Loraine loves arts and crafts and used to volunteer at an elementary art class. She loves sharing fun and easy craft tutorials.
What Can I Make With Fleece?
That's a great question! This particular fabric is a breeze to work with, and there is a variety of sew and no-sew garments and accessories you can tackle. Many easy projects can be done using fleece, and I'll share quite a few lovely ideas with you below.
1. Fleece Cardigan
Learn how to put a beautiful fleece cardigan together. The creator made hers in less than an hour!
This scoodie is a great present idea for friends who live in cold weather. Find the tutorial at Becca's Crazy Projects.
3. Fluffy Mittens
Fleece is such a nice, fluffy, and warm fabric. This makes it an ideal material to use to make cozy mittens.
4. Scarf With Pockets
5. Arm Warmers
I think these arm warmers would look so nice worn with a fleece poncho. On chilly days, it'd make my day to wear some cozy fleece on the arms. These arm warmers are very attractive to boot!
6. Fleece Hat With Ribbon
7. Reversible Cowl Scarf
A cowl scarf is another gift that is appropriate for both women and men. I think that the fact this cowl scarf is reversible makes it easier to style. Simply flip it inside out to better match your outfit of the day!
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8. Fleece Socks
I could really use a pair of these fleece socks right now. The weather is nippy out this morning, and I just noticed that my feet are cold. Let's get busy making these to fight off the chills!
9. Football Hat
Both little boys and their daddy will love this fleece football hat. This super cute little project would make a great craft to do together before watching a football game.
10. Fringe Scarf
This fringed scarf is unbelievably fun! It can be put together in just a half hour, which means you can put it together while your baby naps or if you have some time to kill.
11. Slit-Fleece Scarf
For a small and lightweight accessory, this slit-fleece scarf is perfect. Sometimes, you want a scarf more for the color than for the warmth.
12. Ear Warmers
Learn how to make your own ear warmers and keep your head insulated in the snow! You can also use it as a headband while you get ready for bed. Have fun choosing the fabrics to match your wardrobe!
13. Headband With Bow
This bow headband is a beautiful take on the headband. You'll need to use some fabric glue to attach the enormous bow.
14. Headband With Flower
This is such an attractive and stylish headband that I think most any gal would love to wear it. You can finish one typically in an hour or less, but this depends on the type of design and embellishment you want for the final result.
15. Hobo Purse
16. Monster Pillow
Who wouldn't love to receive a monster pillow as a gift? Any person, whether a young child or a grandparent, will appreciate the love included in a handmade gift. Greene Acres Hobby Farm shares how to put this lovable creature together.
17. Flower Petal Pillows
A flower petal pillow would be a lovely and delicate gift to give to a teenage girl. You can put this together with a little time and love—they'll adore it!
18. Heart Pillow
What would you think of making this heart pillow to give as a Valentine's Day gift? You could combine it with a box of chocolates and a sweet card to make a complete gift bundle!
19. Scotty Dog Heating Pad
Not only does this little puppy just beg to be cuddled, he's also a Scotty dog heating pad. Warm and fuzzy.
20. Elf Slippers
You might make these to wear on Christmas day, but I imagine they'll keep toes toasty for many more days of the year. Learn how to put them together at maya*made.
21. Large Snowman
This large snowman can be used on a shelf or mantel, or it could be styled as a pillow. Unstuffed, it could be used to hold a gift or as a door hanging. Make one for yourself!
22. Snow Lady Pillow
A girl, no matter what her age, would love this cuddly Kathy's Art Project Ideas. It'd be fun to play with the different colors and customize the project to match the recipient's interests and preferences!
23. Fleece Snowman
I love these fleece snowmen because they can be used throughout the winter rather than just for Christmas. This cute little snowman will be a happy addition to your festive home.
24. Stuffed Turkey
This stuffed turkey is an outstanding Thanksgiving project to do with the kids. Simply follow the straightforward instructions to have this quirky project for your home.
25. Wine Bottle Gift Bags
For an attractive way to present a bottle of wine, give it wrapped in a fleece gift bag. It's a nice quality bag that can be reused time and time again.
