It’s a question I’ve gotten in several emails and comments “Coral Fleece vs Polar Fleece – what is the difference?”. There are so man different brand names of fleece and types it can be confusing! While Coral Fleece and Polar fleece are related – they are more like cousins than immediate family. Each has some unique properties that you should be aware of so you can make the best choice for your fleece sewing project!
Coral Fleece vs Polar Fleece
Coral Fleece is thicker and has a higher “pile” than polar fleece. In layman’s terms it’s furrier than polar fleece. It’s what gives it it’s name (think coral poking up from the sea) and makes it perfect for blankets.
Coral fleece sheds on the edges due to it’s furry texture, and it tends have more stretch than most polar fleece. Due to those two reasons it’s necessary to finish the edges of coral fleece, however with polar fleece it’s not needed.
Coral fleece tends to be more expensive (especially the nicer brands like Shannon) than polar fleece. It is considered a step up or nicer fabric than polar fleece.
Coral fleece and polar fleece are both polyester synthetic fabrics and both can melt when too much heat is put to the fabric.
Coral fleece does not work tie or no sew projects. Polar fleece will work for tie and no sew project and crafts.
Coral fleece tends to be used primarily for blankets and baby items. Polar fleece is used for both children and adults for clothing and blankets.
Coral fleece does not pill due to it’s furry texture, Cheaper forms of polar fleece can pill after long use and washing.
On Coral fleece the right side is the side that has the higher pile or is furrier, but both sides are soft. On polar fleece the it can sometimes be difficult to tell the front from the back as the sides can appear identical.
Both Coral fleece and Polar fleece are wonderful fabrics and have their pros and cons. Hopefully this article has shown you the difference between the tow and will help you be able to decide which to use on your sewing project!
If you want to learn more about the different types of fleeces there’s an excellent article here.