I was having trouble getting my batting to stay flat and smooth while basting my quilt layers together. I read online that you could run the batting through the dryer to remove the wrinkles. Really? Have you heard of this? It’s not on the packaging.
I gave it a try with 4 different batting samples.
1. All batting samples were tossed in the dryer at the same time.
2.They ran on low heat for 5 minutes together.
4 different brands of batting were used - Hobbs Poly Down, Quilter’s Dream Request Poly, Warm and White Cotton, Quilter’s Dream Request Cotton.
Hobbs Poly Down (before)– This was the craziest batting right out of the package. It had a mind of it’s own and was very stiff.
Hobbs Poly Down (after)– Very faint hint of the deepest creases can be seen afterward. Just look how soft and fluffy this turned out.
Quilter’s Dream Request Poly (before) – Not too bad right out of the package. Almost all the wrinkles and creases disappeared after I smoothed it by hand. I would probably use this one right out of the package without any further treatment.
Quilter’s Dream Request Poly (after) – This one did the best. It had no visible crease marks remaining afterwards.
Warm and White Cotton (before) – Lots of deep wrinkles and creases from the packaging that couldn’t be smoothed out by hand.
Warm and White Cotton (after) – You can barely see the deepest crease location at the bottom afterwards.
Quilter’s Dream Request Cotton (before) – Very few creases right out of the package. All the small wrinkles disappeared after smoothing it out with my hand.
Quilter’s Dream Request Cotton (after) – Very faint hint of the deepest crease was left. It was so minimal that it couldn’t be seen in the photo.
Running the batting through the dryer on low heat for approx. 5 minutes removes virtually all wrinkles and creases. It makes a huge difference. Why would I want to start my quilting process with wrinkles and creases already there? I have a difficult time basting and quilting as it is. Funny, none of the packaging even mentions this step. Hmmm. I LOVE Google!
Hope this helps somebody with their quilting. Stay tuned to another batty batting experiment.