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Thread: What's a Good Batting for a Table Runner?

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    What's a Good Batting for a Table Runner?

    Hi everyone,
    The last time I made one I used fleece and it wouldn't lay flat.
    I'm making one for the Christmas season and want to know what I should use.
    I have lots of battings of different makes, blends, etc. I will FMQ it.

    Thanks so much!
    Susie

    PS. I want something more substantial than flannel so that one's out.

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    I use insubright. It helps insulates the warm dishes so helps protect the table . I learned this when our daughter had someone put a pizza box on her antique dining room table. Pizza was hot and table was heat stained!

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    I’ve used double thickness of Mother’s old, slightly stained white table cloths.

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    Sometimes I use Hobbs 80/20 fusible batt and that works well to keep a runner nice and flat. I also find using the machine binding with flange makes the edge more stable then regular binding.

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    I use warm and Natural.

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    I used Warm and Natural scraps on the last one I made. It lays flat.
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    I have used the Season's Cover batting. It is a thin batting used for crafts & holiday decor. It lays flat & comes in 36" x 7'. I usually pick it up at Hobby Lobby ( I think Michael's might carry it too) after Xmas on clearance & have gotten some really good buys. I haven't had any problems with it that I know off. Just a suggestion.
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    I use 60/40 wool/poly and found that it laid nice and flat and had a good firmness to it as well. haha, I bought a whole roll of the stuff and have found it to not be to my total satisfaction for quilts so am delighted that I have another use for it. By my quick calculations (ahem) I reckon I've got about another 3,000,000 table runners worth of batting sitting under my sewing table....guess what is my default gift idea....LOL!

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    I have used polyester material..strong and heavy enough to lay flat.
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    I don't use batting for table runners. I use deco craft. It's flat and stays flat. Great for placemats.
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    Is deco craft a filler?

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    I know someone who makes alot of tablerunners and likes Thermore. I prefer cotton, in case something hot is placed on it. Thermore is synthetic.

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    I used left over batting strips from quilts for my table runners. They wash well and lay quite flat. Friends have used flannel also. I don't like table runners without some kind of batting as they shift around too much on the table.

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    One placemat pattern that I have recommends flannel. I suppose it would be a good recycle of worn receiving blankets or a flannel sheet from a thrift store? Just so it has been used enough to not shrink unevenly with the outside fabrics.

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    I always use warm and white. It has very minimal shrinking, and I wash my fabrics prior to assembly, so the table runners always come out of the washer and dryer looking great.

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    Batting for table runners

    Quote Originally Posted by Tartan View Post
    Sometimes I use Hobbs 80/20 fusible batt and that works well to keep a runner nice and flat. I also find using the machine binding with flange makes the edge more stable then regular binding.
    I agree with Tartan - I make lots of table runners for craft shows and gifts and I find the Hobbs 80/20 fusible is just the right weight and flatness that I like. From the craft/baby quilt size of batt, I can easily cut three runners, even the extra long ones. As for binding, I prefer to stitch to the back by machine, then top-stitch on the front.
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    for table runners and tree skirts, I use flannel - plain old flannel (on sale or with major coupons, I buy it for about $2 per yard). It gives it a little bit of fluff without making it 'wobbly'. (My go to rule is if I can sit a delicate wine glass on it and not have it wobble.) Being 42" wide, it works for most of these projects and for a custom extra wide skirt, I buy the wide flannel. I joke about how I want to put my money on the tops, not on the inside. And since I am in the business of making money with these items, I try to keep the costs down. When I do a show, I do offer matching potholders/trivets for when they are using hot dishes and with these I do use insulbright.

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    A note on using wool or heavy fabrics. For years I used Army blankets. I wash them to shrink them and then put them in table runners, etc. They worked well, and I could usually find them for $5.00 at A/Navy stores. They were heavy enough to stay in place.

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    Thanks for all your replies! You are the best!

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    When felt is on sale, I stock up and use two layers. Protects my table well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kdoublea View Post
    From the craft/baby quilt size of batt, I can easily cut three runners, even the extra long ones. A
    Thanks for this! I was just wondering how many runners' worth of batting I could get from the craft/baby size.

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    Pellon fleece interfacing is the only thing I use for table runners and placemats. It does everything I want it to - flat, but has enough loft for quilting to show, - clingy, so it hardly needs pins. It comes both fusible and non, but I like the non. Candles sit flat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by maryb119 View Post
    I use warm and Natural.
    Me too! Or warm and white, lays flat!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Irishrose2 View Post
    Pellon fleece interfacing is the only thing I use for table runners and placemats. It does everything I want it to - flat, but has enough loft for quilting to show, - clingy, so it hardly needs pins. It comes both fusible and non, but I like the non. Candles sit flat.
    This is what I use also except last Christmas in a rush to finish a gift for DD I was out and used a scrap of batting I had on hand. She loved it but after she had it in her table for a couple of weeks she called me and said it was not working. I ask her if it was too thick. She said, too soft my cats think you made it just for them. Every time I turn my back they push everything I have setting on it off and they are on it sound asleep. So too soft is not good if the user has fur baby's.

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    I use Warm & Natural, never had any problems with it laying flat on the table.
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