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Lush & Plush Trends from Fabric.com: Faux Fur Blanket and Pillow

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We love all the projects we get to create here at Sew4Home, but there are some that rise to the top. Certain special ones we want to keep for ourselves to decorate our own homes as opposed to just display in the S4H studio. Today's faux fur throw and pillow certainly make that list. So easy yet so luxuriously elegant, we couldn't stop hugging them. Part of our specialty fabric series sponsored by Fabric.com, the steps are so simple, you'll spend more time vacuuming up all the stray fur than actually sewing. One or both would make great gifts... that is if you are able to let them go once you're done. We couldn't! Make two... there'll be less crying.

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Faux fur is everywhere this season! If you are new to working with it, check out our tutorial. Then, sit back and browse through the pages and pages of beautiful faux fur at Fabric.com. There's so much to choose from and it all looks so real! There are a number of options in colors not normally found in nature; you'd call them fun , faux fur. But the samples we selected had the look, feel and drape of the real deal. So rich and soft, you have to indulge. Our genuine fur tester (see above) was certainly fooled, and happy to sit next to the throw as a new furry friend.

Our thanks to Fabric.com for providing all the fabric and sponsoring our Series. We have lots more coming up in the new few days featuring the lush-est, plushest, most trendy fabrics for Fall and Winter and concluding with a fantastic Great Giveaway.

Sewing Tools You Need

Pillow Supplies & Instructions

Fabric and Other Supplies

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NOTE : Fabric.com has an absolutely stunning selection of faux fur and would be our recommended place to start your shopping. However, because the project uses just two 20" x 20" squares, you might be able to find faux fur remnants that could work. You could also think about cutting the squares out of an old faux fur coat or jacket for a great re-make/re-use project.

Getting Started

  1. From the faux fur fabric cut TWO 20" x 20" squares. If you use the same faux mink fabric we selected, make sure to cut your pieces as mirror images of one another so the pretty ridges in the fur line up front to back.

At Your Sewing Machine

As we mentioned above, check out our Sewing with Faux Fur article for pinning, cutting and sewing tips.

Optional zipper

  1. We inserted a 16" invisible zipper into the bottom seam of our pillow. This is optional to allow you to wash the pillow cover. The faux fur we selected can be machined washed on cold and air dried.
  2. You can skip the zipper and simply seam all sides, leaving a 6-8" opening to turn, and then handstitch the opening closed with a slip stitch or whip stitch.
  3. To go with our zipper method, pick an invisible zipper between 11" and 16" in length. With invisible zippers, you work with the front and back of your pillow BEFORE you sew them together.
  4. If you're new to this technique, the instructions that come with an invisible zipper are actually pretty good (as packaged instructions go). We also have a dandy tutorial: Invisible Zippers Are Your Friends.
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  5. The only extra step when doing a zipper insertion in faux fur is to comb the fur away from the raw edge of the fabric so you don't have little hairs in the way of the zipper tape when sewing.
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  6. Once you have your zipper sewn in place, open it up (if you forget to open the zipper, you won't be able to turn the pillow right side out; invisible zippers are REALLY hard - if not downright impossible - to unzip from the back side).
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Assemble front and back

  1. With the zipper in place and right sides together, stitch the remaining three sides of the pillow using a ½" seam allowance.
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  2. Clip all four corners and turn the pillow right side out through the zipper opening. Use a blunt end tool, like a large knitting needle or a chopstick to help push out the corners so they are nice and square.
  3. Stuff the pillow insert into the pillow casing through the zipper opening, making sure to fluff out the corners, and close the zipper.

