Faux Fur Winter Accessories

I love winter. I love crisp weather and the cool temperatures. I live in Texas, so our winters are usually pretty mild and we rarely get snow. I still love winter clothes, especially the accessories.

Today we are going to make several accessories: a fur ladder scarf, fur edged gloves, fur ear muffs, and a fur edged toboggan. Everything a girl needs to stay warm. And because of Covid 19, we are going to make a fur mask to match.

We can make all of these things from ½ yard of faux fur. I bought my faux fur from Joanne’s for less than $10 a yard using coupons. I am giving sets out for Christmas gifts this year. It is a beautiful and well received gift. If you purchased the entire set at a store you would shell out a minimum of $75, but handmade by you will cost barely more than $10. It all comes together very quickly, you can make these in an afternoon. I was pricing these accessories online and was a bit surprised to learn that you can buy a rabbit fur ladder scarf for about $20, but it will run you $35-$40 for faux fur. I now have a little more optimism that consumers are changing their standards for the better.

Toboggan
Ladder Scarf
Ear Muffs

I love, love, love the ladder scarf. You can wear it several different ways and it really dresses up any outfit.

Cut 2 pieces of fur 6” x 36”
Cut 2 pieces of fur 6” x 6”

Let’s start with the balls for each end of the scarf. We are going to gather those 2 6″x6″ pieces using one of the following two methods:

Method 1:
1. Hand sew long basting stitches (in and out stitches) 1/4” from the edges on all four sides, fill it with batting and pull the threads to gather them into a ball. Continue to step 2.

Method 2:
Step 1: I personally prefer to use my zigzag stitch on my sewing machine to sew over a piece of yarn. I never have the problem of the thread breaking when I’m trying to gather it together. You do have to be very careful not to stitch the yarn. The needle goes over the yarn, never into it. Keep the yarn slightly less than 1/2” from the edge of all four sides.
Step 2: When you get back to where you started apply a thin bead of glue on the wrong side, all the way around the square about 1/4” from edge.
Step 3: You can now pull both ends of the yarn as hard as you need to, to gather up the edges of the square.
Step 4: Add the batting in the middle. It should make a 3” ball.
Step 5: Pull the excess fabric to the outside of the ball, then wind the yarn around that material to hold it until you can sew it it place.
Step 6: Make a stitch, wind the thread around the fabric, make another stitch. Repeat a few times placing the stitch in different places around the base of the ball.
Step 7: Unwind and cut off yarn.
Step 8: Repeat with the other square.

For the two long pieces:
Step 1: Fold the short ends under about 1/2” and sew across.
Step 2: Fold one piece length ways and on the long side, sew it 1/4” from edge to create a tube.
Step 3: Repeat with the other piece.
Step 4: Place the two tubes together with the seams together.
Step 5: About every 5 inches join the two tubes together at the seams by slip stitching about 5 stitches.
Step 6: With the ends of the tubes side by side baste across them both using long stitches.
Step 7: Gather the ends, with the seams facing each other, around the excess material of the ball and hand sew all the way around the ball.
Step 8: Repeat with ball at other end.

That’s it. You now have a beautiful scarf to keep you warm this winter and dress up an outfit. You can wear it as a scarf or if you wind the balls in and out of the ladder holes you can wear it like a hat to keep your ears warm or you can wear it like a collar, or you can loosen it up and wear it like a stole around your shoulders. It is a very versatile accessory.

My hands have to be warm. They just ache when they get too cold. It makes it hard to drive or really to do much of anything. Lets take care of our hands and embellish these knit gloves.

You will need:
1 pair of knit gloves
2 pieces of faux fur 3″x12″
12″ ribbon
Basic sewing supplies

Step 1: Turn a glove inside out and place over something round that is big enough to put your hand through. I use a Pringles can.
Step 2: Fold the two pieces of faux fur in half and sew it together on the short side to make a circle.
Step 3: Put the wrong side of the fur on the wrong side of the wrist of the glove about 1/2” from edge and sew the fur to the glove.
Note: If the fur is loose around the wrist, about every 3 or 4 stitches, make a forward stitch in only the fur and gather it up a bit.
Step 4: Once you get back to where you started, remove the glove, turn it right side out and place it back on the Pringles can.
Step 5. Turn the top raw edge of the fur over about 1/2” and stitch down.
Step 6: Sew this edge to the top of the wrist all the way around.
Step 7: I am the worst about losing a glove so I like to sew a short piece of ribbon inside the wrist of each glove so I can tie them together when I’m not wearing them.
Step 8: Repeat with other glove.

Gloves
Pringles Can
Sew 1/2″ from edge
Fold over 1/2″
Attach ribbon
Sew short side
Bottom edge of glove
Sew fur to top of wrist

I really hate it when my ears get cold. I lived in Alaska for a year and my ears took a beating. That is one of the most common places that people suffer from frostbite. We forget about our ears. Fortunately, ear muffs are very easy to make and when they match our scarf and gloves, they kind of bring it all together

You will need:

Head band
Fabric glue
2-6” squares of fur
4-6” circles of cotton
Scraps of batting
basic sewing supplies

Just like the balls we made for our scarf, we are going to gather the 6 ‘ squares. But this time we are not going to make balls. More like pancakes.
We are going to gather those 2 6″x6″ pieces using one of the following two methods:

Method 1:
1. Hand sew long basting stitches (in and out stitches) 1/4” from the edges on all four sides, fill it with batting and pull the threads to gather them into a ball. Continue to step 2.

