Choly Knight

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Plush Sewing Basics: Working with Fleece and Minky

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Hi everyone!

I’m back with another infographic, getting into the nitty gritty of working with plush fabrics. This one is about general tips and tricks for working with fabrics like fleece and minky. Fleece is generally easy to sew, but this graphic has a few pointers to make it foolproof. There are also tips for working with minky as well, which is known to be a little tricky at times. It also goes into the different types of fleece and minky out there. They’re both fabrics that are popular and trendy right now, so new variations and names are cropping up everywhere. It’s sure to confuse beginners. But I’m going to do my best to clear things up for you here 🙂

Working with Fleece & Minky Infographic

14 thoughts on “Plush Sewing Basics: Working with Fleece and Minky

  1. Thank you! This is a very good tutorial!

  2. thank you, very helpful, the different types of fleece can be confusing and are different enough that I find your explanations very helpful.

  3. I love your infographics! I usually tend to work with fleece since minky does shed a bit (I do love how it feels though!). I find to prevent pilling, I sew with the wrong side in front, and the fabric still feels soft and sturdy. I don’t know who else does it like this though ^^; or if that even is a weird thing to do. Have you heard of doing the same for fleece or would even recommend? Thanks!

    • Aw, thanks so much!
      I haven’t heard about that tip to prevent pilling though! With regular fleece I tend to just sew with whatever side I like the best, regardless of whether it’s the right or wrong side 🙂 So I don’t think your method is weird at all.
      As for preventing pilling, just being delicate with the project is the best luck I’ve had. Just hand washing and air drying alone does wonders ♥

  4. Thank you for sharing this. This is really helpful.
    I only use to call them either fleece or felt (soft/hard) and nothing else. 😛 I have used the double-sided fleece on few projects, but its really rare to find here in the Philippines.

  5. Can I hand sew minky fabric? Would it be harder to do then using a machine? Do you have any tips for if i did hand sew minky fabric?

  6. I’ve been looking several places to find the info. Do you have any suggestions on how to efficiently cut small holes out of fleece (I have a mix of blizzard and anti-pill)? I’m trying to make some stuffed animals and the pattern has me cutting small holes out of where the legs attach so the legs can be turned out through the side of the body.
    I have zero issues with my rotary cutter and scissors cutting the outlines of the pieces, but these perforations are proving troublesome. Any suggestions to make it easier?

    • If you have some small scissors, like embroidery scissors, that usually does a good job of getting into those small areas 🙂 It helps to fold over the fabric to make that first cut, then you can unfold to cut the rest. But if the folded fabric is difficult to cut, I sometimes use an X-acto knife or other similar utility blade to make the first incision. A seam ripper would also work in a pinch.
      I hope that helps!

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