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Winter Fleece Crafts

With the introduction of fleece fabric rolls to the public, a great interest in fleece projects has bloomed. Now you can just stop off at your local crafts/material store, pick up a few yards of the fuzzy fabric, and, with a few stitches, create loads of fleece products. From purely practical apparel like sweaters, gloves and scarves, to fun and funky crafts, fleece is stealing the show for many home crafters. Over the next few weeks, I'll be sharing several enjoyable fleece project ideas that are sew simple, you'll laugh. . . all the way to the couch. So get ready to snuggle up with these cozy fleece project ideas.

But why fleece, you might ask. Fleece is loaded with features that make it a top choice for so many apparel and accessory items. For example, fleece is probably one of the best materials you can use to make a blanket. That's because the proportion of weight to heat retention is unbeatable. While this material is light and slim enough to sling into a bag and carry around, fleece will keep you warm retaining a tremendous amount of body heat. Another reason people love fleece is because though it retains body heat, it is highly breathable. This means you won't sweat a lot from wearing or sleeping under this material.

Fleece also rallies to nearly any occasion. Fleece is lightweight and non-bulky, so it travels well for camping, diaper bags, and car trips. Being lightweight also means fleece is great for layering. It is moisture repellant, so picnicking and outdoor activities prefer fleece. And it is flexible and thin, making it the ideal material to cozy up to, throw over a chair, or wrap around your baby. Fleece is stretchy, giving you maximum flexibility and movement during your most active hours. And last but not least, fleece is formulated to have anti pill and anti microbial properties. Anti pill means you won't have to get rid of your favorite clothing or cozying item after a short time due to pillage. Anti-microbial means your fleece actually repels bacteria from settling in and forming. So you see, fleece is the all around great project material for loads of exciting craft venues. Without further adieu, here's the first of many enjoyable projects that you can do with this great new find.

Fleece project #1

Before you go spending hard earned dollars on a cozy fleece blanket, why not see what it takes to make your own? Making a fleece blanket is as simple as buying a few yards of fleece material from the crafts store. Bring that fleece home, and you've got yourself a fleece blanket. Really, there is not much work involved. Sorry to blow the secret. It's just that simple. You don't even have to touch the seams because fleece doesn't fray or unravel. If you want to be a little more involved in the process, though, you can finish off the edges by sewing a seam, making fringes or putting on appliques. Stitch in initials or a border image for a sweet baby blanket. With the money you saved, you can go out and buy something you'll really enjoy (like an ice cream or more crafts supplies).

Stay tuned for more great fleece crafting ideas.

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