Batik Fabrics: Essential Things to Know About it
Batik Fabrics: Essential Things to Know About it

Batik Fabrics: Essential Things to Know About it

Batik Fabrics: Essential Things to Know About it

Batik fabrics are more often than not 100% cotton or 100% rayon and are made using wax resist along an over-dying process. You would want to use this kind of fabric for a loose fitting top, full skirt or dress. Moreover, 100% cotton Batik is usually used for making quilts, wall hangings and bags amongst them.

Before you sew Batik fabric, remember to always preshrink it by using machine washing in warm water on a regular cycle. Once done, you can proceed to dry it using a dryer or on your normal cycle setting. If you plan to mark this fabric, it is best to use a marking pen or chalk; however, don’t forget to test a swatch of it prior to using.

What Tools You Are Going to Use

If you plan to make a garment, a good pair of scissors would be your best option. However, if you are into quilting or crafting, a batik a rotary cutter and ruler would be most efficient. In addition, if your garment calls for interfacing, use either a fusible tricot or a woven interfacing (although it really depends on the garment and where the interfacing is going).

A Batik fabric being made(Picture from

Other Things to Remember

When sewing with Batik fabrics, it is recommended to use an all-purpose polyester or cotton thread. The latter would be better if your fabric is not preshrunk. Besides, all-purpose polyester thread would work either way, so there’s nothing to really worry about.

Always consider using an 80/12 Schmetz Universal Needle is recommended, especially when you go as it runs the risk of leaving holes where the stitching is. Also, the stitch length on your machine should be at 2.5mm, and a standard presser foot would leave you with the best results – unless you are planning on using a decorative stitch.

When it’s Time to Finish Your Seams

A serger will come in handy when finishing seams and/or sewing garments. Most of the time, serged seams are best when finishing seams for clothing; however, if you happen not to have a serger, a flat felled seam is your next best option.

A woman wearing an elegant Batik fabric.(Picture from

Lastly, when pressing your garment, remember to put your iron on the cotton setting and use steam. Top-stitching is not really required (as you can always do what your prefer), but if you choose to do so, ensure that it is 1/8 inch from the seam (2.5mm or 3.0mm stitch length); while for the hem of a garment, a double rolled hem is recommended as well as double needle (optional).


Alvin is a fashion and lifestyle writer who has recently earned interest in sewing his own clothes. Writing for Sewing Ideas gives him another avenue to express his experiences and learning in his sewing journey.

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