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    I read somewhere that you can use mattress pads for batting, but as I was looking at one I have, it has a paper like woven material as the under side, isdit okay to use this in a quilt? Also, the side pieces make me think of dryer sheets, and I read that these can be used for something, but I dont remember what. Any advise on these would be helpful.

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    If it is paper like, I might use it for a wall hanging, but not a quilt or anything else that will be washed, I would be afraid of it not holding up.

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    I agree with amma. You wouldn't want your lovely quilt to not hold up to normal wear and tear.

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    Is it washable? That really is the test, otherwise that fibre stuff may not hold together too well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by earthwalker
    Is it washable? That really is the test, otherwise that fibre stuff may not hold together too well.
    It is the sides of the mattress pad, already been washed couple times, and no sign of damage to it. Can it be used as a stabilizer for applique?

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    I always use warm and natural. Results are always the same. I like that.

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    I probaly wouldnt use that one either. I have used an old mattress pad, but it was cloth on both side...worked great for a baby quilt I made!

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    I am the person who originated the post and I see no reason not to use it. It is all cotton and the same batting just that it thinner. It makes very nice summer quilts. I put a fabric backing on it and quilt it. They don't fall apart either and these are used and washed all the time at Hotels/Motels and they are made to last.

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    thanks Deb, I couldn"t remember who did the post . At the time, I didn"t even realize I had the pad here to use. I was thinking I could use it for a QAYG filler, would have fabric backing. So many newer store bought quilts now have backings like this, the cheaper ones, and they seem to hold up( even without extra backing fabric. This pad is in such good condition, only washed a time or two, seemed a shame to throw it out. I do appreciate everyones replies.

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    Am so glad you presented this question. Was wondering the same as I have saved some matress pads with this usage in mind. Mine are too thick for wall hangings. Will look forward to more responses.

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    my mother used them all the time for baby blankets, they are very warm and cozy, can be quilted farther apart than most battings, and hold up VERY well to repeat washing.

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    and that ... paper like backing,,, isn't paper, its the same stuff as interfacing used for quilt smart lone stars...it is just a sew in/leave in interfacing just adds stability, washes just fine...
    lots of different materials can be used...in the 'old days' quilts were made with what ever could be recycled. it seems like it's only been the past 15 years or so when (some quilters) decided every little piece should be purchased new...the members of the disposable society...they throw their scraps out, purchase new fabric for each project and walk around with their noses so far in the air it's a wonder they don't drown in the rain...
    to me...and this is just my opinion...the quilts these type of quilters make look just like the ones you buy from penney's or pottery barn...manufactured, and just like a dozen others...it is re-using/recycling/ improvising and using what we have that makes our quilts ours, special, individual and not just like the ones from walmart. i have used mattress pads, flannel sheets, scraps of batting with results which are just fine...there are those people who would simply shudder at the thought...but when they see the quilt, they have no idea unless you tell on yourself.

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    ck, I think most on this board would agree with you about recycling and making our own quilts our way. There is nothing wrong with buying new fabric to make a quilt, just hang onto the scraps and use them for something else. And from everything I've read here, that is what everyone seems to be doing. I know that I am trying to find ways to use my leftovers into a pattern that will be pretty, but I must admit, it would be easier to go buy a pattern and new fabric and start from scratch. I am a person who was taught to be very frugal, I saw my mother makeover clothes from one daughter to the next , feedsack dresses, and home canned vegetables and fruit, homemade clothes and homemade bread are what I grew up knowing. I do want to thank you for confirming what I thought about the mattress pad use as batting.

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    I heard a speaker at my guild the other night who makes scrap bags (really pretty ones). She picks up mattress pads at Goodwill and uses them in her scrap bags. She did not recommend using them in quilts, however. I suppose they'd be okay for wall hangings, but I wouldn't use them on a quilt that will get lots of use.

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    My matress pad is "washed" every week , my mattress pads are 3 years old and they haven't fallen apart. Think about it a mattress pad is bedding just like a quilt as they are quilted same kind of bating. That person is a speaker she needs to look smart and it is just her opinion with out thinking it thru. If you can afford the cost of batting great for you. If the quilt doesn't last it's not the mattress pads fault it's the sewer. It doesn't matter what a quilt is made of as long as they are sewed in love and warmth!

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    Great idea. I have saved some of mine for years thinking there must be a use for them. We were raised very frugal too; we didn't throw anything out...lol anyway I experimented with using the batting in potholders and it works great. Also old blankets are good in place of batting and for the potholders. The sides usually wear out first and there I am with a perfectly good mattress pad. I will try using inside a quilt next time. Thanks

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    I used a mattress pad in the very first quilt I ever made. It's still on my bed and holding up well after 9 years. I don't, however, know what you're talking about as far as "thin" or "paper-like". Mine was thick and almost kind of heavy like really thick batting. It's very warm and it worked great. If you have something 'thin' or 'paper-like' you might want to consider using it for foundation piecing like when you make string blocks. Good luck

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    Give it a shot, have used many things including thinner, bedspreads, they use to make somthing called a blanket sheet very much like warm and natural, used many of those haven't seen any around in a while, but worked well. Especially for everyday quilt. :)

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    the light layer is simply woven interfacing, it is fine to use. some of us add light weight woven interfacing to projects on purpose :) it does not change the usability of your quilt. i am assuming it is a washable mattress pad...one that was not washable would need some research, as far as why it is not washable, but i have not run across a mattress pad that could not be thrown in a washer.

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    I never would of thought a mattress pad okay for batting. Seems there are those of the opinion that it is a great alternative and I'm going to give it a try. Thanks for the idea. All for saving money.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Theresa
    Am so glad you presented this question. Was wondering the same as I have saved some matress pads with this usage in mind. Mine are too thick for wall hangings. Will look forward to more responses.
    I used a matress pad for my mums lap quilt but it had the material on both sides, I have seen the ones with a paper like cloth on both sides, that had been washed a few times and it had pilled quite badly. so I am not sure I would use it for something that will need washing a lot. it was quite thin so would have been ok for a wall hanging.
    on the other hand if you quilt thru it or do quilt as you go it would probably stabilize it

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    Quote Originally Posted by PiecesinMn
    I never would of thought a mattress pad okay for batting. Seems there are those of the opinion that it is a great alternative and I'm going to give it a try. Thanks for the idea. All for saving money.
    Who would really know the difference? It's inside the quilt and nobody is going to see it. So no one would know except the maker. Of course everyone knows about mine because I can't seem to keep my mouth shut about it and I tell everyone, LOL!

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