Friday, 7 July 2017

Frankenbatts

As anyone who has read more than a couple of my blog postings knows I hate throwing usable fabric away. This includes batting (wadding in the UK where batting is what cricketers do!), especially now I have nearly used up my big roll of Soft and Bright by the Warm Company and need to splurge on a new one.  I started using this batting in my quilts in the UK because it behaves nicely and washes and dries easily, if line drying a quilt it doesn't hold too much water (weight) and in the tumble dryer it dries very quickly.  Anyway, I am down to my last couple of square yards in big pieces and didn't want to cut into them for my cushion covers. I dug in my bag of trimmings from the edges of quilts and came up with this:


My cushion covers measured up at 21" square, so I cut the long strips into 23" lengths and zig-zagged them together:

I just butt the edges together.

I use the longest stitch length and the widest width.

This seam will be invisible once the quilt is finished.

After a little time spent sewing I ended up with these:


Which are just the right size for my Dresden plate cushion covers, inspired by the Rainbow Scrap Challenge:


And my pile of batting trimmings is much reduced, though still enough to make another small Frankenbatt:


The cushion covers are now finished and in place on our sofa, much more in keeping with the weather than the Christmas ones which can have a few months rest.  Completing these was my stated One Monthly Goal for July and I achieved it by the 5th!


The zips/zippers (another word that gets change just a little bit crossing the Atlantic) were inserted by following this excellent tutorial from DIY Home Decor.


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5 comments:

  1. I've not pieced my batting scraps, but, I do save most of them, and use them for smaller projects. Nice pillows!

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  2. Beautiful pillows! I use pieced batting all the time, even in larger quilts. All those strips pieced together are a lot of batting! Love your Toyota!

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  3. Great idea to piece those batting bits for small projects. Thanks for sharing your technique with Oh Scrap!

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