Tuesday Tip: Re-Using Batting Scraps

Do you have various pieces of batting left over from projects and/or strips you’ve collected after trimming up your finished quilt? Well, don’t throw out those scraps because there are ways to join them together and make use of them.

Take those smaller pieces of batting and sew them together to make a useable piece. I have used joined up batting in several quilts. It may take some time, but if you get sick of throwing away quilt trimmings, this is the use for you! There are a few ways to make this, but here’s my favorite:

  1. Start by gathering your odd pieces of batting. Get them out of those cupboards and drawers and use them for your next quilt project!
  2. Trim down the largest edges so they are straight. This is SUPER important to make sure that your batting doesn’t get wonky and bumpy later. It does not matter much if your batting pieces are the same length (or width). Just work with what you have and build it up to be big enough for your current quilt needs.
  3. Sew two pieces together using a wide zig zag stitch. You do not want to overlap the batting. Just butt the pieces up next to each other and sew. Keep following this process until you have built up enough batting for project.

I have never had any issues with any quilts in which I have used pieces of batting cobbled together to make a usable piece. You cannot tell once it’s quilted. It’s a great way to use up something that otherwise would be trash and save yourself a few bucks.

Bonus Tip:  Even skinny pieces of batting are also usable if you trim them to a 2 1/2″ width and join pieces up end to end. I am currently joining up pieces to make a length of batting approx. 50 yards in length to become the filling for a Jelly Roll Rug.

If this all seems a little too tedious for you, then join up your batting scraps using Marti Michell’s fusible batting tape. It comes on a roll and makes quick work of joining up batting pieces. You can’t even feel where the join is later once your quilt is sandwiched.

Happy stitching!

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