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Thread: Organizing Batting Scraps - Ideas?

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    I'm doing a clean-up of my sewing room today, and decided to tackle the batting scraps I've just been tossing back in the bags to get to someday. I guess today is someday :D

    I've been trying to think of what I generally use them for, and cutting them to that size. For example, I like to do hot pads and mug rugs as quick gifts, so I have a stack of 10" and 4.5" for those. I can set aside longer, skinnier strips for tote bag handles. I can set aside the larger pieces for placemats and table runners.

    I'm having a hard time coming up with ideas for other size scraps though. Some of the leftovers are too big for me to want to throw them in the puppy bag bin (where all my tiny scraps go for puppy bed stuffings.)

    I sure could use some ideas - I have a bunch of stockings to be done this weekend, and the batting scraps are gonna eat my lunch!

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    Take the bigger pieces and butt them up together -- using a big zig-zag stitch, sew them together. I just did this for a baby quilt that I'm hand quilting and it seems to work just fine!

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    the pieces that are on the small size - smaller than a potholder! I save and use to stuff dolls or other craft objects

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    coasters come to mind for quick gifts/stocking stuffers
    I was also thinking about water bottle wraps, help keep that water cold!

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    Quote Originally Posted by amma
    coasters come to mind for quick gifts/stocking stuffers
    I was also thinking about water bottle wraps, help keep that water cold!
    Keeping water cold reminded me of a pattern from Kwik-Sew (which I downloaded for free) #5002 -- Cup Cozy & Can Cozy. They say to use fleece but batting would also work??? (That's what I planned on using anyone....)

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    I can't give you any other suggestions, they have all been given that I can think of.
    The large pieces I sew together for baby quilts.
    I don't cut any apart until I go to use them. I just leave them all folded

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    How about starting a stack for a QAYG? Have started playing around with one this summer on a memory quilt and just about have my odds and ends finished up.

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    I use real lightweight fusable interfacing (like we used to use for clothing), butt the edges together and iron to make larger. I use the small pieces for dusting, then toss them.

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    These are some great ideas! I love the cozy - if anyone else wants it, I found the pattern here: http://www.sewing.org/files/project/cup_can_cozy.pdf

    I like the QAYG idea too - I have a magazine that goes over 3 different methods for that, and I can start a stack for that too.

    I don't mind joining 2 pieces together, but the scraps I have are table runner size or smaller. I'll look tonight and see if there aren't some other small, quick projects around that I can use them for.

    Thanks everyone!

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    Fun and Done is a great way to use scraps.
    It is a quilt as you go method for blocks that use 7 inch pieces of batting.
    I used up alot of my batting scraps.
    Bayside quilting has all the info on this method.

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