It’s time to feature yet another great fabric. Today, let’s talk fleece. This is a rather long post, written on one of the coldest days of the year in my home town. So, grab a cup of something hot and enjoy a fabric foray into the warm and fuzzy world of fleece.
Yes, it’s true you see fabric called fleece everywhere. Commonly called “polar type” fleece, you may have already created something from this versatile, functional fabric. Visit your local big box fabric store and you will likely see mountains of fleece fabric. The popularity of fleece has grown over the years and I don’t see this stopping anytime soon. Because this is considered a ravel proof fabric, we even see non-sewing enthusiasts enthusiastically purchasing two coordinates of this fabric and finishing the edges by simply snipping slits along each side, and then tying knots for a fluffy fringed look. The availability of fun prints and licensed collegiate styles has really boosted sales of fleece. Its appeal spans the generations as all age categories love to cuddle under cozy, comfortable fleece. From simple blankets to stylish garments, fleece is a modern day wonder fabric suitable for many home sewn projects.
My first glimpse of what I now call “genuine fleece” occurred about the same time that machine embroidery became popular in the home sewing market. I fondly recall a visit to the great Northwest in 1996. I haven’t done any extensive investigation but it seems to me the popularity of fleece started in that neck of the woods. I remember visiting a well known, large fabric shop where I saw a room stacked high with a virtual mountain of fleece fabric. In fact, I was so astonished I had to take a picture to show my sewing friends back home.
For my Warm and Wearable Fleece Wrap, in the book Wrapped in Embroidery, I chose to use what I call the real McCoy, genuine Polartec® fleece. This warm, cozy, and classy looking wrap is made from Polartec® Classic 200 double velour fleece. Specifically, I used sable brown Polartec® Classic 200 double velour fleece.
In my opinion there really is nothing like the “real thing” when it comes to fleece fabric. This may be available to you in a brick and mortar fabric shop and I always suggest shopping local first. However, if you cannot purchase locally you can purchase directly from the manufacturer. Mill Yardage™ LLC is Malden Mills home sewing supplier of yard goods for the home sewing market.
Embroidery on this fabric is easy but it is important to use designs that do not sink into the nap of the fabric. The satin stitch style motifs you see on my Warm and Wearable Fleece Wrap were designed to be the perfect match for this fleece.
Sewing is not time consuming or difficult on this fabric although I would beg to differ with those who say fleece is easy to sew. Of course anything is easy when you know how! You just need to know a few tricks for handling this type of fabric. You can visit my Tips and Techniques page to download a Free Fleece Tip sheet. This tip sheet will help you learn more about sewing and embroidering on fleece. Click on the link below:
FREE Fleece Tip Sheet