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Thread: HELP, Pretty Please... with Sewing Project (not a quilt)

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    Senior Member AtHomeSewing's Avatar
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    HELP...Please, Please, Please...and Thank You in advance...

    I can not figure what type of "batting" SHOULD be used to make this, or if fusible fleece would work:

    http://www.mccallpattern.com/item/M5721.htm

    If you scroll down the page and look at the illustrations it seems lofty. Since this is not quilted together I am concerned that the whatever batting I choose will shift around with washings. The pattern merely calls for "batting". I bought a fusible batting at Joann's thinking it might work. Well I cut off a small piece and bound it between two pieces of scrap fabric from the project and it is WAY too stiff, it bounces back when folded and feels like cardboard. :shock:

    The fabrics I am using are cotton flannel and minkee. They are plenty soft enough, but this pattern seems to be somewhat lofty. My instincts would have been a poly of some sort, but then what about the distance between quiltling that they require?

    Thanks for any insight...I am not a very accomplished sewer. :oops:

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    I never made these, but when I did bumpers for the cradle and cribs I used the fluffy poly batting. And since I didn't quilt at the time I didn't know there was such a thing as "quilting distance". They always held up fine. If you are concerned about it shifting, would it work to tie it like you would a quilt? It would still be puffy in between the ties. As puffy as it looks in the picture, it looks like stuffing like you would use in toys. How much batting did they put in there?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2 Doods
    ...I didn't quilt at the time I didn't know there was such a thing as "quilting distance". They always held up fine.
    Thanks! That is good to know. If I were making this for myself I wouldn't worry, but it's a gift for a friend of my daughter. I thought about tacking it here and there, and maybe that's what I'll try.

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    The ones I have seen are stuffed with polyfill. You line the fabric with thin batting and then stuff.

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    It looks like a high loft batting to me. I just used it in sleeping mats for my grandsons.

    Margie

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    I made one of these for my daughter about 6 years ago. I used high loft batting and we did not quilt or tack it anywhere. The batting was "held in place" where it was stitched around the leg openings, in the back where the straps went through and around the top edge where it was finished off. My daughter used it and washed it a lot and she never had any problems with the batting shifting.

    Good luck! I hope this info helps you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BellaBoo
    The ones I have seen are stuffed with polyfill. You line the fabric with thin batting and then stuff.
    That sounds like it would work. And maybe still a tie here and there to hold it. Nice that they have these now. I used to cringe every time my babies would chew on the grocery cart handles. They lived through the germs though. :wink:

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    Thank YOU everyone! I found some hi-Loft poly batting in my stash that I didn't know I had. I bought it for practice quilting but it wasn't great for that. I guess it's been waiting for it's own project and this is it -- I'm going to use it.

    Hugs,
    Connie

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    please post a pic when done:)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marcia
    I made one of these for my daughter about 6 years ago. I used high loft batting and we did not quilt or tack it anywhere. The batting was "held in place" where it was stitched around the leg openings, in the back where the straps went through and around the top edge where it was finished off. My daughter used it and washed it a lot and she never had any problems with the batting shifting.

    Good luck! I hope this info helps you.
    I did the same thing about 3 years ago.

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