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April 11, 2017

How to Recycle your Batting Scraps

Over time, like most quilters, I wind up with a lot of spare quilt batting pieces in all kinds of sizes. I keep these in a batting scrap box. These pieces come in handy when I don't want to cut up a large piece when doing a small project.

I used to zig-zag stitch my pieces together but in a rush one day, I used a quicker method that I now prefer. I now recycle my batting bits by joining them together with fusible interfacing. It's so much faster than stitching them together, and they hold together very well this way. I hope this little tutorial will encourage you to save your batting scraps and find a use for them.

You'll need:
  • batting chunks you want to join
  • rotary cutter
  • quilting ruler or regular ruler
  • strips of fusible interfacing. I used Pellon Sheerweight interfacing, but a medium weight interfacing will work just as well. I'm also pretty sure there is such a thing as batting tape but the interfacing does the trick.

recycle quilt batting scraps
1. Get your batting pieces and check if they are jagged on the edge or not (these are pretty jagged).

recycle batting scraps
2.  If the batting edges are jagged, trim a little off to make both edges straight.

recycle quilt batting scraps
3.  Butt the two edges together as shown; don't overlap them.

recycle batting scraps
4. Cut a piece of fusible interfacing about 1 inch in width and the length of the seam you need to join. (I cut a few strips and keep them handy for this type of thing.) Place the strip of interfacing down over the seam being sure to keep it even on either side of the seam.

recycle batting scraps
5. Following the manufacturer's instructions, press (don't iron) the fusible interfacing to your batting seam being sure that the interfacing is sealed on well.

recycle batting scraps
6. This is something like what your batting will look like. Any puckers are not an issue because you won't see them once you sandwich your quilt.