Fusible Batting Tape: Why You Need It & How to Use It

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If you had uncensored access to my diary, you would find a long, emotional entry about the day fusible batting tape entered my life and changed it forever. Oh, you think I’m being dramatic? Like some sort of lovestruck middle-schooler? Like the type of person who actually has a diary WITH a lock on the outside?

Sounds like you have not yet experienced the crush-worthy magic of fusible batting tape for yourself. You’ll want to doodle about it in the margins of all of your notebooks. This is an actual page from my actual diary. ..

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You guys all probably know that I like to quilt my own quilts most of the time. (As opposed to sending them to a longarm quilter.) You also probably know that when you’re in the business of quilting your own quilts, you end up with a lot of leftover batting scraps. You may be like me and have random, inconveniently-shaped chunks of batting coming out of your ears. It’s so wasteful! Unless… you don’t waste it. 

All the Things to L.O.V.E. about Fusible Batting Tape:

  • Waste not. Want not. Just like grandma said time and time again when you ate only half of the steamed broccoli on your plate. (She's gotta know I want not!) With Fusible Batting Tape, there's no more throwing away puny-but-perfectly-good pieces of batting.
  • Stop zig-zag sewing batting together. Batting tape is smooth which means no mid-quilt lumpy areas, AND LESS PINNING AND SEWING. Aww yeah.
  • You can usually make it work. No more panic moments when you realize your batting is like half an inch too short. We’ve all been there, amiright?
  • Patch holes. You can actually patch holes in batting without lumps or thick spots, for those times that your really cute and lovable dog/toddler decides a nibble of batting might make a nice mid-morning snack. Also, if your batting came scrim-free, it's more likely to pull apart and tear. (Read more about batting and scrim here.)
  • FBT is another acronym for BFF. Fusible Batting Tape will never take you for granted, or forget your birthday. (Technically it will never remember your birthday either, but let's not get overly technical here. That's not the way of loooooove!

Now that you, too, have been charmed by the ways of Fusible Batting Tape, here are some tips on how to use it: (and by use, I mean cherish. I would never want you to feel used, dear Tape.)

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  1. Layer your 2 pieces of batting slight on top of each other. Make sure your batting scraps are about the same loft (thickness) and weight (density).
  2. With fabric scissors, cut through both layers of batting in a curving "wave-like" pattern. The reason for this is so that if your pieces get slightly off, there will not be an obvious gap in batting.
  3. Remove the excess batting.
  4. Place small sections of Fusible Batting Tape, textured side down (this is the fusible side), over the seam.
  5. Use your fingers to hold the pieces of batting together while you place a hot iron onto the FBT for a few seconds. Different brands have different requirements, so read the packge instructions on how long it needs to be under heat. 
  6. Repeat until your entire seam is secure. I like to do this on the floor so I don't have to move the batting around and possibly get it out of place. NOTE: Just make sure you aren't messing up your floors with heat from your iron. After many years of doing this, I've yet to have a problem, but don't say I didn't warn you if you do. Be safe and test first.

My FBT Recommendation

I've actually used a few different brands of Fusible Batting Tape and have never had a problem with any of them. The one thing I do prefer, however, is a bit of thickness. My first roll was only 3/4" thick and I had to scrap it together more to cover my wavy cuts. 

Trending patterns!

  • Craftsy: I bought this 1-1/2" roll from Craftsy and it does a fab job.
  • Pellon: The first brand of FBT I got was Pellon, but I made the mistake of getting 3/4". This roll is 1-1/2" and a great price.

What's your favorite FBT? Or are you about to be a new convert? 😉

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21 thoughts on “Fusible Batting Tape: Why You Need It & How to Use It

  1. Sally says:

    hi Suzy,
    first, let me say thank you-keeping a blog up is a lot of work along with the excellent pictures, humour, etc!
    I use Bosla Foam products and like the wider tape as well but all have worked fine for me.
    I use a pressing cloth just in case the batting or tape should melt. I cut it an inch longer on each end
    and fold over to the back side and stitch ascoss the end. Sometime I use the wavy line but if I still
    have the factory cut edges I line those up. If possible I prefer to use pieced batting on a darker quilt,
    not one with alot of white.

  2. Rhyomi says:

    “No more panic moments when you realize your batting is like half an inch too short. We’ve all been there, amiright?”

    Yeah, only every quilt I’ve ever made… It’s like a skill that I always underestimate.

  3. Dana says:

    wow! Thanks for this!!! Now I don’t have to zig zag stitch those pieces and hope they don’t bunch up when I quilt the piece!

  4. Anita says:

    I didn’t know this existed, now I can pull that bin of scrap batting out of their dark hidey holey and put them to work. Your posts are so enlightening! Or, I’m so out of it. Hm….. Thanks, Susy.

  5. Melodee says:

    I just used some on a quilt batting yesterday. I did not know about cutting the batting with a curve, I trim both pieces I plan to fuse together so there are smooth even edges. It works great. I used to sew the batting pieces together, but it would sometimes buckle, that doesn’t happen with the tape and the process is way faster. Yes, I am a convert.

  6. Peggy Beaman says:

    I saw this for the first time at QuiltCon but had already blown my budget. Looks like I need to get some since I have a growing mountain of batting remnants. It should pay for itself! Thanks for another great tip!

  7. Ashley Pierce says:

    Cheaper, slightly more work option: make your own with the fusing that comes on bolts by cutting it into strips!

    • Debra says:

      Ashley, what kind of fusible do you get on the bolt for this? I’m a new quilter and have a lot to learn about fusibles. Thanks for the tip.

      • Ashley Pierce says:

        Hm, I’m not 100% sure what I used. I’ll bet if you pop into your local quilt/sewing store they’d have lots of advice!

  8. Shannon says:

    I’ve been so curious about this ever since you shared it on your IG Stories – definitely a new convert! I have a STACK of batting scraps I couldn’t bring myself to chuck as it seemed so wasteful. I can always count on Suzy to come to the rescue with nifty quilting tips 😉

  9. Joan says:

    I’m wanting to back some small swatches of fabric with tape so they have some stiffness to them for cutting and also I will be adding 2 sided tape to affix them to an acrylic stick. Will fusible batting tape work or should I be looking at fusible interface for this?

    • Suzy Quilts says:

      I’m tracking with your idea until you get to the stick part. You want swatches on a stick? Like a plastic dowel rod? If that’s the case, I would probably use a glue stick to stick the swatches to card stock (for stiffness) and then use liquid glue or super glue to adhere that to the rod.

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