Do you have to wash fleece before sewing?
Should I pre-wash the fleece? Fleece does not shrink, fade or run so there is no need to prewash the fabric. Prewashing may give a hint as to whether the fabric pills or not.
How do you wash fleece before sewing?
Fleece DOESN’T shrink so there is no need to pre-treat fleece, you can start your new fleece project immediately! Wash fleece in lukewarm water avoiding bleach and fabric softener. For drying, use low heat for a short time. Pressing fleece fabric is NOT recommended.
How do you wash a homemade fleece blanket?
To prevent pilling or matting, wash fleece blankets separately in cold water on a gentle cycle. Use only a small amount of detergent—more soap won’t necessarily make your blanket cleaner. In fact, the excess detergent can actually stick to the fleece fibers and make your blanket feel less soft.
Does fleece shrink when washed and dried?
Washing fleece in hot water or drying it at a high temperature can cause fleece to shrink. The best way to avoid shrinking fleece is to purchase PET or polyester fleece and avoid using high temperatures when washing or drying.
How much does fleece stretch?
In my fleece patterns, the minimum amount of stretch that is needed is 30%. Because this is a minimum, if your fabric has more stretch, that is also good. The less stretch it has, the more likely you will end up having difficulty with the fit or with getting it on and off.
How do you fluff up a fleece blanket?
Put in at least three tennis balls together with the blanket in the dryer. They act like massaging your blanket during the drying cycle. Always select the low heat or air fluff setting as tennis balls are made of rubber and will melt when subjected to too much heat.