Scrappy batting

Do you have lots of batting scraps?  I do.
IMG_1049And when I attempted to sew them together, even when I pin – the joining sides end up looking like this the picture to the right.


This does not make a nice batting for sandwiching a quilt.  And the last thing I want to do is unstitch batting!  Sew, it’s useless and only good for dusting and cleaning.  (NOT going to happen!)

Then, one day, I thought, “I wonder what will happen if I use my trusty Elmer’s School Glue to glue the edges together before I attempt to sew?”

I tried it.  It worked!


Here’s my process:  I only use scraps that are the same kind.   In this case, the scraps are all “Warm and Natural.”   First, I put a flannel sheet on top of the guest bed. Then I lay out my batting (first picture). I bead my glue along the edge, press it together.  Wait a few hours and it’ll be dry.  If I’m in a hurry, I would press it with my iron.  Then I zig-zag the edges together, using the widest and longest stitch that my machine will do.  Do not sew while the glue is still wet.

I am thrifty … I dilute my glue with an equal amount of water.  It works just fine!  But I make sure to mark the container so that I know if it’s been diluted or not.  I use Elmer’s Glue.  I figure, if it’s safe to eat, it’s safe to use in a quilt.  (No, I do not eat glue!)

Here’s a picture of some of the batting sewn together.  This will be the batting for the scrappy quilt I showed earlier in the week.IMG_1053


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15 thoughts on “Scrappy batting

  1. Great idea! Love that you use glue to help. Many people are using the water soluble glue to really help with quilting tasks, like binding. I can add this to the list of techniques.


    • Hi Kathleen, I LOVE using glue. I will use it to temporarily “baste” appliqué in place, bindings, and joining batting. Also, for small projects, I’ve used a highly diluted mixture to “Paint” on batting, then iron the top on, flip over and repeat on the back. Way cheaper than using a spray basting!


  2. Hi Gail,
    What a great tip to share – thank you! I can see the importance of making sure they are the same type of batting. I’ll keep this in mind next time I join them. ~smile~ Roseanne


    • You’re lucky, Connie! I used to do that … but now it seems like all I get is horrid puckers. Could be because I’m joining a LOT of batting these days. 2 totes are now down to 1 tote and I can even get the lid on now!


  3. Very creative idea Gail. As they say – when there’s a will, there’s a way.
    I’ve never had issues joining batting, even the long pieces but if I do, now I’ve got this idea to add to my toolbox. Thanks!
    I save my scraps for smaller projects like table runners, zipper bags, and placemats. Now that I’m gearing up for christmas gift-making I’ll get to clear out my batting stash 🙂


    • I used to use scraps for smaller projects – but I’ve just got too many and lots of quilts to quilt – so I’m using up my scraps. There are many large hunks, but sometimes that 8″ piece cut from the edge of another quilt is just what’s needed to make the batting fit!


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