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    Blankets have often been used as battting. But be careful, don't use anything that is scratchy, I have my husbands grandmothers quilt here, it wore from the inside out and was just in shreds. I think the bllanket wore out the cotton on the quilt. I ended up cutting it up last xmas and made stocking for his family.

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    I have used a blanket for batting.. Do not do it often but in a pinch it is fine to do....
    I have heard that an old quilt can be used for batting as well....never tried that though.

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    I agree, using a blanket that has been washed works fine. I have also used plain white cotton hospital blanket for backing.

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    By all means, use blankets. I had 3 brothers in WWII and my mother used their blankets as batting for years. Also, there may may be a military surplus store near you where you can sometimes get blankets for $5. Check them out. Should you find some wool blankets, be sure to preshrink them several times. They will be warm and cozy and heavier than regular batting. Should one not be large enough, get some of the tape that seals batting edges together and press the edges together until you can get it quilted. Hope this helps.

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    I've used blankets before with no bad results. Don't know what you'd call them, but not the loose weave thermal type.

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    Just last week I washed an old mattress pad that has been around for about 30-40 years. LOL The elastic has long since given up, but otherwise it still looks good. I was thinking of putting on new elastic, but it will serve a much better purpose as a batting. We are making a lot of charity quilts, and this will work fine.
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    For the Veterans Day sale at JoAnns, I bought the packed batt, queen size was 20.00, or you might try flannel, i use that also especially when it goes on sale for 1.99 a yard, but remember to as it first. But using a blanket, I have done that as well.
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    Of course you can. Remember when the ladies on the prarie were making quilts they used everything they could-but only after it had outlived it original purpose.
    I too have used blankets, mattress pads and my favorite is flannel sheets. The sheets keep them light weight which is better here in the south.
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    I had thought about this very subject. My grandmother use to recycle quilts for the batting (many, many years ago). My mom always used blankets for batting to cut down on costs. I still have one she made for me when I was a teenager using the little dutch girl pattern. I found some blankets that are creme colored for $7 for queen size that I plan to purchase to try in future quilts (got to finish what I started first). So, how close for the stitches do I need to quilt when using a blanket for batting?

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    I have done it and it worked fine.

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    I love light weight blankets for batting. Choose a tightly woven one.

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    I used blankets in tied blankets where I sewed squares together and used flannel on the back for my children. we lived in a tiny very cold house at the time and my kids loved them, very warm. Then I did the same thing for my husband out of wool squares. These were my very first quilts. They came out really good, but I tied them i didn't quilt them. And I didn't bind, rather i sewed the edges and turned them right side out. So I'm not much help to you. But a blanket is incredibly warm inside.

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    One of the first quilts by boys received was a large flannel quilt with a blanket for batting. The blanket was made of the same material as a soft electric blanket without the cords. The backing the quilter used is the heaviest fabric I've ever held. It's cotton and has laundered well over the years, but I have no idea what kind it is, just very, very heavy. My boys loved it. They were so small they shared a bed then. Now that they are much bigger at 8, 10 and 11, my 11 year old loves it as his weighted blanket. He's austistic and he finds great comfort in very heavy blankets. It's laundered very well over the years and it's had all sorts of abuse happen to it as most baby/kids quilts have.
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    If you are going to use it to sleep under - it may be heavy, which is fine for many of us. My husband doesn't like heavy quilts and the one I have made using fleece is actually heavier than regular batting. On the other hand, I'll bet it will be warm.

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    I recently changed my ironing board cover and used the old one for batting for pot holders. Worked great! Not a quilt but just an idea for recycling.
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    Well....off you go, grab that blanket and get it quilted or tied. Oh, and don't forget we would love to see a pic when you have it on your bed. Happy quilting (and never forget the roots of our magnificent obsession....we quilters are thrifty and creative).

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    Good ideas, I buy batting a Micheals with the 50% off coupon, in Canada I can get a queen Heirloom 80/20 for 15.00 with the coupon. I'm sure your Micheals would sell them for half of that. Or Hobby Lobby with the 40% Coupon is a good deal too. I've used old flannel sheets for lightweight quilts and a corduroy type blanket fleece bedspread that I didn't want any longer, it made a warm heavy quilt.
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    Good ideas, I buy batting a Micheals with the 50% off coupon, in Canada I can get a queen Heirloom 80/20 for 15.00 with the coupon. I'm sure your Micheals would sell them for half of that. Or Hobby Lobby with the 40% Coupon is a good deal too. I've used old flannel sheets for lightweight quilts and a corduroy type blanket fleece bedspread that I didn't want any longer, it made a warm heavy quilt.
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    I have two very old wool blankets I have thought about using as batting. I know it would be very warm and they are both lighter colors.

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    As previously mentioned, so long as the blanket is preshrunk. I've used old sheets for batting some tablecloths I quilted. They turned out great. You know whatever works...works! I say go for it.

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    Mattress covers !!!!!!!!!! Why didn't I think of that !!!!!! Thanks for the great idea.

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    I have done several using the light "summer" blankets. They are a little hard to find now, though - unless someone can steer me to some online. Again, be sure to wash in hot water first in case it shrinks.

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    My MIL uses old blankets all the time in her quilts.
    I have a mattress pad that I can't use on my bed anymore (went to a split king). I will have to save that for when I make a quilt for our bed. Thanks for the tip!

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