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Sassy Selvage Pincushion Project

December 14, 2015 in Projects

I've been hoarding my selvages for awhile, and now I have the perfect project for them! Keep reading for a fun gift idea for any sewer in your life. Help me welcome Lindsay from Lindsay Sews and Craft Buds! Sassy Selvage Pincushion By Lindsay Conner

Totally Stitchin': Sassy Selvage Pin Cushion Project

Looking for a quick project to sew with all of those pretty fabric selvages? Make a selvage pincushion in just a few simple steps with this tutorial! This makes a great stocking stuffer for the sewing lover in your life. Use this same method and larger fabric squares to make a pretty throw pillow! Materials: - Handful of fabric selvages, trimmed with at least 1/4” of extra fabric past the text - 8” x 5” scrap of lightweight fusible interfacing - 8” x 5” fabric for pincushion back - Handful of polyester fiber filling - Iron

Totally Stitchin': Sassy Selvage Pin Cushion Project

Sort through your saved selvages for pretty colors and interesting text.

Totally Stitchin': Sassy Selvage Pin Cushion Project

  1. Place the interfacing in front of you with the bumpy (fusible) side facing up. Starting at one short end, place a single selvage on top of the interfacing. Press in place with an iron.

Totally Stitchin': Sassy Selvage Pin Cushion Project

  1. Continue slightly overlapping selvages in this manner, pressing them to the interfacing. You’ll sew them down later to secure.

Totally Stitchin': Sassy Selvage Pin Cushion Project

  1. Trim off the selvage ends that extend past the 8” x 5” piece of interfacing.

Totally Stitchin': Sassy Selvage Pin Cushion Project

  1. Sew around the perimeter of the selvage panel, 1/8” from the edges, to secure the selvages in place. Sew a straight line 1/8” from the edge of each selvage as it overlaps the one below it. Your end goal is to secure any loose flaps of selvage.

Totally Stitchin': Sassy Selvage Pin Cushion Project

  1. Place the selvage panel and the 8” x 5” fabric piece right sides together. Stitch around the perimeter 1/4” from the edges, leaving a 2” gap in one short side for turning.

Totally Stitchin': Sassy Selvage Pin Cushion Project

  1. Turn the pin cushion right side out, poking out each of the corners. Fill the opening of the pin cushion with fiber fill. Hand stitch or machine stitch the opening closed.

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Do you enjoy sewing with selvages? Let us know your favorite project to make with selvages in the comments! Need more gift ideas? Check out Baby Lock's Holiday Gift Guide or Project section on their website.

7 responses to Sassy Selvage Pincushion Project

  1. I save selvages to use as tie-downs and as “yarn”, just as you would use cut-up t-shirts. Selvages are durable and completely washable.

  2. I usually throw the cut selvage away.Will definitely start saving them now!

  3. I have been saving my selvages for quite some time. My mom and 3 sisters quilt and this will be a perfect little gift for them. Thanks for sharing!

    • If you add a piece of elastic to each ong end they can be used as a wrist pincushion.

  4. This is perfect! I’ve been saving my selvages for a project!! This is perfect!!

  5. I love selvages and have a container full and constantly being added to … Now at the overflow point. Use them in so many different projects. I sew them on to muslin and cut them out as any other piece of fabric. Thanks for sharing your great ideas.

  6. Now I wish I had saved all those selvages that I threw away over the many years of sewing.

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