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Old 12-08-2019, 09:13 AM
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I'm trying to clean up my quilting boxes and thin out some things I will probably never use (like the hundreds of little scraps of cloth that are too tiny to do anything with). I have a lot of leftover batting in odd sizes (long and thin) left over after cutting out what I needed for a quilt, most of it too small for anything unless I want to piece it all together or make potholders (neither of which I will probably ever do ). What do you do with your leftovers? Is it worth saving or should I toss?
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Old 12-08-2019, 09:29 AM
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If your batting is all the same type like Warm and Natural, you cant cut the edges straight and butt them together. I use a 3 step zig zag stitch on my machine to sew them together and use them like any other batting. I piece the fabric, why not piece the batting too. Batting is expensive. You can also use it for smaller projects like a rag quilt.
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Old 12-08-2019, 09:36 AM
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I had a ton of batting pieces that I gave to Goodwill. I'll bet there are quilters who make those jelly roll rugs or dog beds that would love to have a bag of batting scraps. I knew I would never use them, and having them laying around just made me feel guilty, like I should be using them. I marked the bag "quilt batting" so that the workers knew what it was and that it had value. I look at it like I look at clothing that I no longer wear. It's just being wasted laying around the house, and somebody out there needs this.
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Old 12-08-2019, 09:37 AM
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I truly only save my batiks and then I cut them at 2 1/2, 2, and 1 1/2 squares for scrappy projects. Weird triangles I toss. I don't keep leftover batting smaller than about 7 1/2 inches. The batting, I use in quilt as you go, Fun & Done patterns. One of the greatest gifts I gave myself over the years is if I purchase a kit or collection and make what I want to make, I put the rest on the free table at Guild. Someone almost always takes it and makes baby blankets, placemats or whatnots.
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Old 12-08-2019, 11:08 AM
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I use them in my swiffer for dusting. they're great for picking up cat hair and stray threads, and just general dust.
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Old 12-08-2019, 12:36 PM
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Originally Posted by indycat32 View Post
I use them in my swiffer for dusting.
Same (after learning about it here on QB)!
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Old 12-08-2019, 12:46 PM
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I use all my left over batting in projects. I use the poly bat to stuff toys or pillows. The W&N I piece it back together. and use it in a quilt if the pieces are larger. Other wise I will stitch them back together and use it in smaller projects like I am right now. No waste with bat it is worth the effort to recycle.
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Use to restuff dog toys
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Old 12-08-2019, 01:52 PM
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Here's a video link just for you!


All about how to arrange your batting scraps.

Watch her other videos while you're there. She's great.

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Old 12-08-2019, 02:09 PM
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I save all my 80/20 batting scraps for small projects. Strips are made into placemats and hot pads in the sew and flip method down the strips. Small scraps are snipped up for filling pillows. Bigger scraps are zig zagged into pieces large enough for lap quilts for charity.
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