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Make a FAUX FUR VEST…easier than you might think!

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Oooooooh, it’s getting chilly outside.  Even here in Oklahoma.  Okay, it’s been in the 50s and 60s….but still, we have acclimated to living in this warm state, so seeing the thermometer read 50 means shivering COLD for us (just like it did when I was a kid growing up in Arizona)! So, we’ve been bringing out the sweaters, scarves, and my kids even think they need to wear gloves!!

While at the fabric store about a month ago, I found this great faux fur material and snatched it up right away, knowing I wanted to make a vest out of it when it got chilly.  Well, it’s now “chilly”…..so I started cutting up that fur fabric.  I actually intended on making one for myself first, but decided to test out a smaller version on Elli and Chloe first.  And turns out, this is one REALLY SIMPLE sewing project that you whip out in about an hour!

 

The best news of all……my stuffed-animal-lover-daughter Elli thinks this vest is just about the best thing in her whole closet!  She’s such a sucker for soft and cuddly, so this is SO VERY “her”!

 

The vest has a curve to the lower front pieces to let more of the undershirt show….and gives you some shape and dimension to the outfit, rather than a rounded puff ball.

 

And the inside is completely lined.  But don’t let that worry you…..this really is a quick sew, and VERY forgiving (since the fur will hide imperfections).  Oh, and there’s a Hook and Eye at the top to keep it closed…but that’s completely optional.

 

When I’m not looking, I keep catching this child petting the fur upwards and then smoothing it down.  I seriously think she thinks she finally found a way to carry a stuffed animal with her always! ;)

 

This particular fur is pretty long but surprisingly doesn’t really shed.  But oh, that texture is so fun as a vest!

 

I’ve seen these fur vests in stores recently but making our own ended costing about half the price.  Plus, I haven’t really seen the exact shape I wanted for one in grown-up sizes…..so I love how quickly I can just make my own!

 

However, I may hide Elli’s vest for a few years because suddenly my almost-9-year-old looks 12.  Ha!  No, but I prefer this over some of the other way-too-mature-looking outfits I see in her section at the store.  (What’s with that?!?!)  Plus, she adores it…..so it’s a win-win!

 

Would you like to make your own Faux Fur Vest???

 

SUPPLIES:

  • Faux Fur (I used 1/2 yard but amount needed varies)
  • Fabric for lining (same amount as fur….I used a woven cotton because I have lots of scraps but you could use a satin as well)
  • 1 Hook and Eye
  • Sewing Supplies (here’s a list of my favorite sewing supplies, in case you need a few ideas)

***Check out my Sewing Terms 101 post, for additional help.

 

First of all, faux fur can be a little pricey when it’s not on sale….but all of the fabric stores I go to always have a 50% off coupon you can use on full price items.  I bought my faux fur at Hobby Lobby and I think it was $18 a yard.  So with my 50% off coupon, it was only $9 for the half yard I purchased.  The lining fabric doesn’t have to be anything fancy so check your fabric stash because you probably have something in there you can use.  I just used some woven cotton fabric and it was perfect!

 

Okay, this is a super simple vest to make and all of that fur hides all sorts of mistakes…..so don’t be intimidated!

First of all, it’s time to create a pattern piece.  Find a shirt that fits semi-loose on your subject but isn’t too baggy…or your vest will be way too large. Then, fold your shirt in half and press it as flat as you can, then trace around the main bodice section of the shirt, adding 1/4 inch around all sides for a seam allowance.  (Check out my other clothing tutorials for more details making your own patterns.)

 

Use that pattern piece to cut out your two front pieces.  However, since these are the front pieces, cut the scoop of the neckline lower (reference your shirt you used as your pattern).  Then, I decided to make the bottom two inner corners of the vest curved, rather than straight down.  And the reason I did this was so that the vest wasn’t so overwhelming and you could see the shirt beneath……and it gives the subject more of a shape under that fluff.

 

Now, fold your fabric in half and use the pattern piece to cut out a back piece for your vest.

 

That’s all you need, is the 3 pieces for your vest. (I always like to hold them up to my subject to make sure they’re the right size and look like they’re going to fit correctly, etc.)  Now, use these 3 pieces to cut out your fur pieces.  BUT FIRST, smooth out your fur to find the direction that it’s laying.  If you smooth it down correctly, it will lay nice and flat…..

 

…..however, if you try smoothing it in the wrong direction, it won’t lay flat.

 

So, smooth all of the fur down and then place the fur face down on your cutting table.  Be sure that the fur direction is facing downward and then place your pattern pieces on the WRONG side of the fur……making sure that the RIGHT side of each pattern piece is facing up.

 

Now it’s time to cut around each of your lining pieces but make sure you’re not cutting all the way through the fur!!!  You’re actually only going to be cutting through the base layer of the fur….otherwise you’ll be cutting off strands of fur everywhere and will not only have a much bigger mess, but you’ll make your vest look like it’s had a bad haircut! ;)

 

Once you pull the base fabric apart, you’ll see that the fur strands are still in tact….and will pull apart very easily.

 

Here’s after a cut through more of the base fabric……the fur just separates nicely.  (If you cut through some of the fur, don’t worry……just try your best to avoid it.)

 

You’ll see that there’s fur that hangs below all of your bottom edges, so this is also something to consider when making your pattern pieces…..is that the length of your fur will be added to the length of your pattern pieces.  But it will only make the length longer because the fur hangs straight down, it won’t make it taller at the top or wider at the sides (other than the fluffiness of it).

