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Wadding recommendations please!

(10 Posts)
H1954 Tue 31-Dec-19 13:38:16

Does anyone have any knowledge or experience about wadding best suited for a quilted throw? I have emailed a couple of specialist retailers but, of course, they are only keen to sell products and not very forthcoming with practical advice.

Elegran Tue 31-Dec-19 13:47:33

You can get acrylic wadding in various thicknesses. For a throw you don't need it very thick, or it will be too stiff to drape. The thinner stuff is cheaper too. Even cheaper is to use an old blanket, but if it is wool, that won't wash and dry as fast, and may shrink at a different rate to the quilted top, making the throw look crumpled. An acrylic blanket could wash similarly to the top.

Bathsheba Tue 31-Dec-19 13:48:53

I usually use cotton or bamboo wadding - can't stand that puffy polyester stuff, although it's OK for smaller craft items and I've also used it for dolls' bedding wink

Try Doughty's online, they're a very friendly, helpful company. They also have roadshows throughout the year, so you can see the stuff before you buy. Click the 'roadshows' tab top left of their website.

Bathsheba Tue 31-Dec-19 13:53:52

Another popular - and easier - method is to use fleece as a backing. That way you can do away with the 'quilt top/wadding/backing' sandwich and just sew the quilt top and fleece right sides together, leaving a small gap for turning, then hand sew the gap up.

Beechnut Tue 31-Dec-19 14:06:57

I don’t do quilting and know very little about it but I bought some ‘batting’ for future use after seeing it used in my craft class.

I follow Doughty’s Facebook page and think they have some lovely fabric Bathsheba.

Ilovecheese Tue 31-Dec-19 14:10:59

I use Hobbs 80% cotton 20% polyester for most of my quilts, but found bamboo was fine as well. I have used fleece in the past but I find it more difficult to hand quilt than wadding.

Doodle Tue 31-Dec-19 18:29:55

Funny you should ask. I’ve just made my first lap quilt and I pondered long and hard over which wadding to get. I chose in the end a 70% cotton 20% poly mix. My reasons a s follows.
I have found the poly too flimsy and stretchy to work with and because I wanted to line up my quilt square (as it were) I wanted some batting with some shape to it.
I am not an expert quilter so wanted something that didn’t have to be quilted too close together.
I wanted something that would not shrink too much (if at all when washed)
Also something that I could handle reasonably well in my domestic sewing machine.
I am very pleased with the result. I bought mine from Cotton Patch who also have a good wadding guide explaining what each type of wadding is.
Good luck with your quilting. Let us know how you get on

Doodle Tue 31-Dec-19 18:30:41

Maths never my strong point. Make that 70% cotton and 30% poly 😀

suzied Tue 31-Dec-19 18:33:27

100% cotton best, you can get a Heirloom cotton batting in different sizes/ weights. Avoid polyester very bad for the environment and nasty synthetic.

H1954 Tue 31-Dec-19 22:16:56

Many thanks everyone, you have all been really helpful 🤗
Happy New Year and Happy Crafting!