This ‘Sew Simple Super-Soft Polyester’ comes pre-packed in quite useful sizes including Queen, Twin and also in Three Metre lengths. My package, described as ‘Baby Size’, is 114 x 152 cms or 45 x 60 inches. I measured it, just to check, and sure enough the sizing is generous.
Intelligentmother.com advises that a crib quilt is about 36 x 52 inches, so there is plenty of wadding to work with. A general purpose or receiving quilt is about 30 x 40 inches. This may be used on the floor, or to swaddle the baby, and would potentially make two!
On a safety note and as a guide, madeformums.com says that quilts should not be used for sleeping babies under 12 months old. The Which Report confirms that, after the age of one, it’s ok to replace top sheets and baby blankets with a cot quilt if the baby needs that much warmth. Madeformums.com also suggests the possible use of baby sleeping bags with neck, armholes and a long zip. I made these for my babies when they were little and found them useful, especially for transporting them in and out of the car. This wadding could be just the thing for baby sleeping bags as it’s light and soft.
Pre-washing is not regarded as necessary for this batting. If, for some reason which I can’t imagine, you want to pre-wash it is recommended that this is done by hand in warm water with mild detergent. Gently squeeze out excess moisture and leave flat to dry naturally. Apparently there is less than 1% shrinkage. After quilting, your creation can be machine washed and tumble dried but only on delicate cycles.
As this is a relatively low loft wadding I decided to put it through it’s paces by making a table runner. I had seen a design called ‘’Modern Hexies” on Pinterest and after some investigation found that it was initially a free tutorial by Nicole Daksiewicz.
There was quite a lot of machine sewing to form the background grid and this went quite well through the batting. The hexies were hand basted in place, ready for their final machining and this was very easy, even with three layers of fabric and the wadding. I found that some of the polyester batting fibres pulled through with the cotton thread in the hand tacking process but it was not difficult to remove them. Thank you to EQS and to UKQU for allowing me to test and review this product.