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Fleece—that stretchy knit fabric, often made from polyester or recycled materials—is available in hundreds of variations at most major craft stores. Cummins, who specializes in sewing with a serger, was drawn to fleece as a low-cost, easy-care fabric that is forgiving for beginners, yet versatile and fun. If you've attended a sporting event in a cold climate during the last few years, you've seen some of these designs, especially the no-sew and low-sew blankets—they're very popular and easy to make, and they're undeniably warm. Cummins provides plenty of tips and tricks for sewing fleece with a standard sewing machine or a serger, and there's a wide variety of projects included, from the routine (those fleece blankets!) to the unexpected (pennants featuring fussy-cut motifs, can and bottle sleeves, and a quirky pair of gloves with pom-poms adorning each finger). VERDICT Though online tutorials for sewing with fleece are common, it's handy to have a variety of projects assembled in one place—and with clear, concise instructions.