Batting and interfacing are bulky so shipping is VERY expensive (especially for those who order them from abroad, like me!). That makes every little scrap of it valuable.
So, what can we do with batting scraps? Small bags and pouches are just two options. But I use scraps when I have to make larger pieces too. I “piece” the batting scraps into bigger pieces and I am able to use them for baby quilts, table runners, pillows or large bags.
So here is how to piece two batting pieces.
You need to lay the pieces on a cutting mat, overlapping them by at least 1-2 inches.
Then with a rotary cutter, cut a wavy line through both layers.
Remove the small strips and now the edges of the two pieces should look like this picture.
Line up the two pieces, matching the curves. Join the two pieces with a hand stitching. Make sure the joining stitching keeps everything flat, the edges don’t have to overlap.
Here is a close-up; stitch as densely as you wish, it depends on how heavily you quilt your piece. Use thread in a MATCHING color.
You could join the pieces by machine too, but I find this more difficult than stitching by hand. You have to use a wide zig zag stitch. Little pieces of adhesive tape (that can be easily removed) could be of help to keep the pieces next to each other while sewing.
How about interfacing? If you make bags, I bet you have a big box of scraps. I save those too!
You just have to straighten the edges with a rotary cutter…
…and join them with a zig zag stitch. Do not overlap the edges.
Use FINE thread in a MATCHING color.
I fused this piece to fabric.
Even if I use fusible interfacing, I like to stitch on the interfacing +fabric piece as in the image below. It keeps the layers together better and if I used a scrappy interfacing, then this stitching makes the piece stronger.
But what if the pieces are really small? Use them to make bowls or boxes
So save your batting or interfacing scraps and put them to good use!