Lots of Possibilities with Fake Fur
It seems everyone is spicing up their wardrobe this season with fun fur. It’s not a difficult textile to work with, so go ahead and experiment. Maybe choose an imitation shearling to trim your leg-warmers, or put a long-hair accent pom-pom on your scarf, or make fuzzy ear muffs.
Don’t be surprised if dozens of uses come to mind as you handle faux fur. This luxurious fabric comes in a wide variety of weights and backings. A confident sewer might try making a vest or poncho.
Snoozing on a Faux Fur pillow
I wanted to make a pillow, so I chose a soft, white fur to cover a round pillow form. This will go well with any bedroom decor. The fabric has a sparkly sheen in the lamplight. The backing is terrifically supple, a loose nylon mesh. The price was OK since I only needed 3/4 yard.
Because it was napped into narrow pelts, it was easy to sew. I simply stitched in the fur-free ditch. I hemmed ribbon casings by hand at each end of the pillow, and gently combed the fur out of the stitches so they were virtually invisible.
Survives a gentle machine washing
Before starting to sew, my pristine white fur needed a wash. I put it in the machine on gentle agitation, and hung it in the sun to dry. Before it was completely dry I shook it, and it retained its nap pretty well.
Keep a broom handy; cutting will be messy
The messiest part of working with faux fur is the cutting. Your floor will look like a hair salon’s after you cut your pattern pieces. A challenging aspect was not being able to see my needle tip coming up through all that deep plush hair. I marked a straight stitch line in blue chalk on the reverse to guide me.
Faux fur is worth the effort in my opinion. I can’t stop thinking of great ways to introduce this fabric into my wardrobe! I imagine mitts with fur cuffs, a hoodie with fur on the front pocket and a steering wheel cover for chilly fall mornings.
Here’s my short to do list with fun fur…
- More Pillows
- Reversible Head Warmer (two-tone)
- Steering Wheel Cover
- Halloween Costume
- Sleeveless Vest