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..
My only concern with designing a fur scarf was if it were 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, but I think this size is stylish and super convenient for almost everyone.
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.
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- only about one-quarter of a yard at 60″ wide (see fabric recommendations below).
- thread to match
- stuffing or Poly-fil
- sewing machine
- shears or craft knife. (This is the one I use and it is great!)
- jersey needle #12
- two hand needles
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.
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.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 AJoin 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.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.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. 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 that 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.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.
This is 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.
Join me next week when we'll be exploring the first item of our new workout outfit. Spoiler alert: it is UNISEX and perfect for Valentines Day!
Until next time! Don't step on your needles!