26. Oven Mitt
Although the outer layer of fabric on these oven mitts isn't fleece, there are two layers of fleece inside the mitt. This useful craft is a great gift, but it is also one that you'll want to make for yourself.
27. Monster Lovey Blankets
Granted, monsters aren't the first thing you think of when wanting to calm a little child, but the little ones will grab this lovey blanket at naptime.
28. Car Seat Canopy
When the weather is chilly, you want to protect the baby from the cold wind while walking to or from the car. This is a very simple car seat canopy that you can make.
29. Fleece Octopus
This fleece octopus is another of the no-sew projects that anyone can make. Make a few of these cuties to gift or to sell.
30. No-Sew Cap and Scarf
If Grandma is wondering what she can give her grandkids for Christmas, here is a super idea. The fleece cap and scarf are no-sew projects, so it would be easy to make the set. The kids will love the fluffy cap and scarf.
31. Rice Bags
If you don't already have something you can heat in the microwave to soothe aches, make sure that this rice bag is one of the first projects you make. You'll be so glad you did. It shouldn't take long to put together.
32. Book or iPad Cozy
Make an book or iPad cozy for your own use or to give as a welcome gift. Although the directions for this cover is being shown using felt, use fleece instead. You'll love how easy this is to make.
33. Doll Blanket
During Christmas vacation, one of my granddaughters and I plan on making this fleece doll blanket for her American Girl doll. I love a project that I can start and the girls can finish themselves.
34. Fleece Puppet Monsters
These puppet monsters scream a good time—while making them and trying them out afterward.
35. Pet Pillow
Your pet will love you for making this warm and fuzzy blanket pillow for them. It's a no-sew project, so you'll enjoy not having to break out the sewing machine!
36. Ice Scraper Mitt
Last Christmas, I made about 35 of these ice scraper mitts for Christmas gifts. I didn't make fun cuffs like the tutorial shows—I just used the fleece.
37. Rainbow No-Sew Scarf
I have a couple of granddaughters who will love using up fleece scraps to make this no sew scarf. For the tutorial go to The Decorated Cookie.
38. Kid's Mittens
The really nice thing about these mittens is that they can be reversible. Get the instructions and pattern at Ikatbag.
39. Dragon Slippers
Although these are perfect for the little dragon lover in your life, if you want you can make these slippers without the dragon tongue, eyes and fins. I've seen examples of them using Rae's pattern on a blog. Find the tutorial for these slippers at Made by Rae.
40. Owl Hand Warmers
A perfect stocking stuffer gift for anyone on your list, especially football fans. The instructions are found at Craft Your Happiness.
41. Charity Bears
Not only does Shiny Happy World share the tutorial for making these cute bears, she also has suggestions for where to donate them if you so wish. Or make the little bears for yourself to gift to others or to sell. Or fill bear with rice to make a boo-boo bear to help with the ouchies.
What Is Fleece?
Fleece is an incredibly versatile material that you can use to create anything, from clothing to home decorations. It's a thick fabric that traps warmth well and is convenient to work with.
Light fleeces are a great option if you want to make clothing and fun DIY projects. I like that fleece is easy to store when it's not in use.
It's great to work with because it doesn't fray when you cut it. This means that sewing projects become a lot simpler—you don't need to finish the seams.
Since fleece is a knit fabric, you should sew projects using it with a ballpoint needle. Do note that the stretch can vary greatly between brands and grades—the cheaper the fleece, the less stretch it offers. That means the fabrics that have less give can be sewn with a standard needle.
What Are the Different Types of Fleece?
- Medium-Weight Fleece: This fleece is good for no-sew projects such as tie blankets. It's categorized in two ways: anti-pill and non anti-pill. The former is typically a higher quality fabric and doesn't pill, even after a few washes. The latter is more affordable, but it often gets pills after wears and washes.
- Micro-Fleece: Softer and thinner than medium-weight fleece, micro-fleece is lovely to touch, and you'll find it used more for baby and children projects. If you take a closer look at this fabric, you'll notice that there is a "right" and "wrong" side to micro-fleece. One side feels wonderful with its mini fibers. While micro-fleece ends don’t fray, they can be stretched out of shape. I suggest hemming the exposed edges.
