Selvage Questions Answered

I’ve gotten a couple of questions about saving selvages, so here are the answers. 

1. Do you save both selvages, or only the printed ones?

I save only the printed ones, but I have read that some people save both.

2. How wide do you cut them?

I cut mine 1.5″ wide, because that’s what the Selvage Queen icon smile Selvage Questions Answered Karen Griska recommends. I find it works great. I measure 1.5″ from the finished selvage edge.

Another note: I saw fabric recently with a Mexican theme, and the little color windows were all shaped like tiny Mexican hats! Imagine how much fun we’ll have if fabric companies start making their selvages with artistic considerations!

About Diane Harris

I'm Interactive Editor for Quiltmaker magazine in Golden, Colorado, USA. For six years, I've been writing pattern instructions and product reviews, and doing a host of other tasks necessary to help produce a national pattern magazine. Now I work remotely from rural Nebraska to generate some of our online content. I manage the QM Scrap Squad, our blog tours and our Quilt-Alongs. I have one of the best jobs in the world.
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One Response to Selvage Questions Answered

  1. Kay says:

    What a neat idea. I haven’t been saving selvages, but think I’ll start. Can imagine some really fun projects for all those strips.

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