Let's talk about this mess.
I have had the habit over the years to just stuff the usable scraps right back into the bag. It was REALLY starting to drive me crazy recently because I like to use them for small projects. Tablerunners, placemats, mug rugs, purses, bags...you name it. Sometimes even piece them together to make a decent size quilt.
I end up digging all of them out and trying to find the right size I need.
Now that I have a huge roll that measures 90 inches across?
I have some significant pieces leftover when I do smaller baby/toddler quilts.
Well...you know my organizing soul.
I sat and measured all the large pieces.
Folded them nicely and pinned the measurements to them.
Tucked them in a drawer.
I still need to address the smaller pieces. Folding seems silly. Maybe rolling and tying them up in bundles?
Any suggestions? What do you do with your batting scraps? What is your requirement for "keeping" a batting scrap? What is "too small" or unusable to you?
I am desperate to know!!
I literally just finished a quilt that I pieced 4 or 5 bits o' batting together for. The pieces were all about 20" across and various lengths. Any scrap from that after I was done I tossed! I never use to keep the scrap (can you believe it??) but then I was thinking of doing stuffies so I started saving them.ReplyDelete
I had them all rolled up and tied with a scrap jelly roll strip before I dug them out.
I'm leaning to some sort of roll for the smaller ones!! I like the idea of a scrap jelly roll strip!!!Delete
Mine are neatly folded in a pile and stored in a bag under my cutting table. The larger pieces are on the bottom and smaller on top then when I need a piece it is easier to find the size I want. It's also easier to see if two smaller pieces can be joined for the size I want. With smaller makes like table runners etc I always try to use up the smaller pieces first. The aim of this is to leave the bigger more functional pieces for other projects. All my scrap boxes have been made from piecing batting "scraps" together. It was a great way to use them up.ReplyDelete
You KNOW I adore your scrap boxes. They are on my "someday" list.Delete
Great idea to measure and label...but for your safety, please consider using a safety pin...voice of experience!!!!!ReplyDelete
Great tip! I hardly ever use them...so I am used to being sliced and diced by straight pins. Whoops!Delete
I totally stuff them back in the bag, hahaha! And then it falls out of my closet all.the.time. I have a bag for small pieces and trim ends from quilts that I will cut up and use for pillow stuffing.ReplyDelete
I measure and label the bigger pieces. I write on old selvages and safety pin them. On the smaller pieces, I cut them into the size I use for making rag quilts. They stack nice and neat that way, and they are all the same size.ReplyDelete
Thanks for this post. I am now going to measure and label my batting pieces, it is such a great idea and so much better than the huge messy pile I have sitting on a chair!ReplyDelete
With my librarian hat on I salute your organisational skills, but I confess all mine are stuffed in a bag. I keep even the smallest scraps, useful for stuffing pincushions etc.ReplyDelete
What do I do with my small batting scraps? Why stuff them back in the bag of course!! :) I've been so focused on getting my fabrics organized that I haven't given the pieces of batting a second thought. I should probably add that to my to-do list. :) Thanks for the tips!ReplyDelete
Nice tip on organizing batting. I just stuff mine under my cutting table :)ReplyDelete
All my fabric is kept in large plastic bins, including one for batting. The big pieces I mark exactly as you have, and the tiny pieces (usually trimmed off finished quilts) are rolled up and put in a 2-3 gallon ziplock. I piece them together for bags or wall hangings...practice quilt sandwiches, mug rugs..etc.ReplyDelete
I've heard of shredding the smallest of batting scraps and using them to stuff pillow forms, but I haven't ever tried that.ReplyDelete
I love this idea. I recently shredded fleece scraps to stuff a small stuffie.Delete
I have trimmings from a number of quilts but most of my scrap batting is in strips 6-10x60-80. I like the idea of shredding for stuffing. That'l save me a trip to the store for my next stuffed project!ReplyDelete
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