Fabric Selvedge Basket

one hour basket


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.

selvedge one hour basket

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.

selvedge panel


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.

selvedge basket close up

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!

selvedge one hour basket

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!

22 thoughts on “Fabric Selvedge Basket

    1. How fun does Abby’s swap look! It’s been very popular! I think I might make another project with raspberry kiss blocks.

  1. Please write a tutorial for the selvedge one hour basket!!!! So cute and have looked for one on line w/o success!

  2. Oh Ros what a lovely idea.I have been throwing my selvedges away.,Well,I am nearly 75 yrs old,but not too late to start learning.

  3. I have just discovered your gorgeous site, I love your selvage bags and basket. Did you ever make a pattern for the selvage basket? It is a beauty! I would love to learn how to make it and thanks a bunch for sharing your wonderful skills. Best wishes Kathryn

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