A batting scraps tip
I don't have any good project photos for today. Yesterday was spent doing a lot of chores (laundry, washing out fabrics) and making soup. I did get 2 quilting repairs done on the postage stamp and I removed it from the zippers last night. I'll get it trimmed and start the binding process soon.
So for today I have a little tip to share about batting scraps.
When I quilt the veterans quilts there's always about a 10 - 15" piece left over at the end of the batting. I save those. If I put 8 or so of them together I get 2 more veterans quilts quilted for "free". But sewing the scraps together takes a lot of time. I like the idea of the fusible batting tape but I'd need 2 packages for one pieced batting. Even at the Joann sale price that would be over $10 for each large batting piece that I make. I saw that tape and realized that it was just fusible knit interfacing cut into strips.
Recently Joann had interfacing on sale and I was able to get a bolt (10 yards) of Easy Knit for less than $30, including shipping. That seemed like a good option.
I took the interfacing off the bolt and folded it up so that I could cut it in 10 yard strips. I got 12 strips out of that $30 bolt! That would be the equivalent of 12 packages at $5.59 (if I could get it that cheap) for a total of 67.08, before tax and shipping. Cutting the bolt saves over $37!
This would be a great thing for a group of friends to do together. Buy the bolt and share the cost. Because of the veterans quilts I'll go through this pretty quickly, otherwise I'd share with my friends. This is going to save me tons of time.
Given how much I spend on my hobbies it's nice to legitimately save money from time to time. I don't consider buying stash fabric and yarn on sale as actually "saving money".
It's sewing weekend with my quilt club so I'll be sewing veterans quilt tops this weekend. I'm not sure I'll get much else done.
10/8/2021 02:48:34 pm
Very good tip! One question - does it have to be "knit" interfacing or would any fusible interfacing work? - ;))
10/8/2021 03:26:41 pm
I appreciate you doing the math calculations! I enjoy hearing things like this but don't do the math in my head like my dh can. Thanks for sharing your tip.
10/9/2021 07:44:05 am
Could you please answer the above questions on here so all of us can see the answers? I've purchased and used the tape from time to time, and yes it does get expensive. It's good to know we can use this interfacing.
10/9/2021 08:09:56 am
A few years ago, I won some batting tape - and I haven't used it all yet. But this is a great idea for someone who uses it a lot. And it is certainly easier than sewing the batting together - I have done that a couple of times.
10/9/2021 10:43:12 am
Great tip! I don't have real need for it because, as you know, I'm not a sane quilter. Having said that I've been zig-zagging some pieces of Insul-Bright together for the 'innards' of the oven mitts I'm currently churning out.
10/9/2021 03:00:40 pm
Thanks for this great tip. My batting scraps are beginning to look a lot like my fabric scrap stash.
10/11/2021 08:40:54 am
I have the the same question - how do you press the interfacing strips on the batting? Do you use a pressing cloth? I never buy interfacing at JoAnn's for my t-shirt quilts unless it is at least half priced and I usually buy at bolt or two. I go thru a lot of that for a quilt and I like to keep two bolts on hand.
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I'm Vicki Welsh and I've been making things as long as I can remember. I used to be a garment maker but transitioned to quilts about 20 years ago. Currently I'm into fabric dyeing, quilting, Zentangle, fabric postcards, fused glass and mosaic. I document my adventures here.