The colder seasons of this year might be finally coming to an end, but that doesn’t mean we’re quite ready to give up cozier outer layers that we can throw on at night time or nice, soft home pieces that provide comfort all year round. That’s part of the reason we can almost always be caught sewing and crafting new things with fleece, no matter what the weather is like outside!
Just in case you love making nice, soft things out of fleece just as much as we do, if not more, here are 15 of the very best ideas that we’ve bookmarked so far in our search for cozy inspiration.
1. DIY draped fleece cardigan
Have you actually got some fleece blankets lying around that you don’t find your family uses as often as you thought they would and now you can’t help wondering whether you might turn them into something you’ll get more longevity out of, or at least get them up off the couch? Then we think you’ll really appreciate the way Scattered Thoughts of A Crafty Mom transformed a simple fleece blanket from IKEA into a nice, warm fleece cardigan wrapped in just a few simple steps.
2. DIY pom pom trimmed fleece blanket
Maybe a fleece blanket s actually exactly what you’re looking for but you’re convinced that you can make it look a little nicer and more detailed than the plain lengths of fleece you’ve seen rolled and ready for sale in stores? Then maybe you’d prefer to try your hand at adding an adorable and simple pom pom trim to a blanket of your very own, just like Pinned and Repinned did here.
3. Adult fleece mermaid tail blanket
Mermaid tail blankets have been a trend for quite a while now, but we find that most of the patterns we come across are for knitting and crochet enthusiast or are sized for little kids, so what if you don’t work with yarn and you’re an adult who just wants to feel like a mermaid sometimes? That’s where this fantastic fleece mermaid tail blanket pattern from Sew Much Ado comes in to save the day!
4. DIY fleece scraps rug
Just because you have a length of fleece to work with doesn’t mean you have to use it all in once piece! In fact, this next idea is even a great option for those of you who have been searching for a way to use up your awkward fabric ends and fleece scraps that are too small to make anything else with. Check out how Little Grey Fox made this fun, textured rug from fleece scraps!
5. No-sew, knotted patchwork blanket
Maybe you’re still feeling very intrigued indeed by the idea of making a cozy fleece blanket but you can’t help wondering whether there might be a design out there that’s a little more colourful or textured and doesn’t involve any sewing? In that case, we think you simply must take a look at the way Powerful Mothering made this knotted patchwork blanket that involves as many colours as you want and no sewing at all!
6. 5-minute fleece hat
Is it actually still a little bit chilly where you live? Maybe you’re just the kind of person who likes to make DIY warm clothes all year round so your family and friends have lots of things to wear and borrow when the cold weather comes around again. Either way, we think you’ll appreciate that super simple and fun to make fleece hats outlined step by step on One Good Thing. We love keeping them around in all kinds of colours and patterns and giving them away as gifts!
7. Cozy fleece hand warmer muff
Just in case we really caught your attention when we started talking about making adorable fleece outer wear but you’d like to learn how to make more than just fringed beanies, here’s another adorable fleece accessory idea! We really like the simple way Gluesticks made a lovely ear warmer band and old fashioned style hand warmer. These are easy sewing practice pieces for beginners!
8. DIY no-sew fleece octopus
Well, you’ve already seen just how easily fleece can be turned into winter clothing and several different kinds of home accessories, but what if you still have some small scraps left over that just aren’t big enough for those things? In that case, we’d definitely suggest taking a look at how While She Naps used their scraps to make this adorably soft fleece octopus toy. Their tutorial is no-sew, just in case stitching small things isn’t your forte!
9. Handmade fleece slippers
We’ve talked a lot about different ways to make all kinds of cozy fleece clothing, but what if the part of your body that stays chilly the latest into spring is actually your feet? In that case, perhaps you’d get along a little better with something like this fantastic pair of double lined and folded fleece slippers outlined step by step on You Made My Day!
10. Cat shaped fleece heating pads
If you’re going to make something small our of your leftover fleece scraps, would you rather try and find something that’s practical and adorable all in one? In that case, we think you might get a real kick out of the way Hometalk made these lovely little cat shaped fleece heating pads! They show you how to shape and finished them, as well as how to fill them so they can be heated in the microwave.
11. DIY no-sew fleece poncho and waist tie
Did we actually already catch your attention the most effectively when we started talking about how to make a nice, cozy garment from a big piece of fleece, but you’re not sure the wrapping cardigan was quite the best style for you? Then perhaps you’d prefer to make something like this very stylish fleece poncho from Cut Out and Keep that even shows you how to finish the look with a waist tie!
12. DIY fleece binding for neat edges
Regardless of whether you choose to make something we’ve included on this list or something else entirely, there’s always value in learning the proper tricks and techniques for working with your favourite material well in order to create quality things. That’s why we wanted to make sure you see this nice, practical tutorial from You Make It Simple that shows you how to properly bind the edges of fleece projects so they stay neat and don’t stretch or curl.
13. Fleece flower petal pillows
Maybe you’ve got a number of bright colours in fleece right now and you’re looking to make something that’s a little more detailed and a lot of fun, but also more practical and decorative at once? In that case, we’d absolutely suggest taking a look at how Come Together Kids created a lovely set of throw pillows shaped and embellished with layered fleece “petals” to look like cheerful spring flowers!
14. Easy fleece mittens
If you’re going to bookmark a whole host of tutorials on simple but warm fleece outer wear like the things we’ve shown you so far on our list, why not make sure your options are well rounded? After all, everyone needs warm mittens in the winter! Check out the way DIY Crush outlines the steps for making these adorably simple fleece mittens in any colour or pattern you please.
15. Plush fleece kittens
Did we really catch your attention when we started talking about the concept of making a cute fleece toy with some of your smaller pieces, but you’re actually quite experienced in sewing so you’re looking for a plush pattern that’s a little more challenging than the octopus we showed you before? In that case, we’d absolutely suggest taking a look at how PA Country Crafts made these adorable little fleece kittens that make fantastic gifts, especially if you give each finished kitty its own ribbon!