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Friday, 25 January 2013

Fashion Friday - DIY Faux Fur Scarf

Remember this? I was in a fur craze so I made this scarf and an infinity scarf (for my husband), on top of the fur cape. I was also making use of the opportunity (of the cold weather) to try out all the layering styles and fur outerwear since there is no way I can wear these things in Singapore!

I got my inspiration from Love Maegan and Rambling Brooke










Materials you'll need:
  1. Faux fur fabric.
  2. Scissors
  3. Measuring tape
  4. Tailor's chalk or marker
  5. Sewing machine / needle and thread

Steps:

  1. Cut the fabric to your desired length and width. To get the length, simply put a measuring tape around your neck and eyeball it to see what length you prefer. The size of fabric to cut is (length+1)" x 2(width)+1". For example, if you want the scarf to be 55" long and 6" wide, you'll need to cut a piece of fur that measures 56" x 13". This will give you a seam allowance of 0.5" all round. If the fur you use has longer pile (or "fur"), you may want to give a one inch seam allowance on all sides.

  2. Fold the piece of fur together lengthwise, right side facing each other.

  3. Sew all the sides together, leaving a gap of about 4".

  4. Turn the scarf right side out and hand sew the opening together using the whipstitch. Do not worry about precision as any irregularity will not be obvious under the pile.

  5. Use a knitting needle or the like to pick out the fur in between the stitches. This will lend a more polished look.

  6. Wear it! (Option: Use a brooch with it for a different look.)
All bundled up in the cold...

Tips for sewing fur:

  1. Cut one layer at the time and only cut the back, not the fur itself. Do this by sliding the scissors underneath the backing to cut it. You can also cut with a razor blade. This way you will not end up cutting away a lot of fur .

  2. Determine the nap of the far. All furs have a "direction" that the furs grow in. You need to place the pattern pieces  accordingly so that the furs don't point in opposite directions, e.g. fur on one sleeve pointing down and the other pointing up! In the case of the scarf, this point is irrelevant.

  3. Use long stitches and loosen the tension on your sewing machine. Sew in the direction of the nap.