How to piece your leftover quilt batting


Welcome to SewVeryEasy,
my name is Laura. And if you’re like me, you do not like to throw out your scrapped quilt batting. When you’ve finished making your quilt we trim it off and, well, I don’t like throwing those edges away. Now a lot of times I can use the pieces for small projects: placemats, runners, there are a lot of little things I can use. However, I cannot make enough small projects to actually use up all of the fabric that I do have. So a lot of times I will take my long pieces that I’ve trimmed off and I sew them together, and it gets me a very large piece, and it’s a little bit easier to work with a bigger piece. Let me show you a way that you can trim them and sew them together. If you have two straight seams: very simple. You’re able to join those two quite well. We usually don’t have the case of it being a straight seam. It’s usually a zigzag or all cut up. So we need to be able to join these two odd sizes together. First thing you do is make sure your batting is nice and flat on your surface. Then you will overlap just slightly, joining up one edge and just make sure it’s nice and flat. The next thing, you will just cut between these layers. Now you do not need to use a ruler. As long as you are just fairly straight you’re going to be fine. Just cut through both the layers, and you will be able to see. Now that you’ve cut through both layers, you will be able to remove this top piece and you will be able to remove the bottom piece. And you’ll be able to do that all the way along. Now what you have are two seams that actually match. And you will need to bring this to the sewing machine and you are going to zigzag these layers together. So keep these edges together and let’s go machine and sew them. Now to set up the machine it’s very, very easy. You need to have the presser foot as loose as you can in here, and you can usually adjust the pressure on this foot. After all, you’re going to put batting in here and the batting is a little thicker than fabric. And you do not want the feed dogs to fight against you. So have it as open as you can. The next thing you need to do is have a foot that you can actually do a zigzag on. Your zigzag should be as wide as possible and the stitch length should be as large as possible. You’re doing the largest zigzag you can with less presser foot here. Pull your threads to the top and move them out of your way and that way they won’t get tangled in the bottom of the batting. Now you’re going to but the edges together and zigzag all the way it down. You are not going to overlap. You are just going to butt together. Put your foot down, put your needle down, and start it. Just keep your batting loose; let the feed dogs do the work. And keep your seams together. Do not pull or push on any of the batting. The feed dogs are on each side of the foot and it will evenly pull this fabric in, as long as you don’t pull the fabric one way or the other. All you need to do is drive it and keep the layers together. Even though this was not a straight line, it was actually cut so that these layers match, so they will match together. When you come to the end, just go right off. You won’t need to knot that at all. Now we just do the next piece, and so on. So far, so good. As you can see I’ve sewn about five strips together, and even a little square here and there. Since I’m a quilter I basically just quilted all of my batting together. Now the entire batting is lying flat except for this one little piece, and we can solve that problem. And it’s basically just making seams match and doing it. So just cut a little piece out so that you can have that lie flat. Take your rotary cutter and, just like you did the other seams, start here, go down. You’ll be able to take that piece off and the piece on the back. And now you will be able to take that to the machine and stitch right here and it will lie flat like the rest of the quilt. So there we have it. I’ve cut a whole pile of pieces and I’ve just kept matching them together, and now this is a big enough size for me to work with. This will be a great piece of batting for me to use on one of those projects perhaps I’m just not sure about, or maybe I just want to have a quilt that’s going to be a little bit of fun. And it is very strong so you don’t have to worry about it coming apart in your quilts. Once they’re quilted they will stay strong. The other thing is is now I have all of these little pieces left over from cutting the edges off. You could just toss them away, or you can make batting confetti. Let me show you how. Okay so now I have a bunch of these little strings left from the batting and this is all batting. You can keep them and save them to stuff pillows. But when they’re left in these long strings, sometimes the pillow will be a little bumpy. So just take this, lie it flat, take your rotary cutter, and just make confetti. And if you just continue to do this, then eventually you’re just going to have tiny little pieces that you can use to stuff with. Is this getting carried away? Maybe just a little. But it’s a challenge to see how much you can use up and how much you don’t waste. I hope you’ve enjoyed this episode on taking little pieces of batting to make a big piece of batting. I’m so glad you could join me. Feel free to subscribe and, as always, come on back again and let’s see what we’re sewing next time in the sewing room. Bye for now.

