How to Attach Batting to Fabric
We all are familiar with a different way of making cloths. We have always watched our grandmother sewing different clothes while growing. And we have always admired them, but as we were kids back then, we did not know much about the techniques used for making these. But now we sometimes want to try them by ourselves we face some difficulties, which happens due to our lack of knowledge.
So this is our sole responsibility to gain proper knowledge before getting into the work. Many ways are associated with crafts relating to the fabric. You can easily make them in your house by utilizing these techniques. Making a quilt is one of the toughest things to do, and this is much difficult because there requires a lot of layer of different cloths which must get attached for the proper integrity of the fabric.
Attaching batting is one of the cardinal aspects of making a quilt. Batting is providing the filling material for the quilt or any other fabric. Rhetorically we can state this as the meat that we used to put in between the sandwich. There many kinds of material that are used in this case. And many techniques can be followed to attach these batting in between the fabric. The sturdiness of the fabric depends on this batting.
It is much better to follow a specific technique while you are attaching the batting to fabric, and there might be involvement of a dilemma in the minds of the maker about following the process. We will exhibit you some techniques on how to attach the batting to fabric for this reason. This will be much helpful for beginners to learn these techniques. So without exaggerating, let us go through the description of the methods.
Attaching the batting to the fabric requires some elements, which are prerequisites for the proper attachment of the batting. These requirements differ based on specific methods. At first, you will need the batting materials, there are many such materials available in the market, and they all are excellent in terms of quality. Next, you will require needles and sewing equipment, which will be much helpful.
The needles must be sterilized, and the threads must match the color of the fabric so that there is no creation of non-aesthetic color contrast. Then you will need safety pins. These safety pins will be used for keeping the material while attaching them to the batting. You will also require a sewing machine for sewing the more prominent fabrics. This is essential because hand sewing more significant fabric is quite cumbersome, and it is time-consuming.
Next, you will need an iron machine, this will also be much helpful for the whole process, and it is also an excellent way to attach the fabric, you will also require an adhesive spray for this process. This can be much useful in connecting the batting. You can also keep some paperweights, and this will be needed to keep the fabric steady while sewing. Lastly, you will require scissors and cutting mat, and you can also use a rotary cutter for this process.
Selection of the Batting
There many types of batting materials that are available in the market. All of them have their unique features, and their usage is also different. The main functionality of the batting depends on the type of fabric that you are using and the type of comfort you tend to have from the material. So before going to the detailed procedure on how to attach the batting to the content, we will provide you some overview in the type of batting, which will help select them.
- Polyester Batting
The batting, which is manufactured using polyester as the only material, is quite thin, but this is not a disadvantage. Instead, there is a double-sided bonding available for the batting, which makes the product much robust. For this reason, when you are stitching through the batting, there will be less amount of bearding. Polyester batting is the best one for beginners who are willing to learn the technique.
- Fusible Fleece Batting
This is another unique batting material; the essential feature of this material is that there is glue on one side of the fabric and polyester on the other side. The adhesive, when heated, gets melted and fuses with the material that you want to attach. In this manner, the bonding between the material and the batting becomes firm. This fabric can be easily used for making table runners and envelops, in which there is an urgent need for fusing between the materials.
- Cotton Batting
This batting material is solely composed of cotton, the main advantage of the batting material is to keep the user warm. The people who are into vintage quilting can use this batting material. After washing the fabric many times, it will not reduce the comfort quality. There are small nubs in the fabric, and this is the texture of the cotton. This is a full natural fabric, and this stitches through very well, and the material is also not much thick.
- Cotton-Polyester Batting
This batting material is an amalgamation of cotton and polyester. The amount of cotton is around eighty percent, and the rest is polyester. This makes the fabric much comfortable to use. The polyester is spun around the edges of the material. This is done because when you are attaching the batting to the fabric, there will be a creation of a temporary bond due to the action of the polyester. And the cotton will provide adequate room for this attachment.
- Wool Batting
The wool batting is always known for being the loftiest batting of all. This is a natural fiber, and sometimes some people do not like to use polyester batting and prefer natural batting. For them will batting is the exact solution. The sewing provides a good gliding to your hand. Wool batting is the costliest batting, but these are also the most luxurious ones. This batting will offer you the most comfortable feeling that you will not get from any other natural batting.
