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Selvage Mini Wall Quilt | Ideas for leftover selvages

by Sarah Vanderburgh

The mini wall quilt is perfect for a small skinny spot in your quilting room. In yesterday’s post, I used the PFAFF passport 2.0 to assemble and quilt the wall quilt. In this last post, I’m adding some selvage embellishments and using the passport 2.0 to machine bind.

Quilted wall quilt on the wall completed

Quilted wall quilt project made with the passport 2.0

Prepare binding

Use the 3 – 2” wide strips cut earlier this week in my post, The Selvage Wall Quilt | Decorative Stitches create letters, to make the binding for the wall quilt.

  1. Sew the strips together at a 45-degree angle then press down ¼” to the wrong side of the binding.

Binding strip beside quilted wall quilt

Prepare the binding for the quilted wall quilt from the solid fabric.

2. At this point, check that you have enough binding. Not only that, on such a small project you want to ensure that none of my binding seams will be at the corners of the project.

3. Lay the binding on the back of the wall quilt and go all the way around, folding the binding over and back at each corner and readjusting if a seam lands at a corner.

4. When you’re happy with the positioning, place a pin at the beginning of the binding strip.

Binding laid out on back of wall quilt with starting edge pinned in place

Lay out binding on back of wall quilt to plan placement avoiding seams at corners.

Place the quilt loop

  1. Before you sew the binding to the back top edge of the wall quilt, place a quilt loop made from the selvage fabric.
  2. Cut a 2” square from the leftover selvage fabric and fold it in half with the selvage side facing out. Pin it in place at the top edge of the wall quilt and sew the binding over it.
  3. Use the regular straight stitch to sew the binding onto the back of the wall quilt.

Back top edge of wall quilt with selvage piece folded and pinned in place for binding

Pin selvage piece loop to top back edge of wall quilt.

4. Fast forward to having the binding sewn onto the back of the wall quilt. Now it’s time to fold the binding over a ¼” then fold again to cover the edge and pin it to the front of the wall quilt. Cover the stitching line from attaching the binding to the back.

Note: I pin a lot at this point so I don’t have to fiddle with the binding at the machine.

5. Fold the corners of the binding, and at the top edge, pin the selvage quilt loop out of the way of the stitch line. For my wall quilt, I changed back to the blue thread for the binding so it stands out, you can use thread that matches the binding fabric and the stitches will be less visible.

Selvage pinned to front of wall quilt with quilt sleeve pinned out of the way

Pin folded binding to front of wall quilt keeping sleeve free of sewing line.

Add selvage string strip

This step came to me after I sewed the selvage fabric and saw how many selvages extended past the foundation fabric. I decided I wanted to incorporate them into the piece as an embellishment. I cut a 3” wide piece in colors that matched the corner triangles and left about a half inch of the foundation piece attached. You can see below that included the extra sewing line I did earlier.

Selvage string piece cut to fit width of wall quilt

Cut piece from leftover selvage string strip for embellishment.

I placed this fringed piece right side down with the selvage strings laying on the wall quilt and pinning the front binding over it. I originally kept more of the foundation piece attached and didn’t like the result – the photo below shows my second piece being laid out with the binding already stitched on both sides and removed from the bottom edge.

Wrong side up of selvage piece at bottom edge of wall quilt to be sewn into binding

Selvage strip piece right side down on bottom edge of wall quilt.

After the binding is completely sewn down, I flip the selvage string piece over the binding and sew it using the guide marks on the presser foot to keep the line straight and close to the top edge.

Sewing quilt selvage strings over the finished binding edge of wall quilt

Stitch down quilt selvage strings over the binding.

Completed mini wall quilt

It’s a little cuter than I imagined! I’m pretty thrilled with the stitched letters and the dangling selvage strings.

Mini wall quilt with stitched letters that spell quilt quilt on wall

The completed mini wall quilt

I enjoyed sewing the cute and colorful Selvage Mini Wall Quilt on the PFAFF passport 2.0. From sewing the selvage fabric, stitching out the letters to binding, and adding selvage embellishments, the machine and its features helped me bring the mini wall quilt to life. The selvage wall quilt certainly adds a little charm to my quilt room!

Wall quilt that reads ‘quilt’ with stitched lettering on wall behind passport 2.0 sewing machine

The Selvage Mini Wall Quilt behind the passport 2.0

Thi is part 5 of 5 in this series

Go back to part 4: Sew thick seams quickly using the PFAFF passport 2.0 IDT system


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