Favorite Tools – Batting Shears

It’s been awhile since I’ve shared some of my favorite tools (mostly because I’ve been using the same old stuff)! But recently, I splurged on a pair of batting scissors and I’m very pleased with my latest purchase.

batting_shearsBatting shears are pretty spendy but I think they are well worth the money.

I bought a pair of these funky looking scissors a few weeks ago and finally put them to the test while trimming the batting for my Herringbone quilt. I’m not exactly sure what the funky angle is for other then allowing you to cut through bulky battings with ease. The soy batting I used wasn’t really thick but it was still so much easier than using regular scissors.

batting_shears_2So put a pair of these on your holiday or birthday wish list. Think of batting shears as one of those luxury quilting items that’s not necessary, but sure is nice to have!

I’ll leave you with a quilting tip of the day: write on a corner of your batting what the fiber content is so that you can keep track once you take it out of the packaging. My handwriting isn’t great, but this does say “Soy” even though it looks like “Joy.”  Well, you know how much joy I get from quilting my quilts, so it’s all good. 🙂

soy_batting_cornerMark your batting pieces and leftover scraps so you know what’s what!

11 thoughts on “Favorite Tools – Batting Shears

  1. Linda H. says:

    Oh! Those shears! I just saw them for the first time, today, in the Handi-Quilter booth at the AQS show. The sign said they’re 20 percent off. So I really need a pair, huh? Thanks for the tip about writing on the batting! Duh me. I never thought of doing that. Instead, I’ve been writing on a piece of paper and tucking that under a rubber band wrapped around the batting. I like your idea better.

  2. Duane says:

    Something so simple…DUH! Marking your batting with what kind it is. I think I need more fabric than batting shears but I will put it on my “Someday” list. That’s the list that is further out than the “Wish” list. Love your posts!

  3. treadlemusic says:

    They have been on my “wish list” for a while…I’ll have to push it to the top of the list, though!!!! I just recently started labeling my batting pieces that way and add the dimensions next to it on the same edge (as Marlyn suggests to do on an attached note). When I take some off the leftovers, I make sure to take that edge and rewrite the info on the remainder. Life gets a bit simpler these days!!! LOL!!!!!!

  4. freedomgarden says:

    Great idea to label the leftovers. Any organization helps in my world!! Now if only I knew what to do with all my scraps!

  5. Marlyn says:

    I write the measurement of the remaining batting on a scrap of paper and pin it to the outside of the bag or roll. I can tell at a glance if there’s enough or not for a project.

  6. julie says:

    I didn’t even know there was such a thing as batting shears…and being that I love gadgets…I am going to have to look into this! Thanks for feeding the gadget addiction! LOL
    Good batting tip…seems like such common sense, yet I have never done it…that must change now! 🙂

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