Scrap Bag Baby

I am so excited to be posting on MODA BAKE SHOP! I never thought, in a million years, that I would be able to add an “I was featured on Moda Bake Shop” button on my little ol’ blog. But here I am! Come visit me at my blog:

– 1 ‘Scrap Bag’ from Moda
– 1/2 yd. coordinating fabric for the border
– 1/2 yd. coordinating fabric for the Binding
– 1 2/3 yd. fabric for the back

(required yardage for the border/binding/back may vary depending on contents of your Scrap Bag)

-Open your scrap bag and dump out the contents.

-They’re ususally rolled together nice and neat, but I fluff mine up so I can get a good idea of the fabric contents.

-Take each strip and fold in half lengthwise.

-Line up the selvage side.

-Use a c-thru ruler and rotary cutter to trim the strip so that it is the same width the entire length.

-It doesn’t matter what the width is, they will all vary.

You just want a nice, even strip.

-Do this for all the strips.

-Choose two strips that you want to start with.

-Lay the strips next to eachother, right sides up, selvages to the right.

-Next, move one strip so that it’s selvage is overlapping the raw edge of the other strip by 1/2″ (About the width of the selvage itself.)

-Sew the strips together by top-stitching just less than 1/4″ from the outside edge of the selvage.
-I would recommend using pins to ensure a straight connection.
(I didn’t use pins and my quilt top got a little lopsided.)
-Don’t worry if the strips aren’t the same length- we’ll take care of that later.
-Don’t be too concerned with seam allowance on the top because the selvages won’t fray.

-But it is a good idea to check the back every once in a while to make sure you’re including enough of the raw edge from the other strip inside the seam.

-Continue adding strips until all the strips are used.


-Press your quilt top, then fold in half width-wise

(So all of your strips are running left to right).

-Use your c-thru ruler and rotary cutter to trim the sides of the quilt so that all the strips are the same length and the sides of the quilt are straight.

Now it’s time for the border!

-Use a measuring tape to measure the length of your quilt.
-Take this measurement from the center of the quilt.
-This measurement will tell you how long to cut your SIDE borders.

-Cut your border strips into 4 1/2″ widths.
-The length of my quilt was 41″, so I cut (2) 4 1/2″ strips to the length of 41″.
-Cut (2) of your strips to the length of your quilt.

(If the length of your quilt is longer than the length of your strips, you will need to piece 2 strips together, then cut them to the length you need.)

-Pin your strips to the sides of your quilt top (right sides together) and sew using a 1/4″ seam.

-Now you’ll need to measure the width of your quilt (including borders).

-Again, take this measurement from the center of your quilt.

-My quilt width (including borders) was 41″.

So again, I cut (2) border strips to the length of 41″ and attached them to the top and bottom of my quilt.

-Attach these border strips to the TOP and BOTTOM of your quilt.

-The quilt top is now complete!

-Quilt and bind using your favorite method.

My finished “Scrap Bag-Baby’ measures 41″ x 49”!
The finished size of your quilt will depend on the contents of your ‘Scrap Bag’ but should be in the Baby Quilt size range.

14 comments on “Scrap Bag Baby

  1. What a beautiful quilt. I love the way you have included the selvages, I would never have thought of doing that, but it looks amazing. Thankyou!

  2. Karen says:

    Just gorgeous! I love this quilt and the way you've made a feature out of the selvedges! My head is full of ideas now. THANK YOU!

  3. SUPER cute!!!
    and welcome to the moda bake shop family.

  4. Rachel says:

    Wow! What a creative way to use up scraps! =:D Thank you for another great pattern/idea!

    I just wanted to thank all of you for doing this blog and giving out all these great and fabulous free patterns! I just love them and print every one of them! =:D

    ~Miss Rachel~

  5. Congratulations on your first moda bake shop! Hope we see more from you.

    I love this! Now I need to go buy one of those scrap bags.

  6. Nicole says:

    I LOVE your quilt. Makes me wish I was having a girl. It would make such a sweet quilt for a baby girl. Congrats on being featured! I would have to say my favorite thing on my blog is that little Moda button saying I was featured 🙂

  7. Yeah! Em!! Happy Moda Bakeshop day to you!
    Love the Quilt!

  8. Jacqueline says:

    Congratulations on joining the Moda Bake Shop family! Love the way you used the scape bag. Could we have a printer friendly version?

  9. Congratulations on your Moda Bake Shop debut! I am so excited for you!! What a wonderful way to use the scrap bag!

  10. Brenda says:

    Most of the scrap bags don't have strips that came from the selvage. At least the ones I've gotten (quite a few). Maybe one in four or one in five.

  11. Eva says:

    Es muy bonita, pero a mi me gustaria hacer una colcha para bebes del mismo estilo, mi pregunta es ¿donde puedo comprar la bolsa de SCRAP BAG O BOLSA DE CHATARRA?.


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