 

Now, place your fur vest pieces together with RIGHT sides together and your lining pieces together as well.  Sew along the SIDES ONLY, using a 1/4 inch seam allowance.  Then, I ALWAYS have my subject try on the vest shape at this point.  You can pin the shoulders closed and have them slip right into it and then make sure you like the neck line, make sure it’s not too wide or too long…..and then make whatever changes necessary.  But remember that there’s a 1/4 inch seam allowance that will be subtracted and also, whatever changes you make to the fur vest, make the exact changes to the lining….because they need to be identical!

 

Now, open up the fur and lining pieces and place them together with RIGHT sides together.  Match up all edges and pin together, leaving the shoulders open and you’ll actually be leaving about a 3-4 inch opening along the bottom.

 

And while pinning, it’s very important to shove the strands of fur inside and away from the edges of the fabric.  It can be tricky to get it all in there and have it stay, so while you’re sewing, you’ll need to adjust as you go.

 

Then, sew along the edges (with a 1/4 inch seam allowance) like shown below…….leaving each of the 4 shoulders open and the 3-4 inch opening along the bottom.

 

Turn the vest right side out through the opening at the bottom and flatten it the best you can.

 

And you see the opening at the bottom???

 

Tuck it all up inside the best you can and hand stitch closed with a needle and thread.  (I tried ironing the lining to make it nice and flat but I kept the heat low and turned off the steam because I didn’t want to melt the fur.  I also ONLY ironed on the lining fabric and never touched the metal of the iron to the strands of fur.  I would definitely recommend testing some of your scrap fur pieces before ironing.)

 

Then, flatten each shoulder opening the best you can and sew it closed, using a 1/8 inch seam allowance.

 

Place your shoulder pieces together with right sides together and sew them closed, using a 1/4 inch seam allowance.  Then, trim down a bit and zig-zag the raw edges closed…..also trying to make things look nice and neat.

 

Attach a hook and eye to the top of the vest, if desired.

 

And that’s it!!!  A snuggly warm Faux Fur vest to wear!!!

 
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Ashley Johnston

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Ashley Johnston is a professional DIY costume maker, sewist, crafter, and owner of Make It & Love It. She is a mom of 5 and a wife to a very patient (with my craft clutter) husband. In case you’re wondering, she always chooses crafting/sewing/designing over mopping/dusting/wiping base boards……but bathrooms/laundry/full bellies are always attended to. Whew!
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Comments

  1. Star Tyler says:

    Hey! thanks for this amazing tutorial. I have always been ordering a faux fur vest at http://www.myfurvest.com. However, after reading this awesome tutorial I could make one for myself. Thanks a ton lady!

  2. Alici says:

    Thank you! My sewing is a little rusty and I could not figure out how to sew the lining in! Every tutorial I found wanted me to hand stitch the lining to the underarms. I knew there had to be a better way! Your step by step was on point!

  3. Kari Barton says:

    I used this to make a fur vest for myself – it was my first time making clothing and using a pattern – and it turned out great thanks to this tutorial! Thank you so much! ?

  4. Anonymous says:

    Ellie is a beautiful girl . Can you do fur for boys as well?

  5. Ellen says:

    Just finished one for my 12 year old–she loves it! Have enough leftover to make one for my toddler, who could not stop petting the fur as she rode in the shopping cart!

  6. Sharon Collins says:

    Today that vest must feel very warm! If I were in Edmond, I would be heading to Hobby Lobby to purchase some faux fur! My granddaughters would love a vest. Of course, a sewing lesson would also be included. I am tempted to make my own. It is getting chilly in the DFW area from the front KS so graciously shared with us. Hope your Thanksgiving was great.

  7. Anonymous says:

    AMAZING Tutorial!! Will make one for myself and my little one.. Thanks for sharing :)

  8. majella says:

    Prachtig… tijdrovend maar heel sjiek.

  9. Diane says:

    So cute and glam! I’ve been thinking about this look for grand princesses for Christmas. Definitely a must do! Thanks!

    1. Ashley says:

      This would be perfect for them! Good luck Diane! :)

  10. Diane says:

    If any fur gets caught in the seams, you can use a pin or needle on the right side to tease it out so that the seams don’t look flat. When using a standard 5/8-inch seam allowance, that can be a problem; maybe it’s not with only a 1/4-inch seam allowance.

    1. Ashley says:

      Yeah, I didn’t have much of a problem with that….but if others do, that’s a great tip! Thanks Diane!

  11. lindsey says:

    love it! and we could really use these at the moment! (we had snow over here in the uk already this winter) i feel a trip to the fabric shop coming on……lol thanks for yet another fab tutorial!

    1. Ashley says:

      Oh yes!!!! You better RUN! :) And you’re very welcome Lindsey!

  12. Sanji says:

    I love this! Can’t wait to make myself one! Thank you for the inspiration and ideas. I’ve followed you for years and have never told you how much you inspire me! Thanks! XOXOX

    1. Ashley says:

      Wow, thanks so much Sanji….really, how sweet are you! :)

  13. Janelle says:

    Wow! Nothing beats making your own for cheaper that looks just as good, if not better than store bought!

    1. Ashley says:

      Oh my word, thanks so much Janelle!!! It sure is nice to make it exactly how I want it….definitely a perk! :)

  14. Mattie says:

    You are so creative! Love this!

    1. Ashley says:

      Awww, thanks so much Mattie! I’m glad you like it!

  15. Alfiya says:

    Thank you for a very good tutorial!

    1. Ashley says:

      You’re so welcome! :)

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