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

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