Gather your materials. Lay the quilt top right side up on top of the fleece, then smooth away any wrinkles. This stunning Fleece Shawl is quilted with feathers, both large and small, in a pattern that would look stunning on any fleece quilt back. 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. 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. I like to use 200 weight fleece for my quilts. I’ve quilted with cheap fleece (the kind you can get at big-box fabric stores), and I’ve quilted with the real deal, Polartec fleece made by Malden Mills, which you will probably have to buy online. 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. Gain the skills to make your quilt backs as beautiful as the fronts. The fleece layer replaces both the batting (wadding) and backing layers. Fleece is naturally stretchy and if I didn’t stabilize it with French Fuse, it would stretch way out of control during basting. This is true, especially if your top includes white or pale fabrics. 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. Choose the right needle: 70/10 or 75/11 for micro fleece, 80/12 or 90/14 for medium weight, and 100/16 for heavy weight. Starting in the centre of the quilt, insert pins through both the quilt top and the fleece. 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. Never iron fleece with the iron set above the polyester setting – it will melt. Fleece backings have some advantages there as well. Anywhere. Sew with the fleece side down, against your sewing machine’s feed dogs. Or, if you prefer other fabrics, just make sure you hem the edges so that they don’t fray. With the quilt layers under the left side of the presser foot, put the shim under the right side. Latest guidelines from pediatric groups is NEVER use fleece blankets for babies or toddlers. 2. I have done a couple crib size quilts using fleece for the backing--no batting and pieced flannel blocks for the top. 5. Here’s a tip: fleece curls to the right side on its lengthwise grain (parallel to the selvages), and to the wrong side on its crosswise grain (perpendicular to the selvages). Fleece is durable enough to wash over and over, which makes it perfect for a baby or child’s quilt. As a guide, Darina added Parlane to the back of her fabrics, and No Show Mesh as the Stabilser CUTTING GUIDE - GENERAL Prepare for basting by putting the fleece right side down on a large flat surface like a bed, dining table, or clean floor. Photo via Bluprint member LexiBee Designs. I used black fleece for this project, which I managed to get on sale from my local Jo-Ann’s. This can help the presser foot stay balanced. Another fun design challenge! Post originally published Nov. 18, 2011. Fleece is soft, light, warm, and washes and dries well. Anytime. Check out more tips for sewing with fleece! Design It, Quilt It: Free-Form Techniques. Next smooth top of quilt over the fleece lining up the centers, etc. Lots of softer alternatives like minky quilting and fleece quilt backing can take your quilt and make it extra cozy for the chilly months. If the front is a quilt and already pieced, cut the back fabric to fit. Revised and updated April 25, 2017. Stitch in the ditch to secure the quilt layers together, working from the center out. Learn new craft techniques and tips from the experts. This is what the back of my quilt looked like before I ironed down the horizontal rows. This simple patchwork design with squares can be quilted in the ditch against a soft, black fleece backing. When I make a double layer fleece blanket I reverse the stretch. It’s for this reason that you shouldn’t feel limited to quilting cottons for your quilt backs. To cut square edges, lay your minky out on a large surface such as a dining table or the floor. It doesn’t pill or start to look worn after a few months. 100 weight, also called light weight or micro fleece. I used to. Smooth out any wrinkles and double check everything. 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. Cut your front and back fabric to the same size. Find the right side of the fleece. Choose your favorite school colors and cheer on your favorite team with this modern, two-color quilt design. The back of the fleece will look like this when you are done. Pin the folded fleece in place around each edge, folding the corners in neatly. Keep moving the back and top around on the table to get all of it spray basted with no wrinkles. It’s just better. Both are very snuggly. Makes for a nice soft binding. December 28, 2014 By Lindsay Conner & filed under Quilting Blog. Learn how to quilt with fleece in the tutorial from NewQuilters.com. Don’t bleach or use fabric softener or dryer sheets when you wash fleece. This picture shows the back of a rag quilt I made to keep in the back of my car. The variety of fleece patterns and colors available is practically limitless. I lay the crosswise stretch along the lengthwise stretch which reduces the stretch of the finished blanket. 