Recently I was spending some quilty time with my buddy, Lee of Lala's Lovelys, and she was commenting that she had lots of batting scraps left over from quilting projects. Like me, Lee had bags of small bits and strips of batting that were hanging around not being very productive. Now, that may be okay in my studio (I have lots of bags and boxes of various items not being productive), but Lee uses up just about everything, so a use for these battings bits had to be found!
So, I put my thinking cap on (had to readjust it a time or two) and tried to come up with some uses for these batting leftovers. Here's what I created:
Take one sock - I used a small child's sock - you know, the kind that have the little rubber bits on the bottom so they won't slip. Any size would do, you just might need to fill it with more batting.
|One baby or small sock|
|Roll 'er up|
Take the ball and stuff it up into the sock until the batting ball is completely inside the sock with the bottom of it even with the sock opening (this will eventually be the bottom of the bunny, but it is really the top of the sock).
|Batting roll going into sock|
|Batting roll all in sock|
|Twist sock toe over ...|
|and pull through to form knot|
|Bunny ear from knot|
|Tweaking the ears|
This little bunny can be used as a pincushion or just as a cute ornament in your sewing room. This is a great way to use up those gently used socks and extra batting bits.
|Charlie and new sock friends|
If bunny starts to get a bit thin, just add more batting to him or change out the batting strip for a new one - I'm sure you will have accumulated more by then!
What do you do with your excess batting bits and strips? I'd love to hear your suggestions.