Designer, fur trimmed jackets and hoodies are totally cute but can be totally expensive, too. Getting that same designer fur look is easy to do on your own. Faux fur is available in a variety of colours, from lime green to zebra print and everything in between. Once you find the perfect fur for the hood edging, you are just a few basic stitches away from a custom, couture jacket for a fraction of the price.
Purchase a half a yard of faux fur fabric from a craft or sewing store. You can also get faux fur online if you are unable to find the style and colour of fur you want locally.
Fold your jacket or hoodie in half vertically, with the arms matching evenly behind the jacket. Lay the jacket or hoodie on a flat surface and line up the edges of the hood.
Measure the hood from the base, near the collar or shoulder, to the top of the hood. Be sure to keep the hood flat when measuring. Then double the number of inches, for example if it measures 16 inches then add 16 plus 16. Your total will be the length measurement of fur needed to trim the hood of the jacket.
Lay your fabric, fur side down, on a flat surface. With your tape measure start at one corner and measure out vertically, along the edge, the length measurement you determined earlier. Add an extra one-fourth of an inch onto the length measurement, (to be safe), and mark the fabric at this point. You may need to use a pen to see the marking because tailor's chalk may not be visible.
At the length measurement mark, draw a two-inch horizontal line, beginning from the edge of the fabric. Make sure the line is straight.
Use scissors to cut along the two-inch horizontal line, starting at the edge of the fabric. Fold the fur fabric in half vertically so that the edge is lined up with the end of the two-inch horizontal line.
Mark the edge of the fabric onto the fabric below, starting from the end of the two-inch horizontal cut to the bottom edge of the fabric. Unfold the fur fabric.
Cut along the line you marked, starting from the bottom edge of the fabric to the end of the two-inch horizontal line. You now have a two-inch wide strip of fur that should fit around the edge of your hooded jacket or hoodie.
Fold the fur strip in half vertically so the non-furry sides are touching. Line up the edges. Now fold the fur strip in half horizontally making sure the ends are even. Locate the centre of the strip. Unfold the fur fabric and refold it with the edge of your hoodie or jacket hood between the two sides of the fur fabric. Adjust the fur so that the centre of the strip is matched with the centre of the hood.
Pin the centre of the fur strip to the centre of the hood keeping the edge of the hood between the top and bottom sides of the fabric. You will probably have to pin the top (outer) and bottom (inner) parts of the fabric separately to either side of the hood. Continue pinning the fur down both sides of the hood.
Thread your sewing needle with strong polyester or upholstery thread. You may also need a heavy-duty needle such as an embroidery needle. Starting again at the middle or centre of the hood begin sewing the fur to the hood. You will probably be able to sew through all three layers of fabric. Use a whip stitch along the edges of the fur. Sew down one side, then return to the centre and sew the other side.
Remove the pins. Secure all the loose ends and your project is complete. Enjoy your custom, fur-trimmed, couture, hooded jacket or hoodie.
Strong thread such as upholstery thread is available at most sewing and fabric stores as are heavy-duty needles. Start the your whip stitch from as close to the edge of the fur as possible. Make sure the fur is even all around the hood. Check the placement before you sew the first stitch.
Safety when sewing is important since most tools used to are sharp.
Tips and warnings
- Strong thread such as upholstery thread is available at most sewing and fabric stores as are heavy-duty needles.
- Start the your whip stitch from as close to the edge of the fur as possible.
- Make sure the fur is even all around the hood. Check the placement before you sew the first stitch.
- Safety when sewing is important since most tools used to are sharp.