Fabric Selvage Cushion Cover

January 12, 2014


I’ve been gathering my fabric selvage’s for some time, it reached a point where I felt I had enough to create a project. That or it was time to make another storage basket.



My cushion covers are looking somewhat the worse for wear. An ideal chance to redesign, recover.


I used the old cushion cover as template, and utilised the old zip as the fastening for the cushion cover.



Starting across the middle of the cushion I layered selvage edges, zig zagging the raw edges down.


The cushion cover used far more selvages than I anticipated. I am delighted with the finished cushion cover, and am already saving my selvage edges.

Selvage Edge Cushion cover

What do you use your selvage edges for?

As usual I am popping by Handmade Harbour 🙂


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12 comments so far.

12 responses to “Fabric Selvage Cushion Cover”

  1. Brilliant idea – I used to keep mine waiting for inspiration but sadly threw them all out just before Christmas when the sewing room reverted to guest room. I will start collecting again now!

  2. What a great idea! I throw mine away usually, although I do keep all sorts of other scraps which my husband tells me will be good for nothing – what does he know???

  3. Handbags by Helen says:

    What a fab idea. I’d never thought of using them! You’re a genius.

  4. Ginny says:

    What a great idea. I love it.

  5. Katie says:

    Fantastic idea. I have to admit that I dont keep my edges :-S I really should!

  6. A great way to use something we normally throw out. I’ve used selvedges as book spines on a library bag…

  7. What a fun idea! I love your finished cushion. I have to say i usually through mine away – i start to drown in scraps otherwise! x

  8. Auntie SHAN says:

    My Grandmother used to do the same sort of thing with old silk cigar-box ribbons. BTW, you might also want to use a ZigZag stitch over the frayed edges to keep them more secure.

  9. What a great idea! It’s a very modern cushion and would look great with many designs. Thanks for sharing.

  10. A lovely cushion cover, and a great idea to re-use the zip from an old one – particularly as it has made me realise that now I can sew zips, I can make cushion covers myself! I’ve not had many selvedges yet, but my initial thought would have been to throw it away – now I shall keep them and find a nice project to do.

  11. catherine says:

    Great idea for something for something usually away. Very inspiring!

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