Calling All Fleece Users

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Bella123

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Hi Everyone,

Just wondering what sort of fleece everybody else uses and where you got it from, I thought of starting up this thread for newbies and others might find this useful for future referrence.

Here's some I have currently got. Polar fleece fabric, Anti pill fleece fabric,22 colours,150cm wide, polyester | eBay
It doesn't need wicking which is really good, but this is only the case in the purple. I did buy some other really pretty patterned fleeces but they wouldn't wick. So I gave up and stick to the same coloured purple fleece. It's nice but I think I would like a nice change. :D

I'm mainly interested in fleece that wicks straight away, or after just one wash. May be 2 - 3 times at the most.

I'm also particularly interested (and others might be too) in the pretty patterned fleeces I can't seem to buy pretty fleeces that wicks straight away or in a short period of time, so anybodys suggestions for this type of fleece would be great also.

Any fleece preferably in the Uk would be great, post any links to particular fleece you have below and suggestions are also welcome from abroad. :tu:
 

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I use two types of fleece, polar and Vet Fleece.

I use a horse bag too, to protect my washing machine from hay. Horse Wear Wash Bags ORANGE, BLACK, or WHITE in Small, Large, & Jumbo Sizes | eBay

This polar wicked after being washed just once -
I got my Vet Fleece from Amazon too but here is the website, again this only needed washing once - Heavy Duty HD (1500 GSM) - Greenback - Vetfleece

I find polar fleece easier to use as it's thinner and I can just lift it out each day and empty it into the bin, plus I can wash it in a horse bag with their fleece tunnels and cozies. The polar fleece needs washing every other day. The Vet Fleece is much thicker, lasts 4 days between washes and can be vacuumed. When one of my guineas is sleeping and I try to pick her up, she really resists as she's so comfy and I can feel how warm she is underneath.

I use disposable incontinence pads, which are thicker than puppy pads, and change them daily. I have also used towels and a washable incontinence pad that will last for 2 days.
There are lots of fleece accessories on etsy. I wash the fleeces at 60 degrees to kill bacteria and fungal spores, and it gets rid of the urine smell.
 

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I don't know what's gone wrong with my post above...it doesn't seem to like Amazon links!
 

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This is the description of the polar fleece I get from Amazon, it costs £6.99.

KosiKrafts® Grade A 60 inch Width White Sherpa Fleece Fabric,Material
  • Grade A Polar Fleece Fabric Material
  • Weight:- 300gm Per linear metre Width:- 153cms 60 inches
  • 100% polyester Machine washable, Easy to sew, Doesn't fray when cut
  • Ideal for Pet Beds, Blankets, Fleece Jackets, Hats, Scarfs, Cushions, Throws, Crafts, ect
  • Purchased By The Metre
 

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I'm a newbie to fleece. How do I know if the fleece has wicked?
I've made my own liners, I washed the fleece 3 times before sewing but now I'm using them they aren't as great as I hoped. The wee is going through but it sometimes sits on top for a while and I'm ending up with a few soggy piggy bellies which isn't pleasant for anyone!
 

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I'm a newbie to fleece. How do I know if the fleece has wicked?
I've made my own liners, I washed the fleece 3 times before sewing but now I'm using them they aren't as great as I hoped. The wee is going through but it sometimes sits on top for a while and I'm ending up with a few soggy piggy bellies which isn't pleasant for anyone!
If you wash and then dry put a little bit of water on and see if it soaks through instead of sitting on top if it sits then wash it again or consider another fleece x
 

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I've noticed that some fleece need to be washed more times than others before it will wick. I once washed one seven times before it would wick and it drove me nuts.
 

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I never noticed if they wicked after 2 washes or not, but in the past I used patterned fleece blankets from B&M effectively, and now IKEA do a thin fleece blanket for £1.75 that I'm using.
 

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I'm thinking of making a few pads for my piggies I have an old fleece jacket that I don't wear anymore would that be OK? Have just tried it for wicking and the water disappeared immediately. I was going to line it with a couple of layers of toweling as that is very absorbent.
 

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I use supermarket fleece blankets for the most part, you get some lovely colours and patterns, they all seem to wick well after a couple of washes which I do before I either cut them up to make beds and things or just use them as cage liners intact. My favourite one was a rainbow polka dot I got from Asda, I think? Cost about a fiver in the sale and it was single bed sized, so huge enough to make 2 cuddles beds, a liner and some little mattresses too!

In the run, I use massive beach towels over newspaper, they wick off really well and we don't get wet pigs, so I call it a win! I wash the whole set up every 3 days and anything that touches hay goes in a horse bag so the washing machine is safe!
 

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Its to line the new strawberry house when the removable base is in the wash. I may make a few to have some spare. With the rest I'm thinking of putting a fleece jungle in the run - tying pieces of fleece onto the top bars long enough to nearly reach the ground so that the piggies can run, play and hide in it. Any ideas? would this be good?
 

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Thanks to everyone for their replies, I certainly find this useful and I'm sure a lot of others may too.
 

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I've bought fleece by the metre from Minerva crafts (Craft Fabrics | Fabric | Minerva Crafts) and my local sewing shop sells it too. I've found it easier to use because the size is less limiting than blankets. I have a single piece on the bottom of my cage which I struggled to do with shop bought blankets.
 
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