How to Cut Wool Batting for your Natural Latex Cushion

Natural Upholstery Video: how to cut natural wool batting to wrap a natural latex foam cushion core

Are you replacing an old chair cushion or building your own box cushion with Natural Upholstery Materials? This short video shows you how to cut your wool batting while minimizing waste & work time.

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CarlaHey there! I'm Carla Pyle. I love the stories that our furniture tells. For me a picture of my Granddaddy Milton's green upholstered arm chair brings to mind the vivid rhymes & colors of 'The Cat in the Hat' and his soft low voice in the telling. I love too that there is always an element of nature in furniture - the warm-toned curving grain of a walnut leg or the reflection of life in a mid-century chrome piece. The best part of teaching & sharing natural upholstery is that it ties all of these things together. Stories - of individual experience and of the planet - help us build happy & healthy homes.View all posts by Carla →

  1. TerryTerry03-27-2017

    I thought wool batting didn’t require sewing or any type of fastener; that one simply wraps the latex with the wool and “smooshes” it to itself.

  2. Carla PyleCarla Pyle03-28-2017

    Hi Terry,

    Thanks for this great question!
    You’re right – wool does stick to itself, and for those wool battings that don’t have a backing layer, I would cut the batting slightly larger than shown in the video and “smoosh” it together as you say. The only drawback to this method is that not only does the wool stick readily to the latex, but to everything else as well, making it difficult to tuck into a tight cushion cover without stretching and tearing the batting.

    The particular batting shown in the video (which is available in our store) has a thin spun (wool) backing that is strong enough to stitch, or even staple in tight upholstery applications. The result is an easy-to-handle top layer that holds together well and doesn’t stick to you as you’re working with it.

    When working with non-backed wool battings I like to wrap it with a thin gauze or other fabric that allows the batting to retain its soft edges to get the same result – no sticking.

    I hope this helps – let me know if you have any more questions.

    PS. Watch for our name-change and new website coming out in late March – early April 2017: will have lots more Q&A plus new videos coming out weekly to answer questions like yours.

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