Tips for Faux Fur Fabric Succcess
Faux fur fabrics are great for making soft toys, outerwear, accessories and even costumes! But though you might enjoy the idea of a faux fur vest or throw pillow, you may find it a bit intimidating to work with the actual faux fur fabric. To be sure, faux fur isn’t as easy to work with as cotton or canvas, but with a few simple tips you’ll soon be on your way to working with a wide variety of fabulous (faux) furs!
Tips for sewing with faux fur fabric
- Pick a pattern that was designed for faux fur OR a pattern that is very basic – you want one that doesn’t have gathers or darts or complicated shaping. Straight-line sewing is the best option when working with faux furs.
- When you get ready to cut your pattern pieces, cut on the wrong/back side of the fur fabric, being careful not to actually cut through the strands of fur. Use a sharp knife or scissors to do the cutting only through the back and then tug apart the pieces gently to separate them. If you cut straight through with scissors or a rotary cutter you will cut the actual fur hairs too short and the fabric will be rumpled in that section.
- Make sure you cut all the pieces so that the direction of the fur will be the same way on the whole finished garment. Check twice before you cut – in general, you want the direction of the fur to move down your body (imagine petting the coat you’re wearing, you want to pet with the fur and not against it).
When armed with the right tips faux fur fabric is really easy to work with and if you like working with faux fur, I’m sure you’ll love Cuddle.
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