Fleece can be made partially from recycled plastic bottles and is very light, soft, and easy to wash. Fleece can stretch more easily in one direction than in others which you’ll notice particularly when tying or braiding the fringe on throws.
Polar fleece originated in Massachusetts in 1979. It was never patented which allowed it to be produced cheaply and widely by many vendors, leading to the material’s quick and wide acceptance.
A lightweight, warm and soft fabric, fleece has some of wool’s good qualities but weighs a fraction of the lightest available woolens. It retains much of its insulating powers even when wet.
Despite its fuzzy appearance and feel, it is not flammable, but instead melts when exposed to flame.
Joann offers four fleeces that can be used for no sew projects like the ones on this site.
Blizzard is brushed for softness and may appear to be smoother than Anti-Pill
Anti-Pill is brushed for softness and has been designed to reduce pilling
Luxe is brushed for softness, is designed to reduce pilling and has a microfinish for extra softness and luxury.
Micro Fleece is a higher quality than Anti-Pill and provides the same warmth with less bulk.
I buy most of my fleece from Joann either in the store or online. Always wait for a sale and utilize their coupons as well. I typically buy anti-pill for throws or pillows and blizzard for everything else. The blizzard is slightly cheaper than the anti-pill, however, when it comes to wreaths or other decorations, I will buy the one that has the best color I’m looking for for my project. I also buy fleece from Fabric.com (a subsidiary of Amazon) and Amazon.com. Etsy also has some fabric but it is typically more expensive.
How to Tell the Right from the Wrong Side of Fleece
The wrong side will usually be less vivid in color and less fuzzy but on solids it is harder to tell. Take the edge that has been cut from the bolt (not the selvage edge) between your two hands and pull your hands gently away from each other. The edge of the fabric should curl. Whichever way it curls towards, is the wrong side. You’ll always want to work with the fleece’s right side up.