Faux Fur Scarf To Complement Your Winter Outfit

Faux Fur Scarf To Complement Your Winter Outfit


faux fur scarf

I have been traveling recently, so this is a short and sweet tutorial on how to make a cool and practical faux fur scarf to fight off the winter cold.  This scarf will not only keep you warm this winter, but it will also be a stylish and trendy addition to your wardrobe all the way through to spring.

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you would have noticed the statement of the season is a furry “something” hanging from your body or handbag.  I am a practical person, but I do like trends.  They can be fun to follow and if you can make them yourself, you’ll save a bundle and only pay a fraction of the price of buying something trendy in a store.

Fur is everywhere this season.  It shows a very feminine touch without being too girly.  Indeed I love it because it keeps me warm and looks great.  And just so we’re clear, I’m only talking about faux fur, not the real stuff, so no one should take offense, please…

faux fur scarf

My only concern with designing a fur scarf was if it were to be too long, you might have to wrap it around a few times. In this case, if you are vertically challenged, as I am (5’1″ or 157cm), you would just look like a boa constrictor is about to swallow you.  If you’re tall and can pull the look, then you’re those people I admire from afar while saying to myself “next time I am born I will be tall” Congratulations!  You can do whatever you want either way.

I am just saying for this tutorial on a fur scarf, we will need only a small amount of fur.  There will be no lining and no special tricks to complicate our lives.  This faux fur scarf has a slit or what I’m calling a “keyhole” to capture one end of the scarf which is accentuated by a fur pompom.  This will hold the scarf so you don’t have to worry about it if you are biking or skiing or even just running around town.  Of course, you can make the scarf a bit bigger if you require it, but I think this size is stylish and super convenient for almost everyone.

faux fur scarf

For Tips on working with fur please check out this tutorial.  It has a short yet comprehensive list of things to know before you handle this type of material especially if you are new at sewing.

Let’s start!

Materials

  • only about a quarter of a yard at 60″ wide
  • thread to match
  • stuffing or Poly-fil

Tools

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Pattern layout

faux fur scarf

Step One: Print the pattern

Print the pattern on a landscape using the latest version of Adobe Reader and on Actual Size.

Sewing Tip: Trace the pattern directly on the wrong side of the fur and cut following the directions in this tutorial.  Use a sharp cutting craft knife or very sharp shears.

Step Two: Join one side

Fur side down, mark the notches of the pattern on both sides and pin starting from the left-hand side of the scarf to point B.  Do not pin beyond point B.

faux fur scarf

Sew to point B using a small zigzag. Mine is size number three and it is big enough to capture both sides of the knit side without catching the hairs.

Turn the work fur-side up.

Step Three: Join the other side

With the fur sides together, pin exactly the same way you did in the step above.  Do not pin or sew from point B.  We need to leave this part of the scarf open in order to sew the slit first.  Trust me, I have made a couple of mistakes making this scarf already and this is the best and easyest way to do it.

This is what you should have by now.

faux fur scarf

Before you turn the scarf fur side out inspect your seams.  Notice there is a gap on mine, so I will pass the zigzag one more time to make sure I do not have any other gaps. 

Step Four: Making the split or keyhole

Turn the scarf right side out.  Split the sides.  We will be working on one side at a time sewing the space between B and A.

Join points A with A and B with B.

Working on the knit side, take one side and bring the edges together fur side in and pin the distance between B and A.  Just look at the images below and this will be clear.

faux fur scarf

Zigzag starting as close to the stitch that you have already done that ended at point B.  If your machine can not handle such a bulky fabric, you can use a blanket stitch or running stitch to sew this part by hand.  Using the hole on point B turn the fur inside out.

Turn the fur inside out. Work on the other side exactly the same.

Step Five: Finishing the scarf

Fur side out, place the scarf so that the seams are facing upwards. Pin from point A to the edge.

Sew with a small zigzag.  Make sure you get as close to the end of the split as possible to avoid leaving a gap there.

Sewing Tip:  Notice the wavy nature of my stitches.  I do not mind this because it is not going to make any difference, but if I was doing a coat I would use a walking foot to avoid the seams looking like this.

