Small Fur Tote, a Sweet Gift for the Holidays.

small fur toteThis is a quick tutorial on how to make a small fur tote.  Christmas is approaching fast and my gift list is looking rather daunting, so I need projects that I can accomplish in a couple of hours rather than a couple of days.  I notice little fur things everywhere –as decorations on the Christmas tree, as trimming on clothes and shoes, scarves, vests.  The possibilities are many and I think a small fur tote would be a great gift and an easy project.  So I came up with this design and pattern that I would like to share with you.

If you enjoyed our last project with faux fur making a winter hat, then you'll enjoy this small fur tote project as well.  This tote is really easy and fast to make.  It is both a perfect accessory and also a great Christmas gift.  It would also be a good place to start if you've not made many bags before.  You'll learn about how linings work as well as other key skills to then move on to more complex patterns and projects.

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While this is a very easy tote to make, the knowledge of handling the faux fur fabric is essential.  If you are a beginner, please read this essential guide on how to work with fur.

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  • Medium length hair faux fur 1/2 yard (there will be a bit of leftover but we will use it in the near future)
  • Quilting cotton 1/2 yard.
  • Medium fusible interfacing 1/4 yard
  • Thread to match the lining and the faux fur


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Fabric recommendations

Pattern layout and finished measurements

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The tote will measure 10 1/2″ X 6″ when finished, not including the handles.

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The entire pattern is sewn at 3/8″.  Print the pattern and trace the pieces on the back of the fur.  Pay attention to the direction of the nap.  The desired direction is indicated on the pattern.

Step One:  Sew the front and back

Join the front and back together using long pins along the widest part of the pattern which is the bottom of the tote.  Push the hair down and pin the jersey part of the fur together.  Sew at 3/8″.small fur tote

Step two: Sew the sides

Pin the sides together starting on the top and continue pinning every half an inch.  Sew at 3/8″.  Pay special attention when sewing the curves.  small fur tote

Step three: Make the handles

Cut the handles.  One side can be longer than the other, but this is optional.  The pattern is drafted for the two size options. small fur toteSew the handles using a small zigzag.  Turn the handles inside out with the help of a loop turner.  Pin the handles to the fur side of the bag where the seams meet.

Step Four:  Making the lining

Fuse the medium weight interfacing to the lining pieces before sewing.  Then, sew the lining the same way you did the fur.  Except that you will leave a 2 1/2″ gap on one of the sides to be able to turn the small fur tote right side out.

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Step Five: Finishing the small fur tote

Turn the small fur tote wrong side out.  Pin the handles to the fur side where the seams meet.  Insert the lining print side out and pin all around.  The right side of the print should face the fur.

Pin all over the top of the bag.  Sew the top of the bag at 3/8″.  small fur toteUsing the gap you left open, pull the bag right side out.  Do this step slowly because the fur is thick. Close the gap using a needle and thread.

As I finish this bag, I am thinking this pattern would be great to try in fabric even in leather.  I will definitely be trying a few options and share with you what I come up with.

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But, one thing is for sure, if you try the project in something other than faux fur, make sure the interfacing is a little stiff so it holds the shape. Until next time!


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28 Responses to Small Fur Tote, a Sweet Gift for the Holidays.

  1. layagaga says:

    Thanks Mayra for your lovely tutorial!
    I made 1 bags, nearly like this.

  2. layagaga says:

    Thank’s Mayra for your lovely tutorial!
    I made 1 bags, nearly like this

  3. Vicky says:

    I LOVE IT!!!! Absolutely PERFECT!!!!

  4. Brenda says:

    Where do you get the tassel? I LOVE this!

  5. Brenda Dawson says:

    Looks Great !! I will be trying this pattern very soon !!

  6. vicky says:

    I can’t post how much i LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS!!!! THE PERFECT PURSE!!!!! want to make mine a little larger with a satin lining LOVE LOVE LOVE

  7. Tracey Adams says:

    Adorable! What about the tassel? Was it purchased and attached (if so, where?) or did you make it also? (Instructions, please!)

  8. Dolores Javitt says:

    I love the look of this darling little fur bag!! Can’t wait to make it in leopard fur!! Mayra, Thank you so much for the free patters?

  9. Sheila says:

    Mayra, I cannot find the free pattern for the faux fur purse,it said on the next page but there was no next page? Thanks Sheila

  10. Krysia says:

    Could I use some real fur from an old mink jacket that I have inherited?

  11. Mary says:

    I made one with fleece and lined it with a medium weight interfacing and cotton. Came out great! Thank you! It is going to make a great Christmas present for a special little girl.

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  13. lorrie says:

    add an extra layer and make it a hand muff

  14. Kris says:

    How did you sew the clasp on?

  15. aunt sue says:

    How much fur material..1/4 or 1/2 yard? or is it right in front of me and I just missed it ; )

  16. Ashley says:

    I can’t seem to find fabric requirements anywhere. How much fabric and lining fabric are needed for this bag?

  17. charmainenyw says:

    Oooh, this is something new for my sewing obsessed Mum to try. Going to pass it on to her.
    – Charmaine

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