Quilters around the world know well batting fabric is expensive and we all keep all those batting leftovers to do something with them later.
Can I Sew Batting Pieces Together?
Sewing Batting Pieces Together can be done by hand or on your sewing machine, you will need to trim the pieces first and then piecing the batting pieces together with big basting stitches by hand or with big zigzag stitches on your sewing machine.
When sewing together two or more pieces of batting, you should not do it with a seam allowance, as it will deliver a bulky seam that won’t work well when you do the quilting on your new quilt, when piecing two or more pieces you need to trim each batting piece first, to have a straight edge to match the other pieces.
How To Trim Batting Pieces
On your work table with a cutting mat, place two pieces of batting together, overlap the two pieces with a 1/2 to 2 inches, then you can cut them together with the rotary cutter and a patchwork ruler, this will make each piece of batting have an edge that matches perfectly the other batting piece edge.
When using a pair of scissors to cut the two pieces of batting, overlap the two pieces first and pinch two or three pins to hold the pieces while you cut them.
Your batting pieces are ready to be stitched up together, you can choose the method to do it: by hand or with your sewing machine.
How To Sew Batting Pieces Together By Hand
When sewing batting pieces together by hand, you can use a white or off-white sewing thread, I used a medium tone gray thread, so it could be shown on the images.
Place the two pieces of batting on your work table and thread your needle with a long thread, make a knot at one end and start from the bottom, make big basting stitches from one piece to the other, pay attention when pulling out your thread, to not pull to hard so the two pieces overlap, keep the batting pieces edges flat all the time on your work table.
If you notice that your stitches are a little loose and the batting pieces can move, pull out a little bit more of your thread, but keep both edges flat.
Keep working on the stitches until you finish sewing on both pieces together, you can do a second stitching to give the piece more strength.
The hand stitching will be a way to make a batting piece big enough for your next quilting project, the quilting work will give the piece all the strength it needs to last for many years in good condition.
How To Sew Batting Pieces Together With Your Sewing Machine
First you will need to cut the pieces together, so they have an accurate edge that will make it easier for your stitching.
Set up your sewing machine with a zigzag stitching pattern, or any other pattern that comes on your machine for this purpose (3 steps stitching).
Your work will be to feed your sewing machine with both pieces at the same time, the edge of both pieces should be meeting all the time, use a slow speed on your sewing machine.
In case there is a gap on the stitching and you end with an open gap, don’t worry, you can go back later to redo the stitches in the gap.
Your Batting Pieces are sewn up together and you have now bigger pieces ready for your next project!
How To Use A Fusible Product To Join Batting Pieces Together.
On the market, you can find a fusible product that will help you to join two or more batting pieces together.
Cut your batting pieces together first to get straight edges, and place the pieces on your work table, cut a strip of light fusible web about 1/2″ wide, over the seam, iron in place, use a pressing cloth, peel off the backing paper, and fuse a piece of light muslin over the fusible web area.
No sewing is needed when you use this method.
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