Pieced Batting – Part 1 of 2


Want to use up small leftover pieces of batting?

Because I make a lot of quilts, I have a lot of leftover batting that I hate to throw out. The small pieces are great for hot pads and placemats. I also use them for padding in packages to be shipped – much better for the environment than styrofoam peanuts. The large pieces of batting can be pieced together by hand to use in bed-size quilts. A little preparation ensures that the pieced batting will stand up to normal wear and tear on a quilt. First lay the batting pieces on a rotary cutting mat, overlapping by about 4”, and rotary cut a gentle wavy line through both pieces.

(That way, the quilting will not match the batting cut line and quilting stitches are more likely to catch both sides of the cut in many places.)

Remove the small excess pieces, line up the pieces along the curve, and hand stitch cut edges together with large stitches. To make sure the stitching will hold, run a thread in each direction.

In the next post, I’ll show you a great way to join smaller pieces of batting for doll quilts and wallhangings.

Pieced Batting – Part 2

Submitted by Marje Rhine, technical pattern editor for American Quilter magazine

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good tip thanks


I always chuckle at descriptions of elaborate, time-consuming methods for “piecing” batting. For most large projects, all you need to do is arrange the batting pieces, slightly overlapping them. Then simply sandwich and quilt as usual. The quilting will keep the pieces from shifting around. The “lumps” will be inconspicuous. I suppose if I were doing some sort of fancy whole-cloth show quilt where every “flaw” would be visible, I’d be less cavalier about the subject. But I first saw this technique on a quilt I had professionally long-arm quilted. If the quilter had not pointed out the “join” to… Read more »

Debra Ramsey

I am a hand quilter and I feel that the two edges do have to be whip stitched together. I also use the serpentine cut because it is less likely to show in the finished product. Your eye does not see the wavy line as much as a straight line if the quilt is held up to the light.


I use a hand held felting tool to meld pieces together

LD Lombardo

That felting idea is…priceless! Does it work with all fibers?