Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Piecing Batting Tutorial

I've a bin filled with batting scraps that I want to put to good use for a backing for my next quilt top.

In this post, I am sharing how I tackle piecing batting and I'd love to hear in the comments any tips you might have as well.

Here are the steps I use to piece my batting (reference numbered photos below):

  1. Find two pieces of batting that are roughly the same size where you want to join them
  2. Overlap them about 1 to 1 1/2''
  3. With your rotary cutter, cut a wavy line 
  4. Pull away the extra bit of batting and discard.  The two pieces will fit nicely together.
  5. Using an open zig-zag stitch on your machine, slowly sew the two pieces together.  They are not overlapped but just butted against each other
  6. Enjoy your new piece of larger batting and use it as it were one piece.

piecing quilt batting

You can use the same zig-zag technique on batting with a straight edge but I find that a little easier to find in the finished product.

I'll be linking up with Tips & Tutorials Tuesday.

Have a wonderful day! Patty


  1. I just made it yesterday the same way with straight cuts for my new tablerunner. Some people use a special fusible ribbon to iron the pieces together, but I don't like it.
    Greetings from Germany, Rike

  2. This is a great method and I especially like your tip to use gentle curves so that the bulk of the zig zag seam is not in one location / line in the quilt. Thanks for linking up!

  3. This is very interesting, Patty. At the risk of sounding silly, why do you cut in a wave instead of straight?

    1. I've done it both ways (straight seam or gentle curve). But I've found that a batting seam along a gentle curve distributes the seam bulk differently and was then much less likely to be 'found' once your quilt is all quilted. Hope that makes sense!

  4. I don't do this often but it has worked out ok the few times I have. No tips to add, you covered it well :)

  5. I don't throw anything out. I am the only one who knows when I have pieced a batting and probably eve I don't remember which quilts have pieced batting. I buy all the same batting so I don't have to worry about them playing well together. I also leave the extras in the bag it came in as a reminder.

  6. thanks for sharing. I have lots of little pieces. off to make some "waves"

  7. Very helpeful. I have some left overs I really should try to use up.

  8. I have done this in the past, but by hand and had to overlap.
    I like your way much better. Thank you!


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