How to Sew a Faux Fur Stole

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Be a runway darling in this designer-inspired reversible stole.
Measure your body circumference at your bustline with your arms at your sides.
Slipstitch the opening closed.
Be a runway darling in this designer-inspired reversible stole.

Be a runway darling in this designer-inspired reversible stole.

Photo: Jack Deutsch
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Keep warm and stylish with a fashionable stole, made from faux fur, woven fabric, and ribbed knit. The ribbed knit panel adds stretch, making it easy to fit, and the fur and fabric together create a stole that looks great inside and out.

Don't let faux fur scare you; it's easy to cut and sew if you have a few tricks up your sleeve. Armed with the tips and techniques shown here, you'll be able to tame that fuzzy fabric quickly with minimal mess.

This stole is made from only three rectangles of fabric cut to fit your body's measurements. Make one for yourself or a quick gift for a fellow fashionista.

What You'll Need:
Faux fur, 1 yard
Hand-sewing needle
Ribbed knit fabric, 7⁄8 yard
Scissors
Sewing machine
Tape measure
Thread
Woven fabric, 1 yard
Knitting needle or chopstick

How to cut and sew faux fur
Use these tips when cutting and sewing faux fur. You can use these techniques on any fur project.

1. Cut it out. Cutting fur doesn't have to be a fuzzy mess. Simply turn the fur over, and with a fabric-marking tool, trace your pattern pieces on the wrong side in a single layer. Make sure all the pieces are positioned so that the fur's nap (direction of the fur) is running in the same direction on all of your pieces. Use scissors to cut out your pieces, and cut through only the backing fabric, avoiding the fur fibers on the right side. That will allow you to pull the pieces apart without making a mess.


Use scissors to cut through the backing fabric.


2. Sew it together. Most fur can be sewn with a universal needle. Always sew a test seam to double-check the tension. A walking presser foot helps guide the fabric evenly through the machine. After you've sewn a seam, use a knitting needle or a chopstick to pull from the seam the fur that was caught.


A walking foot helps guide the fabric evenly through the machine.

 


Use a knitting needle or chopstick to pull the fur out of the right sides of seams.


TIP: Avoid the iron. Never iron faux fur; it will melt the fibers. To flatten seams, finger-press seam allowances open.


Measure and cut the pieces
Use your body's measurement to determine what size to cut the fabrics.

1. Measure your body circumference. Have a friend measure your body's circumference at your bustline with your arms at your sides. Add a few inches to the measurement if you want a loose-fitting stole.


Measure your body circumference at your bustline with your arms at your sides.


2. Cut the fur. Cut the fur to a width equal to your body circumference (measured in step 1) minus 7 inches and 16 inches long. Cut with the fur nap parallel to the length.

3. Cut the woven fabric. Cut the fabric the same width as the fur but 11 inches long.

4. Cut the ribbing. Cut a 10-inch by 26-inch piece of ribbing. Make sure the ribbing runs perpendicular to the 10-inch side.

Sew it together
Sew the pieces as advised in the section above. The stole will be shaped like a muff until you turn it right-side out (step 5).

1. Sew the fur to the woven fabric. With right sides together, pin the fur to the stole along one long edge, and sew with a 1⁄2-inch seam allowance. Finger-press the seam allowance open.


Finger-press the seam allowance open.

 

2. Attach the ribbed insert. With right sides together, pin the rib knit to the stole, matching one 26-inch-long side of the rib knit to one short end of the fur and woven fabric unit. Sew with a 1⁄2-inch seam allowance.



 

3. Sew the bottom edge. With right sides together, fold the entire unit in half, matching the two long edges, and pin. Sew with a 1⁄2-inch seam allowance.




4. Sew the short end.
Pin the remaining raw edges right sides together, and sew with a 1⁄2-inch seam allowance. Leave an 5-inch opening along the woven fabric (I know this doesn't look like it will turn correctly, but it will).


Pin the remaining raw edges together and sew.


5. Finish the stole. Turn the stole right-side out through the opening. Slipstitch the opening closed.


Slipstitch the opening closed.

excerpted from SewStylish Quick Stuff to Sew, Vol.3, p. 38

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