September 12, 2011

Batting woes

I'm working on a small wall hanging that I can actually quilt myself, and guess what? No batting. I was sure I had another package, but no. Since  I live far from any quilt shop, I had to improvise. Here's what I did (sorry for the photography, I'm asking for a new camera for Christmas!):
I sorted through all my batting scraps and found two
that pieced together would be the right size.
I laid them out flat, overlapping them slightly.

I cut them at the same time in a slight curve and discarded
the two small strips that were left after cutting. I cut in a
curve so there's not a straight line down the center of batting,
and eventually the wall hanging. In theory, this will make the
batting stronger and less noticeable.

Then I sewed the two pieces together using the widest zigzag
and stitch I have on my machine. The length was the longest my
machine has as well. You have to sew it gently and kind of coax
the two pieces to stay together, but don't pull on the batting.

After sewing, it's kind of puckery. Just press gently
on the seam with a hot dry iron. Don't push the iron, tap.
Batting is super-stretchy and you want it to hold its shape.
Don't press anything other than the seam.


Here's the finished piece, ready to quilt!



6 comments:

  1. I need to sort my batting scraps by type and piece them together so they're not wasted. :)

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  2. I piece batting scraps and never throw any out... amazing how thrifty I feel!

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  3. Have you tried the new "tape" that you can use to put the batting pieces together. It looks like the jersey-type fusible interfacing you can buy. Unfortunately it is a bit pricey (10 yards for around $7), but it works great. I am thinking about buying some interfacing and cutting it in strips and see if I can make my own. Batting can be really expensive and like you and many others, I find it difficult to throw potentially useable pieces away.

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  4. I too never throw batting scraps away. It is too pricey now. I piece small pieces for wall hangings and such. For bigger pieces....I won a roll of the fusible tape. It does work...but I cheat and cut it in half to get about a 3/4 inch strip. Does just fine. If you want something similar by the yard, purchase the fusible tricot and cut into strips. That is what I will do next time.

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  5. Good idea! I have a load of batting scraps that I don't know what to do with. Smart thinking!

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  6. You can also use fusible trico(is that spelled right?) interfacing the knit kind to fuse batting together. We all want ideas so we waste less of our pieces and money.

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