Member since 10/29/13
Date: 11/7/13 10:22 AM
Is there different batting's that are safe to use in the microwave? I am making tater bags.
Member since 1/25/09
Date: 11/7/13 11:01 AM
I used the Warm Tater by the Warm Company. It came with the first kit I bought (batting, potato print fabric, pattern) for these, then I bought more to make some more for gifts last year.
One of the things I learned when I went to buy more was that this wasn't just a clever name, but battings I always thought to be 100% cotton used by dedicated quilters (i.e. warm & natural) actually have a certain % of "scrim" - I think a binding agent - which is not cotton - so don't use that to microwave! I even wrote to the Warm Company to verify whether or not the W&N was actually all cotton and the answer was "yes the cotton fibers in W&N are 100% cotton". Clearly (IMO) evasive.
I haven't gotten reports from others but DD tried hers in her new microwave and got a slight burn in the fabric - but she didn't really know how powerful it was vs. the oldie. She left it in less time and next potatoes great. Then she took it to work and it burned a hole - so it does seem there's some sensitivity to microwave strength I just have no idea how to determine how long or powerful is too much.
No reports from others I gave them to but I have to make a new one for her. Such a clever idea and very cute. I also made them out of fabric print with chilis for tortilla warmers and gave them as a set with a recipe for each.
Member since 8/24/02
Date: 11/7/13 12:02 PM
I usually buy Warm Tater at Joanns, I have a bag of another brand that also claims it's microwave safe Pellon Wrap N Zap. Besides using 100% cotton fabric it's important to use 100% cotton thread.
My grandmother taught me to sew when I was 10, and I've been sewing ever since.
Member since 10/27/05
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Date: 11/7/13 8:13 PM
This website says that W&N contains a polyester scrim on one side. Click here. Scroll down to "Cotton/Polyester."
Member since 2/15/05
Skill: Advanced Beginner
Date: 11/8/13 11:00 AM
What is a tater bag?
2007 fabric in: 7 1/2 yards; sewn: 7 yds +1/2 yd
2008 fabric in, 23 yards; sewn 20 yds; given away 6 yds -3 yd = -2 1/2 yd
2009 fabric in 41 1/4 yds, sewn 29 yds, given away 22 1/2 yds ; totals -10 1/4 = -12 3/4 yd
2010 fabric in 91 1/2 yds, sewn 27 yds, given away 1 1/2 yds; +63 yd = +50 1/4 yd
2011 fabric in: 55 yd.; sewn: 21 yd; given away: 20 yd +14 yd = +64 1/4 yd
2012 fabric in: 60 1/4 yd., sewn 25 1/4 yds, given away 16 yds, thrown away 3 yds scraps; UFOs completed: 7 ; totals +16 yd = +80 1/4 yd
2013 fabric in: 28 yds; sewn 25.7 yds.; given away 5 1/2 yd.s; projects 8, UFOs 4 -3 1/4 yd = +77 yd
2014 fabric in: 40.5 yd; sewn 33 yd; given away 12 1/2 yd; projects 7, UFOs 10; fabric totals this year -5 yds, since 2007 +72 yds
2015 fabric in: 15 yd
2015 fabric sewn: 16 yd.
2015 fabric given away: 7
2015 projects: 11 (5 gift bags, tablecloth, 2 gauze chemises, 2 table runners, Poppy vest)
2015 UFOs: 2 (journal cover, sage green tank dress)
2015 upcycles: 1 (velvet shirt cuffs=zippered bag)
Member since 12/3/06
Date: 11/8/13 11:41 AM
Why not use a zip and steam bag by Glad to make the "baked potatoes"?
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Member since 6/10/13
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Date: 11/8/13 12:36 PM
I've heard of people buying these at craft shows and the inevitable "burn" episode; I just wrap mine in clear stretch wrap and they come out just fine :)
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