Hello, everyone! This is Nichole from Bluebird & the Boy again!
I know we’re in the middle of one of the busiest times of year…but I’ve got one more project that I think you’re going to want to put on your To Do list! It’s classic, versatile and best of all…a quick sew!
I’m going to show you how to sew a faux fur collar.
I’m going to show you how to create a beautiful, vintage style faux fur collar. It’s the perfect accessory to any outfit! (You may have recently spotted my girl wearing hers in the post I did for Sew McCool’s 12 Days of Christmas Holiday Blogger Challenge!)
Ready to begin?
What you’ll need:
* ⅓ – ½ yard faux fur
* ⅓ – ½ yard lining material (I used satin)
* ribbon (x2) cut to desired length (I used 2 ¼ “)
* misc sewing supplies
How to sew a faux fur collar
To construct your pattern, you are going to draw upon your math skills (and your favorite circle skirt tutorial!)
Let’s start with getting the circumference of the neck. Using a piece of yarn, loosely wrap it around the neck, making note of where the two ends meet. Measure the length of the yarn on your ruler. In this tutorial, the circumference is 12.5″
As long as your model is nearby, use your yarn (or tailor’s tape) to measure the preferred finished length of the collar. In this tutorial, that number is 4.5″.
Alright, it’s time for some (simple) math. In order to construct the pattern for the collar, we need to determine the radius of the neck measurement.
Begin by adding seam allowance to the circumference. In this tutorial, seam allowance is 1/2″.
12.5″ + 1″ = 13.5″
(circ) (SA) (total circ)
Radius = 13.5/6.28 = 2.15″
(total circ/2xPi) = (round to 2 1/8″ for ease of measuring)
2 1/8″ will be the radius of the top of your collar pattern. The length will be 5.5″. (1″ SA + 4.5″ length.)
We did it! Math’s done, onto the sewing!
Using your measurements, create your pattern. Cut one pattern piece from your faux fur, and one piece from your lining material.
You now have two full circles, one from each material. To create the open front of the collar, I used a crease to mark a straight line down one side of each circle. Using a small plate as a guide, I traced the curve for the front collar pieces, and then cut using my marks.
Cut your ribbon pieces to your desired length, and pin them to the right sides of each collar end piece. When pinning them into place, be sure to take into account your 1/2″ seam allowance and place the ribbon at least 1/2″ from each edge. The ribbon should be tucked in on top of the collar. Place the lining piece onto the fur piece, right sides together, and sandwich your ribbons between the two pieces. Pin the two pieces (often, to prevent slipping!) all around, leaving about a 4 inch gap towards the back for turning.
Stitch around all sides. Clip the corners and curves, and trim the seam allowance. Turn the collar right side out through the gap.
Using a needle and thread, close the gap using a ladder stitch.
Trim the ends of your ribbon and seal them.
Now it’s time to pair up that gorgeous collar with your favorite top, dress, or coat!
I hope you enjoy this tutorial…and the result…as much as we do! Wishing you all a beautiful and bright holiday season!
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