This side is the tricky bit because you have to work on the inside of the scarf.  Below is the knit side showing pins from point A to the end.

faux fur scarf

At this point, you could just sew the ends of the scarf with a running stitch, blanket stitch or the same small zigzag you have been using.  The hair of the faux fur will cover the stitches and you will end up with something similar to this.

faux fur scarf

If you, however, want to add the pompoms to the end of the scarf, thread one of the needles with four threads and using a running stitch no bigger than 1/4″ sew all around the end of the scarf.  

Pull the thread tight to close the opening.  Make a couple more stitches to secure the thread but do not cut the thread or take out the needle.  Repeat the same step on the other side. 

Step Six:  Making the pompom

Trace the pattern on the knit side of the faux fur.

Threading the other needle use a running stitch no bigger than 1/4″ and sew all around the circle.

Pull gently until you leave a hole of about 2″ in diameter and insert the stuffing or Poly Fil.  I wanted a soft look so really did not use that much stuffing.  The fur is thick enough to give a firm appearance.  Make a few stitches back and forth to close the hole.

faux fur scarf

Using the needle from the pompom, attach the pompom to the end of the scarf by sewing at least 8 stitches around the pompon and the end of the scarf.  Using the other needle, sew a couple more stitches from the scarf to the pompom.  Tie the threads from the two needles and cut the thread.  Repeat on the other side.

That’s it! In six easy steps, you can have an elegant scarf or a funky one depending on the color of your fur.   And before you ask… Yes, you can use this pattern in any fabric you desire.  Try with polar fleece if you like.

fur scarf

Hope you enjoyed this quick faux fabric scarf. Let me know how yours went down in the comments below.

And Until next time! Don’t step on your needles!

faux fur scarf

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Mini Backpack Coin Purse Pattern – FREE and Easy!

Mini Backpack Coin Purse Pattern – FREE and Easy!


mini backpack coin purse pattern

I’ve had this Mini Backpack Coin Purse pattern on the back burner, so to speak, for a while and almost completely forgot about it.  It was meant to be the companion of The Small Backpack sew along and part of Daisy’s wardrobe if you remember those two past projects from couple months ago.  (Links to these projects can be found at the end of this tutorial.)

All I did is scale The Small Backpack pattern and simplify it for you to make this cute miniature-sized coin purse.  This project makes a fantastic gift, perfect for Christmas stockings, a birthday or as a companion to a larger bag.  Make a first one to get the process down and then you can easily make a few more to have on hand.

mini backpack coin purse pattern

You don’t need any fancy tools to make this mini backpack, but I have to say you need a little patience because the pieces are small and sometimes fiddly.  Just persevere and you’ll have a wonderful little gift in only about an hour.  What is more, aside from the keyring, you probably have the required materials in your stash already!

mini backpack coin purse pattern

The dimensions of the finished bag are 3.5″ X 3″ X 2″.  Use this tool to change to cm if you need to.

Materials:

  • 5″ nylon or metal zipper
  • 6″ X 18″ rectangle of vinyl or leather up to 1.5mm (no thicker)
  • thread to match
  • Lobster Claw with Keyring

mini backpack coin purse pattern

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How to print the mini backpack pattern

As with all of our patterns, you will need Adobe Reader to print this pattern which is free to download from Adobe.  Print on Landscape Mode and Actual Size.

The pattern is only two pages so there is no need for taping pages together.

There are five pieces to this backpack. Two gussets, two sides, and one piece for the front and back.

Step One:  Sew the gusset to the zipper

mini backpack coin purse pattern

Place the zipper right side up.  Align the gussets to the zipper tape print side down.  Sew at 1/4′.  Turn and topstitch.  Repeat on the other side.

mini backpack pattern

Topstitch along the zipper.  An optional step here is to attach a loop (see step below) at the end of the zipper to be able to attach a decoration, a strap, or a keyring.

mini backpack pattern

Step Two: Add the sides

Place the straight part of the side piece to the zipper.    

mini backpack pattern

Take the small rectangle 1″ X 2″.  Fold the rectangle every 1/4″ and sew in the middle.  Sew the strip one inch apart in the middle of the gusset. 

Step Three: Add the back/front

Place the front/back piece vertically and the gusset horizontally.  Open the zipper, this is important to be able to turn the backpack the right side out. 

mini backpack pattern
mini backpack pattern

Pin the gusset to the right and then the left until all the sides are closed and sew at 3/8″.

mini backpack pattern

Turn the mini backpack and you are done.  Well almost…. even this little guy needs some decorations.

