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« on: January 01, 2008 04:28:54 PM »

Hi,

I bought some Warm & Natural cotton batting in order to make some pot-holders and similar things as late Christmas presents. I've never used batting for anything before. Do I need to preshrink it? What would happen if I don't? The directions say to handwash it if I want to preshrink, but they're unclear about whether it's actually necessary. It was phrased as an "if you want to" kind of thing. (Needless to say, I am a lazy lazy craftster and if I could get away with not handwashing, I'd probably go with that option. Especially because I bought more of it than will fit in my sink, in the hopes of having future batting-related projects. And because it was on sale.  Roll Eyes  I have a couple of yards.)

Also, I read somewhere that you can preshrink cotton batting by running it through the dryer. Would that actually work? Or would it damage it somehow? I assume I'd need to wet it first if I did.

Thoughts?
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« Reply #1 on: January 05, 2008 07:49:49 PM »

It will shrink a bit ... if I remember correctly, abt 5%. However, it's a pretty thin batt ... I wouldn't use it for potholders, even if you doubled it up. I've never pre-washed my batting, but I like the very slightly puckered look.

For thinner, vintage-feeling quilts it's great, but for handlling hot pots and handles, you can purchase Insul-Bright batt which has a reflective metalized lining. I have a Clotilde catalog that lists it at $9.98 for 1 yard x 45". But I know I've seen it at JoAnn's for less.
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« Reply #2 on: January 19, 2008 11:34:01 AM »

Hmmm.... Maybe I will experiment making myself some first. I think I'll try tripling it and see how that works. (Alas, I find myself unable to just go out and buy more batting Sad ) If it doesn't.....maybe for the next holiday.

Thank you for your help!
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