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What kind of batting and backing is best for baby quilts?

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Hughes20 posted on Tue, Jan 15 2013 6:51 PM

Hi im new here and new to quilting. I love it!! I'm making a couple baby quilts and I don't want them to be stiff I want them to have good drape, comfy and cozy but not too hot. Something that can be used all year round and they need to be durable through many washes as its for a baby and of course I want it to last years and years! So what is the best batting and backing for my baby quilts? Thanks :)

 

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I have only ever used cotton bakcing bacric and cotton batting. I know some who use Minkie backing fabric, or flannel. Just up to you really.  Any quilt should be soft, not stiff. I have never seen a stiff quilt.  There are still cotton quilts out there 100 years after they are made. 

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Welcome, Hughes ! I have used flannel for my backing and when making an all flannel quilt I sometimes do not add any batting at all, It depends on the climate Im sending them to. If i use batting I like high loft poly or low loft poly for softness and flexibility. Hope this helps !    Susan

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Susan, have you had any problems with flannel stretching while you were sewing with it? I would love to make a flannel quilt but am kinda afraid of it.

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Joyce replied on Tue, Jan 15 2013 8:12 PM

Hi , my friend made baby quilts from flannel and they were pretty and so soft and cuddly.  She didn't mention having a problem with stretching.  I would get a good flannel.  Good luck.

 

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Welcome Hughes20!

I like Minkie for backing baby quilts.  With that, I use a single layer of flannel in place of batting.


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Karla replied on Tue, Jan 15 2013 8:52 PM

Most of the baby quilts I have made have been from flannel, front and back.  I normally use Warm and Natural batting, but did try a bamboo batting once, and it worked great also.  I really haven't had any problem with the fabric stretching.  Most of my baby quilts have gone to colder climates like the Dakotas, Iowa, and northern Oregon.  A few have gone to Northern California and 3 have gone to North Carolina which is a warmer climate, I think, but I've never been there so I don't really know.

 

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  Hi hughes20, it is nice to meet you.

I have used cotton and flannel for baby quilt backs, they both work well.  

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Hi, I have made many baby quilts with flannel front and back. I usually use poly batting because of its washability. I do make a little wider seam allowance with flannel because of its thickness. Good Luck! Katy

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Diana replied on Wed, Jan 16 2013 4:37 AM

I like flannel for backing for baby quilts.  It's so soft.  I make sure that the flannel is pre-washed because it does shrink more than the cotton.    I love making flannel quilts and make deeper seams.  A lot of my quilts end up in the north where it gets a lot colder than down here in Tn. so they are well loved and used.

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LaJuan Sukochi Lee:

Susan, have you had any problems with flannel stretching while you were sewing with it? I would love to make a flannel quilt but am kinda afraid of it.

Sukochi, I make lots of flannel quilts, and yes it does stretch a little. Handle gently, use 14 needle, polyester thread, and pin, pin, pin. It realiy seems to help when i pin. And no steam in iron.  Hope this helps!   Susan

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