I’ve been hoarding my fabric selvedges for a long time and I decided it was time to get them out! They are the ultimate scrap aren’t they? It is kind of ridiculous to keep them, but they are so pretty and quite fun to sew with. After a successful first attempt which you can see here, I made another One Hour Basket. You can find the free PDF tutorial here on Craftsy.
When I trim selvedges off fabric I try to keep about 2cm of the fabric attached so when I sew them you can see a bit of the print. This keeps the project colourful otherwise selvedge projects can look very monotone. It’s also nice to get a peek of what the fabric was originally.
I like to sew selvedges onto batting with a piece of scrap fabric on the back to make for smooth stitching. The batting and fabric layers make for a sturdy panel and if I need extra structure I’ll use canvas or home dec weight fabric as the backing.
I apologize for giving you all another reason to hoard scraps! Selvedge projects are the coolest and I love when you go to a quilt show or fabric store and see someone with a selvedge bag or pouch – it makes you feel like you are part of a secret society of fabric appreciators! Am I right? I also feel like that when I see something handmade and I recognise the fabric by designer or line.
Fabric nerds unite!
I was thinking I could do a quick tutorial showing how I make my selvedge panels…yay or nay? Or maybe a small selvedge project sew along? That could be fun!