Faux Fur is the height of warmth and luxury for the chilly days of Winter! Not just for dressy occasions, a Faux Fur accessory can be worn with your weekend jeans or to the office for extra warmth. The accessories below are a great place to start! They’re fun to wear, quick to make and offer dramatic results. Start with my tips for sewing Faux Fur, then stitch yourself a bit of fabulously cozy style!
The Seven Essentials of Faux Fur Sewing
- Faux Fur has a nap and you’ll want it going “down” for the softest, smoothest appearance. Use a chalk marker to make an arrow showing the direction of the nap on the back of your fabric.
- Pattern pieces should be laid out on the back of the fabric. Drawing around your pattern pieces rather than pinning them to the Fur is the easiest way to go!
- Faux Fur must be cut one layer at a time, from the back with patience and scissors – never a rotary cutter. Keep the fur pushed out of the way and cut carefully through just the knit backing.
- Keep a lint roller or small vacuum close by in case your fur “sheds” at the edges a bit. A quick tumble on low in the dryer will help release any remaining strays. Be sure to clean your filter out when you’re done!
- Sew your Faux Fur with a 90/14 Schmetz Chrome Universal machine needle and a lengthened (3 – 4 mm) stitch. Sew a test swatch to decide on thread tension and presser foot pressure.
- Before stitching a seam, fold your Faux Fur away from the cut edge. This will help your seam to “disappear” after it’s stitched!
- Clover Wonder Clips are perfect for holding cut edges together while stitching. Much better than pins!
Faux Fur Infinity Scarf
Valentine’s Day is coming and a Faux Fur Infinity Scarf would make a loving, handmade gift for your besties. And, this Nancy Zieman designed Infinity Scarf is a wonderful way to start your Faux Fur sewing! Gorgeous in any style of low pile fur, it’s quick to make, newbie sewist friendly and you’ll get two scarves out of just one 60” width yard. Nancy’s scarf has a charming twist in it that creates a great design element. Along with her excellent sewing tips, Nancy included a link to one of her shows so you can see just how the twist works! Click here for the Faux Fur Infinity Scarf tutorial.
Faux Fur Muffs for Girls & Dollies
With just half a yard of lovely Faux Fur, you can make your little women and their dollies adorable, fuzzy Muffs! Megan of Made for Mermaids shares the free pattern on her blog and offers great tips for lining the muff or including batting. Her clear, image-illustrated steps will have you, and maybe your littles, sewing Faux Fur Muffs with delight in no time! Click here for the Faux Fur Muffs tutorial.
Faux Fur Pillow
Your sofa will become the coziest seat in the house with these full-of-texture Faux Fur Pillows! Brittni of the Paper & Stitch blog stitched up these yummy pillows from a ready-made furry blanket, but you can easily use purchased yardage instead. Quick and full of warmth, each pillow will take under half an hour to make, so you can quickly warm up your living area! Brittni’s directions include a pillow insert and directions on cutting your Faux Fur to fit. Adapt her plan to stitch up removable covers for existing pillows if you like. Click here for the Faux Fur Pillow tutorial.
Flannel & Faux Fur Throw
Snuggle up for movie night or to read a book wrapped in this yummy Flannel and Faux Fur Throw. Plan several. They’re quick and fun to make and you won’t be able to stop with just one! Designer Kimberly of the Sweet Red Poppy blog includes wonderful instructions and a video link to help you with construction. Her included tips and Faux Fur sewing basics make this totally beginner-friendly, too. You’ll have fun mixing colors, prints and edging trims to personalize throws for everyone in your home! Click here for the Flannel & Faux Fur Throw tutorial.
Faux Fur Hooded Vest
Once you’ve done a bit of simple Faux Fur sewing, you’ll love making this fabulous Hooded Vest. Designed by Autumn of the It’s Always Autumn blog, it’s fun to sew and includes easy finishing. As Autumn points out, Faux Fur doesn’t ravel, so the edges can be left raw! You’ll make your own pattern from a pre-made t-shirt, then add the hood with Autumn’s instructions. Since you’re self-drafting a pattern, you can make one in your size, too! Autumn includes clear tips for zipper insertion and drafting the hood pattern. Choose a coordinating or contrasting Coats Separating Zipper and enjoy making this comfy-cozy vest! Click here for the Hooded Faux Fur Vest tutorial.