Monday, February 27, 2017

10 Minute Tip

10 Minute Tip: After trimming the backing to size for your quilt, cut the leftovers into usable size pieces and store them accordingly. I put the large yardage in the bin with large pieces for future borders or smaller backings. I store the trimmed strips with my strips. I color code my strip in boxes according to strip width. This way the scraps are ready to use and I won't have to go searching for them!

I do this with my batting leftovers as well. The larger pieces I will piece together to use for future quilts and the smaller pieces will be used for small projects such as mug rugs or journal covers.

This way I won't have to trim them up later, they will be ready to go!

I would love to hear any suggestions you might have on how you handle leftover backing and batting pieces.

Enjoy every stitch!


  1. Leftover chunks of batting make great dust cloths! At least for a couple of dustings.

  2. A friend of mine says she saves even the smallest batting scraps in a bag to use for future pillow stuffing. Using those and muslin, she makes her own pillow forms.

  3. I can't say exactly how many quilts have been quilted with leftover batting pieces, other than a lot! It's a good thing!

  4. I use small squares (about 3 x 3" or so) of batting when I'm snipping threads off while sewing. They stay put until I toss it.


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