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Which Batting Should You Choose?

When making a quilt, the batting plays an important part in the look and feel of the finished quilt. Hi, I’m Susan from Sewfeet.com and this post is about several types of specialty battings that can be used to make quilts and other quilted projects such as purses, placemats, diaper bags, wall hangings, art quilts, and more. The battings in this post are distributed by RNK Distributing and I’ve made a FREE Printable that gives you the details at a glance so you can easily decide what you need for your next quilted project. CLICK HERE to download the printable pages about Specialty Battings.


RNK Embroidery Batting


A blend of cotton and polyester, this batting is needle punched to prevent stretching, puckering, and shrinkage. It does not require additional stabilizer when embroidering, making it ideal for in-the-hoop quilting projects and embroidered quilts. This Batting can also be used for quilts, wall hangings, purses, baby items, jackets, home dec items, and more.


RNK Hot N Cold Barrier Fleece

This insulated fleece is made from polyester and mylar. It is useful when making a project that needs to keep items cold and/or hot. Lunch bags, Casserole covers, Oven mitts, Potholders, Beverage koozies, and Shopping Bags are just a few possibilities. This fleece is heat-resistant but not heat- or fire-proof. An extra layer of cotton batting is recommended if making oven mitts or potholders. Click HERE for instructions on making a Tabletop Trivet using RNK Hot N Cold Barrier Fleece as a layer between the front and back fabrics.




RNK Sew-Fab-Foam


A soft, fabric-lined foam stabilizer with one fusible side, which eliminates the need for pinning the fabric. Easy to quilt and embroider through, the stitching is more defined than stitching with a low-loft batting. Using this foam stabilizer in place of batting gives a professional look to Handbags, Purses, Tablet totes, Diaper bags, Camera cases, Eyeglass cases, and more. CLICK HERE for directions to make a Quilted Placemat project using Sew-Fab-Foam.


Floriani Heat n Sta Fusible Fleece


A soft, fabric-lined foam stabilizer with one fusible side, which eliminates the need for pinning the fabric. Easy to quilt and embroider through, the stitching is more defined than stitching with a low-loft batting. Using this foam stabilizer in place of batting gives a professional look to Handbags, Purses, Tablet totes, Diaper bags, Camera cases, Eyeglass cases, and more.


Floriani Quilt It Soft Polyester Batting


This incredibly soft foundation is resilient and lightweight. It cannot be harmed by moths or mildew and can be easily and safely machine washed. The specialized technique used to create this unique batting offers drape when creating a quilted jacket or vest but also has a stable center for highly embellished or very simple wall hangings, bed quilts, pillows, bags and more. Ideal for trapunto, Sashiko, and in-the-hoop quilting projects! The batting has minimal stretch and can be stitched up to 6” apart.


Quilters Select Perfect Cotton Batting

Made from 100% long staple cotton, this batting is made with no chemicals and no bleaching. It has a scrim (foundation) that helps to control stretching and movement during quilting and embellishing. Good for machine and hand quilting with stitching up to 8 ½” apart.




Quilters Select Soft Blend Batting


This incredibly soft batting is resilient and lightweight. It cannot be harmed by moths or mildew and can be easily and safely machine washed. The specialized technique used to create this unique batting offers drape when creating a quilted jacket or vest but also has a stable center for highly embellished or very simple wall hangings, bed quilts, pillows, bags and more. Ideal for trapunto, Sashiko, and in-the-hoop quilting projects! The batting has minimal stretch and can be stitched up to 6” apart.


Quilters Select Soft Wool Batting


This wool batting is lightweight and breathable while offering insulation and warmth. It has natural moisture-wicking properties, and resists bearding and fiber migration. Quilting should be up to 4” apart.


Embellish Angel Loft Bamboo Batting

A blend of 50% cotton and 50% bamboo, this batting is soft, which means that your finished quilt will have a beautiful drape. It is an embroidery batting that has a needled stabilizer in the center that does not stretch. The embroidery or quilting stitches can be sewn 8”-10” apart and it will hold up to 40,000 stitches in a 5” x 7” hoop. CLICK HERE for to see how to make a simple quilt using this bamboo batting.




Embellish Premium Fusible Batting

This soft, flexible batting is perfect for embroidered quilts, T-shirt quilts, table runners, garments, home décor, quilted jackets, purses, bags and more. The fusible coating won’t shadow through on light color fabric or produce dimples on the fabric surface. Because the fuse is permanent, you don’t have to quilt the fabric, but it can be quilted by machine or hand as desired. CLICK HERE to see my Gratitude Journal that I quilted using Embellish Premium Fusible Batting.




Don’t forget to download your FREE printable all about specialty batting below!

FINAL Specialty Battings
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. RNK Distributing is a wholesale distributor of sewing and quilting products that include the ones discussed in this blog posts. Go to RNKDistributing.com to find a retailer near you.


For more information from and about Susan, visit her at Sewfeet.com.



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