Batting (material)

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Batting used for quilting in Haikou, Hainan Province, People's Republic of China

Batting (also known as padding in the United States[1] or filler[2]) is a layer of insulation used in quilting between a top layer of patchwork and a bottom layer of backing material.[2][3] Batting is usually made of cotton, polyester, and/or wool.

Fiber artists and hand spinners use a drum carder to make batts that they use for felting, spinning, and other projects. These carders can also be used to make batts that are a blend of multiple fiber types or a blend of fiber colors. Batts produced by hand carders are typically 6–8 inches (150–200 mm) wide and about 2 feet (600 mm) long.

Batting is also used to simulate snow in Christmas displays, such as for Christmas villages and Christmas tree skirts.


  1. ^ or Batts in Australia, DawnPages -- Quilting Glossary,
  2. ^ a b Quilts and Quiltmaking in America: Glossary of Quilt Terms, American Memory from the Library of Congress,
  3. ^ Quilt Glossary,