The Top 5 Best Bats for Quilting – Find the Perfect Quilting Tool

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The Perfect Batting for Your Quilting Projects

Whether you’re a beginner quilter or a seasoned pro, choosing the right batting for your quilts can seem daunting with so many options on the market. In this article, I’ll break down the different types of batting available and provide some tips to help you pick the batting that’s best suited for your individual projects and quilting style. By the end, you’ll have a clearer idea of which batting will give you the best results.

The Main Types of Batting

There are three main categories of batting to choose from:

  1. Cotton batting: Made from cotton fibers, cotton batting is a quilter’s classic choice. It provides insulation and is breathable. Varieties include cotton/poly blends and 100% cotton. From my experience, 100% cotton is very cozy but can be stiff until it’s broken in through washes.
  2. Polyester batting: Polyester, or poly, batting is crisper and loftier than cotton. It resists moisture well and maintains its shape longer. I’ve used poly batting for quilts that will see frequent washing without issue. Some find the texture less breathable than cotton though.
  3. Wool batting: Warm, breathable wool batting is naturally flame retardant. However, wool batting tends to be more expensive than other options. It can also felt or shrink over time if not washed carefully. Wool batting works well for small quilts.

Additional Factors to Consider

Within each category, there are also different weights, densities, and fiber contents to think about.


Batting weight is measured in ounces per square yard (osy). Generally, a lighter weight (4.5-6 osy) is best for quilted items like table toppers while a mid weight (6.5-8 osy) or thicker (9+ osy) batting gives more loft for bed quilts. Heavier weights provide more insulation.


Density refers to how closely packed the fibers are. A low-density batting has gaps between fibers for more breathability and drape, while high-density batting maintains its shape better but can be less breathable and a tad stiffer.

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Fiber Blends

Many battings blend cotton with synthetic fibers like polyester for the best of both materials. A cotton/poly blend maintains loft like polyester but has the soft hand of cotton. It’s a good basic batting choice.

Choosing Batting Based on Project Style

The type of quilting project also steers batting selection:

Pieced Quilts

For pieced or appliquéd quilts, I like using a cotton or cotton blend batting. It has enough loft for coziness without being too thick under dense stitching. Polyester holds shape well in a pieced quilt too.

Wholecloth Quilts

Wholecloth quilts where fabric is left mostly or completely plain benefit from a very fluffy polyester or wool batting to showcase subtle fabric textures. The thickness adds dimension.

Baby/Kids Quilts

For babies and young children, a soft cotton or cotton blend batting works nicely. It’s gentle on delicate skin. Wool may felt too much with frequent washing.

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Lighter weight cotton, polyester, or even silk batting gives wallhangings just enough stuffing without bulk. A polyestermesh is a crisp, non-puckering option too.

In Conclusion

Hopefully this overview has given you a better sense of which batting characteristics matter most for your quilting style and specific projects. The “best” batting depends on multiple factors from fiber content to weight to intended use. Experimenting with different battings is part of the quilting fun! With some trial and error, you’ll discover your batting preferences in no time. Happy quilting!

Please let me know if you need any other batting advice. I’d be happy to share more of my experiences to help you choose batting that gives you the best results and keeps you quilting for many projects to come. Good luck in your projects!

Top Bats for Quilting

Bat Material Weight Edge Grip
Pellon Perfect Curve Polyester fiberfill 8 oz Curved Ergonomic
Clover Quilthog Wood 12 oz Straight Rubber grip
Fiskars Quilting Helper Wood 10 oz Straight Contoured
Prym Domestic Quilting Roll Rubber bulb 4 oz N/A Smooth
A++ Embroidery & Quilting Tool Set Plastic & wood Varies Straight & curved Rubber & foam


  1. What is the best batting for quilting?

    Cotton batting is generally considered the top choice for quilting. It is soft and flexible which makes it easy to work with. Different weights of cotton battings are available for various quilt designs and layers.

  2. Should I use quilting cotton or flannel?

    Both quilting cotton and flannel can work well for quilting. Quilting cotton is thinner and lighter while flannel is thicker and warmer. Flannel may puff up more during quilting. It depends on what look and feel you want for your quilt. Quilting cotton allows more detail work.

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  3. What about wool batting?

    Wool batting provides insulation without bulk. It is naturally flame retardant and breathable. Wool does not absorb moisture like cotton. However, wool batting can be costlier than cotton. Some people may also find wool itchy.

  4. Is polyester batting a good option?

    Polyester batting is a decent low-cost choice. It is extremely lightweight and will not absorb moisture or lint. On the downside, polyester does not breathe as well as natural fibers. The texture may feel plastic-like to some. Warmth level also varies between polyester products.

  5. What about specialty battings?

    In addition to standard cotton, wool and polyester, there are innovative battings on the market today. Bamboo and soy fiber battings are eco-friendly. Down alternative batting imitates the loft of down jackets. Fiberfill is a good lightweight option. Specialty battings can provide unique benefits for particular quilt projects and designs.

  6. Should I use one or two layers of batting?

    The amount of batting depends on the intended use and final thickness desired. In general, one layer will work for low loft projects while two layers provide fluffier loft and insulation. However, too much bulk may complicate quilting. Try samples to see what thickness and coziness you prefer before deciding on one or two layers.

The best batting really relies on your own preferences and the purpose behind your project. Most quilters use cotton mainly because of its widespread availability and versatility. Nevertheless, other natural and synthetic fibers have their benefits too, allowing basically limitless creative possibilities in quilt making. The ultimate choice lies in what feels best for you after testing different options.

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