This tiny backpack is the simple version of the Small Backpack.  All you need now is to hook the lobster claw and hang it on a bag.

Join me next week when I will be showing you how to make a leather tassel for this tiny backpack. Until next time!

Here are the other projects referenced in this tutorial:

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Star Spangled Table Mat – The Americana Series

Star Spangled Table Mat – The Americana Series


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I have been invited to a 4th of July charity barbecue but unfortunately, I can’t attend because I will be fabric hunting…..More on that later.  The barbecue is organized by a friend of mine who operates a foundation, and this year the funds are being raised to help children of broken families with good grades to finish high school.  I was asked to bring an item for the auction, specifically a table mat, not too big not too small.  The invitation sat on my Facebook messages for 2 weeks and I  just read it 24 hours ago.  I panicked!  Even if I can’t go, I know my friend will expect the table mat.  After all, it is a good cause.

Looking in my sewing room, I  spotted a roll of nylon cord next in my leftover fabric basket.  There’s not much fabric left in the basket, but there’s a lot of cord.  I thought a little bit about what I could do with what I had and I came up with an idea.  I have two different colors of American star-themed fabric, so I can alternate the fabric to make a pleasing, contrasting effect.

The BBQ’s theme is “Americana” and I thought this was the perfect opportunity to launch a once-in-a-month item.  So for this project, I will be showing you how to make a corded table mat which I’ll call the Star Spangled Table Mat.  The cord that we’ll use is encased in a bias tape so that there will be no raw edges.

table mat

In the future, I would greatly appreciate it if you guys could send me some project ideas for this Americana theme.  As well as ideas for future themed series.

For this table mat, I am using a leftover fabric from a past project. I bought it at Spotlight.com.sg and the name of the fabric is Spots and Stripes.  If you don’t have a Spotlight near you, these fabrics from Amazon are very similar and would work nicely:

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How to make the corded table mat

I can see you asking why 26 yards? Is the smoke of the barbecue already getting to her?  No, not really. I have a lot of cord.  Left over from the Fringed Mat, I had fun with that project and because I did not know how much cord I would use at the time, I bought a lot!  Then I bought even more for making the Hoodie.  So you see, I have a lot to go through.

Step One

Cut 26 yards of cord from the roll and fold in half.

Change your machine to a Jeans needle and using a large zigzag, start zigzagging the cord to create a tape with it.  Once you get to the end cut 2″ off on one side and only.  This is so we can make the rope narrower at the end when it is time to finish the table mat.

Step Two

Now let’s work on the bias tape.  We are talking about 13 yards of bias tape.  A continuous bias tutorial is already written so once you learn this trick, threading the tape will be the longest part of the making this super easy table mat.  As I mentioned, I used contrasting colors so when using the technique in the tutorial, I used one triangle of red and one triangle of blue which made a tape of alternating colors.

table mat

Cut strips of bias 1 1/2″ wide.  Sew at 1/2″ seam allowance right sides together.  If you are using a thicker cord, remember to leave 1/8″ for ease so the cord can pass through the bias casing easily.

table mat

To turn the bias tape use a large safety pin.  Grab a good movie and start turning, this will take an hour.

Step Three

table mat

Use the same safety pin to feed the cord into the casing.  Inserting a pen before the pin will make feeding the cord easier and faster. Once you have threaded the cord inside the casing, it’s time to start to sew the mat.  Use a needle and thread to close the casing on the pin side.

Step Four

Fold in the beginning of the cord making a small circle and using your zigzag sew in between the cords.  Start sewing counter-clockwise, not like me, I found after the mat reached 10″, I had to flip it over and sew in the other direction.

 Sew slowly so you do not miss any spots. With one yard sewn so far, this is the size of the corded table mat.  The following pictures will show you the mat in different size and the amount used so you can choose how much fabric and cord you need to make a set of plate mats. The size of the table mat is big enough for a coaster at two yards.  It looks like a mug rug at three yards. At four yards.At five yards. This is perfect for a plate using six yards.

