Do you ever join leftover batting pieces to make a larger batting? I do it often. After all, those leftover pieces are perfectly good – they just aren’t big enough for some of my projects. Joining them together takes a few minutes of my time and saves me a few dollars. Money better spent on fabric, right?

There are many videos available to show you how to join your batting pieces so I’m not going to go into detail here. But I did want to show you what you should not do when working with batting scraps.

I recently received a charity quilt to work on, and it came with batting that was pieced together.

Pieced batting with quarter inch seam

It was sewn together just like two pieces of fabric, with a quarter-inch (or so) seam allowance. This created a rather thick seam, especially where the three pieces came together. In the circled area of the picture above, the batting was 5 layers thick! After adding the quilt top and backing, there were 7 layers to stitch through.

When I first saw the way the batting was put together I planned on cutting out the seam and joining it correctly. But the batting was barely big enough for the top and cutting it would have made it too small. I decided to use the batting as it was and see how it worked.

I didn’t have any trouble stitching through the extra thickness, but the seam in the batting created a ridge that can be seen and felt in the quilted top. And if the batting were any heavier there may have been an issue getting through all those layers.

If you’ve never joined batting pieces, a better way to do so is to butt the edges together and use a zigzag stich to join them. Or use batting tape, which is simply ironed on. Either method works better and looks cleaner than sewing with a seam allowance. I hope you give it a try – it’s a great way to make use of all your extra batting.