Many techniques are incorporated by the people while attaching the batting to the main fabric. All of them are prominent for their individualistic features, for the better convenience of our readers we are going to provide you the best three methods that we have shortlisted, we hope that all of these will be much easy for you to perform, and the manual labor can also be lessened. These processes are stated below with proper explanation.
- Sewing Technique
In this technique, at first, you have to spread the main fabric in the table, if the fabric is small, you can use a standard table, but for bugger sized fabric, you should always use the floor to spread it. Now you have to spread the batting material on the cloth. The batting material should be placed in such a manner that there is always one to two inches extra on all the sides. This is kept for the easy of cutting the batting after the sewing is done.
Now you have to take the safety pins that you already have collected. These are much important for the proper accomplishment of the sewing technique. The safety pins will be used to attach the batting and the fabric along the border. This is done because while sewing, and there is a huge possibility that the batting may get altered from the desired position. To hold them correctly, we will use safety pins at a distance of two to three inches along the border.
Now you have to take the needle and put the thread through the needle. Then you have to start hand seeing the batting, and it is better to start from the ditch because this is the central portion where the batting can get moved. All the designs are affiliated with this part, and once you have hand sewn the ditch, you can quickly start the process and gradually move towards the ned. At the borders, it is better to use the sewing machine for easy sewing.
Once the total stitching is complete, you have to use a cutting mat under the batting. Then you will use a scissor or a rotary cutter to trim the extra batting material, when you are using a scissor it is not required to use a cutting mat, but for a rotary cutter, the use of cutting mat is a must. In this manner, you can easily attach the batting to the desired fabric.
- Iron-Press Method
In this method, you have to use a hot iron to attach the batting, this is quite easy, but proper sincerity should be maintained before performing the task. The batting should be spread on the fabric like before, and then you have to press the hot iron against the batting. There is always a confusion among the users on the temperature adjustment in the iron machine.
As you are trying to attach two fabric, so you have to use high temperature, but there should always be a limit maintained, because the excessive heat can damage the fiber of the material. So apply moderately high temperature and makes sure that the glue that is already installed in the fabric is melted; in this manner, the attachment can be much sturdy.
- Adhesive Spray Method
Our last method is the application of adhesive spray for attaching the batting. There are many adhesive sprays that you can quickly get hold from the market or through the internet. You should always be much sincere while using the adhesive and wear the necessary precautions. At first, you have to spread the whole batting on the ground. The adhesive spray is needed to attach the large-sized quilt. Then you have to place the fabric on the top of the batting.
After that, you have to fold the cloth and then start spraying the top corner of the batting with the adhesive, now gently press the edge of the fabric against the adhesive applied portion. After that, you will gradually move forward and use glue and then press the particular part of cloth against the batting. In this manner, you will be able to attach the batting. Make sure to put extra spray on the edges of the fabric to get them firmly connected.
You have already gathered the knowledge on the methods that can be incorporated for attaching the batting to your quilt by now. But there are certain things that you need to be aware of while performing these techniques. These are important because all the methods include diverse instruments, and you might get into problems if you are not adequately sincere. Some of these critical aspects are stated here for your better convenience.
We know that stitching is quite challenging for beginners to learn because this includes the spontaneous use of needles. These needles are much small and contain sharp ends, so you must be very careful while sewing the quilt. It is better to wear synthetic gloves while performing this task, but we suggest that when you are sewing the batting you automated sewing machines, these can be less harmful to the user.
Using the iron machine is another essential part of attaching the batting to the material. We use the iron press, which has high temperatures. For this reason, it is quite risky to do it bare hands. Any mishap can burn your hands, and it can get worse. So we suggest that you wear gloves while using the iron and take off all the electrical connections while pressing the batting against the fabric. In this way, you will be free of danger.
- Adhesive Spray
Another critical aspect for attaching the batting to your desired material is using the adhesive spray, and they are basically glued, which is turned into gaseous substance-using various chemicals, so you should be much aware of the direct exposure of these substances to your body, especially to your skin and eye. So we suggest that you wear synthetic gloves and eye goggles to protect your hands and eyes from the direct exposure of these sprays.
In conclusion, we would like to state that the techniques we have mentioned here to attaching the batting to the fabric will be beneficial for you. There is a detailed discussion in the types of batting that are mostly available in the market and can easily choose for your fabric attachment. On the whole, this will be a great way to develop DIY skills for beginners. Thank you for your patience. Have a beautiful day!!