- Minky: The name comes from the fact that this fabric simulates the feeling of mink. As one might expect, it requires some special care. Sewing Minky can be a little hard, as it can slide under the needle easily. The edges can ruffle and lose their shape, so I recommend finishing them. Make sure to never wash it in warm water or dry it on high heat, as those processes will strip Minky of its signature softness.
- Coral Fleece: This fleece is closely related to Minky fleece because it has a more fur-like texture. The edges need to be finished so that it won’t stretch too much in the washer.
- Jersey Fleece: This fleece is made from cotton (or a cotton blend). It has more stretch to it than medium-weight fleece. The reason for this is that the latter is made entirely from polyester.
Tips for Working With Fleece
- There is a "right" and "wrong" side to fleece.
- Try stitching to decorate. Fleece isn’t the best material to anchor appliques or other embellishments, so it’s a wonderful chance to use the decorative stitches on your sewing machine.
- Fleece typically doesn't fray. This means that finishing seams is usually unnecessary. This does depend on the type of fleece you use.
- Eliminate the bulk. The fabric is bulky, so keep an eye out for ways to reduce the heaviness when you're sewing with it. Trim the outer layers of the fabric close to the stitch line.
- Choose a ballpoint needle. It's designed for working with knit fabrics and has a rounded tip. The end slides between the tiny loops that make up the fabric rather than piercing them as a pointed needle would. Pointed needles can cause holes to develop along the seams if the fibers are damaged to the point of breaking. This is why utilizing a ballpoint needle can extend the life of your project.
- Fleece is the enemy of blades. While you need to use blades such as scissors and sharp objects like needles to finagle the fabric into place, fleece is hard on them. Make sure to use a new machine needle, typically Microtex or ballpoint, and clean your scissor blades of fiber remnants with a little alcohol.
- Invest in quality. Use a good-quality polyester thread and sew using a larger stitch length to put your projects together. The stitch should be between 3mm and 5mm. A straight stitch will suffice for most projects, but I suggest using a small zigzag stitch for areas that will be used or moved more often, such as armpit holes.
- Think about the situation. Fleece doesn't hold a crease, so find ways to work with it and contain seam allowances and hems.
- Take "nap" into consideration with yardage. Fleece has no real grain, but its surface has a brushed look that moves in one direction. Because of this feature, remember to use "with nap" yardage requirements and arrange your pattern in one direction.
For fast and easy craft projects, I definitely recommend using fleece. One of the really great things about using fleece is that the edges don’t unravel. Therefore, you can make beautiful crafts, both sew and no-sew, without having to spend time hemming and finishing the seams. It's super easy to use, making it a great fabric for kids, teenagers, and adults alike.
Questions & Answers
Question: Where can I find the pattern for the cardigan?
Answer: When you read the blog about the fleece cardigan, the author includes a link to a page that shows how she made the cardigan with a knit fabric. She used that pattern when she made her fleece cardigan. She has a great pictured step-by-step tutorial.
© 2014 Loraine Brummer
Do you have a favorite fleece project? or leave a comment
Sue Musgrove on March 06, 2020:
I make pet beds and donate them to shetlers.
Loraine Brummer (author) from Hartington, Nebraska on December 07, 2019:
You should be able to post an image to Pinterest by clicking on the Pin button to the right of the selected image.
Donna Downey on December 06, 2019:
why can't I post some of these to pinterest?
Lynn Stellaccio on December 14, 2018:
This was a great post!!! Thank you very much for all your knowledge and suggestions! Lynn
Hope helms on January 01, 2018:
I just saw the post for pet pillows, I made my own version this winter for my dog,Harley. He loves them.
anika thakur from New delhi on December 21, 2017:
Awesome home decoration and fashion ideas.
Alexander James Guckenberger from Maryland, United States of America on December 07, 2017:
This is so cute! I love it. Great ideas.
jesuslovesyou on December 02, 2017:
I loved your ideas, thanks for sharing them.
Dabby Lyric on November 30, 2017:
Oh my goodness, I love them All!
My Late Grandma would've loved every item listed here. They are so vibrant, fun, cute, unique and I dig it!