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Old cotton and wool blankets, cotton towels and other pieces of cotton and wool make great batting for quilt projects. Cut the fabrics to fit you project, then make the quilt sandwich. Quilt it as you normally would. To finish it faster you can tie the quilt.
I sewed 9 bandanas together for a quilt top, 9 more for the backing, then put an old army blanket between as the batting. I tied the quilt to secure the layers. It is pretty and very warm for cold winters in Chicago. There are many ways to use worn linens to give new life to your projects.
By Cynthia from Chicago, IL
I don't quilt, but I do enjoy sewing small "cozy" projects that are quilt-like. When I need batting for these small projects, I buy fleece remnants from the remnant rack at the fabric store. Fleece has just enough "puffiness" to give the quilt look. There are always "puffy" samples in the remnant section. :)
By judijo from Santa Clarita, CA
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Old cotton blankets are good batting for quilts. Mom used them in nearly all quilts she made, they laundered easily.
thats great! I have reused quilts for new quilts...they worked out great and it didn't bunch up. :)
My first mother-in-law and her Mama were the ones that taught me to quilt, God rest their souls, and they always used old blankets. Those quilts were so warm and cozy? I am a member of our Freecycle group here and, when someone gives away blankets or I see some for a reasonable price at a garage sale, I latch onto it because you just never know when someone will need a blanket or two or that I want to have them to use for quilts.
I was at the store today getting things together to make my daughter a comforter and pillow cases for her birthday coming up and I actually picked up a mattress pad and thought you know what this would make great batting instead of spending all that money on the real stuff so that isn't awesome idea and great minds think alike
That is great idea, my granddaughter doesn't like the density from long arm quilting, she would rather have a comforter type quilt. I think this idea would work well.
Is it realistic to revive batting once it starts to separate? I've taken apart old worn quilts and have loads of used batting. I'd really love some ideas on how to reuse, revive, re-fluff, smooth it out, etc. Thanks in advance for any suggestions.
If you ever make stuffed animals, pillows or even the draft stoppers (stop air from coming/going under door or window) they need to be stuffed, so i'd use the old batting. I would even use it when I make the covered photo albums.
When you take it out of the quilts I would try to pull it apart to try to fluff it up and make it less lumpy, sort of like when you try to get a knot out of long hair.