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. Do use thin cotton or polyester for lining fleece garments; Under collars can be done with nylon taffeta or webbing. I honestly don’t know how to sew a binding on and I also didn’t have any extra fabric. When cutting fleece, make sure to follow the nap and cut all of your pieces in the same direction. The back of your quilt should be about 3-4” larger all around than the top of the quilt. Pin all the edges carefully. Stitch around the raw edge of the fleece using a wide zigzag stitch to secure the fleece binding around the edges of the quilt. When it is free-motion quilted, fleece looks just as luxurious as any high-end fabric! 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. 300 weight, also called heavy weight, which is used for cold-climate outerwear. Arm your sewing machine with a new, 80/12 or even 90/14 machine needle if you have one. Update: I am happy to report that the quality of what’s available there is much better than it was a few years ago. The result is warm, light, tough, and easy to wash. You can find the nap by running your hand over the fabric. Often it isn’t easy to tell which is the right side and which is the wrong side. It holds up better when you wash it. 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! 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. Stitch in the ditch to secure the quilt layers together, working from the center out. If you quilt to the edge of your quilt top…you’re going to see it in the binding of the quilt on the back. I try to take advantage of the show-through by using a fleece print that harmonizes with the colors on the front. 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. Aug 22, 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. 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. When she made her first fleece-backed quilt, Kelly decided she was never turning back! You can also find 100% recycled fleece and even cotton or wool fleece designed for making sweatshirts. 1. Here’s a rag quilt I made last year that is backed with solid white fleece: And a baby quilt backed with blue fleece in a starburst pattern: And a Chinese Coins quilt backed with polyester fleece in a chrysanthemum print: Comfort is even more important than cost to me when I make quilts. I found a way to do this that worked out quite well. Baste the two quilt layers together. It’s like Step #5, except do the long horizontal seams. With stretchy fabric, even the lightest weight clamp can distort the edges of your backing. Use a universal, ballpoint or stretch needle. Next Find the middle two vertical columns. 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. 1. It drags more on the bed of your sewing machine. To quilt the quilt, follow the blocks on the fleece and "stitch in the ditch". I decided to use the backing and do a self-binding. (You can also avoid having to piece your backing fabric by choosing the increasingly-popular 108″-wide quilter’s cotton fabrics designed for backings, though.) 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. Place your quilt on top, making sure both layers are as smooth as possible. This helps keep the fleece’s bulk and stretch under control as you sew. Featured photo by See Things Differently, Flickr.com. 100 weight micro fleece is extremely stretchy, so much so that it is hard to avoid wrinkling when you quilt with it, and 300 weight fleece is quite thick and bulky. 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. Jun 19, 2020 - 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. A simple and fast quilting method is to "stitch in the ditch." You cannot breathe through it hence why it blocks the cold air so well. 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. This backing was entirely made from scraps left over from other quilts. Yes! 200 weight, also called medium weight or blanket weight. You can now get anti-pill fleece in midweight and extra-plus styles. This project, titled Happy 81st Birthday Grandma, is made from large squares of fleece which are simply quilted with a large “X” pattern. Pin that to the edge of the backing instead of using the clamp as you see in this photo. I decided that I did not want to use a regular quilting cotton for the binding on an all-fleece quilt. Quilt the layers of fabric together with the sewing machine. Quilting with fleece can save you some money because it allows you to make a two-layer quilt instead of the traditional three-layer one. Thrifty! So you’ve finished piecing your quilt top — woohoo! 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. The Geometric quilt with green fleece back uses a zigzag stitch along the binding to hold it in place. 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. 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. Buy more minky than you think. Before you build your quilt sandwich and start quilting, you have one step to complete: you need to make a quilt back.. Quilt backing is the bottom layer of a quilt sandwich. Iron the rest of the seams open. 4. Place the front of the fleece blocks on top of the front side of the flannel sheet. Sometimes my sewing machine struggles to sew through it. Save your small, detailed quilting motifs for cotton-backed quilts. 