For years I lived in fear of sewing stretchy fabric. I made all of my dolls and toys from wovens, or from faux fur with a woven backing. Then, about four years ago, I started sewing with fleece and my fear evaporated. When it comes to softies fleece is a dream to sew with! It’s thickness helps hide any tiny inaccuracies in your sewing and the finished toy is soft and cuddly and machine washable.
I’ve developed more than two dozen patterns that use fleece since then and my fleece stash has grown enormously over the past few years (four drawers full!). I’ve shopped for fleece at Jo-Ann’s and our locally own fabric store, Fabric Place Basement, and I’ve bought fleece online from Fabric.com. It’s easy to find good solids, but finding prints appropriate for doll-making is really frustrating because the scale is so large and frankly the prints are really ugly. I think most fleece prints are intended for making sports blankets?
But thanks to the wonder of digital printing all of that is about to change. Today, Spoonflower announced its new substrate: fleece! According to Spoonflower’s Senior Marketing Associate, Theresa Rizzuto, fleece is their most requested fabric and I’m so thrilled that it’s finally here.
I was able to place an order for a yard in advance of the launch and it came last week. My main concern was that the fabric would be so plush that a small-scale print would be lost in the fuzz. Fortunately this fleece is low loft and the fuzz issue is non-existent, even after washing. Above you can see my yard of fleece with a swatch I cut off and threw in the washing machine and dryer with a load of laundry. No change in fuzziness and no fading, either.
I made my Emma doll with this pretty, modern Spoonflower fleece designed by Nadia Hassan as her dress and I’m so happy with this doll! The ability to actually find fleece in prints I like is just mind-blowing. This is a big day!
Fleece at Spoonflower is 25% off from 10:00 am EST today through Friday, April 8 at 11:00 am, so now’s a good time to give it a try. And to celebrate I’ve put my Emma doll pattern on sale during the same time.
Hooray for custom digitally printed fleece!