Method 2:
Step 1: I personally prefer to use my zigzag stitch on my sewing machine to sew over a piece of yarn. I never have the problem of the thread breaking when I’m trying to gather it together. You do have to be very careful not to stitch the yarn. The needle goes over the yarn, never into it. Keep the yarn slightly less than 1/2” from the edge of all four sides.
Step 2: You can now pull both ends of the yarn to gather up the edges of the square leaving about a 4″ round opening.
Step 3: Sew 2 of the 6” cotton circles together, leaving a small opening to turn it right side out.
Step 4: Stitch that small opening closed and place on this opening of the fur piece.
Step 5: Make sure the fur is closed enough that the cotton circle covers the hole completely.
Step 6: Sew to the fur circle using an overhand stitch close to the cotton circle’s edge and through the fur close to it’s edge, leaving a small opening to fit the bottom of the headband through.
Step 7: Slide the fur circle onto the end of the headband and squeeze a healthy amount of glue into the opening.
Step 8: Sew the opening closed around the headband.
Step 9: Clamp or press together until the glue is set.
Step 10: Repeat for other ear

Ready to Gather
Sew 2 Pieces Together
Sew Fur and Cotton Together
Ear Muffs
Gathered Fur Circle
Finished Cotton Circle
Finished Circle

What you will need:
Knit toboggan
1 piece 22”x6” faux fur (adjust for the size of your head plus 1”)
1 piece 6”x6” faux fur
Basic sewing supplies

Let’s start with the ball for the top of the hat. We are going to gather the 6″x6″ pieces using one of the two methods below:

Method 1:
1. You can hand sew long in and out stitches 1/4” from the edges on all four sides.
Continue to step 2 below.

Method 2:
1. I personally prefer to use my zigzag stitch on my sewing machine to sew over a piece of yarn. I never have the problem of the thread breaking when I’m trying to gather it together. You do have to be very careful not to stitch the yarn. The needle goes over the yarn, never into it. Keep the yarn slightly less than 1/2” from the edge of all four sides.
2. When you get back to where you started apply a thin bead of fabric glue on the wrong side, all the way around the square about 1/4” from edge.
3. Pull both ends of the yarn to loosely gather up the edges of the square.
4. Add the batting in the middle. It should make a 3” ball.
5. Push the excess fabric to the inside of the ball.
6. Finish pulling the yarn to close the ball
7. Make a stitch near the opening and stitch around the opening of the ball to sew it closed.
8. Trim the yarn.
9. Stitch the ball to the center of the top of the hat.

1. On the long piece of faux fur fold in half and sew the ends together to make a circle.
2. Pin the fur to to the toboggan right sides together starting at the fur piece’s seam.
3. Pin the opposite side of the fur circle to the opposite side of the toboggan.
4. At ¼ around the fur circle pin at ¼ around the toboggan.
5. Repeat on the opposite side of the toboggan.
6. For each of the four sections stretch the toboggan to fit that section of fur and sew close to the edge.
7. Turn the toboggan wrong side out.
8. Fold the fur up the toboggan and pin as above but pin in 8 places instead of 4.
9. Baste the fur to the toboggan back stitching 3 or 4 stitches at each pin.
10. Turn hat right side out and fold the bottom of the toboggan up as high as you would normally wear it.

Even though this mask is made of faux fur, it won’t tickle your face because the cotton lining actually folds over the fur keeping it away from your face. That would just drive me crazy!

The pattern (you can download it here)
1 piece faux fur 6″x12″
1 piece cotton fabric 6″x12″
16″ 1/4″ elastic
Basic sewing supplies

Step 1: With right sides together sew the two pieces of faux fur together along the curve with 1/2″ seam allowance.
Step 2: Repeat with cotton pieces.
Step 3: With right sides together start 1/2″ from side and sew the fur to the cotton at the bottom with a 1/2″ seam allowance, ending 1/2″ from side.
Step 4: With right sides together, line up the top, start 1/2″ from side and sew with 1/2″ seam allowance ending 1/2″ from side.
Step 5: Sew the sides with 1/4″ seam allowance.
Step 6: Turn right side out.
Step 7: Smooth out mask and pin so the the cotton covers the top part of the fur by about 1/2″ and the
bottom lines up.
Step 8: At the top sew in the ditch where the cotton meets the fur at the top.
Step 9: Cut elastic in half (8″) and thread through each side.
Step 10: Sew ends of each piece of elastic together with 5 or 6 stitches.
Step 11: Pull the elastic so that the ends are hidden inside the mask.

Mask
Cut fabric
Sew along curve
Fold so 1/2″ cotton is at top

Faux fur can be a little difficult to work with, but the following tips can help make it easier.
1. Trace out the pattern on the wrong side of the fabric using chalk.
2. When cutting faux fur turn the fabric over and cut on the wrong side. This helps you stay true to the pattern and cuts down on the fluff flying everywhere.
3. Because these items are made with mostly straight lines, I used a long t-square to guide my rotary cutter on my self healing mat to insure perfectly cut straight lines
4. Use a heavier needle and longer stitches. I use a 110/16 needle and 3.0 stitch.
5. Keep the seam allowance narrow, usually within 1/2″.
6. Sometimes the fur is very bulky and doesn’t glide smoothly over the machine plate or it gets stuck in the machine foot. One way to alleviate this is to cut plastic grocery bags into strips about 2″ or 3″ wide and place it on top of the fabric if it gets caught in the machine foot or place in underneath the fabric if it isn’t sliding over the machine plate (dog feed). When you are finished sewing just pull the plastic strip from the stitches.
7. Trim or clip the excess fur down to the backing at seams and especially around curves.
8. If the fur gets caught up in the seam, use a needle or pin to pull the fur from the seam. The seam should disappear.
9. The fur will fly! Pick up these errant stray fibers using a damp paper towel.
I hope these tips help. If you have additional tips please leave them in the comments below.

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