80 thoughts on “How to piece your leftover quilt batting

  1. Just the information I was looking for! I just started learning to make quilts. I've made a few so far nothing big just small quilts for my niece and nephews and I had left over batting that I just didn't want to throw out.. Lol thanks for this video I can make another quilt with left over pieces:)

  2. I love this. I have a large bag of these leftovers. Didn't know I could sew them together!!!! Fantastic. Thanks so much.

  3. I'm a newbie quilter and it didn't take me long to accumulate a pile of leftovers. Two quilts and three table runners in and suddenly I find myself glaring at a basket full of stringy cotton batting and I just could not bring myself to just throw it away! So, thank you for this wonderful idea. You're giving a new life and purpose to what most may consider trash. That's always a plus in my book 😉

  4. Thank you for the tip. I just consolidated two pieces of batting for a baby quilt and it turned out beautifully!

  5. I think I saw this video some time I ago when I first "discovered" your channel and did some binge watching of a bunch of them. This one showed up again as a suggestion when I was watching a different channel. I thought, "What the heck, I'll watch it again since I like the lady", and so I watched it at double time. My schedule and obligations today were particularly stressful, but in watching it at double the speed, your personality's facial expressions and voice came across a little differently – more like my own hometown Chicago Loop personality 🙂 When you were slashing the narrower scraps and said, "Is this getting carried away? Maybe just a little". It brought a smile to my face and I giggled, and felt like it was just us girls joking about our thriftiness. Besides the excellent instructions, it was really the cheery spot I needed at the end of the day. Thanks, Laura.

  6. Thanks for the tip regarding the feed dogs. Mine are adjustable and will see if that helps it from puckering. Also, I may have been using the zig zag stitch which was too small. I so enjoy your projects! You explain and show exactly each step that anyone (me) could ever question. Thanks and keep em comin!

  7. Always wondered what I could do with my left over batting. Now I know. Thank you for this tutorial.

  8. I use a batting thats much thicker and puffier than what you use in this video and what I do with batting that is too small to use for any project is i rip and tear it up with my hands until i have pillow stuffing. I then set it aside in a bag to use for dolls or pillows.

  9. I am so glad you shared this tip. I HATE throwing away batting AND scrap cloth. This will be a big help with using my left over batting! Thanks for sharing!

  10. the confetti makes great stuffing for pin cushions. I recently found fluted, metal, mini baking tins,(or molds), and I will make pincushions with them, for a craft show.

  11. Do you think the batting strings would run through a cross cut paper shredder? If so then they would be very finely chopped for pillow stuffing.

  12. Thanks for the tip on what to do with the pucker. That has always been my problem when I sewed batting pieces together. Never thought to cut and sew that little area. You rock girlfriend.

  13. l just love all ur vdo,they r so helpful,now can u help me by telling wat is dis batting called n whether it is available in India?

  14. Thank you so much for this!! I just started quilting and so far, I've only made one quilt but I'm already getting bothered by the amount of leftover batting.. it's a relief to know I can still use them.. XD I just have one question, will the zig zag stitch be strong enough to hold all those pieces together? Wouldn't want them to come apart while quilting..

  15. Thankyou I was wondering if I could join them your video's are always instructive thanks from Australia

  16. Thank you so much for your knowledge and sharing it. Another lesson well learn. Thank you again, you are an awesome teacher

  17. I save everything in tiny box after baby wipes and all this 2.5 inch corners what you cut with squaring bottom of bags I keep for corner to my bags with zippers to corporate on ends so they don't go over the sewing line no need cutting g extra fabric …or pieces when you cut squares from bottom of bags before boxing that is already made piece for decorative corners for small bags or pouches.

  18. Laura, I have only just picked this up and I think this is a fantastic idea, batting is not cheap and if I do this in future I will have perhaps enough to make another big quilt. Thank you for all your great ideas I love watching your videos they are always so clear and clever. Thank you again. Laura (yes I'm another Laura) x

  19. I like this idea much better than the tape method I've seen before. It requires no extra supplies and you don't have the thickness of the tape. Thanks a bunch!

  20. When I worked in geology we used to splice paper well logs or maps together just as you did with the batting. Great technique to use for other things besides paper! Thanks for the great video!

  21. Watching another amazing video! Thanks for the tip about tablecloth for my kids coasters, such a perfect idea!!! Now I can finally try to make, thanks again❤️

  22. Love your tutorials! I always come away with excellent and helpful ideas. This tutorial on pre ing batting was a great help. Thank you for sharing your knowledge.

