Monday, February 4, 2013

Sewing: White Faux Fur Infinity Scarf (Tips for Sewing with Faux Fur)

As soon as the year rolls over to January I feel like I have to surround myself with a totally different palette, don't you? I love all the rich tones of Fall but January, and now February, seem to call for something totally different.
Bright colors are great. I'm feeling especially "fuchsia" lately, but light neutrals and white are great too.
When I made some brown Faux Fur Infinity Scarves before Christmas I thought it would be fun to have one in grey and white or all white, so I finally made one. Hoping it brightens things for the while yet that we'll still have snow on the ground. Keeping some of the tree lights on too.
I found the faux fur from this Etsy seller. He's got some great pieces! I bought a great bubblegum pink too for another idea I've had for a while.

If you'd like to make a Faux Fur Infinity Scarf, maybe in a February kind of color, you can follow my tutorial here.
And, after posting the tutorial I received some questions about sewing with faux fur so I've included some tips for doing just that below. Click below to read the tips for sewing with fur. 

There are so many fun faux fur options available now. So many possibilities--I'm afraid I often think that about fabric, which is why I have a bit of a stash. But when it comes to faux fur, one can't just jump in and start cutting and sewing. Here are a few tips that may help ensure your faux fur project turns out the way you are hoping.
1. Before starting you first need to identify which way the pile on your faux fur lies. You want to be sure it is laying down, toward the ground on a garment (for the Faux Fur Infinity Scarf it runs perpendicular).
2. You will need to cut out each pattern piece individually. Trace each shape on the wrong side of the faux fur being certain you are placing them so the fur is running down.
3. Now, the most important tip... When cutting out a pattern piece, cut from the wrong side using small snips so you are only cutting the backing and not the fur.
Then carefully pull the fur "hairs" apart. Isn't that great! This way you won't cut the fur and your sewing area won't look like a grooming station. Ta-dah!
4. Before pinning and sewing a seam, brush the fur away from the seam. This will cut down on the amount of fur that gets sewn into the seam.
5. After sewing each seam, turn your project right side out and brush out any hair caught in the stitching. You may want to use a slightly longer stitch when working with faux fur for this reason.
I hope these tips help. Have fun!


Crafted by Carly said...

What a beautiful scarf! And a beautiful model too!!!

Jessica at Me Sew Crazy said...

You look beautiful Anneliese, and that scarf looks so warm! Just what I need right about now :)

Beckyjopdx said...

You know, an aside from the great tutorial and more of a comment on the colors...I too have long dark hair, pale skin and have white streaks popping up in my hair. I decided to quit coloring my hair about 2 years ago and go 'platinum' with dignity, lol. I find this also changes my colors...with my blue eyes, pale skin and dark hair, people have always wanted to put me in purples and it's never made sense to me until these streaks of white hair. Now I embrace the cooler tones as well and I'm loving it.

Karen of Little Red House Designs said...

I too admire your beautiful hair color! Another salt n pepper here :0

Anneliese said...

Thanks for the nice comments--especially about my graying hair. It's funny because the day after posting this I finally got into my colorist! I loved my mother's premature gray but decided to start coloring mine a few years ago while pregnant. I hope to be au natural again some day but decided I was too afraid of being mistaken for my children's grandmother right now! I've thought about selectively coloring a bit however, such as letting the shock of gray at my part grow out. We'll see...

Unknown said...

A quick tip to cut down on the flying fur is to rip it after snipping a small cut at your measurement (outside preferably) then smoothing it with your hands and shaking it free of the loose ends.

Anneliese said...

@Susie que: such a great tip! Thanks for sharing.

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