Sewing & Pattern making Terms


For seamstresses and pattern makers, the term “wadding” holds a key role as a versatile fibrous material used for filling various items, most notably quilts. Also referred to as batting or filler, wadding plays an essential part in creating cozy and beautiful quilts cherished for generations. In this article, we will explore the significance of wadding, its different types, and how it transforms quilting projects into cherished masterpieces.

The Core of Quilting: Understanding the Role of Wadding

Wadding is at the heart of quilting, providing the softness and warmth that makes quilts so comforting and special. This fibrous material is inserted between the quilt’s top and backing layers, giving it a plush and cozy feel.

Various Types of Wadding: Finding the Perfect Fit

Wadding comes in various types and thicknesses, each offering unique characteristics that impact the quilt’s final appearance and functionality:

  • Cotton Wadding: Known for its natural breathability and softness, cotton wadding creates lightweight and breathable quilts, perfect for everyday use.
  • Polyester Wadding: Polyester wadding offers excellent loft and resilience, ensuring quilts maintain their shape and volume even after frequent washing.
  • Wool Wadding: Wool wadding provides exceptional insulation, making quilts warm and cozy for colder climates.
  • Blend Wadding: Blend wadding combines the best of different fibers, creating a balanced and versatile option for quilting projects.

The Art of Quilt Layering: Assembling the Perfect Trifecta

To create a quilt, seamstresses skillfully layer the quilt’s components: the quilt top, wadding and backing fabric. This layering process ensures that the wadding remains securely in place and provides the desired loft and warmth to the quilt.

Stitching the Magic: Quilting to Secure Wadding

in Place After layering the quilt components, the quilting process begins. Quilting involves stitching through all layers to secure the wadding in place. This stitching can take various forms, such as straight lines, intricate designs, or free-motion quilting. The quilting not only anchors the wadding but also adds decorative elements to the quilt.

Customizing the Quilt: Tailoring Wadding to Your Needs

As a seamstress or pattern maker, you can customize the quilt’s feel and appearance by choosing the right type and thickness of wadding. Depending on the project’s requirements, you can achieve different levels of warmth, loft, and drape, making each quilt truly unique.


In the world of quilting, wadding is the secret ingredient that transforms ordinary fabric into cherished masterpieces. Whether you opt for cotton, polyester, wool, or blend wadding, each type imparts its distinct characteristics to the quilt. Seamstresses and pattern makers can unleash their creativity by customizing the quilt’s warmth, feel, and appearance, ensuring each creation becomes a personal work of art. Embrace the magic of wadding in your quilting projects, and let its fibrous embrace turn fabric into beloved heirlooms, spreading warmth and comfort to generations to come.

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