Frankenbatting Part Two

I was a wee bit surprised at all the love on my Frankenbatting post! I decided to do a follow up post to answer your questions. So if you want to clean up your scraps, this is all you need to know! I am using small bits for demonstration purposes but the process is the same.

First, trim the edges of your batting so they are straight. 

Most batting containing any cotton is either needlepunched and/or has a scrim (a very thin membrane) to hold it all together. This means the two sides are not the same. It doesn’t matter which side is up here, but you want both pieces that you are joining to have the same side up. Lay the two pieces side by side. 


See how neatly they fit since I trimmed them? Now take them to your machine and set it for a wide zig zag stitch. You are not satin stitching here, keep the length pretty long as well. Center the join under the needle when it is in the middle position. 


And zig zag away! Simple as that! 

 I do use my walking foot for this. If you overlap your pieces, you will get a ridge. You don’t want that. They should be just touching. 
I have not joined poly batting this way. If I needed to, I would probably do a very loose whip stitch by hand. I am so glad I took the time to do this. I only wish I had taken a picture of the “before” mountain of batting! Here is the “after” including a shot of my trash showing the trimming and bits I am throwing away. 


Hubby and I did venture out to the antique festival today. Here is my only purchase: 

I thought it would make a perfect trash can for my sewing room. It does seem too nice for trash though. I could use it for scraps…….

Thanks again for all the lovely comments. I hope this helps you to tame your scrap batting bits! 

About katyquilts

I am a wife, mom of four amazing kids, and a librarian. I have been making traditional quilts for ages but have ventured into art qulting in the last several years. I also love to knit socks and mittens and dye my own fabric. I am thankful to God my Father and Creator for the gift of creativity!
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7 Responses to Frankenbatting Part Two

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  2. Kathleen says:

    Just a thought — How about using that pail full of batting scraps as fill for a pet bed to donate to pet shelters?

  3. Just one thought to add: I have a double-sided cutting mat and I try and keep to cutting batting on one side and fabric on the other as the batting can get trapped in the mat and make a bit of a mess.

  4. lois92346 says:

    Great instructions and PHOTOGRAPHY! The “after” pile must be very satisfying to look at. What size did they end up being?

  5. Thanks for the tip. Great idea.

  6. Kathy says:

    I love your bucket. It looks to be in pristine condition.

  7. Sandi says:

    Thanks for the demo on sewing the batting together. I use a pail like yours for trash in my sewing room, only mine has red trim instead of black. I have had it for several years and picked it up at a flea market. I love to find such fun items! Hugs,

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