Tutorial: Fusible Batting Strips for Bowls

I love making quilts. Just had to tell you that, in case you weren’t aware of my passion! But I also like to play!

As an Island Batik ambassador, I have received a couple of rolls of Fusible Batting Strips from Hobbs Batting.

I posted about making these bowls HERE. But I figured that I should do a proper tutorial for them.

Last year we received a roll of Fusible Batting from Hobbs. These strips, cut at are 2 ¼” are perfect for 2 ½” fabric strips … but I didn’t want to make another rug … so I got to thinking. My thoughts brought me back to when I originally took a Jelly Roll Rug class (taught by Dawn F. at the Boundary Bay Quilt Guild) and I remember one lady had a horrible time trying to keep her rug flat and she quipped, “I made a bowl.”

Sew … this got me thinking and asking, “Could I make a bowl?” Well, the only way to tell is to try it out!

In my January Island Batik box, I received a strip set of the Harvest Blue collection. What a perfect collection to try out a bowl or 2 with.

A Tutorial for YOU!

I took half of the strips and cut them in half. and divided them into a “yellow” and a “blue” pile.

I sewed them lengthwise with a 45 degree angle.

Taper the end. On the Taper one end. On the strip that you wish to use at the end of your bowl, fold the strip in half and cut a piece that is approximately 3” and tapered to ½”.

Place the batting on top and trim the same.

Fold over the ½” end and pin in place.

Place the fusible strip on the wrong sides of the fabric.  Fold each edge of the fabric strips towards the middle so that no batting shows.  Press.  DO NOT press directly on the batting!!!!!!!!

Next, the strip was sewn, using a 1/4″ foot. I wanted a heavier needle for this step, since it would be going through 2 layers of fusible batting and 4 layers of batik. Schmetz Quilting Needle 90/14 to the rescue! On the Yellow one, I used Aurifil #2000 (Light Stand) and on the Blue I used # 1128(Light Blue Violet).

The “putting it together” was started. I used a 7mm wide zigzag and a stitch in the ditch foot. The foot flange was kept between the “new” and the old piece. I attempted to keep it flat. This involves some squishing on the corners and ignoring the wrinkles that appear. The first time the bottom was too rounded and I had to take the whole thing apart. On the 2nd attempt, I managed to keep it flat for about 1.5″ … then I allowed the bowl to curve up. All the time, I worried if I’d be able to keep it going out … I didn’t want the bowl caving in on me! But, it seemed to just go nicely.

And now I have 2 cute bowls or containers! I love them!

And the basket is perfect for holding Island Batik Stashbuilder rolls!

And I made another one for Chirstmas!

Round Bowl

I decided to make a round bowl. For this bowl, I used 9 – 2 1/2″ strips that were 21″ long. I followed the beginning process as outlined above.

Once the long tape was made, I started sewing in a circle. I made it tight, squishing it in and not worrying about wrinkles. The main goal is to keep it flat. I continued sewing in a circle, squishing it as needed to keep it flat.

Once I made about a 6″ circle, I started to go up the sides. This meant I held the circle up and continued to zig zag the pieces together.

To finish the end, I simply folded the tapered end over the previous row and continued to zig-zag. At the end, I backstitched a couple of stitches and secured the end with a lock stitch.

The end basket is 6″ round and about 3 1/2″ high.


Do I have to use fusible batting strips?

No … you can use left-over batting from your quilts. Just make sure that it is the same type of batting. Don’t mix Hobbs 80/20 with Hobbs Polydown. The results will not be the best. If you are using left-over batting, make sure that you cut your strips at 2 1/4″. It will make it much easier.


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    • Hi Jennifer,
      They don’t take a lot of time to make, but I do know that you are a super busy lady … so finding the time can be a challenge.
      Thanks for hosting Wednesday Wait Loss! 🙂


  1. Hi Gail, those are really great bowls. Thanks so much for your tutorial. Now I have something to make with all those strips of batting that I have!. Thanks so much for linking up to Free Motion Mavericks.

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  2. Great tutorial! I especially appreciate the tip of what to do with the ends. I have batting, just need to decide what fabric to try it with!

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  4. Your bowls are too pretty for words! Thank you Gail for a great tutorial. I can actually follow what you are doing so I might be brave enough to try one after I go to my LQS and get some fusible batting.

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    • Hi Carol,
      Thank you!!! You can also use regular batting … cut the strips 2 1/4″ and follow the same process. It will involve more clips – but the end result will be the same!
      Happy Quilting! 🙂

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