Which fleece is which? Your quick start guide to fleece.

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I've received several emails asking me to clarify the difference between the types of fleece… or asking me if there is a difference between them.  Yes there is a difference between the various “fleeces” and here’s your guide.

The majority of the sewing patterns on Fleece Fun are designed to work with polar fleece*. Polar fleece is also good for no-sew projects (like a flower – get the free tute here)or tie blankets. Polar Fleece can be divided in to two categories, anti-pill and non anti-pill.  Anti-pill tends to be a more high quality fabric, and doesn’t “ball up” or “pill” after several washes.  Non anti-pill is cheaper, but will get little pills after wearing and washing.  I personally recommend spending a little bit more money for the anti-pill as it will look nicer longer.  Polar fleece can come in different weights, a medium weight tends to be the most common one that you will find in your local fabric store.

*Please note that the term “polar fleece” is a copyrighted term that is often misused for medium weight fleece.

Micro Fleece

Softer than polar fleece, micro fleece is wonderful to touch and is mostly geared for baby and children projects.  There is a very clear right and wrong side to most micro-fleece.  One side has the heavenly feel with its tiny fibers.  It is thinner than the medium weight fleece. And while it doesn’t the ends don’t fray they can be stretched out of shape, so it recommended not to leave exposed edges raw.

Minky

While debatable if this is truly a fleece fabric it is often clumped in with the fleece group.  Named Minky for its simulated feel of mink, this fabric is truly heavenly.  However it does require special care.  Sewing on Minky can be difficult as it will slide under the needle.  This means lots of pins, a jersey ball point needle or a walking foot to sew on this fabric.  The edges can ruffle and lose shape so finishing is recommended (with exception of some projects – check out the candy stripe scrunch scarf here). You should also never wash Minky in warm water or dry it on a high heat as it will lose its signature softness.  You can buy double sided Minky (uber expensive) but most often it is a single sided fabric.  Minky is most often used in baby projects, but I love the feel of this fabric so much that I designed a couple of patterns using it for and adult!  You can check out the free Infinity bow wrap video and tutorial here.

So there’s a quick guide to fleece please comment or write me if you have a question!


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