What is Cotton wadding?
Cotton is a natural fibre sourced from the cotton plant and is spun into a thread or yarn in order to make a wide range of textiles. One of these textiles is cotton wadding which is used as a filling for upholstery items including quilts, pillows, cushions, seating and more.
How is Cotton Wadding Made?
A Cotton wadding roll is commonly produced using a process called needle punching. This method consists of the cotton fibres being punched through a fine netting or scrim, the causes the cotton fibres to tangle together to form a soft mass of material. Another method of wadding production includes the process of gluing cotton wadding onto layers of low melting point fibres, this is then passed through a heat source to bond the two materials together.
Each manufacturing process has its advantages and disadvantages, to choose the right wadding for its application the requirements need to be considered. The needle punching process produces the most stable form of cotton wadding allowing it to be used for product that need to retain rigidity for longer. If a softer feel is required needle punching without the scrim netting is a popular option offering additional comfort at the price of general stability and product life.
Uses for cotton wadding
Cotton wadding is popularly used during quilt making but has seen a vast increase in usage within the Van conversion market as a seat cushioning and heat insulator. It is commonly stitched using a sewing machine but can also be stitched by hand if required, although this can prove difficult as cotton tends to drag on the user’s needle. Some waddings have been made with a synthetic finish to make hand stitching much easier.
We Sell Cotton Wadding by the Meter
Here at Trimsupplies we sell a range of wadding in a variety of materials styles and colours. We know, buying wadding can be difficult, so we make sure we can accommodate our customers as much as possible.
Cotton wadding thickness
Just like with usual quilts there are different thicknesses available, and this is the same with cotton wadding. To gauge this, we use the term “Loft”, low loft means low thickness and high loft is high thickness material. For example, high loft is used when making quilts and low loft for projects that only require a thin layer of wadding.