One of the best things about crafting is that you can make something out of almost nothing, or even make something out of trash.
In today’s tight budgets, we’re all looking for ways to cut back. Here’s a new idea: make quilt blocks from the selvedge edges of your fabric—the pieces you normally trim off and toss!
This idea was sent in to Told You Sew! by Carole Kelley, who has already made some awesome blocks this way:
This is a creative way to make more out of the fabric you already have. As you use up your stash, just cut slightly larger selvedge edges (around 1.5 to 2 inches) each time you trim new fabric. Save ‘em up and make these fresh-looking blocks. Carole layered the selvedges on a foundation of muslin.
It’s a very “edgy” look, don’t you think?
Here’s a more detailed explanation from Carole of how she made these blocks:
They were done on a 9″ muslin square foundation on which I put a light spraying of “Best Press.” I started on a corner stitching the selvedge of the first piece of fabric to the muslin as close to the corner as I could get with enough stitches to hold it on. Then I kept layering the next selvedge piece on top of the first and stitched along its edge – always stitching the selvedge edge – kind of like shingles on a roof. I did not trim any of the pieces to square up the block until the whole block was finished and then I just rotary cut all four sides. I found that I liked to vary the width of the pieces so that they were not all the same, but they cannot be too narrow as the selvedge of the next piece will cover the fabric pattern. The width I used was mostly 1 1/2 inches, but a few were 1 1/4 and some were larger – not quite 2″. I am not sure what I will use mine for, but they certainly were fun to make!
(photos by Carole Kelley)