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Thread: Left over batting uses??????

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    Good Afternoon,
    My daughters and grandkids have all gone home and I'm busy rebuilding my sewing room. It wasn't enough to just put things back I decided to clear out the closets as well! Why? Who knows!!!
    In this process of clearing out and shuffling things around I have discovered a ton of batting strips. Some are 6 inches wide some 9 inches. Nothing really of a good size for quilting but being a daughter of parents who lived through the depression I have saved them all! I am able to toss those 2-3 inch wide strips but these others ... I'm not willing to spend the time sewing them together to make them quilt size, I've got enough hot pads to last two life times. Any other ideas or do I just grin and bear it and toss them too?
    Does anyone else have this problem of getting rid of the junk? Can batting, of any size, be considered junk? Shall I close my eyes and let it all go so I can have a fresh start?
    HELP!
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    Drowning in batting left-overs!
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    yvonne, have you thought about making quilted book marks or fabric post cards.

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    I use my leftovers for tablerunners, wallhangings (sometimes I need to stitch a few pieces together), potholders (I give them away as gifts if I don't need them), coasters and the really small pieces get put in a bag and when I have enuf I make pillows and use it for stuffing. I don't toss even the smallest pieces!

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    ornaments for the tree; stuffed :paper dolls"; pin cushions

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    book covers

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    Trapunto... those strips are perfect for it!! (Not so much to have to cut away, but wide & long enough for some nice sized designs.) Also, the stuffing in Biscuit Blocks is another use.

    My Grandmother was a Depression Era child, so I learned from her to "keep a few things from time to time". :roll: :oops: :lol: You could always roll it up & make a neck roll pillow from it.

    Or, you can just start mailing it to all of your closest quilting buddies... I'll PM you my addy!! :lol:

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    I just made 150 coasters out of my leftover batting. I used 2 layers of batting for each coaster; used every scrap I had.

    Judy

    My 2 girls are going to give them to their officemates for Christmas.

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    I use my leftover batting pieces for stuffing cushion inserts. So if I make a cushion I can make an insert exactly the size I want, also works out cheaper than buying an insert. Also great for stuffed toys etc

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    Okay, Now I'm feeling guilty for tossing those 2 inch strips! :-) I've sorted through what I have and am keeping the "good stuff" and tossing some of the less desirable! (old iron on stuff that gets hard and stiff!) In my spare time (what spare time, she asks?) I'll be making lots of little things.

    Thank you for so many wonderful suggestions. I'd forgotten I wanted to make a 'biscuit' quilt. Trapunto is not something I have planned to do but who knows what I'll be doing 15 years down the road?!?!? I'll consider making my adage quilts a tad smaller... I do own a book on making coasters! Oh, boy! You've got my brain going now.

    Thank you again.

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    Being new to the site, I don't know whether or not you do any machine quilting, but I use leftover small pieces to make little "sandwiches" so I can check my tension before I start on a project. If the little sandwich is big enough, I sometimes practice a new design or technique as well. I never feel like I've had to waste any batting that way.

    I've also used small pieces to make coasters like some others here. :)

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    You can also use them to make padded hangers. I have never done it myself, but you can wrap the batting over metal hangers and then sew fabric covers, wrap them in ribbon, or crochet over them...

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    Well sounds like the gals all covered this question from head to toe....Just wanted to tell you ...have fun and show us what you decided to do with all those wonderful scraps. :lol:

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    How about Pot Holders?

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    good for the rag quilts. :D

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    Cat toys! Draft dodgers for leaky windows! Seat belt cozies! I put them in the bottom of houseplants - when you water, dirt stays put, but can wick up water if plant needs it. Sometimes shoes are a scootch too big, and it is a good toe-stuffer. The others already got the rest .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ruth Camp
    good for the rag quilts. :D
    You're right! They're perfect for rag quilts. I'd forgotten about using them for that purpose.

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    I like the pot plant one! I wonder how long before they decay, I'm going to try that one!

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    How about using the left over batting for the panels for a quilted handbag? I cut mine 14 X 15 and often I have that much left over on the edge of a batting. If you have pieces 7 or 8 inches wide, , you can cut several pieces and zig-zag them together. Once they are inside the quilted piece, one would never know.

    Oh, I forgot to tell you, my middle name is "frugal" and if you could see my basement, you would know it is true.

    June in Cincinnati

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    I too had a closet full of bating scraps. Well, we got a puppy a few months ago and wanted a doggie bed for her. I had been given some fabric scaps like you make slip covers out of only it wasn't enough to do anything with. I made a big pillow case and stuffed it with batting and sewed the end shut. Its probably a little lumpy cause of the different types of batting, but she doesn't care and it save me around $30 bucks or so.

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