All About Quilt Batting

A Little Bit About Batting

Batting.jpgA quilt is like a sandwich and is made of three layers. The top, batting and backing. The batting is what goes in the middle of the "quilt sandwich.  This little informational tutorial will discuss many different types and uses of batting (See 70 Uses for Batting ). You can choose from 100% cotton, polyester, cotton/polyester blend, bamboo, wool, silk, etc.

To help decide which to use, you may want to ask yourself a few questions first:

Standard Pre-cut Batting Sizes:

These are the sizes of the batting if you purchase packaged batting at the local box store.  Your longarm quilter will probably have batting on large bolts (usually 30 yards) and will charge you on a linear inch.  It is always nice to support your local quilter rather than bringing your own batting.

Batting Terms:

Fiber Content Pros and Cons




Machine Quilts Wonderfully.

Some brands may require pre-washing to remove oils, etc.

Gives the flat look of traditional quilts.

May require closer stitching.

Launders without bearding or pilling
usually more expensive than polyester.

Heavier once quilted, thus, may be warmer than polyester.

Made from natural fibers is favored for its soft texture and comfort. 100% cotton batting is usually 1/8" thick.

 Subject to shrinkage when laundered.




Generally less expensive.

Prone to bearding and pilling.

May be quilted farther apart than some types of cotton or wool batting.

May be harder to machine quilt on a domestic machine due to the extra puffiness.

Makes a very lightweight quilt.

Comes in a wide variety of sizes or widths.

Very warm, as it does not 'breathe'

Easy for longarm quilting




Retains fold lines less
(therefore it is often used for show quilts).

One of the more expensive battings.

Retains warmth even when damp.

As with all wool items, may be attractive to moths.

Handles nicely.

 Easy to hand quilt or machine quilt


Blends will usually have most of the pros and cons associated with both types of fibers they are made of; however, they are generally less expensive than 100% natural fiber batting, and can often be quilted further apart.
Blends are typically 80% cotton and 20% polyester. It has the benefits of cotton, but with more loft.  This is what most professional longarm quilters will offer as their desired batting of choice.   It can be 'tugged' on and will stand up to the process of machine quiltling.





For information about the manufacturing process go to the Hobbs Bonded Fiber website.

At Shadywood Quilts we only use the highest quality materials to complete your project.