An Easy Guide to Quilt Batting

How do you choose the perfect batting for your quilted project? Wondering about the pros and cons of different quilt batting fibers? Read on!

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An Easy Guide to Quilt Batting with HollyAnne Knight of String & Story

Hey Friends!

When I decided to talk about batting on Facebook Live today, I had no idea how popular it would be! Y'all had amazing questions! If you haven't seen the video, I'll post it below, and underneath that will be all the products and resources we talked about during our chat. Thanks for tuning in!

Types of Batting

Cotton Batting

Pros: Breathable, dense but not bulky, most affordable natural fiber, easily accessible, available in a variety of colors (yes, I do recommend considering a black batt for your darker projects), washable
Cons: Low loft, higher lint (all natural fibers create lint), holds creases after being folded

Wool Batting

Pros: Natural fiber, breathable like cotton but with more loft, does not hold creases when folded
Cons: More expensive, less accessible, tricker to wash (typically is blended with another fiber, usually cotton, to prevent high shrinkage and felting in the wash, though Hobbs does have a 100% washable wool batt)

Polyester Batting

Pros: High loft, most affordable, highly accessible, highly washable, low lint
Cons: May not maintain loft over time (remember to follow the manufacturer's recommended quilting density), does not breathe (traps heat and humidity against the body), less "drape" and more stiffness than natural fibers

Cotton / Poly Blend (Usually an "80/20")

Pros: Maintains most of the breathability with cotton but has less shrinkage, lint, and creasing, accessible and affordable, increased loft over a 100% cotton batt
Cons: Polyester can irritate sensitive skin (However, Hobbs uses a hypoallergenic poly in their batts as opposed to other brands), traps more heat and moisture than a fully natural fiber

Cotton / Wool Blend

Pros: More affordable and washable than 100% wool, does not hold creases, breathable, more loft than 100% cotton
Cons: More expensive than a poly or poly blend

(Specialty blends like silk, bamboo, and alpaca are currently outside of my area of expertise, but I suspect that all of them would be lovely to work with and have amazing drape)

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An Easy Guide to Quilt Batting with HollyAnne Knight of String & Story
An Easy Guide to Quilt Batting with HollyAnne Knight of String & Story