Throw Supplies & Instructions

Fabric and Other Supplies

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  • 2 yards of 58-60" wide faux fur fabric for front side of throw: we used 60" Faux Fur Snow Leopard White/Taupe from Fabric.com
    NOTE : You'll have a nice little chunk of fur leftover (approximately 12" x 60") to make a little pillow or scarf or trim some gloves, or......
  • 2 yards of 58-60" wide faux suede fabric for back side of throw: we used 58" Vintage Suede White, a microsuede from Fabric.com
  • All-purpose sewing thread
  • Contrasting thread for optional monogramming
  • One 8-12" square piece of tear-away stabilizer for for optional monogramming
  • Scissors
  • See-through ruler
  • Tape measure
  • Fabric pencil or pen
  • Straight pins
  • Hand sewing needle

Getting Started

Here's one more reminder to check out our Sewing with Faux Fur article for pinning, cutting and sewing tips.

  1. From the faux fur cut ONE 60" x 60" square.
  2. From the faux suede cut ONE 58" x 58" square.
    NOTE:  For both of our cuts, we are using the full fabric width to cut our squares.

At Your Sewing Machine

Optional monogram

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  1. We added a monogram to one corner on the back of our throw. This is, of course, optional but does add an elegant bit of personalization - especially if you plan to make the throw as a gift.
  2. If you are new to monogramming, check out  our article on the subject. If you have a machine with an embroidery function, you are ready to go. If not...  perhaps it's time for a shopping trip.
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  3. Be sure to use stabilizer on the wrong side of the suede to help insure the smoothest stitching possible. You'll tear away the stabilizer when done monogramming.
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Assemble front and back

  1. Because we used faux fur only for the front of our throw with faux suede on the back, we cut the fur side a bit larger and will use the cut suede square like a pattern.
  2. Place the fur right side up on the floor (we figure you are working on the floor unless you have a huuuuuuuge work table).
  3. Center the suede right side down on top of the fur. The fur will extend beyond the suede by a couple inches on all sides. That's what we want.
  4. Pin the two layers together, using plenty of pins.
  5. Sew with a ¼" - ½" seam allowance all the way around, leaving a 6-8" opening at the middle of one side.
  6. Sew with the suede side up, using the edge of the suede as your guide to measure for the ¼" - ½" seam allowance. You won't be able to see the needle plate because it will be obscured by the fur. Instead, use a point on your presser foot to maintain your seam.
  7. We double-stitched the corners to reinforce them.
  8. Sew slowly with both hands on the fabric to help keep it from shifting.
  9. Pivot at each corner. Remember to leave a 6-8" opening at the middle of one side.
  10. Clip the seam allowances at all four corners.
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  11. Turn the throw right side out through the opening.
  12. Handstitch the opening closed with a slip stitch or whip stitch.

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Contributors

Project Concept: Alicia Thommas  
Sample Creation and Instructional Outline: Gregory Dickson

Other machines suitable for this project include the Elna 2800 Pink and the Viking Emerald 203.

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Comments (24)

Cheryl D. said:
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I am getting ready to make this throw using the same fabric (it's beautiful) and my question is when I cut the faux fur do I cut it as in the "sewing with Faux Fur"?  this will be my first time sewing with faux fur.  

thank you 

Cheryl D. 

Liz Johnson.Editor.Sew4Home said:
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@ Cheryl D - yes, cut the fur as described in the Sewing with Faux Fur tutorial. It gives you the best look at the seam lines. 

Delbert Forpahl said:
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I have been using fur and fake fur to make hats and caps, and I can not go any where with out being stoped and asked where did I get that hat or cap. Every one loves them

Biblejunkie said:
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This is absolutely gorgeous, and a great gift.  I was wondering if anyone knew of a close alternative to this fur in texture and color?

Amanda V said:
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I went to my local craft store and they had this LOVELY soft mink fabric for 14 a yard, on sale for 1/2 that. I bought 2 and a half yards to do this project with. Black fur with a bright turquose owl print on the back! Super soft. Very warm.

rmwebe01 said:
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I made this throw and when it was done I was inspired to make over my drap brown bedroom in Leopard and animal print. So I scowered sew4home for ways to revitalize the sheets, pillow shams and curtains. With the couple of different accent  pillows in various textures and prints I now have this really awesome wild side "chic cave"! My husband was impressed.... RAAAAARRRR!!!!

