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


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. 

  • 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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43 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.

  10. Wendy Bynner says:

    I’m a fan of cutting my own strips of fusible basting tape. Pellon makes several different weights of fusible interfacing- I usually use either the lightweight or featherweight interfacing and cut into 2″ strips across the width of the interfacing. It only comes about 15″ wide so I overlap the strips a little and usually fold over a little at the edges of the batting so some of the interfacing is on the back side. A serpentine cut is good but I’m too lazy so just cut a straight cut so that the pieces but up against each other and fuse away- I generally use low loft cotton or 80/20 cotton/polyester batting, not sure how it would work on a high loft 100% poly batt- The Warm Company makes a 100% low loft polyester batting which actually feels and looks like a 100% cotton batt and does provide a little more texture with the quilting than the 100% cotton. Saw you on The Quilt Show and loved your idea of the miniquilts.

  11. Carol says:

    Thanks so much for this tutorial! There were no instructions on the brand I bought. The curve is a great idea! Thank you!

  12. Britiney says:

    I snorted out loud in the dentist’s office at your diary drawings. 🤣 Thanks for the Giggle and for the great info! Can’t wait to give FBT a try.

  13. Dawn Loya says:

    Oh my gosh no more zig zag piecing!! Thanks for the tip!! I thought I was the only one trying to add an incb of batting at the end to finish a project!! Hahaha!! FYI after watching your hand quilting tutorial I was inspired and just hand quilted a quilt for the first time! My fingers are sore because I couldn’t decide which thimble I liked best or one that felt comfortable and I bent the needle and I am not sure if my hand, wrist or arm or all of them were sore BUT I DID IT!! The lines weren’t straight but it had bees on it so I just figured it was a bee flying pattern 😀
    Thank you! Thank you!

  14. Laura says:

    I love batting tape! I ran out and HAD to have some to finish a project with a deadline, but the nearest store is over an hour away. I cut strips of Pellon sf101 and it worked like a charm.

  15. Mary says:

    I haven’t tried the wavy line with batting tape and it will definitely keep it all flatter. Thank you. I love your fresh new ideas and being a very new first time grammie, I especially love your family pic. Thank you.

  16. Elizabeth says:

    Love love love this product. Could never manage to zigzag batting together without it being really lumpy. I have even used it with different(slightly) weight battings ! That was interesting but it worked for a baby quilt.

  17. Linda Maglione says:

    Perfect timing! I was about to quilt wall hanging Christmas tree with scraps batting. I will now follow your instructions on batting tape! Thank you for sharing this right on time!

  18. Anne says:

    I just bought a twin size batting product for a lap size quilt so I will probably have left overs for my next project. Love this idea. I have a rather stupid question, though. Do you add the tape to both sides of the batting? Or is only one side enough? Thanks!

  19. Jaimie Grazi says:

    Just read this post and your new wool batting post. I am already a really big fan of wool and I have a lot of quilters dream wool batting scraps I’d love to fuse together to use up. Will fusing tape work with that type of batting?

  20. Jodi Burton says:

    I have quite a few leftover pieces of batting as well but don’t necessarily have them labeled as to type or brand or have them in original packaging. Do you label your scraps in some manner or do you mind combining different types of batting as long as they are fairly similar? I possibly haven’t done enough quilting to have a consistent type on hand.

    • Suzy Quilts says:

      Great question! I keep my batting scraps in pull-out bins from IKEA. Each bin contains the same type of batting. This is really helpful when the time comes to piece small bits together.

  21. Debbi C Wilson says:

    I’ve just used my batting tape on top of the 1/4 inch seams on the back of a “quilt-as-you-go” project. The fabric pieces are actually sewn and quilted right onto squares of batting! Then the squares are sewn together. Your quilt top and batting become one layer with backing and binding added to complete your project. Because this quilt will be washed more than most, I used strips of batting tape to completely encase my seam allowances so there would be no fraying edges inside the quilt. Works beautifully!

  22. Julie says:

    Scrolling thru older blog posts, and I found this. Fusible batting tape? YES!! I had no idea this existed. Gonna get some This week. Thanks!

  23. Grandma Suzy says:

    This sounds like fabulous stuff, but I’ve never used it. I’ve always taken viable scraps, straightened them with a quilting ruler and zig-zagged pieces together with a somewhat loose tension (so it doesn’t buckle). I use these pieces mostly for items such as small wall hangings, microwave cozies, potholders, and coffee cozies, etc. I have on occasion done this with larger pieces and used them in a baby quilt with no problems. Maybe this isn’t the “right” way to do it but it’s quick and costs nothing extra beyond the thread. Guess I’m just a frugal old broad.
    ** Note – this does NOT work well on poly batting – it’s too puffy. But with natural fibers it works fine and I use cotton for the most part.

  24. Shirley says:

    I’m just learning how to quilt and got alot of information from you. It’s very nice to receive sewing tips & information from a experience quilter. I never would of saved pieces
    of batting, but with your information on fusible basting tape, I will save all my pieces of scrap batting, And I love all the comments and information from your followers, they also give great ideas,
    Thanks Suzy

    • Suzy Quilts says:

      The textured side has the glue and is more rough than shiny. That’s the side that will fuse to the batting, so once it’s fused you only feel the smooth side.

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