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Do I wash batting before use?
missloriann
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Date: 1/15/12 8:33 PM

I'm not making a quilt. I'm using the "prequilted" looking fabric for a baby blanket. I bought batting and I have never sewed with it before. Is it necessary to wash first?

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Date: 1/16/12 9:07 AM

I don't, but I understand there are people who wash some cotton battings. I'd be afraid of getting a washer full of lint.

If the batting can be washed, it will say so on the package.

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Date: 1/16/12 11:24 AM

Why are you using batting if using a pre-quilted fabric?

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Date: 1/16/12 9:16 PM

Not to be snarky, but isn't the reason for prequilted fabric so that you can avoid doing the quilting? Why not just cut the piece the size you want and put binding on it?

This is just my opinion, but I think that a prequilted fabric, with batting and back, all quilted together will not make a very good baby quilt. Even if you wash it first I think it may be stiff and unwieldy, not to mention heavier thanyou probably want.

If I were making this baby blanket I think I would wash it, piece it (if you have to sew pieces together to get the size you want), and put on a binding. You might want to check the prequilted fabric to be sure that there are no bits of nylon quilting ready to come apart, and I would probably double sew the binding because those little fingers will work all over it.

Just a thought, my daughter had a blankie she loved which had a large satin binding on it. I had to sew it down a number of times to reinforce it (it was commercially made) because she pulled at it. Would a satin binding work for you?


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Date: 1/17/12 0:28 AM

Quote: missloriann
I'm not making a quilt. I'm using the "prequilted" looking fabric for a baby blanket. I bought batting and I have never sewed with it before. Is it necessary to wash first?

Perhaps you mean a pre-printed panel that looks like it has been quilted together??

Assuming so - I have done two of these. It is personal preference but I always prewash my fabrics - especially if they are flannel.

If the batting is washable, then I also wash that as well. I usually use Warm and Natural batting (I think that is what it is called) and it says you can hand wash it. I just put it in my washer on the delicate cycle and put in the dryer on low heat dry. If the heat is too high, I find it kind of warps for lack of a better description.

The reason I wash all three first is because of potential shrinkage. They won't shrink at the same rate and that first wash is where most of the shrinkage usually happens. So if you don't prewash them - according to my mind's logic - you can end up with lumps & bumps, and/ or stretched out looking fabric in all the wrong places!!

That is just my HO, others may have different ideas and experiences. Good luck - HTH.
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Date: 1/17/12 1:23 PM

After working in a quilt shop for 10 or so years, I never recommend pre-washing batting. I saw too many returned to us because our customers (illiterate? or just lazy?) "pre-washed" their batting in the washing machine with their towels, jeans, etc, then wondered why they shredded.

Personally, I have only pre-washed one batting, and that was an obsolete brand available 20 or so years ago. That particular one strongly recommended pre-washing if it was to be used with light coloured fabrics, as it was minimally processed and still contained cotton seed oils which can stain. I'm pretty sure none of the modern batts available have this problem.

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Date: 1/17/12 3:32 PM

Hi Missloriann,

I think you are talking about the fabric I bought just a couple weeks ago. It is already pieced you just need to add the batting, backing and stitch it together, then add the binding.

The two pieces I bought are really nice and very appropriate for a baby blanket.

Have fun with your quilt, I am sure it will turn out beautifully.

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Date: 1/17/12 7:42 PM

You can prewash batting, but it's not really recommended. Some people will do so if they want to minimize shrinkage. You cannot agitate it it. If you have a top loader, just soak it, and tumble dry.

If you have a front loader, use the delicate cycle. Agitation or a fast spin cycle will disintegrate it.

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Date: 1/17/12 9:26 PM

I've never washed batting before using it in a quilt.

I know people do it (wash battings), but I've never bothered. I've used mostly Warm and Natural. Sometimes I've pre-washed the fabric I used for a quilt, sometimes I don't pre-wash fabric (especially when using pre-cut squares or strips).

I get a little bit of shrinkage that gives a very slight puckery look to the quilt -- sort of like you see on vintage quilts. According to The Warm Company website, Warm and Natural will shrink about 3% on the first washing. 3% isn't very much. Good quality quilt fabrics, unwashed before sewing, seem to shrink up about the same as the quilt batting and I've never had a problem.

I even throw the quilts in the dryer, even though W&N isn't officially rated for drying in the dryer. I've been satisfied with how the quilts turn out washed and dried.

I've got a length of Warm Blend, a 50/50 fiber mix batting that IS "rated" for machine washing and drying, and 1% shrinkage. I'm looking forward to seeing how it works out in a quilt that I'm sure will be laundered and dried fairly frequently. For some reason, this batting is difficult to find in fabric stores or quilt stores in my area, but I've found at various online sellers. NAYY

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Date: 1/25/12 9:50 AM

I always pre-wash my fabrics in warm water and dry on high heat (even small cuts like FQs) -- esp since I want to completely remove any chemicals/sizing that is on the fabric before I officially add the fabric to my stash. But ironically, I never pre-wash my batting. Honestly, it just seems like it would be a mess and too time-consuming.

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