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The Different Types Of Wadding You Can Use In Quilting

Wadding is a special material that is inserted between the top and the back of the quilt, providing the quilt with warmth and its overall shape. But what materials are used for wadding these days? And are certain materials more beneficial than others? To find out about the various types of wadding, their advantages, and their disadvantages, be sure to browse through our overview below.

When Should I Use Cotton Wadding For Quilting Projects?

Cotton wadding is known by most crafters out there, this because cotton was used when quilting was in its infancy. Since most quilting fabrics are made from cotton too, you will find that this type of wadding blends with the exterior of the quilt seamlessly.

Even though cotton wadding is used for many quilting projects, we usually recommend the use of cotton for machine-sewn quilts solely. Experienced crafters already know that cotton wadding can stick to your handheld sewing needles somewhat, and this can make the sewing process a lot more difficult. However, if you are using a sewing machine for your quilt, then there is no problem.

There are many cotton wadding options with special coatings and finishes too these days. So, if you do want to use cotton wadding and are making your quilt by hand, look for a coating that has been implemented to make hand sewing easier.

When using cotton wadding, never forget that cotton is a material that can shrink somewhat upon first wash. Evidently, some wadding is more prone to shrinkage than others, so choosing a reliable and quality brand can make all the difference.

When Should I Use Polyester Wadding For Quilting Projects?

One of the most affordable wadding materials out there is undoubtedly polyester. It also comes with its fair share of benefits, as polyester washing is easier to wash and is the perfect option for those who quilt by hand. Polyester wadding is also known to provide superior warmth and thickness, but without the cumbersome weight.

If you are making a quilt that is likely to be washed on a regular basis, polyester wadding is undoubtedly the better choice. As the wadding is more resistant to moisture, you will encounter less shrinkage with this type of wadding too. Still, always check the shrinkage on the material before applying it in your quilt, this prevents the 'pulled effect' after its first wash.

When Should I Use Wool Wadding For Quilting Projects?

We always recommend wool wadding to customers who are looking for wadding that can be inserted through a variety of quilting methods, this includes machine sewing, hand quilting, and even tied quilting. The natural fabric fibre also has more benefits, this includes its ability to provide warmth. If you are looking to create a warm quilt, wool is certainly a recommendation.

With certain natural fabric fibres, you have to be careful of allergies. Some people are allergic to wool, which makes wool wadding less than suitable as a quilt filler. Wool is also less suitable for quilts that will be washed on a regular basis, this because it does not have great resistance against frequent washes. The overall shrinkage of wool wadding coincides with most cotton wadding options out there.

When Should I Use A Bamboo Wadding For Quilting Projects?

One option you may not have considered yet is bamboo wadding, which is relatively new compared to the other options out there. One of the main attractions for many crafters is that bamboo wadding is one of the most environmentally friendly options and that it is made without the use of harsh chemicals. For anyone who is sensitive to chemical smells, this is certainly n important benefit.

On the flipside, bamboo wadding can be more difficult to work with, especially for beginners who have not mastered the art of sewing yet. Still, if you want to benefit from the softness of bamboo wadding, then you could choose a combination of cotton and bamboo wadding. This combination gives your quilt a little more meat and enables you to sew it a little more carefully. While it does eliminate the lack of chemicals in your wadding, you can still benefit from the anti-bacterial properties of bamboo wadding.

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