200 weight, also called medium weight or blanket weight. Fold a piece of lightweight cardboard or heavyweight fabric like denim or twill until it is as thick as the layers of fabric in your quilt. The biggest challenge in quilting with fleece is its tendency to stretch as you work with it. A simple and fast quilting method is to "stitch in the ditch." With stretchy fabric, even the lightest weight clamp can distort the edges of your backing. (I’ll be the first to admit that it’s not the best-looking backing in the world, but since the main one using it was the dog, I thought it was good enough for its target audience.) Where I live in Northern California, the nights are chilly almost all year round, so I back almost all my quilts with polar fleece fabric instead of the traditional batting and backing layers. 1. You can now get anti-pill fleece in midweight and extra-plus styles. I ALSO did not want to have those bulky seams from fleece in the binding. The back of a quilt may seem less important than the front, but don’t forget that the quilt back is what we spend most of the time snuggling! Fold up the excess polar fleece around the edges of the quilt top so the polar fleece creates a bound edge around the quilt. Don’t bleach or use fabric softener or dryer sheets when you wash fleece. If you want the soft texture of fleece on the quilt front and back, you might want to make a rag quilt! Save your small, detailed quilting motifs for cotton-backed quilts. An idea for the binding is to use fleece strips. Fleece is durable enough to wash over and over, which makes it perfect for a baby or child’s quilt. Use a universal, ballpoint or stretch needle. Now Put fleece flat on ground. Space the basting pins every 2 to 3 inches, working your way out to the edges from the centre until you pin-baste the entire quilt. Photo via Bluprint member LexiBee Designs. Machine-stitch a quilt with cotton fabrics on the front and fleece on the back, using batting as normal, for an extra-plush lap quilt. Turn the fabric inside out -- now the right sides should be on the outside. I lay the crosswise stretch along the lengthwise stretch which reduces the stretch of the finished blanket. If the fleece isn’t wide enough to back the whole quilt, piece it to make it at least 2 inches (5 cm) larger than the quilt top on all sides. We didn’t have any pieces that were big enough for a backing, and I didn’t want to have to piece together a front AND back of each blanket. Yes! You can also find 100% recycled fleece and even cotton or wool fleece designed for making sweatshirts. If you live in a climate where the weather gets cold, you can’t beat polyester fleece as a quilt backing. Because most fleece fabric is made from polyester, it is (1) warm, even when wet, (2) water-resistant, (3) doesn’t fray at the edges when cut, (4) doesn’t shrink when washed, and (5) comes in a huge variety of different finishes, colors and prints. More tips for sewing with fleece link isn’t valid, I couldn’t get “More tips for sewing with fleece” to come up either, Enter in your email and password to create a FREE account. This simple patchwork design with squares can be quilted in the ditch against a soft, black fleece backing. Set your machine to a longer stitch of 7-9 stitches per inch (3-3.5 mm). Often it isn’t easy to tell which is the right side and which is the wrong side. 2. Fleece is soft, light, warm, and washes and dries well. I decided that I did not want to use a regular quilting cotton for the binding on an all-fleece quilt. I have found that fleece is a bit harder to free-motion quilt than a quilt backed with regular quilter’s cotton. Anywhere. If your fabric is cotton/flannel/thinish, then it woud pay to add an iron on Interfacing or Parlane to the back of the fabric to add body, and a heavier stabiliser. How to Line a Blanket with Fleece. When it is free-motion quilted, fleece looks just as luxurious as any high-end fabric! 2. Baste with your favorite method. The result is warm, light, tough, and easy to wash. December 28, 2014 By Lindsay Conner & filed under Quilting Blog. 3. Stitch in the ditch to secure the quilt layers together, working from the center out. If you want to make a quilt that involves a commercial character like Winnie the Pooh or Dora the Explorer, you can probably find a fleece print that features the character you want. In fact, I find cotton or bamboo batting a little thin and insubstantial–not quite snuggly enough for true comfort. Arm your sewing machine with a new, 80/12 or even 90/14 machine needle if you have one. It holds up better when you wash it. Since it’s a bit thicker, cut through only one layer of fleece at a time. Makes for a nice soft binding. 5. I try to take advantage of the show-through by using a fleece print that harmonizes with the colors on the front. It’s just better. This stunning Fleece Shawl is quilted with feathers, both large and small, in a pattern that would look stunning on any fleece quilt back. Never iron fleece with the iron set above the polyester setting – it will melt. The Geometric quilt with green fleece back uses a zigzag stitch along the binding to hold it in place. Sew with the fleece side down, against your sewing machine’s feed dogs. Fleece also comes in wider widths than the standard quilter’s cotton most often used for backings, so it’s often possible to back your quilt without having to piece the fleece backing to make it wider. Clean out your machine often when sewing with fleece, because it can deposit fuzz into your machine’s parts. When cutting fleece, make sure to follow the nap and cut all of your pieces in the same direction. Use sharp scissors, or a larger blade rotary cutter (2-inch diameter) when cutting. However, I’ve sometimes had trouble finding real Polartec, so I mostly use big-box fleece these days. Next smooth top of quilt over the fleece lining up the centers, etc. Revised and updated April 25, 2017. May 1, 2019 - Make your quilt backings from polyester fleece and you'll get a light, warm, washable, durable quilt that doesn't need a backing layer of cotton fabric. According to Quiltbug, fleece fabrics curl to the wrong side when stretched on the crosswise grain. If you want to amp up your free-motion quilting, you can try the Bluprint class Design It, Quilt It: Free-Form Techniques with Cindy Needham. Prepare for basting by putting the fleece right side down on a large flat surface like a bed, dining table, or clean floor. So you’ve finished piecing your quilt top — woohoo! A busy backing hides less-than-perfect quilting stitches on the back of the quilt. The variety of fleece patterns and colors available is practically limitless. Thrifty! Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. I could have sewn the pieces together like to you would a quilt, but then you would have a pretty front and an ugly back. Iron the rest of the seams open. There’s nothing that chases away the cold of chilly evenings like a quilt backed with fleece. This backing was entirely made from scraps left over from other quilts. Smooth top back and pin the edges. It’s like Step #5, except do the long horizontal seams. Add free-motion quilting as desired, then square up the quilt and bind it as you normally would. Pin the folded fleece in place around each edge, folding the corners in neatly. Choose a quilt backing with an interesting motif and then quilt from the back along the fabric's printed lines, to transfer the design to the front. Use a piece of tape to mark the side you want to have showing. Learn how to make a rag quilt with this Bluprint tutorial. I stitched around some block designs on the more elaborately pieced one--stars with alternating chain blocks and the other was a small trip around the world with 5" flannel squares so I just did an X design on it. Place your quilt on top, making sure both layers are as smooth as possible. Sometimes my sewing machine struggles to sew through it. Featured photo by See Things Differently, Flickr.com. You can find the nap by running your hand over the fabric. Baste the two quilt layers together. It doesn’t pill or start to look worn after a few months. Can you back a quilt with polyester fleece instead of the usual batting and cotton backing layers? Find the right side of the fleece. Use a backing that coordinates with the quilt top if both will be visible during use. Dec 4, 2019 - Make your quilt backings from polyester fleece and you'll get a light, warm, washable, durable quilt that doesn't need a backing layer of cotton fabric. It drags more on the bed of your sewing machine. She didn’t use quilt batting for this picnic blanket and opted to bind the quilt using fleece from the back, which simple wraps around the raw edges. 1. I used to. Anytime. It’s for this reason that you shouldn’t feel limited to quilting cottons for your quilt backs. Fleece backings have some advantages there as well. Here are some tips for sewing and quilting with fleece: 1. The fleece layer replaces both the batting (wadding) and backing layers. I usually measure the length of the quilt and add 8”, and then measure the width and add 8”. Stitch in the ditch to secure the quilt layers together, working from the center out. The back of the fleece will look like this when you are done. Or, if you prefer other fabrics, just make sure you hem the edges so that they don’t fray. Back the quilt in fleece (choose a school or team fleece print for super-fans) and sew up the bonus pillowcase pattern, which is perfect for rolling up your quilt to take it with you to the big game. Sew the remaining 1/2 side. Do use thin cotton or polyester for lining fleece garments; Under collars can be done with nylon taffeta or webbing. Check out more tips for sewing with fleece! This helps keep the fleece’s bulk and stretch under control as you sew. Do use long pins used in quilting to hold layers of fleece together by pinning from the top like a thumb pin rather than like the ordinary dressmaker’s pin which ill fall short when tried on thick fleece. The beauty of fleece is that it doesn’t fray so you don’t have to finish it off. There’s no need to pre-wash fleece fabrics, because it generally doesn’t shrink. Machine-stitch a quilt with cotton fabrics on the front and fleece on the back, using batting as normal, for an extra-plush lap quilt. Place the front of the fleece blocks on top of the front side of the flannel sheet. #fleecequiltbacking, #quiltbac Quilt the layers of fabric together with the sewing machine. Adjust the pressure as you normally would. If you’re the kind of quilter who hates to throw away scraps, you can piece together smaller pieces of fleece to make them large enough to use for your backing. Here’s how to get the best results: If you are bothered by jammed threads or uneven stitches, you may want to try putting a shim under your presser foot. Learn new craft techniques and tips from the experts. Cut your front and back fabric to the same size. This picture shows the back of a rag quilt I made to keep in the back of my car. Featured photo by See Things Differently, Flickr.com. Learn how to quilt with fleece in the tutorial from NewQuilters.com. You can use whatever color fleece you like! Lots of softer alternatives like minky quilting and fleece quilt backing can take your quilt and make it extra cozy for the chilly months. Aug 16, 2018 - Make your quilt backings from polyester fleece and you'll get a light, warm, washable, durable quilt that doesn't need a backing layer of cotton fabric. This is true, especially if your top includes white or pale fabrics. Buy more minky than you think. Learn how to quilt with fleece fabric as the back of your quilt! Back Your Quilts with Polar Fleece: Durable, Light, Warm, Washable. Then if I layered the batting and quilt top on top and stuck pins through it, more than likely when I removed the tape the fleece would retract back into it’s normal shape, causing my quilt top and batting to go crazy. With the quilt layers under the left side of the presser foot, put the shim under the right side. Before you build your quilt sandwich and start quilting, you have one step to complete: you need to make a quilt back.. 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