At seven yards it’s still good for a plate if you wanted to show the mat around the edges.  Here is where I had to flip my mat upside down because I ran out of space on the right side of the machine.  The good news is no one will be able to tell I am sewing on the other side of the mat. I think at this point is big enough for a plate, but I am going further and make a centerpiece.  Using a total of 14 yards of bias tape I made a 16″ mat and I love it.  I will make a few coasters to go with it and maybe a bowl which I’ll show you next week.

table mat

Step Five

At the end of the mat, make sure you end with the same color of fabric and not like mine. I am well aware I have to refine this ending, but perhaps you guys can suggest a better way of doing it. I simply sewed the end shut and zigzag the two sides together as close as I could.

table mat

Now I’m off to make a few coasters to go along with this project. Thanks for reading! Just in case you didn’t see it before, we recently finished the Easy Pleated Skirt sew-along, check it out if you’re interested!

Next week, I’ll show you how to use this same technique to make a bowl like this:

table mat

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Fabric Easter Egg Made with Fabric Scraps

Fabric Easter Egg Made with Fabric Scraps


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You’ll love this tutorial if you’re looking for something different for this Easter.  It’s a kind of Fabric Easter Egg made with fabric scraps and it has a zipper, so you can put a surprise toy inside.

This is a wonderful project for beginners but it would also be fun for more advanced sewists.  It allows you to use up some of your fabric scraps while affording an opportunity to practice skills like installing zippers, bias tape application, and pattern drafting in a low-stress and inexpensive project.  The end product will make a fantastic, and hopefully cherished, gift for your child or grandchild.

fabric easter egg
fabric easter egg

Here’s the backstory for where this idea came from.  When my daughter was a little girl, she carried with her a small bathtub with a little baby inside.  I know it sounds strange, but we had purchased it at the Marche aux Puces in Paris for about 2 Euros or 2 US Dollars and my daughter just refused to part with “baby” and tub for any reason.  This undoubtedly generated lots of looks and comments in snooty Parisian cafes as you can imagine.
One day before Easter, I had the idea of replacing the bathtub with a large egg made of paper mache.  I covered the egg with a pretty fabric, made a bunny with a fantastic tutu and a bow that doubled as wings and a pillow.  I hid it in the garden for the Easter egg hunt.  When my daughter found it, she instantly latched on to it.

fabric easter egg

Soon this egg became a year-round companion for my daughter and replaced the old bathtub.  Eventually, there were dresses, small tutus and tops to dress the little bunny.  Time passed and the egg became dirty and tattered.  Back then, I so wished that I had made the egg completely out of fabric so I could wash it easily to return to some sense of hygiene.

As happens with kids, my daughter eventually lost track of that egg.  I am sure if I gather enough courage to make it to the back of our storage closet, I will find that egg and bunny somewhere.  I think it would make for an interesting photo.

So this is the fabric Easter egg I wish I had made way back then.  I thought in case you have a small child who would love an egg hunt and becomes attached to it, make it out of fabric so you can wash it.  The bunny and wardrobe will be a separate tutorial in the near future.

fabric easter egg

Materials:

I encourage you to dig into your scraps of fabric, recycle from an old project or better, reuse an unfinished project.  You really only need a small amount of fabric for this project and the pieces can be relatively small.

  • quilting fabric 1/2 fat quarter (9″x 22) (23cm x 56cm) you can make 2 eggs per fat quarter
  • lining (9″x 22)
  • fusible fleece (9″x 22″)
  • sewable interfacing (9″x 22″)
  • interfacing for lining (9″x 22″)
  • 1 yard bias tape to match the fabric and zippers
  • 1 nylon zippers 20″ long
  • strip of ribbon 10″ long x 1.5″ wide
fabric easter egg

Tools

  • sewing machine (optional)
  • quilting needle or size 14 needle
  • iron.  (I got this new “smartiron” recently and it is just fantastic.  You may want to check it out.)
  • zipper foot
  • walking foot
  • seam ripper.  (Here’s a review of what I think it the best seam ripper around.)
  • scissors
  • water soluble pen

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Step One: Fusing the Fabrics

Fuse all fabrics before cutting.  Place the quilting fabric right side down.  Place the fusible fleece on top with the glue side facing down.  Iron to fuse.

Fuse the thin fusible interfacing to the lining.

Step Two: Cutting the Fabrics

Mark the little notches on the fabric following the pattern then cut the fabric. Don’t forget to do this or you will have a hard time piecing the pieces together.  Make your marks indicating which way is up and down.  Place main fabric, lining and interfacing wrong side together so will have 2 sides for the eggs.

fabric easter egg
fabric easter egg

Trace the pattern onto the sewable interfacing and label each piece then cut.

