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Date: 3/20/11 7:37 PM

I just went into the closet to get some batting. Most of it is kept in a tub but I had a shopping bag of scraps of various sizes... much of it from trimming around the quilt before adding binding... long strips 4-6 inches wide.... well... As I rummaged to find good sizes for quilting practice I came upon the remains of what looked like the beginning of a mouse nest, ugh! Out it goes!!!!! No more scraps... takes up to much valuble space... Why oh why do I save this stuff???!!! If I need batting just order the $^%^&&^% stuff, I say! Out, out, out!!

Do you keep you batting scraps?

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Date: 3/20/11 7:42 PM

I keep batting scraps that are larger than 12" in any dimension. So if I have a 12" strip, I keep it. If I have long strips, I cut them up, but I keep no more than six. This way, if I want to make tote bags, I can use them for handles on three totebags. And chances are, those three totebags will take me a while.

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Date: 3/20/11 8:12 PM

I made a bunch of wallets one year and the scraps were handy... I prefer Decor bond for my tote bag handles but that is a good suggestion about storing only enough to make a few bags.

I dug deeper into my closet to find more batting but whole sizes. I have enough now for those projects I will finish this spring.

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Date: 3/20/11 8:14 PM

I'd keep them for making pillows, but I'm a pillow person and you may not be. They would be great for filling dog beds for an animal shelter.s
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Date: 3/20/11 8:38 PM

My dogs always eventually tear up their dog beds and pull out the filling. I worry that the filling will be eaten and they will have a blockage. What material for the COVER would you suggest that would be dog proof?

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Date: 3/20/11 10:33 PM

Quote: Warbler

Do you keep you batting scraps?

No, nothing smaller than a crib-size quilt scrap. I tried keeping smaller batting scraps, and they multiplied like rabbits.
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Date: 3/21/11 1:36 AM

Yes, I keep batting scraps, but I have eight cats! Any mouse stupid enough to get into this house doesn't live long.

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Date: 3/21/11 4:06 AM

I keep batting scraps and use them for small projects. If I need to attach them together, I use a very lightweight knit stabilizer strip. Between the strips and the quilting I don't worry about the batting bunching when the project is washed.

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Date: 3/21/11 4:28 AM

I've recently been making QAYG blocks for flood victims. I'm using up all sorts of batting offcuts - in fact I had way more than I realised. You can use just about any sized piece in the method I'm using - so in future instead of accumulating batting offcuts, I'll be using them to make blocks for charity quilts.



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Date: 3/21/11 8:23 AM

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My dogs always eventually tear up their dog beds and pull out the filling. I worry that the filling will be eaten and they will have a blockage. What material for the COVER would you suggest that would be dog proof?

Uh-oh. Well, that is a problem. Fortunately, my dogs don't chew their beds, so it's not an issue for me. They do, however, chew and destroy their toys and pull the stuffing out of those, at which time I immediately take them away since I don't want them swallowing any of the stuffing.

I usually use denim or heavy, washable upholstery fabric. Perhaps you could try cotton duck or some heavy outdoor fabric.

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