How To: Adding Batting to an Oversized Jacket

Category: Fashion Accessories

Oversized jackets are the perfect cool-weather accessory and they skyrocket to FABULOUS with the addition of a layer of quilt batting.  Stylish and easy to pull on and off, they are also incredibly cozy.  If you have got the perfect tried and true pattern add in some quilt batting for warmth and give it a whole new look. I used the Wiksten Haori pattern for this Uber-warm adaptation of a classic handmade garment.

What you need to make this project

Materials
Low-Loft Quilt Batting
Oversized Jacket Pattern
Supplies
Specified Lining and Outer Fabrics, as required by your pattern
Standard Sewing Supplies for Machine Sewing

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Instructions

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Step One

Gather all your materials including the jacket pattern, lining, and outside fabric, quilt batting and rotary cutter or scissors.

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Step Two

To start, lay out a single layer of your preferred quilt batting.  Weight down the pattern pieces for the LINING as much as possible.  Cut out one piece of quilt batting for each lining pattern piece.

Cut out the lining fabric as well.

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Step Three

Pin the matching lining fabric to the quilt batting pieces making sure the edges are lined up.

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Step Four

Sew, or serge, along the edges of all the lining pieces to attach the quilt batting.  If you are sewing, use a 2/8″ seam allowance so that these stitches won’t be visible later.

This will create padded lining pieces, which you will use as if they are regular lining pieces to complete the jacket.

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Step Five

If you are sewing your batting to the lining pieces, you will want to trim down some of the excess batting. Do not trim the fabric! Only trim the batting.  That way, you will be able to sew with precise seam allowances when you are constructing the jacket by following the edge of the fabric.

This reduces the bulk at the seams of the jacket. Pull away the fabric and use a rotary cutter or scissors to trim down the batting seam allowance by about 1/2″.

The photo gallery illustrates how to do this.

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Step Six

Now that you have created all of your jacket lining pieces with added quilt batting, go ahead and sew the jacket together as instructed by your jacket pattern.

When you are sewing be sure to use the lining fabric side of your padded lining as the “right” side for the purposes of constructing the jacket. This will ensure you create the jacket with the fabric-side of the lining exposed.