Sewing with faux fur

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.

This faux fur looks thick, but in reality you are sewing through a lightweight nylon mesh.

This faux fur looks thick, but in reality you are sewing through a lightweight nylon mesh.

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.

This faux fur, manufactured to appear as a series of narrow pelts, kept its nap direction even after a gentle machine wash.

This faux fur, manufactured to appear as a series of narrow pelts, kept its nap direction even after a gentle machine wash.

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.mitts to be cuffed_95dpi hoodie with faux fur

Once you get your hands on faux fur you will imagine lots of projects, and typically there will be more ideas than time.

Once you get your hands on faux fur you will imagine lots of projects, and typically there will be more ideas than time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s my short to do list with fun fur…

  1. More Pillows
  2. Reversible Head Warmer (two-tone)
  3. Steering Wheel Cover
  4. Scarf
  5. Halloween Costume
  6. Sleeveless Vest
  7. Poncho
  8. Decorative Bedspread

 
 

 

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