turns out.
    • This is a very green, reused, recycled, re-purposed {all that good stuff..... :)  }  project for you and your friends and kids to do
    • I used the free Aerika Purse Pattern {a Crystelle Boutique original creation}  to make this selvage edge bag....

    The Poppy Flower is WAY cute too!!!! 
    Instructions on how to make it are right here
    Have fun cutting and sewing!
    :) Crystelle