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Learn more about sewing with an Easy Informative Guide To Sewing Products [2021 Edition]

An Informative Guide To Sewing Products

Sewing is a very popular pastime, but it is quite technical and can be a bit daunting for beginners. It’s a very therapeutic activity though and is well worth spending some time finding your way around all the different items you might need when completing a sewing project. We don’t have time to do a full A-Z here. But let’s demystify some of the sewing products that are commonly used.

What is wadding?

Wadding, also known as batting in the US, is often made from polyester fibres and is used as a layer of insulation between fabrics. Polyester wadding is often used in quilt making and helps you to produce a quilt that is soft, comfortable and warm. Quilt wadding may also be made from natural fibres such as bamboo, silk or cotton. These tend to flatten more than made-made fibres such as polyester. Natural fibres are more breathable whereas man-made tend to wash better. Bamboo wadding is becoming more popular as an eco-friendly alternative for quilting.

Wadding

Wadding is sold in different weights, commonly 2oz, 4oz and 6oz and can usually be purchased by the metre or half-metre. It may come scrim-coated which means there is a light net-like covering which holds the fibres together. As well as prevents the wadding from being pulled apart. Wadding without scrim-coating is softer, but not as durable. Marent crafts also offers a Fire-Retardant wadding in 5 different weights.

What is interfacing and interlining?

The terms interlining and interfacing are often used interchangeably in sewing. The primary function of interfacing is to provide strength, shape and stability around different parts of a garment such as collars, cuffs and buttonholes. Interlining comes in a variety of weights and may be sew-on or fusible (that is they stick to the outer fabric by heating). As these products are non-woven fabric, they will not fray so you can trim them after sewing. This includes bonding if necessary. The trade name in the UK is Vilene/Vliesilene. The weight you require depends on exactly where you are using the interlining in your garment. Bondaweb is another fusible interfacing which is suitable for fancy appliques and repairs.

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What is bias binding tape?

Bias binding tape, or sometimes known as bias tape or simply bias binding, is used for binding seams, creating piping. For example on the edges of cushions or for finishing raw edges and detail on garments. Such as across pocket tops or around armholes or the neckline. It comes in a variety of colours and is may also be used to create button loops or drawstrings for bags. Bias binding is a highly versatile product and Marent Crafts offers a choice of 10 colours in a 12.5mm width. 

Bias Binding

What is Texacro?

You’ve most likely heard of Velcro which is an adhesive product that uses a repositionable hook and loop system to enable you to stick two pieces of fabric together. It’s also used to fasten and undo the Velcro many times over the lifetime of the product. Texacro is also made by Velcro, but is a lower quality, less expensive version which lasts for around 1,000 cycles of put together-pull apart. Compared to the premium Velcro product which lasts up to 10,000 cycles on average.

Velcro and Texacro are made from nylon and polyester. They come either black or white and in a range of widths to suit a variety of projects. Velcro is often used instead of zips, buttons or laces. It was made famous by NASA in the 1960s when it was used to fasten down pens and other items during Apollo missions. Here at Marent we offer both Velcro and its less expensive cousin Texacro.

So, there are you have it, a quick tour around some commonly used sewing products. We recommend Stitchless TV, a YouTube channel which takes you right from the basics of learning how to sew.

Next time, we’ll take a look at the wonderful world of sewing machines and how to create fancy stitches.

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The Different Types of Wadding

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Are you a crafter that likes to get creative? Or perhaps you are a retailer that requires wadding in bulk to meet the demands of your customers. Whether it’s your next sewing and quilting venture or if you’re simply meeting the demand, we have a wide range of wadding that you can choose from. There are numerous different types of wadding that we will explore in this post.

What is wadding?

Wadding is used as a layer of insulation between fabrics – typically used in quilt making. Essentially what it does is fill the quilts enabling them to keep you warm.

Different types of wadding include cotton, polyester, wool, cotton/poly blends and even fusible batting.

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How should I choose a wadding?

It’s important to choose wadding based on:

  • Loft – the weight and thickness of the wadding. If you want your wadding to have a flat finish, it’s best to choose a low loft. For a quilt, it’s best to choose wadding with a higher loft.
  • Warmth – if the wadding is designed for a quilt, it would be best to choose a wadding with good thermal properties.
  • Colour – if your project is dark in colour, it would make sense to select a black wadding, so it is not highly visible through the fabric once it is made.
  • Time – if time is an issue for you, we recommend selecting a wadding that is not overly time-consuming.

Now, let’s dive into the benefits of each one!

100% Cotton Wadding

Cotton is the most traditional choice for quilting due to its natural form. It is preferred for its soft, breathable texture and overall comfort. Cotton remains ideal for machine quilting and is also a natural fibre, meaning it is more flame resistant than synthetic products. Remember to wash and thoroughly dry a cotton wadding first, as it will shrink slightly after washing!

100%-Cotton-Wadding

Polyester Wadding

Polyester is a more cost effective alternative and has brilliant washable properties. It holds its shape and provides a thicker finish but without any added weight. It is easier to be sewn by hand, and therefore ideal for hand-quilting.

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Wool Wadding

Wool is typically known for its amazing insulation properties. Due to its warmth, it best lends itself to bed covers and lap quilts. It remains ideal for hand, machine and tied quilting.

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Cotton/Poly Blend Wadding

There are a wide variety of blends available that are designed to combine the best properties of the different fibres. A cotton/poly blend allows the durability of the polyester, whilst also providing the loft and ease of the cotton.

