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 an editor for Quiltmaker magazine in Golden, Colorado, USA. For six years, I wrote pattern instructions, product reviews and how-to articles. Then I spent four years as QM's Interactive Editor, working to generate much of our online content. Now I'm back to patterns and how-tos, which is a great fit for me. I still love writing about quilt-related topics for Quilty Pleasures, and I always have my finger on the pulse of the quilting world. I teach a variety of quilt classes and give guild programs, too. Reach me by email:
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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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