Selvage Weaving Rug Mug Coaster Mini Tutorial

I've put together a mini tutorial on how I do my selvage weaving mug rug coasters based on my posts on instagram.  This will give a basis of how they come together but doesn't give step by step instructions.  If you would like to know more about fabric weaving, I suggest checking out Tara from Wefty Needle. She has lots of tutorials and advice and created the handy, dandy wefty needle for weaving.

This is my ironing board and how I do #selvageweaving. FYI I do everything wrong. I don’t use a foam board. I just use my homemade ironing board, which has the wrong kind of wood and is warping from all the steam. The pins are lapel/bouquet pins leftover from my sister’s wedding and I didn’t see the point in buying new ones, but the heads melt.  I’m a make do kind of person and this works for me. Also, that’s a chocolate tin I keep my weaving pins in.  Since I poke them into wood, I wouldn’t want to use them on my quilts (although I have. smh)

I keep all the pieces of selvage, no matter the size and why I often will weave on an angle, using up all those teeny tiny bits near the corners, so nothing is wasted. To prepare the selvages, I iron only one side of the selvage under, the raw edge, about 1/4 inch.  What you cannot see in the photos is my interfacing.  I use apparel lightweight interfacing cut to 5 x 10 inches for this project. 

Here the strips are arranged.  I spend the most time on this step since I want to use all the pieces, without cutting them if possible. I feel bad cutting them for some reason and want to use them all as they are.

After ironing to the interfacing and removing from the board, I trim the edges 1/4 inch past the interfacing around all sides. They will shrink up once quilted and I like my coasters to be 5" square.  I add batting and a backing fabric. My batting is leftover from a trimmed quilt so again, using leftovers.  Normally I would use scrappy backings but I wanted them all to match in this case.

 I do not use my walking foot when quilting because it gets caught in the weaving.  I also do not pin anything.  I quilt each strip down the center in both directions.  This is so the weaving will not move with use and even can be washed. Spill your coffee like me? This is how I know it can be washed.

Trim each block to 5 x 10" and then to 5 x 5".  This is the size I like my coasters as it holds my coffee cup quite nicely.  Add binding and then ta-da! Something functional out of trash. That's the best.  I also typically use leftover bindings, but again wanted these to match.  We use them on our tables and the kids love playing with them; they are stepping stones across the hot lava floor. 

Here are a few photos of a large selvage weaving block.  I love using the selvages from the solid fabrics because it has such a nice furry, fuzzy texture.

I am not sure what I will do with this block just yet.  I had intended for a smaller bag but I'm just not ready to cut it up.  Come back and see what I will eventually decide.

Here is another project with selvage weaving but this time I only used solids so it's super furry and soft.  

This is a sew together bag and pattern is by Sew Demented. I've made it a bit taller so as to accommodate the weaving.


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