Quilt Batting - Types and Choosing the Right One
Quilt batting is used in various sewing and quilting projects,
is also known as wadding. It is used as a layer of insulation
between fabrics, most often used in quilt making. Batting is the filling of quilts and makes
them warm and heavy. It's usually manufactured from cotton,
polyester or wool, and recently manufacturers started to use bamboo
Types of Batting
Cotton batting - because
it's made from natural fibers is favored for its soft texture and
comfort. 100% cotton batting is usually 1/8" thick.
holds its shape and thickness compared to other fibers. Polyester
fibers are preferred for cribs and bedding. Polyester is thicker
but lighter, keeps you warm without the weight. It's non-breathable
but resists mold and mildew. Polyester batting thicknesses are 10
oz is 1" thick, 6 oz is 1/2", 8 oz is 3/4", and 4 oz is 3/8".
Wool batting is very
lightweight and is used for its warmth. Wool batting is a
natural and lofty option. Wool batting is ½" thick and resistant to
creases. It holds its shape and it springs back. It's
excellent for hand and machine quilting, and can also be tied.
are typically 80% cotton and 20% polyester. It has the benefits of
cotton, but with more loft.
Bamboo batting is made
from 50% bamboo and 50% organic cotton blend batting. Bamboo
batting is very breathable and ideal for machine quilting. It's
machine washable with 2-3% shrinkage. Bamboo is processed into
luxurious fiber using pollution-free methods with little waste.
Bonded batting has a
light adhesive on both sides to hold fibers together. This helps so
the batting won't shift or beard. Bearding is when batting fibers
push through the fabric.
Fusible batting contains
a fusible web so you can baste layers together. When using fusible
batting layer quilt backing, batting and quilt top together. Use
the wool setting on your iron, press from the center out pressing
each area 3-4 seconds. Once finished, allow quilt to cool, and
repeat on other side.
batting is mechanically felted together by
punching them with lots of needles. Because of this it's firmer and
denser. Needle punch batting is used for durable quilt backing,
apparel and blankets.
How to Choose the Best Quilt Batting for Your
Loft - The weight and thickness of
batting is measured by its loft. Low loft means thin, high loft
means thick. Choose low loft if you want your finished project to
have a flatter appearance, like for wall hangings and place mats.
For a fluffier quilt or comforter, choose a high loft batting. Wool
batting is usually the thickest batting. Bamboo is the lightest
loft of batting. Batting typically comes in white and off-white
colors. Polyester and bamboo batting drape batter than cotton and
Price - polyester is the least
expensive, followed by cotton and wool is the most expensive.
Warmth - Wool is the warmest, followed
by polyester and then cotton. Cotton and wool breathe better than
Standard Batting Sizes
Craft 36" x
81" x 96"
Crib 45" x
Queen 90" x 108"
Twin 72" x
King 120" x 120"
Popular Quilt Batting Manufacturers
Warm & Natural
Recommended quilting distances
(The minimum distance stitches should be from each
Bamboo up to 8"
Cotton up to 8"
More Quilting Information and Inspiration
For information on other quilting supplies, visit the quilting supplies buying
Check out various quilting and craft projects made with batting
at our Think Crafts Blog.
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