Making a jacket out of fleece does not have to be a difficult task, even if you have never owned a sewing machine or sewn a single stitch until now. Not only can you make a fleece jacket, but you will also learn some valuable tips that will be useful for other sewing projects. Because fleece is a knit fabric, sewing and designing with it is managed differently than with woven fabrics.
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Things you need
- Sewing pattern
- Marking pencil
- Fabric shears
- Cutting Board (optional)
- Sewing machine
- Ballpoint sewing machine needles
Pin the pattern onto your fabric as shown in the pattern instructions sheet. The pattern pieces will include two sleeves, a front, a back and a hood, depending on the sewing pattern you selected.
Mark all symbols and special markings onto the fabric with a marking pencil. Write the name of the jacket piece on each section of fabric, e.g. "front" or "sleeve."
Cut the fabric according to the pattern markings along the pattern lines. Cut as accurately as possible, using a sharp pair of fabric shears. Separate and group the sleeve pieces, front and back, and the hood piece to make it easier to avoid stitching together the wrong pieces. Remove and discard all the pattern tissue.
Insert a ballpoint sewing needle into the sewing machine, thread the needle using either freehand or a threading tool. Set the stitching length to medium. Check the stitching results by sewing on a patch of fleece fabric left over after cutting the pattern pieces.
Stitch together the long, straight seams on each sleeve, referring to the sewing pattern to ensure you are sewing the correct sides. Sew together the jacket front and back sections,u sing a long, straight stitch on each side. The sewing pattern will have an illustration to help guide you with the direction of stitching. Finish the jacket by folding the fabric edges up 1/4 inch and stitching the seams at the hemline and sleeve hems.
Tips and warnings
- When pinning, place all the pins in one direction to avoid accidents when moving cut pattern pieces.
- To reuse the same pattern to make the same garment again, once you are done marking your fabric, fold the used pattern pieces and keep them in the pattern envelope for future use.
- Most sewing machines come with regular needles attached. When stitching knit fabrics such as fleece, use ballpoint needles to avoid snagging and pulling the fabric.
- If you are inaccurate when marking symbols on the pattern pieces, there is a risk of the jacket pieces not lining up properly, resulting in an ill-fitting garment.
- Exercise care when handling pins and Never leave your sewing machine unattended in the presence of children. Always unplug the machine when it is not being used.