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Fusible Wadding

Fusible wadding is double-sided and iron-on. It is perfect for craft projects or children’s quilts where frequent washing is required. When making bags, we recommend using fusible wadding as it adds stability to the bag structure and keeps the layers together. It eliminates the need for pin or spray-basting and is a huge time-saver.

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How to Make a Child’s Quilt in 15 easy steps

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If you are new to quilting, then you’ll want to tackle a small project for your first one. What better than making a child’s quilt for a toddler bed? You can create a design using pre-cut squares of fabric, especially for quilting or you could even use old clothes or fabric found in a charity shop to keep the costs down.

Materials you will need:

Wadding - child's quilt

Your chosen fabric – this design uses fat quarters

Backing fabric

Bias binding

Wadding

Equipment you will need

Sewing machine

Scissors or rotary cutter

Patchwork Quilt Ruler

Coordinating Moon Coats thread

Cutting mat/board

Quilting Pins

How to make the child’s quilt

  1. Lay out the fabric squares in your desired pattern
  2. Cut out some simple shapes from any spare fabric to applique to the quilt
  3. Sew the shapes onto the fabric squares
  4. Sew the squares together in rows on the right side, using a ½ inch seam allowance
  5. Press the seams flat
  6. Sew the rows of squares together on the right side, again using a ½ inch seam allowance
  7. Press all the seams flat again
  8. Lay out the backing fabric and the wadding on a flat surface
  9. Lay the quilt squares on top of the backing and wadding
  10. Pin all three layers together
  11. Sew the layers together including stitching along the seams where the squares are joined to create the quilted look
  12. Cut the bias binding long enough to go around all sides of the quilt
  13. Unfold the bias binding and pin it to the back of the quilt
  14. Sew the binding onto the back of the quilt as close to edge as possible
  15. Fold the bias binding over the edge of the quilt and sew to the front, tucking the raw edge under to create the perfect finished product.
Safety

Ensure that you use only fire retardant wadding which comes in a range of weights from  2oz to 14oz. For a child’s quilt, use lightweight wadding at 2oz to create a low tog rating. It is not recommended by the Lullaby Trust to use quilts for children under the age of one.

20 other things you can do with wadding

  1. Fabric coasters
  2. Christmas tree decorations
  3. Quilted hearts for a loved one
  4. A Quilted purse
  5. Quilted makeup bag
  6. Padded photo album cover
  7. Pin cushion
  8. Stuffed toys
  9. Wrapping up delicate items to post
  10. Padded camera case
  11. Padded spectacles case
  12. Quilted mobile phone case
  13. Padded keyring
  14. Small padded bags for storing jewellery
  15. Padded rice bag for easing aches and pains
  16. Padded table protector for hot pots/teapot etc
  17. A Padded table runner
  18. Make a Padded tablet cover
  19. Quilted cushion cover
  20. Quilted pillowcase

Get in contact for information about which wadding/batting to use for your project. As ever, if you have any pictures of your projects that have used wadding, we would love to see them.

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How To Use Polyester Wadding – 5 Simple Christmas Projects

How To Use Polyester Wadding

Polyester wadding is a product which might not be at the forefront of your mind when you think about sewing. We tend to focus on the beautiful fabrics, trims and buttons – the elements that are on display. However, without the polyester wadding, sometimes also known as batting, there are quite a few projects which could not be completed. Here are just 4 simple projects that use this unsung product.

Coaster or Placemats

You can protect your surfaces from marking from hot cups or dishes by making coasters or pot rests which contain a layer of heat resistant polyester wadding. Why not get some festive fabric and create a whole set of coasters as a Christmas gift? We found a simple DIY pattern to make 4 coasters using just a few materials or make a larger oblong to create padded table placemats to brighten up your festive table. 

Padded Table Runner

Nothing sets a dinner table off better than a beautiful table runner – your Christmas Dinner table wouldn’t look the same without one. As you may be resting warm dishes on the runner, it’s a good idea to use a layer of wadding inside the runner. If you have a spare afternoon, you can create a bold and bright runner or something a little more subdued depending on your festive theme. Polyester wadding, as long as it is heat resistant would be a good option as it’s less expensive than cotton wadding. 

Padded Christmas Tree Decorations

Wadding can also be used to create padded Christmas tree decorations using felt squares or fat quarters which come in a wide range of designs. This upcycling design uses old jeans material, festive fabric and batting to create a different look for your tree.

Children’s quilt for Christmas Eve

If a child in your life is reluctant to go to bed on Christmas Eve, perhaps this sweet little project will encourage them. How exciting to have a quilt that only goes on the bed once a year! We go into more detail on our other blog on how to make a child’s quilt – you can choose some Christmassy fabric or even have the child choose their favourite festive fabric.

Padded Christmas Stocking

No blog on Christmas sewing projects using wadding would be complete without a padded Christmas stocking to hang on the mantlepiece in anticipation of a visit from Santa. Check out this simple Christmas stocking pattern which you can complete in a morning. If you have time, why not make one for every member of the family?

Whatever your project, whether large or small, you can be certain that at Marent Crafts we will have wadding to suit most needs.
We’d love to see example of projects you’ve made that use our wadding, so please do send us your pictures. If you are into your Christmas sewing projects, why not also have a read of our other blog which gives you 14 more fun, yet straightforward suggestions.

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