May I pop in and ask a fleece question?
Hi, I usually post on Cook’s Talk, but I am a beginner sewing hobbyist, too.
I am making a blanket, sheet, curtain set for my daughter for Christmas, and I’m using a very soft fleece for part of the blanket.
She’s only two, and this is for a toddler size bed, and what I am doing is taking the fleece and sewing some cotton sheet fabric to the back of it so that she has the cool sheet side next to her, but the fleece will keep her warm. I am planning on “quilting” the pieces together by sewing them first like a pillowcase, sewing across the top with some decorative topstitching to close the blanket and then sewing in an “X” from each corner.
My problem is that the fleece is plain purple and rather “blah”. So, I thought it would look nice to sew a panel of co-ordinating sheet fabric to the front, about 6 inches from each edge of the fleece.
I had it pinned up and it looked very nice.
But when I sewed the panel to the fleece, it shifted somehow, and became crooked, ending with a large wrinkle in the fleece. I noticed this after I finished the first side, but decided rather than try to pick out an 20 inch long row of double zig zag stitching, I’d just call the angled look creative and quirky. It would have worked, except for the giant wrinkle in the fleece.
So, my question is how to keep the fleece from stretching and shifting under the cotton sheet fabric while I sew? I thought I had it pinned enough, but perhaps there is another trick? Was it the double zigzag stitch I used?
thank you for your experienced help. I really want this to be nice for her and not look “homemade” and shabby.
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