Do you have lots of batting scraps? I do.
And 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.
To see what others in the quilty world are working on wander over to these blogs:
- Can I get a Whoop Whoop? @ Confessions of a Fabric Addict
- Amanda Jean @ Crazy Mom Quilts
- Finished or Not @ Busy Hands Quilts
- Let’s Bee Social @ Sew Fresh Quilts
- Happy Needle and Thread @ My Quilt Infatuation
- Scrap Happy Saturday @ so scrappy