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. ..
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.)
- Layer your 2 pieces of batting slightly on top of each other. Make sure your batting scraps are about the same loft (thickness) and weight (density).
- 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.
- Remove the excess batting.
- Place small sections of Fusible Batting Tape, textured side down (this is the fusible side), over the seam.
- 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.
- 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.
What's your favorite FBT? Or are you about to be a new convert? 😉