Salvage Those Selvages

Twin Bed Selvage Quilt

photo from Julie at From Three to Insanity

A selvage is the edge of a fabric where you find information about the designer and manufacturer, along with dots of all the colors used in the fabric. It’s “a tightly woven edge that runs along both outermost edges of a fabric’s lengthwise grain. Selvage edges keep the fabric from fraying.” Definition from

In general these are the parts of the fabric that end up in the trash. Why would somebody want the fabric manufacturer’s or the designer’s name in their beautifully pieced quilt top?

But as we all know, quilters are a very resourceful bunch and, believe it or not, there are quilters not only using selvages in their quilts but raising the bar on creativity once again.

Just take a look at this amazing Flickr set by Julie. Pincushions, table toppers, and quilts, oh my! All made using selvages.

And lots of people are dedicated to recycling, but Riel takes that to a whole new level with her Recycling quilt.

Recycle Quilt by Riel

Photo by Riel from the Q and the U

I think I’m going to start collecting selvage edges from everybody at Erica’s and turn them into an epic selvage project. Well, maybe. Either that or a potholder. Let’s not get ahead of ourselves here. I am a beginning quilter after all.

Have you incorporated selvages into any of your projects? We would love to see pictures! You can email them in to jennifer dot crutchfield at ericas dot com and they just might find their way into a Facebook post or a future blog post.

You can see What’s New at Erica’s almost every day! Any page of our website has a column on the left that tells you where to find things, and all you have to do is look for “New Items” in purple, and click to find out.

(To find an item or event on our web site after clicking on the highlighted words, hold down the “Ctrl” key and touch F. Enter the item number in the box, press enter, and you’ll be taken to that item.)

2 thoughts on “Salvage Those Selvages

  1. That is so neat!! Just loved looking at all the various ways you have used the selvages!!
    Guess it’s time to start my selvage collection!!

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