Uses and Purposes of Polyester Cotton Batting

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Uses and Purposes of Polyester Cotton Batting
Egg warmers and oven gloves are made with batting. (kitchen textil image by Zoltán Futó from

Batting is a filler material used in quilting, sewing and crafting projects. Batting made of polyester is less expensive than natural fibre. It resists mould and mildew, holds its shape and its fibres are stronger than cotton fibres. Cotton batting is thin, but heavier in weight than polyester and requires more quilt work because cotton fibres can shift and the fibres can push up through the fabric. A cotton-polyester blend is a mixture of the two.

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Polyester and cotton batting is used in quilts and quilt projects for warmth and thickness. This includes wall hangings, oven gloves, place mats and egg warmers. Your quilt or quilted project will be thicker and warmer with a cotton-polyester batting but without all the weight of pure cotton batting. The cotton-polyester batting is also easier to work with and quilt through, whether it be by machine or hand-stitched.

Dolls and Sewing Projects

Dolls and other sewing projects may be made with cotton-polyester batting instead of stuffing. Batting allows the crafter to measure a specific amount of filler. Crafters use both stuffing and batting for their projects. Whenever you're hand-stitching, always remember that a lower loft (thickness) is recommended if you need to stitch through the batting. It can be difficult to stitch by hand if the batting is too thick.


Pillows can be made with cotton-polyester batting, stuffing or a combination of the two. Both batting and stuffing have their advantages and disadvantages, so it's up to the crafter to make the selection. Batting keeps its form and does not shift like stuffing does, so batting may be preferred when crafting a formal, decorative pillow. Stuffing can move and shift unless you pack it tightly, and the end result is a lumpy, uneven pillow.

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