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Thread: Uses for small pieces of batting..and I mean SMALL

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    Uses for small pieces of batting..and I mean SMALL

    I am terrible when it comes to having to throw anything away....I think it comes from my grandma, but I digress....
    I piece my larger pieces together for backs and use some for potholders / rag quilts / but is there anything I can do with say 3" strips of batting? The stuff left behind after trimming your quilt?
    Any ideas would be appreciated!

    Carole

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    I save all my trimmings and then use it for stuffing for pet beds that I donate to the local SPCA.

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    I zig zag my strips together until they are all gone. I can sometimes get a good size piece out of the strips and I set the new square aside for small projects. If I want to do pot holders, I cut 2 squares out and turn them so the zig zags go one way on the bottom batt and the other way on the top batt. They work just fine on a lot of small things like pin cushions, thread catchers, quilted pencil cases etc.

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    You can also use small pieces as padding, for appliques.
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    Bookmarks, and coasters, mini blocks for ornaments or keychain fobs.

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    My really small pieces go in a separate bag that I use for packing material when sending packages in the mail. My kids gave me a bad time until they got fragile items all safely padded. Teeny, tiny pieces become mulch in my garden.

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    I use them for purse straps. I'd piece them together for small items too. I found a great tip on here a while back...put 2 pieces together, using the ruler/rotary cutter, cut a nice straight edge, sew it with a hem stitch (has a few straight stitches, then a zigzag - keeping the straight on the outside and the zigzag catching both pieces), open and smooth it out. Works great and easier to line the two pieces up.

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    sometimes, a larger piece that i have is a smidge short on one side or just in the corner... so i use these small pieces to fill the larger piece out to a usable size
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    Zig-zag together, use for rag quilt squares
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    Besides what the others have said, I make a "strip sandwich" to test my machine, thread, etc. when getting ready to quilt.

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    Those small pieces can be used outside the realm of quilting! Use them to dust off your Tv, computer screen, and dashboard of your car. If your strip is wider than 3", put it on a swifter handle and give a quick sweep of your floor. You will be surprised how well they work for this!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sunnye View Post
    Besides what the others have said, I make a "strip sandwich" to test my machine, thread, etc. when getting ready to quilt.
    GREAT idea!
    Loretta Sewhappytoquilt

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    At garage sales, I buy old pillow cases which I channel quilt and stuff with little batting pieces for the Pet Shelter, they are always glad to see more.

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    they can be used for handles on purses,

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    Pin a small piece of batting to your shoulder as a place to stick small pieces of thread while you are sewing. You can also use it to "blot" snippets of thread off your clothing. When you're finished sewing for the day, use the scrap of batting to clean up small bits of thread or tiny fabric scraps around your sewing machine. Then throw it in the trash.
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    I sew the larger pieces together for quilts, but I take the itty-bitty ones down to a guild that gives them to someone else who wants them. I don't know where they end up, but at least they're out of my home and still being used.

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    I wad them up and use for dusting and cleaning my sewing room, they always pick up loose threads and bits of fabric dust.
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    I have used them on my floor swifter that lives in my sewing room, works great, and sometimes I will even wash them and reuse a couple times....keeps my hardwood floors clean of all the little thread clips that don't make it into
    the wastebasket. have used in and for drink coasters also.....Batting is so expensive, I don't throw anything away.

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    Use them to catch threads when sewing, put one on the edge of your table next to your machine. Works great. Also for you Swifter dry mop. Works great and usually the right size. I also keep several handy for this use too.

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    mix with catnip and stuff cat toys.

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    What great ideas! I feel so wasteful after reading this thread. I usually throw away the strips after doing a quilt.
    Well, sometimes I will cut 4 or 6" squares for my quild to use on rag quilts.

    I'm going to be trying a lot of these ideas! Thanks for the tips.
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    This board is fantastic! What great ideas. You guys are the best. . . any question or problem and everyone kicks in with great ideas. So glad I found you. :-)

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    Thanks for all the tips everyone!
    I Just comlbined some of the ideas and thought I should cut the ones that are right right size for rag quilts into enough squares to make a complete quilt and put a pretty bow around it and give it to some quilting friends who like making the rag quilts. Love the swiffer idea too!

    You guys are great!

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