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Types of fleece fabric

Updated July 19, 2017

Fleece fabric is a popular choice for garments and other items. Fleece fabric is available in not only different colours and patterns, but also in different types of fleece. Knowing the different types of fleece will make choosing the right fabric for a sewing project or for clothing an easy task.

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Polar fleece is the most common type of fleece. It is frequently made from polyester or other synthetic fabrics and is light and warm.


Microfiber is a low-pile fleece. It is lightweight and is commonly used in the production of hats, scarves and gloves.


Faux-sherpa closely resembles wool and is normally used to line coats and as decorative trim.


Berber fleece is the least warm of all fleeces. It is medium-pile and is popularly used in the clothing manufacturing industry as a lining.


Wind-blocking fleece is wind and water resistant. Outdoor apparel is commonly made from wind-blocking fleece.


Performance fleece is a light fabric commonly used to make active wear and pyjamas.

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