My Number 1 Scrap Rule

My Number 1 Scrap Rule

Over time, I have created rules for myself around creating scrap quilts (which I talked about in this post). I don't want to limit myself, but I do want to have some guidelines in place that help me (1) control the chaos and (2) result in scrap quilts that I love.

One of the rules that is the most difficult for me (but that I never break!) is using batting scraps to create "Frankenbatting" for my scrap quilts. This is a slightly annoying tasks, but it is more economical and environmentally friendly. Plus it creates a scrap quilt that is scrappy inside and out.

There is more than one way to create Frankenbatting — you can use a zig zag stitch to join batting edges together or you can use interfacing (or batting tape) to join the edges.

I used the zig zag stitch method for a couple of years before I discovered batting tape and I am not going back. Here are my reasons —

  • This is already not my favorite task and batting tape is faster and easier
  • While you can cut strips of interfacing to use instead of batting tape, I like the roll of tape is easy to store and ready to use.
  • There is more than one brand of batting tape out there and my preferred brand has a texture that I haven't seen in interfacing (although I could be wrong?).

I have used a few different brands, but this Marti Mitchell brand and this Heat Press brand have been the best and my first choice would be the Marti Mitchell tape because I like the texture better.

A Scrappy Freya Quilt - Kitchen Table Quilting

It can be hard to motivate myself, but I do try to make Frankenbatting as the batting accumulates so that they are ready to go in my closet. Since most of my quilts are similar in size, I can usually guess the approximate size that I need. 

I'm off to make more Frankenbatting!

Comments 8

Marianne on

I make Frankenbatting also. I use the zigzag method which I agree is a pain, but I usually dedicate a Sunday afternoon and get done as much as I can. I’m afraid to use the tape or anything with adhesive for fear of ot degrading over time and somehow affecting the quilt in a bad way.

Ginny on

I use batting scraps for smaller projects. From smaller wall hangings and pillow fronts and table runners, up to throw size quilts. I have tried the fusible batting tape and love it, but I love the idea of using fusible interfacing. I have scraps of those also!!

Karen on

Thank you for this info! I just did 2 baby quilts and hand stitched the batting together…tape will be so much easier! You are a lifesaver.

Deb on

I, too, make my own “Frankinbatting” – and have for decades (nearing the 50th year quilter here). However I use mine in smaller projects just to simplify things for me as I often make a tote bag to go with a quilt I gift, a tablerunner or table mat, placemats, mug rugs, coasters, etc. LOTS of uses and it all gets used. Making those things in colors I love means I have a supply of quick gifts throughout the year. I make my own ‘pre cuts’ in the usual sizes and its so much easier for me to make projects quickly. I can’t keep up with the sewing fast enough to get through the scraps, as much as I try! Periodically I’ll buy someone else’s scraps to ‘freshen up’ my stash so that the projects are timely in use of current colors/patterns, etc.

Debra on

I save batting scraps, even up the edges, measure and label them. Because I have a variety of batting leftovers, I store them in extra large storage bags according to type; 80/20, wool, cotton, etc. When it’s time to use them, the sizes are already marked, making it easier for me. I have a longarm machine and choose to spray baste the batting to the backing when on the quilt frame instead of sewing batting pieces together individually prior to loading the quilt. Making straight edges, measuring and labeling the batting before I need it saves time.

Ann on

I use all my tiny strips of batting too. I’ve used the zig zag method for years. I never thought of using fusible interfacing. Thanks for the tip.

Patty on

This is a wonderful rule. I may adopt it, too. Once I can get out the house again (iced in in NE Portland), I’ll pick up a roll and get to work on my batting scraps. Thanks for sharing this idea.

Peg on

My secret is I make my batting tape from leftover nylon, fusible interfacing, Now it s all scraps! Love using every bit of my stash as fabrics and supplies have gotten more costly Hate wasting.

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