Vlieseline offered me the chance to try out their new bamboo blend wadding. This wadding is 50% bamboo and 50% cotton. Bamboo is a much more sustainable crop than cotton making this wadding a good eco-friendly option for the sustainable stitcher. If sustainable quilting is your thing, you can also read our review of their biodegradable wadding and recycled polyester waddings here.
It is a medium weight soft feeling wadding, one side in particular feels super smooth and soft. The other side is slightly rougher where you can feel where the needles have been punched through it (read about how wadding is made here).
It’s quite thin and lightweight, just quarter an inch thick. It’s 2.44m wide which makes it ideal for quilts as well as smaller quilted projects. Although I chose to make a small project (a bag) with mine I was sent a larger piece of wadding and could tell from handling it that it has a lovely drape to it.
I decided to make a quilted version of the Retreat Bag, a free pattern I’ve had for ages but never got around the making. I made the large version which required 18.5 x 12 inch panels to be quilted for the exterior.
Cutting the wadding was nice and simple, it didn’t leave fluff in the cutting board as some waddings have done in the past. I didn’t add a backing fabric, just the wadding and a piece of fabric on top but it fed through the machine fine, it didn’t grip when feeding through.
I opted for wavy quilting which meant twisting the fabric around under the needle quickly whilst sewing, because the wadding is quite thin it did start to fold up a few times but was easily smoothed out. It doesn’t shed fluff like some waddings do, it didn’t fluff up around the needle or the bobbin.
Because I was making a small project I quilted mine quite close together, about half an inch to an inch apart. However, you can it 10-20cm apart if making a larger project like a quilt.
I was pleased with the finished Retreat bag, however I did forget to add interfacing because I was so focused on the wadding! That would have added some extra body as the wadding itself is a little too soft and drapey to use alone for a project like this. The bag does stand up by itself but it’s a bit slouchier than I like.
Find stockists of the bamboo mix wadding and other Vlieseline products on their website.
Disclosure – I am a Vlieseline ambassador because I love their products and use them in most my projects. However I give my honest opinion when reviewing them.