I love making things for the home, the joy of creating something that is used daily is something to be proud of.
I am currently working on upgrading some of the items within my kitchen including placemats. So I wanted to know what the best batting for placemats was.
After doing plenty of research I came up with a list to choose from which I wanted to share. I wanted to be able to wash the placemats and not have to worry about shrinkage or too much wear.
You may not require batting but if you want to create a soft cushioning feel for your tableware to sit upon then you will need a little batting in between your layers.
Here are the best batting for placemats…
5 Best Batting For Placemats
There are a few main qualities you want to look for in batting for placemats. You will want to check the percentage of shrinkage or have none at all, thickness and whether it is fusible or not.
You can find plenty on the market that is fusible which makes your life easier in the long run. You can also find plenty of battings that have a low percentage of shrinkage or none at all.
If you can choose a 0% shrinkage, that way you don’t have to prewash or be too gentle with your placemats when washing.
1. Hobbs Heirloom Fusible Cotton Batting
The biggest advantage of using the Hobbs fusible batting is that it is fusible on both sides so you can get a neat placemat for sewing. No more worrying about your layers slipping and moving while sewing!
Tip: When fusing the layers together always start ironing from the middle outwards, this way any bubbles of creases will be pushed out of the edges and won’t be able to form.
The qualities are very similar to Hobbs cotton/ polyester blend but are better as it doesn’t shrink with washing.
Avoiding shrinkage within the batting is pretty important when making placemats as they are going to be washed plenty and need to withstand that.
This is also one of the best batting for placemats due to it being thin and lays nice and flat, making it super easy to work with.
2. Vilene Iron-on Fusible Fleece
Vilene is more commonly known for use withing clothing to stiffen collars, cuffs and strengthen the fabric.
It is also a manufacturer of fleece battings that are commonly used for quilts and other home projects.
This style of batting is perfect for placemats as it is thin, easy to use and great quality.
The top quality of the Vilene fusible fleece is that it is very thin, thinner than the Hobbs 80/20. It is also an iron-on batting which makes it perfect for first-time users and those who like to keep the layers together while sewing.
3. Hobbs Thermore Ultra Thin Batting
Another one from Hobbs, it is an ultra think batting perfect for table runners and placemats. It would also work really well for coasters and catchall trays.
The Thermore batting is actually a polyester batting which is quite different from the 100% cotton or mixed battings on the list.
It isn’t fusible which is a small left down but if you prefer to work without the fusible element this is a great batting to chose.
4. Pellon Wrap-N-Zap 100% Natural Cotton Batting
I was totally intrigued with the Pellon wrap-n-zap batting due to its quality for being able to be microwaved.
Though I don’t seem many of us needing to microwave our placemats it was a good thought that hot plates will be touching the placemats.
So this particular quality made me think that this is one of the best batting for placements.
Pellon is a reputable brand and is used worldwide, they have a variety of battings available but this was the one I thought best suited to placemats.
The batting does come with a warning that it is no fireproof or flame retardant. There is also a warning that the 100% cotton batting will shrink 3-5%. You can preshrink your batting before using and wash on a cool wash once used in your project.
5. Warm and Natural Cotton Batting
Another fan favourite for many who make quilts and often use batting for projects.
This brand does occur some shrinkage but many people who use it haven’t noticed too much of a difference. If you wish to you can pre-shrink the batting to stop this happening later on.
The batting isn’t fusible but is highly recommended for quilters and home projects. It is super easy to use and create a soft cushion within your placemats.
You can find these in different sizes to suit different quilt sizes such as a cot, double and queen.
The cotton gives the batting a nice feel and cushion texture. It isn’t thick and is generally quite thin which makes it a great batting for placemats.
There are of course other batting blends such as silk, wool and bamboo but they are very expensive for such small projects. You can find a number on the market if you prefer to use those instead of cotton or polyester.
I hope that has helped you decide the best batting for placemats and hope it has shed some light on your future project.
I would love to know which you decide to use and how it turns out. Alternatively, if you use a batting already and want to share leave me a comment below!