Scrap Bag Baby

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– 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.

Sugar Cube Pincushion

Moda charm pack – choose 6 charm squares, Moda jelly roll strips/scraps, or Moda scrapbag strips
2 inch square english paper pieces by paper
upholstery thread
silk thread
Doll makers needle

6 buttons that coordinate with fabric

Choose 6 fabrics and cut a 2.5 inch square. Your 2 inch paper piece will fit perfectly.
Baste the paper pieces to the wrong side of the fabric. The type or color of thread doesn’t matter as you will be removing them at the end of the piecing. I do not ‘knot’ the thread at the end…just overlap the basting stitch. This allows me to pull the thread more easily once the squares are sewn together.
After you have them all basted lay them out in a pleasing arrangement.
Taking 2 squares right sides together begin to whip stitch the edges. Here I do knot the thread and I use silk thread to help hide my stitches.
This is the how the piece should look….
Then you stitch the sides together…it is necessary to remove the center square paper to allow you to fold the piece to align the squares right sides together for stitching. As you stitch the sides and a ‘square’ is sewn completely you can remove that paper to give even more flexibility.

Leave one opening for turning and stuffing. This is before all the paper pieces are removed.

Here they are removed and the pincushion is turned for stuffing. Once you stuff it, whip stitch opening closed…again with silk thread if you have it. I use a doll makers needle for sewing the buttons since they are longer and studier but still go through the button holes.

I made 3 sugar cubes…they’re addicting!…the top one is Aviary fabric from a Moda Scrapbag! Bottom left is Fig and Plum from a Moda charm pack and the right cushion is Mary Englebreit’s Friends and Flowers jelly roll!!

Up to 6 pincushions from 1 charm pack!
Bunches from a jelly roll or scrap bag.

Selvage Pillow

Make this charming pillow with your favorite selvages! It’s quick and easy.
Wouldn’t it look great in your quilt studio, or make a sweet gift for a quilter friend?

The back of the pillow could be simply a solid fabric, or you could sew leftover strips to a foundation as shown below. (Instructions are for the front of the pillow only.)

One Moda Scrapbag (containing selvages)

Foundation fabric, 16″ x 16″

Backing fabric, 16″ x 16″
Purchased pillow form, 16″ x 16″
Pen or pencil

Step One: Measure each side of your foundataion square placing a mark in the center as shown. Draw lines to connect these 4 marks. The lines will serve as a guide in placing your horizontal selvages. Cover these lines as you attach each selvage.

Step Two: Trim the selvages to your desired width as you work. I cut mine about 1.5 inches wide, so that some of the printed pattern shows. Some are wider because I wanted the cherries or something special to show. Starting at the bottom, lay your first selvage near the edge of the foundation and topstitch along the bound edge, as shown below. Perfection is not critical here, as you will see later.

Step Three: Lay selvage #2 on top of selvage #1, being careful to cover the raw edge of #1 with the bound edge of #2. Topstitch along the bound edge of #2.

Some selvage quilters like to arrange their selvages close together so the finished project is mostly white. Others prefer to show more of the printed fabric for a more colorful look. I like to “mix it up” a little. It’s up to you.

Step Four: Continue adding selvages, making sure you cover the guidelines that you drew. If they are longer than necessary, that’s okay. The extra length will be covered up later. Sometimes I pin the selvages to keep them from shifting as I sew.
Continue on, arranging the selvages as you please. Curiously, this gets to be so much fun. I really like those cherries, so I placed some in the middle, and more at the top.

Step Five: Now (peeking behind your foundation to see where your center marks are) arrange selvages on the diagonal and topstitch.

Continue on, adding selvages on all four corners.

Step Six: Trim to 16″ x 16.”

Step Seven: Place your selvage block and your backing right sides together and sew along the outer edge using a quarter inch seam allowance. Leave an opening along the bottom edge about 7 inches long, reinforcing your stitching at each end of this opening. You may want to round the corners as shown below (so your pillow won’t have little points sticking out). Trim the corners. Turn right side out. Insert pillow (it helps to have another pair of hands at this point). Hand sew the opening closed. You’re done!

For more on selvage quilts and many other incredible selvage items (a selvage lamp, a selvage dress…), visit Karen Griska’s and Also see the new AQS book, “Quilts from the Selvage Edge,” by Karen Griska. It has fabulous photos and directions for stunning selvage quilts. There are helpful tips too. You can see before and after photos showing what happens when you wash a selvage quilt. (Spoiler Alert: Nothing bad happens! You can wash these!) Join the selvage revolution and become an extreme scrap quilter, a dumpster diva, a “green” quilter.
Happy quilting to you!
Karen Griska