Do you have lots of scrap batting? What can you do with leftover batting?
If you are a quilter, I am sure you have a lot of leftover pieces of quilt batting tucked in a drawer or container in your sewing room. These small pieces can be used for small projects but the batting scraps can be joined together to use on your next quilt, runner, pillows or wall hanging.
I am no exception. After seeing the large bin of batting scraps in my sewing room, I decided it was time to do something about it. Small projects would never use it all up. So, time to sew the pieces together to make larger pieces.
There are several ways of joining batting pieces together in order to use them in a project and today I would like to show you how to sew leftover pieces of batting together using the sewing machines zigzag stitch.
Batting can be confusing. There are numerous types of batting and a wide range of thicknesses. A common quilter question is how far apart to quilt lines or tie a quilt. Our Quilting Density and Batting Tutorial will answer that question.
Back to the topic of joining scrap batting pieces. Watch our video on how to join batting pieces together or keep reading this post for a photo tutorial with step-by-step instructions.
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Why Piece batting together
- Save Money - Batting is expensive.
- Clean Up Sewing Room - Reduce clutter.
- Batting to Short for Your Project - Add scrap batting to make it longer.
- Save the Planet - Reduce waste going to the landfill.
- Save a trip to the Store - Save time and gas by using leftover batting.
How to piece together batting scraps
things you need:
- Batting Scraps
- Sewing Machine
- Blind Hem Presser Foot OR Regular Presser Foot
- Quilter Ruler, Rotary Cutter and Mat
STEP 1: Batting Scraps
The first step in piecing leftover batting scraps together is to sort the batting by the thickness (loft), color and brand if you know the brand.
STEP 2: Cutting Straight Edge
To sew the pieces together, you need a nice straight edge on the two batting pieces. To do this, place the pieces on a cutting mat and overlap the two pieces about ½ inch to 1 inch.
Place the quilting ruler down the middle of the overlap area and cut a straight line with a rotary cutter all the way along the ruler. Remove the small strips of batting and the two large pieces will perfectly butt up against each other.
Don't waste the small batting strips. Store them in a plastic bag or container to use to stuff toys or other projects. If the batting is polyester, just tear it in pieces. If it is cotton batting, use a scissor or rotary cutter to shred it into small confetti-like pieces.
STEP 3: Presser Foot
Attach presser foot to the sewing machine. To sew batting, I like to use a blind hem presser foot. Sometimes the foot is called an edgestitch foot. The blind hem presser foot has a vertical bar in the middle of the foot. Regular Presser Foot Hem Stitch/Edgestitch
The two pieces of batting can be placed next to the vertical bar making it easy to feed and sew the batting together. However, a regular presser foot that accommodates a zigzag stitch can be used.
If you don't have a blind hem/edgestitch presser foot, Amazon has many edgestitch feet at reasonable prices but be sure to purchase one that fits your sewing machine.
STEP 4: Zig-Zag Stitch
Set the sewing machine for a zig-zag stitch.
Change the stitch width and length to the widest zig-zag stitch and a medium stitch length. To join the pieces on my Bernina machine, I set the width to 5.5 and length to 2.5.
STEP 5: Sewing
Carefully butt the straight edges of two batting strips together against the vertical bar and under the presser foot. Begin sewing, zigzagging down the batting pieces catching both pieces as you stitch. You do not want the pieces to overlap. If using the blind hem presser foot it will not overlap. Continue sewing the two pieces together.
If you don't have a blind hem foot, carefully butt the straight edges of the two pieces together and center them under the presser foot. Begin sewing the two pieces together with a zigzag stitch. Try not to let the pieces overlap. Continue stitching until the pieces are sewn together.
STEP 6: Continue Adding Pieces
Continue adding pieces until all the pieces of batting are sewn together.
So that is it! Once all the batting pieces are joined, it’s time to get on with the quilt project.
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