After making my One Hour Basket using selvedges last week I had lots of readers keen for me to share how I sewed up the selvedges into a panel to be able to use them for projects.
Here are all the details and step by step pictures so you can make some awesome selvedge projects.
To make a panel for any project – bag, basket, zipper pouch – I start with my selvedges and a layer of batting and a layer of fabric. I use home dec weight or canvas so the panels are sturdy and will hold their shape.
Cut your batting and fabric into pieces with an extra inch to allow for shrinking and trimming. For example, if your pattern calls for 10″ x 8″ piece of fabric, cut these pieces 11″ x 9″.
When cutting selvedges from fabric, I recommend keeping about an inch of the print if you can. That adds colour to the project, gives some extra room to stitch onto making the project less fiddly, and also allows you to see what the fabric originally was.
I also recommend pressing your selvedges to give them a nice crisp finish.
You can sew them anyway you like – vertical, horizontal. I like to sew mine on the diagonal. I start off with a triangular scrap of fabric.
Selvedges do not fray on their edges, so I lay my first one along the triangle edge. Make sure there is overlap to enclose the raw edge of the triangle.
Stitch down along the selvedge edge to secure. Overlap with your next fabric and repeat.
When you add each new piece, make sure there is overhang over the sides. This will make sure there are no gaps or weak points in your final trimmed panel.
When you get to the corner, cut another triangle. As there are two raw edges on this piece, flip your triangle and sew with right sides together to enclose it.
You untrimmed finished panel will look like this. A bit messy, but that is good.
Flip it over and carefully trim it up with a ruler and rotary cutter. It will come out lovely and neat like these.
And that is it! You can make these any shape or size for all kinds of projects. It’s a great way to use up scraps and a nice reminder of all your favourite fabrics.
I used these panels to sew up a simple zipper pouch.
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