Bake Shop Basics: Piecing Batting

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Another post in celebration of National Sewing Month! 

I LOVE using my fabric scraps... It's my favorite fabric to sew with... And I equally LOVE using up my batting scraps as well.  You know that feeling when you gather up all the left overs and little bits and pieces in the fridge and make a really good dinner?  Yeah.... such a great feeling!  Which is the same feeling I get when I use up my batting left overs! 

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I'm going to show you the method I use when piecing larger batting leftovers. There are many ways to piece batting, and perhaps you'll want to experiment a little to decide which method you prefer... 

I take two pieces of batting over to my ironing board, put a piece of fabric on top of them and give em a good press to get all the wrinkles and folds out... Then over to the cutting mat, where I trim them up to the same size... {you don't have to do this, it's just the way I like to} 


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Overlap the two pieces about 2-3 inches

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Using your rotary cutter, cut a nice wavy line from bottom to top making sure you're catching both pieces of batting... Discard the little strips left over from the cut... 

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Look at that smooth crisp wavy line... exactly what we want... 
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There are a few different ways to "fuse" the two pieces together:
  
1... Lightweight fusible Interfacing
2... Fusible Batting Tape
3... Either Hand or Machine Basting with a large zig zag or cross stitch  

I prefer to use up my scraps of fusible interfacing.  I think it works perfectly!

Lay the two pieces of batting on top of your ironing board, matching up the curved cut... The pieces should butt up together, but not overlap.

Then follow these steps: 
1.  Cut a strip of fusible interfacing that will cover the entire curved cut
2.  Place sticky side down onto the batting
3.  Place a piece of fabric over the top and press with a hot iron. 

And that's it!  Your batting is fused together and all ready to go!   I personally think the curved cut is less likely to show up on the finished quilt, than a straight one.

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And what do I do with my smaller batting left overs?  

I pre-cut them into a couple different sizes... This size {6"x 9"} is perfect for Mug Rugs... 

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I made this set of mug rugs using the quilt as you go technique. 


And this size {5"x5"} is perfect for coasters! 
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These pre-cut pieces make great foundations for Quilt As You Go projects! Oh so fun! 
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With these little tips you'll be using your batting leftovers in no time!  And I'm sure you'll come up with some great projects to use them with too!  I also have a list of 15 different uses for batting leftovers on my Blog...  You might be surprised at some of them.... 

Happy Sewing !!! ooxx

jodi from Pleasant Home


23 comments:

handiworking.com said...

Wonderful ... I'm going to give this a try!

Anjeanette said...

I've never thought to use a wavy line to join them. Great tip!

Angela said...

Thanks for sharing! I haven't thought of "connecting" the pieces with fusible! Great idea!

Suzanne said...

Using fusible is not a method I have tried yet but I like the way it came out. Thanks for a great post and the ideas you shared!

em's scrapbag said...

Thanks for sharing this! I can't wait to try this method.

Sonia B said...

Great ideas.

queenopearls said...

Brilliant to use a curved cut and left over fusible interfacing. Thank you!!!

charlette smith said...

Thank you so much for the different ways also. Depending on what I have on hand as to which way I will do. :)

Lori said...

This is great. Thank you so much for the tutorial. I have way too many "pieces". Now I can use them up.

Rachel said...

Thanks for your helpful tutorial! I could have used this earlier today if I'd been online...as I had to piece some batting together. I seamed them together, and it didn't turn out bulky thankfully, for the purpose I needed it for. ;) Next time I will use your tips! :D

Darling little project idea's too!

Tamie said...

What great tips. Thanks.

Arielle said...

Oohh. Those project ideas look like fun. I'm looking for tutorials now--especially the coasters.

Sandy said...

Thanks for the tip on joining batting scraps. I'm passing it on to our quilt guild members.
The coasters would be a good Christmas gift ideas.

Linda said...

BRILLIANT! Thanks for the tips!

I am Just One Mom said...

Excellent: eliminate the STRAIGHT edges. I can almost picture the batting remnant shelves getting emptied out and that lovely pile of white fluff fulfilling its destiny in an upcoming quilt.

NJquilter58 said...

Wavy line makes perfect sense to eliminate the bulk of the join and camoflauge the seam. Thank you!

Wonky Girl said...

Yes, the wave line does not show up, even after washing many times.
Thanks for ideas and sizes to cut the smaller batting left-overs ;-)

Fran said...

I'm new to quilting and I recently read that you need to buy plenty of batting for a project because you can't piece smaller pieces. I'm so glad that advice is wrong! Thanks for a great tip.

Unknown said...

You are so dang cute!

Gayle Bouters said...

Thanks for the batting tip - now I'll save more of my leftovers.

Grandma Ruthie said...

Rainy, rotten day here. Needed batting but didn't want to drive to the fabric store in this weather to go get it. Used the interfacing method to piece together enough for my project. Worked like a charm. So easy! Thank you for sharing!

Brenda Yankoski said...

Silly question: What interfacing do you prefer? I find some to be stiff, and might "show" in the quilt. I keep trying different products. Thanks. And, really really thanks for this wavy line method. :-)

Julie Beard said...

Wonderful job! I recently made some placemat size mug rugs for my best friend. She loved them. But I didn't know how to join batting thanks for the tutorial it will be great help in the future. Sarah 21