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Declutter Challenge 2023 - Day 18 - Batting Scraps

Today we are dealing with your batting scraps.

Out of all the scraps, batting can take up a fair chunk of square footage in your sewing space. Not only are we dealing with scraps in all sorts of sizes, but we are also dealing with different types of batting.

Batting scraps can be used in many ways, and I have made a video about them. And you can watch that video here for ideas.

If you can identify big pieces of the same type of batting, you can save yourself some money and splice them together to use with some of the UFOs you found over the weekend.

Make a list of those quilt top sizes, and make some frankenbatting to go with them.

From the remainder, think about how much do you want to store. Remember that you need to keep the different types of batting separately. They cannot be combined in the same project because they shrink at different rates. The only exception to this is those tiny bits that can be used for stuffing.

Your answer should be a combination of the capacity you have to store batting scraps with the number of projects that you actually intend to make. You'll always get more batting scraps with every quilt. So you will always have batting scraps.

Last year I moved my batting rolls to my studio where my longarm is. I dump the scraps as I trim my quilts into a laundry basket and process them there. Now only keep my cut down batting scraps here.

But I do find that I use them at different rates so I will focus on only cutting those I use most in the future.

The upholstery supplies I am going to hang onto for one more year....famous last words. But I am letting the polyfil go as I never use it. And out goes the walnut shells too. My son's partner is allergic to nuts and I don't want to take the chance.

And it's time to give a bit of attention to my bucket. Hopefully I can make a big dent this week.

See you tomorrow for Day 19

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