FAUX FUR TOTE
as you can tell we’re loving all the faux fur out there right now and excited to integrate some into our own wardrobes. (see our post all about it yesterday!) we thought it would be fun to try our hand at a simple tote bag made with one of the furriest textures we could find. it might seem like faux fur would be hard to sew but it is actually quiet easy and very forgiving. the fur covers even the wiggliest of seams and if you don’t have access to a sewing machine you could even give hand sewing a try.
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• 3/4 yard cotton muslin or other light cotton fabric
• 1 1/2 yard cotton or nylon webbing
• thread to match
• fabric scissors
• kraft paper and ruler (not pictured)
how to make it:
on a piece of sketch paper make a pattern like the diagram above. the dotted line indicates where you will stitch. all seam allowances will be 1/2 inch.
cut out two pieces of the faux fur using your pattern, use weights to hold the paper down (soup cans and oversized washers work well.)
fold the top of your pattern piece down 1 inch.
with the pattern folded at the top cut two pieces of cotton muslin.
pin the 2 muslin pieces together along the sides and the bottom according to the pattern diagram and sew together using a 1/2 seam allowance.
press the seams open. next, to create boxed corners on the bottom of your bag manipulate the notched areas of the pattern so that the side seam and bottom seam meet.
sew a straight line, also using a 1/2 inch seam allowance and trim the excess fabric.
to prep the fur for sewing lay fabric fur side to fur side and push as much of the extra fur that hangs out the edge in towards the inside of the bag as you pin.
repeat the same sewing steps with the faux fur. it helps to lengthen the stitch on your machine for the fur. I also recommend practicing with a piece of extra fur to get a feel for how your machine will handle the material. lastly, I found it helpful to take sewing the fur at a slightly slower place to help keep the seams straight.
turn the sewn fur pieces inside out, but leave the muslin pieces with the seams on the outside.
put the muslin inside the fur and adjust so that the seams are lined up to each other. you can pin the seams together to help keep them in place once you have them lined up
when lined up properly the muslin should be an inch shorter than the fur. next fold the fur over the muslin and pin into place and stitch the fur down.
for the straps cut 2 pieces of 24 inch webbing. next, fold your bag so the side seams touch and mark with a pin where the middle of either side of the bag is. using the pin as a marker measure 3 inches from either side and pin the straps into place. since the fur at this point can be hard to measure I found this an easier way to figure out strap placement. when you have them pinned into place pick up your bag and test it out, see if the length and placement is comfortable for you. this is one of the great things about making your own tote bag, you can customize the dimensions to your liking.
sew the straps into place by sewing along the same stitch you sewed before. this will help you keep the stitch straight and also minimize the stitching you see on the outside of the bag.
after you have the straps secured fold the excess under the fur and stitch that down as well.
one last tip, after you are done sewing you can use a small knitting or crochet needle to pull some of the fur that gets stitched down in the seams out. buy doing so you will effectively cover the seams and the bag will look like as is it has no stitching at all.
if you’re anything like me you carry a whole world with you in your bag. these carry alls are so easy and fun to make that I think I’m going to make one for everyday of the week AND all my friends. if you make your own version be sure to tag us in your photos so we can see all the furry madness and fun you create.