Tips on How to Choose Batting for Home Dec Projects

Fusible fleece has always been something of a mystery to me–when to use it, what to do if you can’t find it for a pattern that requires it, when to go for a non-fusible version. Granted, I am more of a garment sewer than home dec, and I am definitely not a quilter. But there are times when everyone could use a little fusible fleece.  Read on for tips in purchasing and using batting in home dec and other sewing projects.

 

Choosing Batting

Fusible batting, also called fusible fleece, is a firm but thin batting with a permanent adhesive on one side. It’s ideal for craft projects like projects that require firm but flexible body. Fusible fleece bonds the batting to the fabric without stitching.

  • If fusible batting isn’t available, or if you prefer a softer hand, choose a regular batting and a spray adhesive instead. Because the spray adhesive creates a temporary bond, batting applied with the spray must also be stitched to the fabric for a permanent bond.
  • Check the batting label for the recommended minimum quilting distance and sew a grid of lines to hold the shell fabric and batting together before assembling a project.

Size matters

  • If your making a king size quilt you’ll need a bigger size batting. If you’re making eyeglass cases you can use scraps.
  • Batting can be found pre-packaged and on bolts. Use those coupons for when the craft and sewing stores have sales to save money.
  • Test the batting you want to use.

Kinds

  • There are many different kinds of batting with different price points. You can find organic batting and of course regular. Organic is going to be more pricey, generally speaking. Some stores care up to 20 different types of batting. If you don’t quite know what type you want, go in person to a quilting or sew shop and feel the differences. Once you know what you want for individual projects you can buy online.
  • With different types of batting you will also notice different lofts. There is low and high and in between! Thicker, higher loft batting creates a poofy quilt or project.

Know your fiber content

  • Batting comes in cotton, blend or polyester. The type of fiber used is generally a personal preference.

I love it when something that has mystified me is explained to me in such a straightforward manner. Now I feel like I have options if the batting isn’t available or I don’t like the feel of it. Another sewing mystery solved! For lots of projects where you can ponder batting issues, check out Stitch Fall 2013 in the Sew Daily Shop.Do you feel like you understand how to choose batting. I would love to know if you have any tips!Happy stitching!

 


Kevin Kosbab’s Moorish Tiles
Placemats from Fall Stitch 2013
combine batting with fusible web.

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