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Thread: Batting scraps, keep or throw out?

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    I am just finishing my 3rd pieced quilt so I am definitely a newbie. I have learned so much from this site and am addicted to checking the boards once or twice a day. I love the creative and beautiful ways people have used fabric scraps but what about the batting. I have quite a bag full of strips approx 2" wide plus odds and ends from other projects. What do you do with them? They definitely take up space. Thanks for any suggestions.

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    save for stuffing pillows or other little projects you may have...or give them to others if you don't do that type of stuff.

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    I say keep them! You might want to do a small project like key chains or pot holders! They also make good dust buddies! lol

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    I keep them for small projects, ornaments and I keep a small square next to my machine and cutting board to put loose threads on until project is done and I can throw them in the bin.

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    keep for small projects

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    Thanks for the suggestions and now I have another question. Can you zigzag pieces together for a small quilt or doll quilt? Would they still wash O.K.

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    That is what I do. I use them for wall hangings or candle mats or pot holders (with insulbrite, mug rugs.
    The little little pieces I use for stuffing.

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    They work just fine zigzagged together. They wash up fine.

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    I put the small scraps in a bag I have sewn (using fabric I don't need for anything else - or something I don't like anymore) and when it is full I sew up the end and give it to the Humane Society for them to use as animal beds.

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    Yes I keep also, for small projects.

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    Hi,

    This is what I do with batting and material scraps that are too small to really use, I have my two grandchildren, ages 7 and 4, help out the birds by placing these little pieces in bushes and trees they can reach. It gives them a first-hand lesson about life and helping out other creatures. They fed the birds at home, but now they help the birds build their nests, too. They love it!

    Lisbonlizzy

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    I keep the batting, zigzag together the bigger pieces to make a big piece and I also save scrap string fabric for the birds... its really neat to walk thru the property and see their colorful nests..

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    I keep them.
    I make smaller projects or pot holders for gifts!

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    Someone said they use them on their Swiffer. Just a thought if you don't think you'll use them any other way.

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    The batting left over from my quilts I cut two and a half inch strips and pad coathangers before I attach the cover I have knitted....

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    I make doll quilts but do not put batting in them - they would be too stiff. I try to use up my scraps, but always seem to have a bunch of them.

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    I had a rather large piece set aside to use for a tablerunner. It was folded and over to the side of my machine on a tote of fabric. One day the cat(the spoiled black one in my avatar) wandered in and decided it looked like a great bed. He has moved on to sleeping elsewhere but the batting is a goner!

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    I zig zag my scraps together and use in dog/cat scrap quilts for a shelter. None of the animals have complained yet.

    I sometimes will use when making a patchwork jean pillow. I stitch the jeans right to the batting.

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    Several qult guild friends save their scraps to use for coasters, hot drink wraps (for tall cups, like the cardboard wraps on the Starbucks cups).

    I have another friend who cuts her scraps into 3 1/2" squares for glue-sticking onto precut 3 1/2" squares ... which she turns into completed fabric-batting-fabric units (just like a coaster) which she then hand-sews together to create reversible quilts, wall hangings, runners, etc. One of her most attractive projects is doing this with half-square triangles using one of many layouts to create a large long rectangle, which she then uses to create a purse or tote.

    Another guild friend saves her batting scraps according to weight and fiber content, and then puts these gallon ziplock bags on our Freebies table at our monthly guild meeting. Someone always takes the bags and makes some use of the scraps - ornaments, keychain fobs, you name it.

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    I use them for potholders, to dust my machines, zig zag together for samll projects. Make pillows for the dogs, I just keep them and use them for whatever turns up....

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    cool tips from everyone, thanks

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    yep, I'm a saver....

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    I just stitched mine all together and used to make squares for a rag quilt.

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    I save them too.

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    there is a lady here on the board who makes pet beds for a humane society and uses them...if you go to the donation section you can post what you have to get rid of someone will wave, me-me...
    i know how they build...right now i have (2) large black garbage bags full...but i also have a lady who gets scraps from me when she needs them. there are lots of uses but they do grow pretty fast, sometimes you just have to pass them on :thumbup:

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