A short faux fur stole or capelet makes an attractive accessory for any special occasion. Buying a faux fur capelet retail can cost quite a bit of money. However, with just a little time and a few materials you can sew your own capelet in a style you like using the type of faux fur that you like best.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Old sheet
- Pencil or fabric marker
- 1/2 yard faux fur
- 1/2 yard fabric for lining
- Straight pins
- Sewing machine
Use an old sheet to make a pattern for the shape of cape you like. Start with a simple rectangle that is 40 inches by 12 inches. Try some other shapes as well. You could round the corners to see how you like that look. Or you could leave the top squared off, but give the bottom a semicircle shape. Cut each shape out of the sheet using sharp scissors, and then drape them over your shoulder in turn to see which looks best.
Use a fabric marker or pencil to trace your favourite pattern onto the fur fabric and the lining. Make your trace marks on the back side of the fur fabric and on the opposite side of the lining that you plan to have showing. This way, when you finish sewing your capelet, no one will be able to see any of the trace marks.
Cut out your fabric and pin the faux fur to the lining. Wrap it around your shoulders to see where it comes together. That's where you need to add a piece of Velcro to hold the capelet together when you're wearing it. One piece of Velcro goes on the lining side, somewhere near the top right corner of the faux fur side. The corresponding piece goes on the top right corner of the lining side. Use a straight pin to mark each place, and then use a needle and thread to hand stitch on a small piece of Velcro at each marked point.
Pin the two pieces of fabric together with the "right" sides facing each other. That means the fur side of the fabric will face the outer side of the lining fabric. Use pins at intervals all the way around to hold the fabrics in place.
Sew the two pieces of fabric together using a sewing machine. Leave a 6-inch gap. When you've finished sewing, use the gap to turn the capelet right side out. Hand stitch the 6-inch gap closed.
Tips and warnings
- Look through the remnant section at the fabric store. Because a faux fur stole doesn't take that much fabric to make, you might be able to find some great deals on sufficient amounts of more expensive furs.
- Wear your capelet by itself or with a brooch.
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