Batting Substitute

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For a flat, durable batting substitute, use a flannel sheet. Many an antique quilt was made this way.
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Batting Substitute
My grandparents taught me to use just about anything around the house as batting: frayed, used blankets, sheets and towels to grandpa's old used heavy fabric or leather scraps for such items as pot holders and placemats. Grandma S. particularly liked the leather scraps from Grandpa's leather working. He would punch a grid work of holes with his awl for her to then attach her "art work of material" and a bit of fussy batting for her tabletop and counter trivets at the dinner table!
I've found that flannel sheets work well even for hand quilting the trick is to use the cheap sheets the thread count is lower in the cheap ones so the weave is looser
backing not quite wide enough
When my backing material is just not quite wide enough, I like to insert a strip of something about 1/4 of the way in from the edge. If I need 6 inches in width, I make a string of 7 inch blocks from the material I used on my quilt top. This saves me from buying another 2 yards or whatever to complete the back. Plus it adds interest to the back. One block could even be your label!
quilting substitutions
flat sheets for backings might be OK for machine quilting, but most are too tightly woven to use when hand quilting- learned this the hard way
quilting substitutions
I also use a flat sheet for the backings. It's less expensive, no piecing required. Check yard sales and antique stores for even cheaper pricing!


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