Batting scraps

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I will de-lurk for a moment here and ask a question about uses for all
those batting scraps that build up.  I just finished cleaning/
straighting/ORGANIZING my sewing room.  I promised myself I wouldn't
start another project without doing this.  I find that now that I have
finished a few quilts, I have a lot of the thin edges that you cut off
your sandwich before you finish binding it.  Being a thrifty New
England gal, I hate to throw them away, but am not sure if there is
anything useful to do with the smaller pieces.  I save bigger pieces
for potholders, small wallhangings, etc.

Help????

By the way, this is my latest project done, fun with a Bali Pop, and
for me to keep this time, can't bear to part with those colors.
http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=5133195&l=b9fd8b1c18&id=550198068

Thanks
Heidi in Massachusetts

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A longarmer friend gave me a huge bag of batting scraps. I sewed a six-
foot long denim tube, stuffed (and stuffed and stuffed) it with the
scraps, then tucked one end into the other and stitched it closed by
hand. It made a big "doughut" for our dog to sleep in. A friend
collects scraps (batting and fabric) that go into donated "mattresses"
for her local animal shelter.

Ask a local longarmer who has asked her for scraps, then send them on
in that direction!

Bert in Rice, WA

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I use any scraps that are at least 7" x 16" to line burp cloths for Newborns
in Need.  The bigger leftovers are used for piecing.  Hadn't thought about
saving the smaller pieces but it does seem a shame to just toss them.  Polly

A longarmer friend gave me a huge bag of batting scraps. I sewed a six-
foot long denim tube, stuffed (and stuffed and stuffed) it with the
scraps, then tucked one end into the other and stitched it closed by
hand. It made a big "doughut" for our dog to sleep in. A friend
collects scraps (batting and fabric) that go into donated "mattresses"
for her local animal shelter.

Ask a local longarmer who has asked her for scraps, then send them on
in that direction!

Bert in Rice, WA

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Reading about stuffing and stuffing them in a tube made me think about using
the tube as one of those things you put along the bottom of your door to
keep drafts out. That would use up quite a few scraps.

Trixie

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I use all those scraps of batting that are too small even for
potholders and Christmas ornaments as stuffing for pin cushions.  They
would also be very good stuffing for small toys.

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I have no ideas about the thin strips of batting, but I have to say that I love
the colors in that quilt. It's
beautiful!
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Louise in Iowa
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Re: Batting scraps
On Sun, 03 Oct 2010 11:08:16 -0700, Heidi wrote:

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There are a million uses for small scraps regardless of shape.  
Everything from stuffing toys to pincushions to trim on larger projects
where bitty bits are just more convenient.

Those long edge strips though are just grand for wrapping in fabric,
stitching to secure the fabric, and then weaving into bedside rag rugs.  
I sewed up such strips for a lady up the street for a while.  She would
give me fabric for wrapping, I would get to keep what was leftover of the
fabric, she would make the rugs and sell them at flea markets.  It was a
nice arrangement until she took her earnings and moved to warmer climes.
They made nice cushy warm rugs, very washable too.  I had one, but I gave
it to my grandma because it matched her bed quilt.
She only ran the strips in one direction and used carpet warp for the
other direction.

NightMist

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Re: Batting scraps
well, if you like Mod Podge, you could use EVERY size scrap plus mod
podge to cover notebooks, boxes, table tops, whatever needs a cover
up!  No sewing either!

Musicmaker

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Mine go to stuff the comfort bears our club makes for the women's
shelter.
Roberta in D

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My local quilt shop likes scraps of all kinds for the dog pillows they make
for the local humane society.

KT. in MI


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      Someone named Jill uses batting scraps to stuff beds for her local
animal shelter.

      I think she can use fabric that you don't want either, but I'm not
sure about that.

Martha

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My first Rag Quilt called for batting sandwiched between the front an back
pieces. These pieces were a combination of 9 inch squares or three 9X3 inch
rectangles quilted separately and then sewn together to make a 9 inch square
like a rail fence.  So the skinny pieces of batting were either 9X3 inches
or 9X 9 inches.  I think that this might be the way to use up skinny batting
as well.

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And if all else fails.

Grab some similar scraps of fabric and sandwich with some spray and
practise MQ or HQ.

I played with some like this when I had finished with clearing my
sewing room.  Made some mug stands for round the house.  You know,
next to the computer, by the bed, next to the TV.  I just stitched
lines and lines of fancy machine stitiches and then made and edge;
chopped that off and bob's you uncle!   Had a lot of fun, learned
again what my machine could do, especially the embroidery attachment,
and had something useful at the end.

The other (probably more sensible, but boring) thing to do would be to
document the stitiches and weights and threads and make a reference
for future use.

You never know when you will need to be able to stitch welting or plug
in a zip or place a motif precisely.

Oh, and a last thought.  Mini pillows to decorate a bed or a boring
chair.  Make a lot of them and scatter them at the pillow end.  I've
seen this done before, and it looked rather fetching, and was very
comfortable to plop into.

Or a Christmas tree made of triangles, individulally stuffed and
joined togather.  hang on, I've got a pattern for one of theose.  they
were selling for =A3mega at one of the shows.  Looked great, but so
easy... if fiddly.

Getting carried away, sorry.
Nel
(Gadget Queen)

Re: Batting scraps
On 06/10/2010 09:12, Sartorresartus wrote:
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I am reminded of the stuffed fur fabric Christmas tree...  :D

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