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« on: July 10, 2007 10:19:26 PM »

Has anyone come across a cheap or recycled alternative to using store-bought cotton batting for their quilts? I don't mind spending $15 per metre for good batting if it's going to be a baby blanket, but for everyday purpose quilts, I'm keen to investigate using reclaimed or recycled fabrics. Any ideas?

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« Reply #1 on: July 10, 2007 11:49:21 PM »

i use polyester batting for almost everything....but *purests* might think im nuts....you might look into fleece too, its durable, light weight and washable, and since its gonna be inside, you can buy whatever is on the discount shelves..or poly/cotton blends...

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« Reply #2 on: July 11, 2007 08:35:15 AM »

Try going to Goodwill/Charity store where you may be able to buy old blankets.

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« Reply #3 on: July 11, 2007 09:56:01 AM »

Old flannel sheets are popular batting alternative for lighter quilts - still warm, but lighter.  But yeah our quilting foremothers used old blankets, old quilts, carded wool, whatever they could get.  I guess "quiltability" is the biggest issue.


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« Reply #4 on: July 11, 2007 08:02:52 PM »

What about polar fleece? Thin or thick, washes well and doesn't shrink. I believe that some polar fleece fabrics are made from recycled plastic, though this might be hard to obtain and expensive.

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« Reply #5 on: July 14, 2007 05:57:08 PM »

i would have to say:
going to the second hand stores and getting a blanket from there and just using it as the innards of your new quilt.
I plan on doing that with my new project, using one of my gramma-made quilts that is getting threadbare and just pretending its the batting I need for my new project .. essentially just making a "cover" for it .. like for a duvet, but more personal.
otherwise I would reccomment going to ebay and looking for wool batts.

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