Sheila G said:
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Would love to see a pic of your room. I am getting ready to do a bedroom makeover too.

ClaireEastonNH said:
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Hi @ LCO. I wanted to say that my mother-in-law ordered this fabric so I could made this throw for her. We had been shopping and saw them in a number of department stores for about $200 and up. The one she drooled over was $300. We walked away. If you are unconcerned about the quality of the fur, then you could certainly make it more cheaply or buy one at Target. What arrived from fabric.com was spectacular. We agreed it was nicer than the faux fur used in many of the throws selling for hundreds. It's all in what you want. smilies/smiley.gif
@ LCO said:
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You wouldn't really be saving that much, if anything. The price per yard of the faux fur is $23+. This is a project you do just because, not to save.
vickit said:
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Great idea and in another month (or even now since the wind chills are only 13 in my area today) this would be a great blanket to stay warm under. And so soft.
FireGirl said:
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Thx for geting back to me and your wonderful pillow info.
Liz Johnson.Editor.Sew4Home said:
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@ dav - The back of the faux fur is not as "slippery" as the back of most Minky, and when combined with the "grip" of the suede there really wasn't any problem with slipping and no reason to topstitch. If you decide to use Minky, I still think you'll be okay - again because the back of the faux fur has a bit of its own grip. However, we alway use some scraps to test our theories, so you could take a small strip of fur and and small strip of Minky, stitch them together and see what you think. If need be, insert the secret flannel layer. You can then use your "test strip" as a pretty scarf smilies/wink.gif
dav said:
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I love this tutorial and the faux fur. Just also want to be sure that there is no need for topstitching the fur throw. Is that because you used faux suede as the backing to help keep the blanket from shifting? If I choose to use minky as the back fabric should I also use flannel in between the the fur and minky like in your minky blanket tutorial? I truly look forward to your weekly project ideas!
SJS said:
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In the early 70's I had a fake fur coat made of Orlon that was so real looking and it was inexpensive, too. When asked, I said it was from an Orlot! Today, I would be glad to call it a faux fur that I learned about from Sew4home and viewed on Fabric.com. I would love to make a throw from one of the honey colored furs.
Liz Johnson.Editor.Sew4Home said:
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@ FireGirl - I talked a bit about pillow sizing in our pillow form article we did recently. You can read that here:

http://sew4home.com/tips-resources/buying-guide/1006-lush-a-plush-trends...

Here's the basic scoop from that article: When selecting the pillow insert size, keep in mind that the insert should always be the same or a bit larger than the finished cover size. This keeps your cover taut. How much larger is a matter of personal preference and the style of the pillow cover. At Sew4Home, we most often use a pillow insert the same size as the pillow cover we are making. For example, an 18" x 18" finished pillow cover for an 18" x 18" insert. An inch smaller on the cover is also a nice, chubby look: a 17" x 17" finished pillow cover for an 18" x 18" insert.
FireGirl said:
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Love this project...ok but for the pillow the insert is 20x20 and yet you cut the pillow squares to be 20x20. How does this work with the seams and all?
Thanks I love your site and have made other stuff from your wonderful projects and instructions
Liz Johnson.Editor.Sew4Home said:
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@ button2- Because you need to air dry the fur, if you wash it -- you'd want something you don't have to iron. We suggest maybe a high quality fleece with a short nap. A heavier weight knit might also work, but would be a bit harder to sew with.
button2 said:
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Lovely, What would be a good choice for the back that could be washable? And thanks for this site.
LCO said:
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I saw a really similar blanket just the other day in the Pottery Barn Teen catalog, with a fake suede back, but with fake sherpa for the front, and a whopping $79 price tag! How timely that Sew 4 Home had a tutorial to make a similar blanket, for probably a lot less money! smilies/grin.gif I was hoping there'd be a photo of the finished back of your blanket though!
SheRog said:
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Perfect! This is what I was waiting for! I can hardly wait to get started on that fur blanket, now that I know how to sew it together easily.

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