Fleece Fabric is used for no-sew tie blankets, scarves, clothing and crafts.
There are lots of different varieties of fleece fabric available and I hope to give you a whistle stop tour of some different varieties and how to care and sew with fleece. Fleece is a soft, warm fabric with a lofty napped surface and has great insulating properties. It can be made from a variety of natural and manmade fibres and was originally produced to mimic animal fleece (think goat or sheep) but these days there are oodles of different types of fleece available and it can be used in many different ways. Fleece fabrics are warm and very comfortable to wear.
Microfleece was one of the first types of fleeces we chose to stock. It’s very soft and thin. Microfleece has special properties when it comes to water, it wicks moisture away from the skin when worn so is used in performance clothing and also to line modern cloth nappies. No fabric will be completely dry when liquid is added but microfleece is one of the best at pulling the moisture away from the skin to the outer of the fabric and letting it evaporate and keeping you cool and comfortable.
Polar fleece is probably the most economical fleece available. It’s thicker than microfleece and has a soft hand, however it’s not as soft as some of the supersoft fleeces available. Polar fleece behaves quite differently as far as moisture is concerned and doesn’t let moisture evaporate so easily. It’s also very warm so it makes brilliant winter clothes such as jackets, jumpers, hats and scarves and well as being a great insulating layer for a blanket.
A lot of people think fleece is just made from polyester but it’s the way the fabric is manufactured that makes it a fleece, rather than the composition. As well as the manmade fibre fleeces we also stock a range of organic natural fleeces made from cotton and hemp (and mixes of these fibres). Primarily we stock these for the cloth nappy making community as they are very absorbent fabrics, but they are also fantastic fabrics for clothing too. These fleeces are soft and fluffy on one side and have a smooth knit on the reverse. They take dye well so you could get creative with your own colour palette and they are particularly well suited to makes where you’d like some breathability in the fabrics whilst providing warmth at the same time.
Is a type of fabric made from polyester. It is a variant of stretch knit polyester fleece fabric. It has two distinct sides; one has a smooth knit side, and the other side has a texture intended to imitate the look and feel of a real sheep's fleece.
Is a high-performance fabric that is extremely warm, soft, and lightweight. With a curly, slightly nubby texture and subtly flecked appearance, it has a plush sweater-knit backing.
Minky is a special type of plush fabric that is often used to make baby blankets, baby clothing and baby accessories. Minky fabric is like fleece – but softer and thicker. The high quality of minky fabric prevents its colors from fading and its warmth from decreasing over time. Close