Can I use felt for quilt batting?
by Judy G.
Is it possible to use felt as quilt batting?
Simply put—yes...and no.
Personally, I wouldn't use felt for batting. Most felts are man-made, whereas a cotton batting, or wool for that matter, will have an inherent 'stick-to-it-ness' that helps keep the quilt sandwich together while you are quilting. A polyester batting is more slippery than it's natural fiber counterparts and I think this would extend to felt. If you're after a very thin batting there are several available-- Quilter's Dream Request comes to mind.CAN
you use it? Absolutely. It's your quilt. But again, if it's made from polyester, it won't shrink, while your 100% cotton quilting fabrics will. So if you're going to wash the quilt, you'll need to take that into consideration.
Because the fibers are so stable...they're felted together...you'd want to keep an even density to the quilting you do, you won't be able to block out distortions.
Now if you're working on an art quilt, because felt doesn't ravel, you may end up choosing to leave the 'felt batting' exposed at the edges and do some creative cutting to enhance and augment the look of your quilt. That would definitely be an advantage.
Another nice use for felt in the quilting process is using it to practice your machine quilting. I learned this trick from Robbi Joy Eklow, the 'Goddess of the Last Minute'. Use felt to practice machine quilting motifs on. This is a viable alternative when you don't want to stop to make a practice quilt sandwich, you just want to practice--NOW!!. (Just remember you will need to test your threads and sewing machine tension adjustments for a specific quilt on a practice sandwich made from leftovers from that quilt.)
I hope this helps you with your decision. Again, I'm so sorry it took so long for me to reply.