Step Two: Sewing Your Fabric Easter Egg

fabric easter egg
fabric easter egg

Start by sewing the sewable interfacing using a 1/4″ seam allowance.  Open the seam and use a large zigzag to keep the seams open.

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fabric easter egg
fabric easter egg
fabric easter egg
fabric easter egg

Use the same procedure to sew the lining, but instead of using a zigzag, topstitch on the side of the seams so the seam allowance lays flat.  Stop the topstitch 3/8″ before the edge.  The reason will become clearer on the step below.Repeat on the main fabric.  Remember to stop 3/8″ before the edge.After topstitching, cut off the seam allowance to reduce bulk and give the fabric Easter egg a more smooth appearance.

Step Three: Building up Your Fabric Easter Egg

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You should have three layers to accomplish this step –fabric, interfacting, and lining.  There are two halves of the egg with three layers each.

Place the sewable interfacing layer on the table and cover it with the lining layer.

fabric easter egg
fabric easter egg

Take the lining and sewable interfacing and stack it onto the main fabric layer.  Zigzag (very large zigzag) the edges to catch all the layers.

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Make a stitching line under the zigzag at 3/8″. 

fabric easter egg
fabric easter egg

Using a seam ripper, take out the the zigzag.  Yes, I know this is a pain and a dreaded word for all, but this was the best way I could find to reduce the bulk to be able to attach the bias tape.  Cut the interfacing and the fleece without cutting the lining and the fabric.   I tried cutting before zigzagging and you are welcome to try, but that just did not work for me.  I had a hard time aligning the pieces.Pin a strip of ribbon 3″ long at the bottom of the egg.  Line up the strip at the center and fold in half.  There will be three strips of ribbon attached to the end of the egg.  Two inside and one outside.  These will be sewn when we attach the bias tape in the next step.

Step Four: Attaching the Bias Tape

fabric easter egg
fabric easter egg
fabric easter egg

Pin the bias tape starting on top of the ribbon.  Place the crease of the bias tape at 3/8″ from the edge.  Use the stitching line you have previously made as a guide.  Sew the bias tape at 3/8″.   Join the ends together, fold in, and pin.  Continue pinning the bias tape around the edge of the egg.  You’ll be doing this on both halves of the egg. Place a 3″ strip of ribbon (if you have a print on the ribbon, place it print side down) exactly opposite the strip you have placed on the outside before.

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Fold the strip of ribbon in half pin and sew the bias tape.

fabric easter egg

On the right side of the fabric, sew the bias tape.  Use “stitch-in-the-ditch” method or just sew right on the edge like I did.  Looking back, stitch-in-the-ditch would have been a better method for aesthetic reasons.Repeat the exact procedure on the other side of the fabric easter egg.

Step Five: Attaching the Zipper and Finishing the Fabric Easter Egg

There are a few patterns around for a fabric easter egg, but this is one affords you the ability to carry it as a toy storage.  The zipper is what allows you do do that.  You might think it is hard for a child to open a zipper, but it is a wonderful way to teach hand-eye coordination.

I had a hard time coming up with a way to attach the zipper to the fabric easter egg.  So I did it this way to make it easier for a beginner to follow.  Pin the end of the zipper exactly at the middle of the ribbon and continue pinning the zipper around the edge.Sew using your zipper foot leaving a 1/8″ gap between the teeth and bias tape.

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One side of the zipper will be sewn to one side of the egg, while the other will be sewn to the other side as shown in the picture below.  Attach another strip of ribbon ( 3″) on the other side but do not fold, leave it as a single layer.  Sew the other side of the zipper.  I would like to point out that it does not matter what side has the folded ribbon, as long as one side has a folded ribbon and the other does not.  This ribbon serves to hide the zipper and also acts as the “hinge” for the egg, so it has to be a few layers thick.Bring the unfolded piece of ribbon to the bottom of the folded one and sew it down using a hand needle and matching thread.

Bring the folded ribbon on top of the one you just sewed and sew it down with the hand needle.  I’m using a very bright pink ribbon so you can see clearly.  I would have preferred to use a green ribbon instead but I think the pink looks OK anyway.

Lastly, tuck the bias tape under the zipper and hand sew around both halves of the egg.Now you are ready to stuff your fabric easter egg with chocolates, or a bunny.  I hope your child enjoys it as much as mine did.

Until next time when we will be making a top to stay in tune with the current trends.

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