What can I use instead of fusible fleece?

I’m all about making things work with what you have on hand. Sometimes that means you have to put your MacGyver skills to the test!

A question we get asked a lot is: What will work as a substitute for fusible fleece?

So I put some things to the test. The main things we get from fusible fleece are a nice layer of not too thick padding, and a gentle rigidity that helps bags stand up without being too stiff.

fusible fleece substitutes

To get a similar result I combined some leftover batting with one of my favourite standbys, Pellon SF101. The batting adds the plush in a similar thickness, and the SF101 helps it stand up with more body.

sf101 ironed to batting

I ironed the SF101 to the batting and then used some spray baste to adhere those two layers temporarily to the canvas while I quilted it to stay together tidily.

what to use as a fusible fleece substitute

If you have batting that already has fusible glue on it, you can fuse everything together easily. Just be aware of glue sides so you don’t fuse it to your ironing board.

However, I didn’t have that at home and we’re making it work with what you have! Plus I love the look of quilted canvas, it adds lovely dimension and texture.

fusible fleece substitute

Tell me, what’s the best substitute  you figured out for a sewing project? I would love to know your tips too!

Happy stitching!



Michelle Brassens

Hi, I’m Michelle! I’ve never met a craft I didn’t like. Sewing however was where I really found my groove! So I left behind life as a pastry chef and concentrated on making things with fabric instead of food. I work at Dinkydoo Fabrics now and get to write about sewing and quilting for work. Stick with me and I’ll show you all kinds of tips and tricks, from beginner to expert maker level. Can’t wait!