December 13, 2014

Malden Mills Polartec and Cat Hats

In this cat hat you can just barely
 make out the "medium" on the brim.
When Malden Mills opened a retail store, next to their mill in Lawrence, Mass., I spent many afternoons pawing through their sample bins and buying yards of fleece. 
Much to my disappointment, the retail store closed several years ago. Still, after sewing (and selling) 100's of hats, mittens, and stuffed animals, I have bins of this amazing Polartec fleece on hand. 
Quality matters. The fleece sold in big-box/chain fabric stores pales in comparison. Malden Mills Polartec does not pill. It's made locally and with a percentage of recycled, post-consumer plastic bottles.  After many washings  (and air drying) the fabric looks like new. No Kidding.
Sometimes the retail store's bins would have experimental fabrics or the end runs of bolts intended for companies like Patagonia. I scored several yards of this fleece in a bunch of different colors. How did I know it was for Patagonia? The name is in the fleece. So when you see this pattern in one of my hats, that’s the story...

A 3M reflective ink was printed on this fabric. 
I used it for the ears' backs...for safety.

For more accessories created with 
Malden Mills Polartec Fabrics 
please visit my  Esy Shop, Trail Pixie Studios.