  23. So happy that this video is still up and providing great information. With my little batting scrap strips I roll them to make 'snowballs' and use them in my holiday decorations unless the cats get hold of them and turn them into toys. 🙂

  24. yep….. i have a "no waste policy" in my quilting room.
    bits & pieces (of fabric or batting) that are too small to use…go into a bucket for pet bed stuffing.

  25. Just watched this, now I am thinking of all the batting I have thrown in the bin and all the cushion stuffing I have purchased! Thanks Laura, I shall be copying this method from now on. Now off to watch more of your tips and tricks videos.

  26. Hey Laura~ Very Clever tips. I love your large your cutting table and ironing station.Question:  Is that a antique "something" that your ironing station is sitting on? If so, can you tell us more?  I've been designing my near future "dream sewing room",  in a little notebook.  (with a quilted journal cover of course) I would like to be creative. What do you use for the stand?   Thank you

  27. Wonderful. I do this. I love a Make Do and Mend and Keep it cycling and out of landfill as long as possible attitude.
    Thank you for the great tip for fixing puckering. Something new to add to my knowledge tool box.

  28. You are such a darling! Never thought of the confetti to stuff pillows, super idea and probably much cheaper than a pillow form!!

  29. SewVeryEasy/Laura Thank you for sharing this tip to make use of 'leftovers'! I can't bring myself to throw away scraps as I'm always sure there's another way to use them and I can't stand the thought of wasting money. The batting confetti is not getting carried away at all, just being frugal!
    Thank you for the time and effort you put in to making these tutorials, you're a great teacher!

  30. Thank You!! I was just frustrated that I was going to be a little short on the batting for a project and was dreading having to go buy a new piece. I have tons of scraps I don't like to be wasteful. I have really excited to make confetti from my scraps and stuff a pillow. <3

  31. I'm learning to quilt by watching YouTube, thanks for your tutorial, now I learned how to sew pieces of batting together!

  32. Thank you for your tips.They're very helpful. You're wonderful instructor, very easy to follow step by step even for a new quilter like me. Thank you : )

  33. Thank you for the batting tutorial and I like the idea of using the batting confetti as pillow filler😀!!! I put all my little little extra pieces of fabric in a round comforter bag with intentions of making a little ottoman when it's full.

  34. Thanks for this video. I have tried putting batting pieces together to make a large enough piece for another quilt. It worked great the first two times I did it, but the last two times there were lots of “bumps” when I joined the pieces together. After watching your video, I’m still unsure what I did wrong these last two times, but will attempt piecing again. I buy most of the batting in packages when they are on sale, so put the batting in the dryer on air fluff to decrease the wrinkles. Could this be a problem? Also, have you used the tape to join the pieces together? My quilting teacher suggested trying this instead of basting them. Any advice is appreciated.

  35. Great idea thank you, batting is so expensive and that is nice to see the way you put it together and have no bumps in it….🌹❤️🌹❤️

  36. Does this machine sewn method work with puffier wool batts as well? I need to join two pieces of Dream Wool for an oversize King quilt and I am nervous about the zigzag batting seam being more compressed than the rest of the batting, creating a ditch/fold all the way down the quilt.

  37. Hi! I’m a new sewer and I hope to learn from your channel! For my first project I wanted to do a simple kids blanket, 2 yards of a cotton print and 2 yards of flannel and I also wanted to use bias tape around, then I thought I’ll add some quilt batting that I found. My question is how much smaller does the batting need to be from the blanket? And also do I have to do anything else from the fabric and batting shifting in the future? Thank you !

  38. Love your videos! I was searching on how to join two pieces of fusible foam together(only comes 20" wide) so I can make a large fabric storage basket …I ran into this problem before and tried to just butted the edges and fused them against one another to make it taller and the the outcome was a visible gap showing …guess I didn't have it butted as well as I thought! Never thought to zigzag them together before fusing!!! So happy you've solved my problem!!! All the tips for confetti and using up batting falloffs are fabulous ideas too! Thanks sew much!!!!

  39. Love watching you Laura! I’m joining piecing of batting together and of course I went right to you! You have helped me and I’m sure millions of others so I want to thank you so much. Saw your live video today , and you did wonderful !! look forward to more of them.

  40. I have found your tuts very helpful and I especially appreciated this one on using leftover batting scraps!

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