How to Make Your Own Faux Fur Stoles

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How to Make Your Own Faux Fur Stoles
Faux fur makes a warm stole. (fur #2 image by Adam Borkowski from Fotolia.com)

A faux fur stole is an inexpensive and chic way to cover up a retro cocktail dress on a cool evening or to dress up a sparkly shirt and jeans. Learn to make your own faux fur stoles and you can rotate wearing several in different styles or give them away at a hen party. Faux fur is available in decidedly unnatural colours and patterns, offering you endless possibilities for playing with designs. Try an electric blue stole to brighten up a dreary day, an orange zebra stripe if you crave attention or elegant black to keep you warm and frame your face.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Stole pattern
  • Flexible tape measure
  • Faux fur
  • Lining fabric
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine
  • Needle
  • Thread
  • Chopstick or knitting needle

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Cut out all of the pattern pieces.

  2. 2

    Place the pattern pieces on the wrong side of the faux fur. Make sure that the fur runs the same direction on all of the pattern pieces so that on the finished stole, the fur appears uniform.

  3. 3

    Cut the fabric along the pattern lines. Cut through only the fabric backing of the fur so that you don't end up with a mess of fur trimmings.

  4. 4

    Place the fabric fur-sides together to sew the seams according to the pattern package instructions. Use a standard universal needle and a straight stitch.

  5. 5

    Turn the stole right-side out.

  6. 6

    Use a knitting needle or chopstick to coax fur out of the seams if it is stuck.

  7. 7

    Attach the fabric lining to the faux fur. Place the fabrics right sides together. Sew all around the edge of the stole using a straight stitch, leaving a 3-inch gap to turn the stole right-side out.

  8. 8

    Turn the stole right-side out.

  9. 9

    Sew the gap closed using a hand-stitch. Thread the needle and knot the end. Pull the needle through the fabrics, hiding the knot inside the garment. Fold in both fabrics along the seam allowance. Loop the thread around the edges of both fabrics to close the seam. Knot the end of the thread to secure the closure and cut the thread.

Tips and warnings

  • Never iron faux fur, as heat can melt the synthetic fibres.
  • Find great deals on scraps of faux fur in the remnants section of the fabric store. There are often bargains on faux fur just after Halloween.

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