Join Us for Fun with Faux Fur and Sew4Home
Faux fur is showing up everywhere these days—in pillows, throws, poufs, bags and more—and the trend isn’t slowing down. With its soft feel and luxurious appearance, faux fur is the perfect fabric for winter home decor.
If you’ve wondered how you can use fur in your own projects, but have been a little leery of trying, we’d love to invite you to join us and the editors of Sew4Home this Saturday, November 1st from 11am to 2pm, for some in-person demonstrations. They will be showing off techniques for working with faux furs and showing off some beautiful and inspiring samples.
If you're too far away to come into the store, don't worry! We’ve invited bag designer Cheryl Kuczek of Paradiso Designs to share some tips on sewing with faux fur just for you. She has several patterns that use faux fur, including the Ultimate Vest and Sassy Wrap, and has offered up nine tips for sewing with a variety of fur-like products.
- Faux fur has a nap, meaning that the fur is directional, and is very soft and luxe when you pet it (and we all pet it) in the right direction. And the wrong direction will result in the fur being ruffled and upright in an unnatural way. This is important to understand when cutting out pattern pieces that the fur needs to be headed downward from top to bottom on each pattern piece to get that luxe feeling when petting.
- It is very important to pin and/or draw the pattern pieces on to the back of faux fur. It is much easier to cut out the pattern pieces this way, especially if the fur is longer.
- When cutting the fur, take the time and carefully cut just the backing that the fur is attached to. This allows the fur to stay long all around the piece. If it is cut from the front, it will be apparent because the fur will look cut, and not its natural length. When cutting the back of the fur it will be generally be some sort of sweater/stretchy kind of material that the fur is woven into. Cut only that backing, and then gently pull the cut edges apart to separate. Be prepared as there will be shedding. I recommend pulling the freshly cut pieces off the table and shake them to release the fur that is cut, so that it is easy to sweep or vacuum up.
- Use a piece of packing tape as a fur-remover off of any cutting surface, because when fur is cut it is all over the place. This is the most effective way to get the cutting surface really clean and hair-free quickly!
- Use a 90-100 needle to sew through the thickness of 2 layers of fur. (You can find the right needles here.)
- Comb the fur away from the seam allowance edge when pinning the seam allowances that will be sewn.
- Increase the stitch length to accommodate the thickness of the fur.
- If the fur is really long, use a hair clipper that can get real close, and shave closely in the first 3/8” of the seam allowance to “grade down” the bulk of the fur that is not needed in the seam allowance. If this is done correctly, it will be very difficult to see any seam. And the seam allowance will lay a bit flatter too.
- Sew a seam and then immediately turn the seam to the right side, and “comb out” the hair that is caught in the seam.
Pillow forms are available in 10-, 12-, 14-, 16-, 18-, 20-, 22-. 24-, 26-, and 30-inch sizes; in-store only. To make your own pillow covers, check out the Super Simple Throw Pillows tutorial on Sew4Home.