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


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.


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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Angel Hickman Peterson

Angel Hickman Peterson

Creator, Editor and Author at Fleece Fun
Angel has a bachelor’s degree in Film Studies from the University of Utah, with a professional background is in film, television, radio and ad production. Angel currently divides her time between her small production company Angel Dawn Productions, her online sewing and crafting blog www.FleeceFun.com, her two little girls, baby boy, husband and on very good days also manages to get the dishes done.
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    Stacy says

    Can you use coral fleece (and what exactly is it) instead of polar fleece for no-sew blankets or will the ends ‘shed’? The one bolt I found in the store seemed to shed when I rubbed the cut end. I wasn’t sure if this was normal because it was a new cut or if it would continue until there was nothing left. And how does coral fleece hold up after washing?

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      Hi Stacy,
      Coral fleece is more closely related to Minky or cuddle fleece. It had a more fur like texture. Because of it’s construction and texture it’s not recommended for no sew projects as it will shed and stretch more that polar fleece. the edges need to be finished so it won’t get stretched out in the washer. If you wash it cold, do not use fabric softener and dry it low, it will help to maintain it’s soft fury texture. Hope that answers your questions!

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