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Thread: Sewing Together Some Batting Scraps

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    Sewing Together Some Batting Scraps

    I feel good about saving a little money. I have many pieces that, if put together, would be suitable for little wall hangings or lap quilts. I started sewing this morning. I know this is only putting off the inevitable, (having to buy more), but I figure these bits will make a difference as to how soon I will need the yardage for larger quilts.

    There was a thread a while back that was explaining how to do it nicely. I thank whomever it was who gave the instructions.
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    most of my baby quilts are made from leftover pieces. they don't mind ;-)
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    I cut the edges so they butt easily and Use a wide zig zag to sew together.

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    I have done this many times when my scraps of batting get out of hand. Have never had a problem with it, on full size quilts I do quilt a little closer than usual.

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    Holice, it must have been you. I remember the words. I feel so organized. I remember someone saying when you get the bits together, to measure them and pin a piece of paper with the size also. Sure will make things easier when I go looking for a moderate sized piece for a project.
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    I do this all the time and haven't had a problem yet. I usually try and cut the two edges so they are straight at possible and use a large zig-zag stitch to sew them together. I have also used very light weight interfacing and then used the zig-zag stitch.
    Sherri

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    i sew pieces together... no sense to wasting batting.
    once, i was in a hurry to put together a small wall-hanging. i actually used scotch tape to put them together [only 2 pieces]. since the wall hanging probably will never be washed, i wasn't worried about the technique LOL
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    I only use cotton batting and still forget that I should try to keep buying the same kind so the scraps can be zigzagged together. I have pieced several times and it works well.

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    I have made several quilts by sewing batting together. I do it by hand using a ladder stitch.
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    I do this all the time I sew the scraps together, when I have a number of them put together I square the block to 15 inches square,
    I can make a number of theses in a day, they can bet put away to be rejoined at a later date or I go on to make myself a queen size piece of batting
    I do make sure the joins are of centre. I do not like waste,

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    I have pieced batting pieces by using the stitch that goes back and forth between the two pieces; it's something other than zig zag on DSM; can't remember what it is called. Another method that does a nice job is using the flatlocking stitch on the serger. Then there is the new fusible batting tape, too.

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    I do this all the time too. What I do is lay the edge of one piece of batting over another, then cut through both with my rotary cutter. This gives you two edges that are exactly alike, can be butted together easily and can be joined using a multiple-step zig-zag across the seam.
    A fabric stash is always missing that one fabric needed to finish the quilt on which you're working.

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    I pieced together batting left overs (I think it was polyester too and I usually hate that) for the Diamonds quilt I just did. At least I used it all up!

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    Waste not, want not. Saving those pieces of batting and sewing them together only makes sense! No one will ever know the difference - and even if they do the batting is serving the purpose it is intended to serve.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Holice View Post
    I cut the edges so they butt easily and Use a wide zig zag to sew together.
    Cutting the two pieces together gives them the exact same lines to butt up against each other. You don't need to cut off very much at all. Baste them together sewing one way, then back the other to reinforce. Depending on your quilting, you won't need small stitches.

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    It always fascinates me how those pieces can really add up! I use the wide zig zag , and long stitches .

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    I always try to purchase the same batting so I can use the scraps and but them together to create new batting.

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    I've done this several times usually on lap size quilts. My really small pieces I use on rag quilts.
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    I don't even bother to sew them together. I think this technique works best with longarm frames, but I simply lay the second piece of batting next to the first, on top of the backing. The quilting holds it all together.

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    Much prefer to ladder stitch my pieces. Some which I feel are too small go into a bag and wait for the next dog cushion and go in there. The dogs love them even playing if they get the chance, tug of war can last a long time.
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    Cut some strips of fusible interfacing and butt them together and iron the interfacing to them. I do this all the time.
    Mary in TX

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    I bought batting seam tape to put batting pieces together, I haven't used it yet, as my projects lately go to the long armer. I got it at Keepsake Quilting. It is MADE IN USA, in good ole Limerick Maine. Try to use MADE IN USA as much as possible.
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    I trim the two pieces and butt the edges together, then use a very large whip stitch by hand, and don't pull tightly. My goal is to get the pieces together without compressing the batting, so that the seam is not detected after the quilting is finished. This has worked well for me for the last 30 years.
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    I have joined pieces of batting to use in coasters, used a lot of them up. I was surprised how well it worked and could not feel the seam. Great way to use up batting, which takes up even more room than fabric. Thanks for bringing this topic up!

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    I do like Mary Booth......cut 2 or 2 1/2 inch strips of fusible interfacing, butt the pieces together and join them. I have better luck if I use a press cloth and a little steam. The fusible just sinks right in to the batting. I almost always use W and N.

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