What Type of Batting for Place Mats?

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I’m making place mats—what type of batting do I need?

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If you want your place mats to be heat resistant, you can use heat-resistant batting. Otherwise, you can use thin cotton, polyester, or a cotton/poly blend.

If you need some more information about making your own place mats, our sister site National Sewing Circle has a few helpful videos: Serge-Along Placemats and Sewing Placemats Personalized with Photos.

Hope this helps,

Interested in learning more? Check out this free video: Different Types of Quilt Batting

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12 Responses to “What Type of Batting for Place Mats?”

  1. Rita S

    I've tried regular batting, but like a flatter look, so I've started using a piece of flannel (washed first). I lay placemats flat to dry on top of my dryer and 'hand press them flat" while wet. They look pretty good, but you can iron them if you want (I don't).


    one very important thing to consider when choosing batting, is shrinkage. do you want a bed quilt to pucker a lot, and give you an old fashioned look? I like medium weight poly for minimum shrinkage, especially for throw quilts for gifts. Dream poly and dream blend are 2 of my favorites. I believe they also carry bamboo, silk and wool. they come in 3 weights for most products. They also have a black poly.

  3. Anne Davis

    Can you use fusible batting for placemats?

  4. Vicki Meine

    Which batting to use for placemats

  5. Myra Lerat

    very informative, thanks for sharing your knowledge.

  6. Lori Smanski

    Thank you for sharing the different types of batting and the information of each one

  7. JoAnn Tredick

    Very informative.

  8. Bobbie

    I personally feel cotton should be used, no polyester. That way, if anything hot gets set on it, there is no risk of damage. Many of us heat leftovers on a plate in micro, take to table and eat. Plate will be hot, maybe damage poly batting.

  9. Luanne Jessel

    what would be a quality batting for placemats that does not make fabric wrinkle

  10. mary jane mcnamara

    warm and nature too heavy for placemats ?