|Silky fleece isn't thick fleece, it's a lightweight polyester fur. The only thing I've ever felt that's softer is a kitten's fur...I just love the way this furry fabric feels.
In working with this, I discovered a few things that others might find helpful:
Clear your cutting table completely before starting to cut, and plan on a big mess of shedding "fur". Lock the kitties [and kiddies, hehe] out of the room, make sure your bird is asleep so he won't be flying over the table. Close the windows, and turn off the fan.
After pieces are cut, and before starting to clean up the mess, give the pieces a gentle shake over the table, then set to one side. I cleaned up the mess in 3 steps...gather the masses of loose fur with your hands, and have a waste sack right there to put it in. Then I took a scrap of batting to wipe up more. The fur fibers want to grab onto the batting.
Before the final cleaning, take your cut pieces and put masking tape on the edges. Don't fold it over, just stick it onto the edges, hanging over a bit [see web link photo above]. This really helped to keep my sewing machine area clean. Re-shake pieces over the table to remove any loose fur. Wipe up with batting.
For the 3rd and final cleaning, use masking tape wrapped around your fingers, sticky side out. This will get the last of the glistening little fibers. This is also a great way to clean your clothing [yikes, I had a blue sweater on when I was working with this, and the sleeves were loaded with fibers].
If your project has a zipper, you'll need to shield the teeth from the fur. Photo #2 in the web link album shows the coordinating fabric sewn to the zipper before it's installed in the project. This idea was in a tip submitted by Els and it really works...no fur getting stuck in the zipper. Thanks again Els! I cut a 4" strip of poly fabric, pressed in half [now 2" wide] RS out, to sew on each side of the zipper. I also used a 1" SA on the zipper seam of my project, so that after the zipper was attached to the shield, I could zigzag the raw edge of the fabric to the shield [to prevent shedding when washed]. All cut edges were zigzagged [4mm wide, 3mm length] with no problems.
When pinning fabric together to sew a seam, use your finger to push the fur away from the SA edge. I sewed the seams with 8 stitches per inch [3mm], so if any fur gets caught in the seam, you can use a wide-toothed comb to fluff it out. Photo #3 shows the comb and the zipper shield installed in my project, a couch pillow cover [other photos in the album].