A great thing about machine quilting is that it allows you to put small scraps of leftover fabric to use in your projects, even scraps of leftover batting which is expensive, so you sure don’t want to waste any of it.
The question revolves around how to turn batting scraps into more usable pieces for some other project in such a way that no one will ever be able to tell you’ve made it using leftovers from some of your other quilts!
If you’ve got a basket of batting scraps just waiting to find their way into some other project, check out this quick and easy method for joining pieces with a machine like the Juki TL2000Qi Sewing Machine.
The Trick About Piecing Scrap Batting
Piecing batting together for use in your next quilting project isn’t hard to do; however, there’s a definite trick to it.
Because batting is bulky, using the normal seaming method with your sewing or quilting machine will result in seams that are thicker than the rest of the batting since it’s two layers of batting stitched together, which will create lumps and bumps inside the quilt rather than the smooth, continuous feel of a well-made quilt.
Fortunately, preventing this problem is easier than you might think when you attach your batting pieces edge-to-edge instead of overlapping them with a conventional seam.
With this method, your smaller pieces of batting can be securely turned into a larger piece that will feel exactly the same under the quilt top as if you had used a whole piece of new batting.
How to Piece Scrap Batting Together
Seaming quilt batting edge-to-edge to put scraps to use is easy to do as it only involves preparing the edge of the batting, then stitching across both edges to join the two pieces together.
Using this simple step-by-step process, you can quickly and easily turn your batting scraps into whole sheets to use in your machine quilting projects:
- Prepare the Edges - Success in creating a precise edge-to-edge seam starts with having precise seams. To achieve this, lay one edge of your batting over the other edge, leaving enough room for any curves or shapes you need to cut, and then carefully cut through both layers with your rotary cutter so the edges match up perfectly against each other.
- Hand Stitching Method - In a pinch, you can hand stitch your pieces by hand with a needle and some quilting thread. Stitch diagonally in one direction, then diagonally the other way to create cross stitches for greatest stability.
- Machine Stitching Method - If you have a lot of pieces to stitch or want a more secure method, do it on your quilting machine and use a wide zigzag stitch to sew over the edges. The consistent, secure stitching allows you to turn your scraps into whole pieces in minutes.
- Fusible Stabilizer or Interfacing Method - You can achieve the same effect with only a slight, barely noticeable increase in bulk by pressing or stitching on strips of fusible stabilizer or interfacing that is readily available to produce a strong join across edges.
Never Toss Leftover Batting Again
Quilting can be an expensive hobby because of the cost of all the fabric and batting.
Using these easy techniques, you can turn saved batting scraps into usable pieces in just a few minutes, whether you stitch them with a Juki quilting machine or by hand with a needle and thread.
A little bit of effort to reduce batting waste is a great way to lower costs so you can save up to buy fabric for that new quilt you’ve been itching to start!