Posted on June 08, 2013 by Jenn Thurston | 0 comments
Ever wonder what to do with your selvages? I was in desperate need of some coasters, so I thought why not make them a little interesting!
Here's a quick and informal tutorial on how to use your selvages to make coasters. I began by taking some scrap fabric or muslin and cut them into 5" squares.
Take a ruler, line up the 45 degree line with the corner of the 5" square. Mark with a pen (I used a Frixon pen, but you could use something permanent since the selvage will be covering up the line).
Grab a handful of those selvages you've been hoarding (come on, no point in denying it....). I only used 7 or 8 different strips, they stretch surprisingly far!
Place the first selvage aligning the top with the line you just marked.
Place the next selvage above the first selvage (both selvages facing up), overlapping slightly so that when the top stitch line is sewn both selvages are sewn down. Stitch close to the edge of the lower portion of the second selvage.
Continue to layer the next selvage in line slightly above the selvage just sewn, stitch close to the edge making sure both selvages are sewn down with that stitch line.
Continue until the whole square is completely covered with selvages. Here is a picture of the front and back. That's it, now all you have to do is cut them into the desired size (I used a final size of 4.5" x 4.5"), make a quilt sandwich with backing and batting, quilt as desired and bind!
Who couldn't use some new coasters?? I know I did!