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Fleece Blankets

Blankets have been around for centuries, keeping mankind feeling warm, snug and secure. Now there is a new blanket on the market, giving fresh meaning to the words comfort, safety and soft. Now there is a blanket that is lightweight, yet durable; a blanket that is non-allergenic and warmer than wool. Now there are fleece blankets.

Fleece blankets are made from 100% polyester, are machine washable and dryable and they don't pill after even repeated washings. Fleece fabric, created by Malden Mills of Massachusetts, USA, has revolutionalized how the world dresses for cold weather outdoors and stays warm indoors. While many varieties exist, Polarfleece and Polartec by Malden Mills remain the original and best quality fleece fabrics available for fleece blankets today.

Great for snuggling up with in bed, or cozy to watch television or read a book with, you will love fleece blankets so much that you'll want extra fleece blankets for your couch and even for your car to add comfort and relaxation to your road trips.

A fleece blanket is an insulating blanket made of a synthetic fabric blend. The term fleece can be confusing, since it is sometimes used to describe part of the wool of sheep. Fleece in the context of a fleece blanket, however, refers to a specific polyester fabric with no wool content whatsoever. Virtually all types of fleece blankets are made with a high quality fleece known as non-pill. Non-pill fleece doesn't ball up after being washed a few times, and in general the surface texture is nicer.

Fleece blankets come in a wide range of textures and finishes. Some have a smooth top, while others have a nice velvet feel. You can find fleece blankets in an array of solid colors, prints, and with myriads of themes and logos. Fleece blankets also come in a variety of weights, providing a range of warming options.

Microfleeces are the lightest, best used underneath a heavier blanket. 100-weight fleece blankets are next in the weight category, comparable to an average sweatshirt. Medium-weight fleeces, often used for jackets and vests, are ideal for a fleece blanket to keep you warm on those cold, chilly nights.

Fleece blankets are ideal for traveling too, due to their excellent weight-to-insulation ratio. They are light enough to carry in a backpack, easy to pack up and store, warm, soft and comfortable, and simple to care for. Fleece blankets are a favorite among campers too, as fleece fabric wicks moisture away from the body, keeping campers feeling warmer and drier than other blanket materials.

Fleece blankets make an ideal gift item for adults, children, babies, or even your pet! In fact, fleece baby blankets are a popular present at baby showers. Personalized fleece blankets and personalized fleece baby blankets, as well as embroidered fleece blankets make wonderful gifts that will warm any recipient's heart! You can even make your own fleece blanket. Fleece fabric is a sewer's delight, as it is easy and fun to work with. Beginners love fleece because there are many "no sew" fleece sewing patterns, and because fleece never ravels the way most materials do, making it difficult to ruin a project. Making a fleece blanket from scratch does not require much planning or effort. Making a fleece blanket is an ideal project for the novice sewer who is only proficient in using a simple straight stitch on their sewing machine.

For one way to make a simple fleece blanket and gain warmth beyond belief, check out: Fleece Blanket For a fleece blanket pattern, see: Simplicity Pattern #5854.

TIP: If you are going to embellish your fleece blanket with a patch or embroidery, remember to attach it to one of your blanket layers before you being to sew them together. That way, all the thread knots will be hidden between the layers. Also, avoid iron-on patches on fleece. They don't stick well and will peel off after repeated washings.

So, this winter, chase away the chills: Snuggle up under your favorite fleece blanket!

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