I really appreciate a beautiful selvage, but I rarely cut to save my selvage edges because I am just not sure what I would do with them. Working on several projects recently, I hatched an idea to use beautiful selvages in a single fold binding, and with this quick hot pad experiment, I was able to prove out the method.
I cut my selvage to be 1.25 inches wide, and you will need to piece enough length to match the perimeter of your quilted project. In this example, I had a 1.25-inch wide by 40-inch long selvage edge and a quilted 8.5-inch square hot pad. Note that my thought with using the selvage edge binding is that you want to show off the beautiful selvage, so the finished selvage edge will be on the front of your quilted item.
To begin, place the raw edge of the selvage, right side down, along the edge of the back of your quilted item and sew around the perimeter.
It is my personal preference to sew down the binding with between a 1/4-inch and 3/8-inch seam allowance.
For this simple hot pad, I did not use a mitered join in the binding. When I am doing a straight join on my binding, I like to fold back the binding edges and firmly finger press to leave an indication of where to sew the binding together. I also like to leave a very small gap between the fold. When I match them exactly I tend to have a slight pucker when I finish sewing down the binding around the edge.
When sewing your seams together to create your selvage binding roll and when joining at the end, I recommend sewing your seam and then reversing back along the seam to help really secure the edge. When the binding is flipped around the edge will be raw and exposed, and reversing back over your seam will keep threads tidy and the joint more secure.
Once the binding is sewn around the back of the quilt, flip the binding over by hand.
And then lightly press the folded binding along the seam.
Flipping the selvage around to the front of the quilt, sew down to the front of the quilt. For such a small item, I was able to do this all by hand, but clover clips and pinning will help keep the binding secure and aligned. I also use my “multi-purpose” tool (my seam ripper) to help hold my mitered corners when I am machine sewing down my binding, as you can see below. 😉
Note that I recommend reversing and sewing over the locations where your binding strips are joined together a few times to help keep that joint secure during use.
This particular binding left a colorful frame across the back of the pot holder and a lovely selvage frame for the front!
I hope this inspires you to cut and use some of the beautiful selvages in your stash.
Don’t miss out on the other great inspiration in the Selvage Along!
Selvage Along Schedule Hosted by Quilty Habit and Quilts of a Feather
July 24 – Selvage storage/collection linkup
July 27 – Selvage Strip Pillow Tutorial by Jess @Quilty Habit
August 3 – Anna Maria Horner Selvage Feathers Tutorial by Renee @Quilts of a Feather
August 10 – Selvage Zippy Pouch Tutorial by Chris @Made by ChrissieD + mid-way/check-in linky on both blogs
August 17 – Selvage Binding Tutorial by Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl
August 24 – Project by Vera @Negligent Style
August 31 – Project by Jess @Elven Garden Quilts
Sept. 7 – Selvage Churn Dash Project Share by Helga @Cluckin’ Pineapple
Sept. 14 – Tutorial round up on both blogs