Working on a Halloween costume, sewing stylish seasonal apparel or a creating home decor accents? Sewing with faux fur is easier than you think!
Today we are bringing you simple tips and tricks for working with fur that will help you achieve professional results without turning your sewing space into a furry mess.
There are more than 350 faux fur fabrics available on fabric.com in a wide array of colors and textures. Some of our favorite faux furs to sew with are from Shannon Fabrics! We got to work with their Luxury Shag and Siberian Fox furs for this post, and the quality and softness just can't be beat.
Finding the Nap:
Nap is the direction of the fur, just like a real animal. When the nap is found, it’s helpful to mark an arrow on the back of the fur fabric to eliminate directional confusion when cutting out a pattern.
Marking faux fur fabric is easy- since the backing is an extra thick knit, you can trace your pattern with a marker and it will not show through.
Cutting Faux Fur:
When cutting faux fur, make small snips on the backing knit fabric only and avoid cutting the fur pile. You don’t want to cut the fur pile during cutting, it will result in uneven fur pile visible around the seams.
You can also use a box cutter with a fresh, sharp blade to cut the fur backing. The razor blade cutting method is faster, but it can also distort the edges of the fabric.
Expert Tip: Use strips of packing tape along the cut fur edges to pick up any loose piles.
Sewing Fur With No Seam Allowance:
With right sides together, tuck the fur pile in. Using Wonder Clips instead of pins – it’s better because the thickness of the fur will distort the fabric when pinned.
Expert Tip: Use a walking foot.
Use a wide zig zag stitch along the edge. Sew slowly and use a lot of control on the fur as you sew. When opened, the seam is secure, minimal and almost invisible on the face of the fur fabric. This seam technique is great for most fur-to-fur projects, and will require pattern modifications to reduce the suggested seam allowance.
Sewing Fur With a Seam Allowance:
If you need to sew fur with a seam allowance, use a walking foot and a straight stitch with at least a ½” seam allowance. Finger-brush the nap of the fur straight down in the seam allowance. Don’t tuck the fur pile, or else you’ll end up with short fur piles poking through the seam, try to direct the fur pile as naturally as possible. Once sewn, brush out any caught fur piles within the seam. You’ll need to trim the fur pile within the seam allowance.
Trimming the seam allowance:
Trim the fur pile as close to the backing as possible. Expert Tip: Use a packing tape strip to cover the seam allowance. The tape strip will catch the cut fur piles and greatly reduce the mess. If you’re an avid sewer of faux fur, you may want to invest in grooming clippers to trim fur more efficiently.
Try out these tips and techniques on your next faux fur project!