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What’s the Difference Between Blizzard Fleece and Anti-Pill?

Ever wonder what’s the difference between Blizzard and Anti-Pill Fleece? Me, too. So I went on an expedition and here’s what I found.

‘Blizzard’ is a Brand Name

‘Blizzard’ is a brand name for this particular manufacturer’s version of polar fleece. ‘Polar fleece’ is simply a catch-all phrase used to describe fleece that’s designed to be warmer than, say, regular fleece like anti-pill. Polartec Fleece, another brand name and the original polar fleece, was actually the first polar fleece created using the process of spinning plastic into yarn.

‘Fleece’ Isn’t Really Fleece, At All

You might picture ‘fleece’ like I did – that elusive golden sheep’s coat at the top of the mountain. But both Blizzard and Anti-Pill Fleece, and fleece by any other name for that matter, aren’t made of sheep’s wool at all. They’re made from recycled plastic bottles. So take pleasure in the fact that every time you buy a yard of Blizzard you’re helping the environment.

The Difference Between Blizzard and Anti-Pill Fleece

Blizzard Fleece is smoother than Anti-Pill. It’s also a bit denser, which makes it warmer to wear if you’re using it for apparel or blankets. Blizzard won’t unravel so there’s no need to finish seam edges if you’re using it for apparel. This also makes it ideal for making no-sew projects like tie-blankets, throws, scarves, and pillows. However, Blizzard Fleece will pill under regular use or when washed so keep this in mind when choosing fleece for your projects.

Anti-Pill Fleece is a bit lighter and less dense than Blizzard, making it the better choice for sleepwear because it’s not as heavy and you won’t get too warm to sleep. It also has more stretch to it. Anti-Pill is also ideal no-sew projects like tie-blankets, throws, scarves, and pillows, because it also does not unravel. The major selling-point here is that Anti-Pill is designed to have little or no pilling, even after repeated washings.

Tips For Using Blizzard and AP Fleece

  • Cutting any fleece will quickly dull your scissors so have a new, back-up pair handy.
  • Rotary cutters make it easier to get straighter, sharper lines when cutting fleece.
  • It’s best to use a ballpoint needle to sew fleece.

For more information on all the different types of fleece available at Joann, here’s a link to their Fleece Buying Guide.

Donna Anderson

Donna Anderson 'works' at Joann Fabrics at 4600 W. Broad St. in Columbus, OH. Just look for the crazy old lady behind the cutting counter. As a kid, she ran with scissors and ate paste. She's since found safer, more creative ways to use her Fiskars and Mod Podge. Next time you're at the store, stop by the cutting counter and have a chat! (Just please don't ask her about lightbulbs!)

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