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. Baste with your favorite method. Sew the remaining 1/2 side. And I am here to tell you that the Polartec fleece is definitely better. The Geometric quilt with green fleece back uses a zigzag stitch along the binding to hold it in place. Smooth top back and pin the edges. Learn how to make a rag quilt with this Bluprint tutorial. I usually measure the length of the quilt and add 8”, and then measure the width and add 8”. Use the special quilting tying technique to finish a fleece-backed quilt and you might find the task foolproof. I have found that fleece is a bit harder to free-motion quilt than a quilt backed with regular quilter’s cotton. #fleecequiltbacking, #quiltbac 2. 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. Learn how to quilt with fleece fabric as the back of your quilt! However, I’ve sometimes had trouble finding real Polartec, so I mostly use big-box fleece these days. The biggest challenge in quilting with fleece is its tendency to stretch as you work with it. Sew a 1/4 inch seam around 3 1/2 sides of the quilt. Lay the quilt top right side up on top of the fleece, then smooth away any wrinkles. Turn the fabric inside out -- now the right sides should be on the outside. Since fleece doesn't unravel or fray, all you need to do is pin the binding (single layer) on in one step (front and back pinned through together) and sew through. 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. When washing a finished fleece quilt, use a low-heat setting and steam to press your seams. The beauty of fleece is that it doesn’t fray so you don’t have to finish it off. Featured photo by See Things Differently, Flickr.com. Use a piece of tape to mark the side you want to have showing. Since it’s a bit thicker, cut through only one layer of fleece at a time. Use sharp scissors, or a larger blade rotary cutter (2-inch diameter) when cutting. 3. Clean out your machine often when sewing with fleece, because it can deposit fuzz into your machine’s parts. I normally wouldn’t quilt to the edge using this method and instead quilt 1” away from the edge or so…but it was an afterthought with this little quilt. You will want to be generous with the size of your quilt back. Your personal data will be used to support your experience throughout this website, to manage access to your account, and for other purposes described in our privacy policy. Baste with your favorite method. Back Your Quilts with Polar Fleece: Durable, Light, Warm, Washable. A busy backing hides less-than-perfect quilting stitches on the back of the quilt. There’s nothing that chases away the cold of chilly evenings like a quilt backed with fleece. If you live in a climate where the weather gets cold, you can’t beat polyester fleece as a quilt backing. 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. The raw edge of the fleece will lie upon the top outer edge of the quilt top. If you have that issue, simply reverse the clamp and grab the loose elastic end. Here are some tips for sewing and quilting with fleece: 1. Blog reader Betty C pointed out that the colors on the backing fleece can ghost through the fabric on the quilt top. You can still do free-motion quilting on a fleece-backed quilt, but I have found that it’s easier when you use motifs that are fairly large and free-form, like a loose stipple or free-form leaves. Pull back the top a couple of feet and lightly spray baste ... very lightly. I still recommend Polartec if you can get it. Use a backing that coordinates with the quilt top if both will be visible during use. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. According to Quiltbug, fleece fabrics curl to the wrong side when stretched on the crosswise grain. An idea for the binding is to use fleece strips. Because flannel is a thicker, softer fabric, quilting with flannel is kind of hard on your hardware. 3. Fold up the excess polar fleece around the edges of the quilt top so the polar fleece creates a bound edge around the quilt. Set your machine to a longer stitch of 7-9 stitches per inch (3-3.5 mm). How to Line a Blanket with Fleece. If you want the soft texture of fleece on the quilt front and back, you might want to make a rag quilt! Now Put fleece flat on ground. Match the selvedges and use a ruler with a grid and your cutting mat to cut a 90 degree angle. (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.) Prepare for basting by putting the fleece right side down on a large flat surface like a bed, dining table, or clean floor. Can you back a quilt with polyester fleece instead of the usual batting and cotton backing layers? Sign up for the Premium Membership and get access to our best Craftsy videos and projects. Adjust the pressure as you normally would. Add free-motion quilting as desired, then square up the quilt and bind it as you normally would. 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. There’s no need to pre-wash fleece fabrics, because it generally doesn’t shrink. In fact, I find cotton or bamboo batting a little thin and insubstantial–not quite snuggly enough for true comfort. Step 2 Cut a piece of batting the same size as the blanket. 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