Wash a batt?

Do you ever read the instructions on batting? I only do when I’m working with a new-to-me batting and sometimes I learn a new thing. In this case I learned that the manufacturer recommends washing the cotton/poly batting before using, or after quilting.

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Since I wasn’t sure I’d want to wash after quilting I decided to do it beforehand. I put in the tub with a little bit of Soak. You don’t have to rinse Soak out, making it a good choice. The wet batting reminded me of oatmeal.

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I let it soak 15 minutes as per instructions, and then I let the water out. As I squeezed the batting I realized that the water was not clear. It wasn’t bad, but I can understand why washing is recommended.

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It didn’t take long for it to dry on my rack out in the sunshine.

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Some batting instructions suggest washing, others do not. Either way, following instructions is important. And you know what? Washing batting in the tub is a lot easier than I had imagined it would be.

11 thoughts on “Wash a batt?

  1. When I use Warm and Natural I always wash first. When I say “wash” I don’t mean with soap or agitation! I cut what I need off the roll, put it into the laundry tub (clothes washer) and let soak making sure it is all submerged in the warm … not hot…water for about an hour. I spin dry , rearrange it in the washing machine tub and spin some more to make sure that I have taken out as much moisture as possible. I then put it into the dryer. Comes out lovely and soft.

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    • This 80% cotton/20% poly batting was easy to squeeze out. If it hadn’t been, I would have let it sit and drain longer in the tub. Once the water was mostly out it wasn’t heavy and was easy to handle.

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  2. I always use my top loading washing machine as the tub. I fill it up and get the batting or fabric or whatever wet and soaked and then I gently spin it out. I do not agitate them. I can’t imagine putting it in a bathtub and then trying to lift it out of there without stretching. The spinning never seems to stretch anything. I would never wash a quilt in a bathtub. And that’s why I keep my top loading washing machine instead of going for the for the front loader or the high efficiency ones.

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  3. Thanks for the advice!
    I have never washed batting for any of my quilt projects.
    Will try to remember to follow the directions on the package
    the next time.
    Frances Dolph

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  4. Thanks for this Becky! I thought I was pretty good at reading directions, but never noticed this, even though I wondered if it should be washed for preshrinking like I do fabric. Appreciate your posting it! Mary Jean in Florida

    On Sun, Aug 5, 2018 at 4:38 PM, Piece O Cake Blog wrote:

    > Becky Goldsmith posted: “Do you ever read the instructions on batting? I > only do when I’m working with a new-to-me batting and sometimes I learn a > new thing. In this case I learned that the manufacturer recommends washing > the cotton/poly batting before using, or after quilting. ” >

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