Instagram tells me I snapped this picture 36 weeks ago. That would have made it the end of February, one of those days with a beautiful snowfall … after what had become a long, cold winter. Being the texture lover that I am, I had decided that we needed faux fur throws, and most likely one for each of us. So as soon as fur was on sale at the local fabric shop, I snatched up several different colors and styles in the softest furs that I could find.
Several of them became body pillows for our bonus room couches, perfect for movies with the family, and the others became pillow covers or throws. Then I got busy and forgot to stitch up the last two throws. I’m not quite sure how I would forget such a thing, but I did.
I decided today was the perfect day to finish up the last two throws, as fall seems to have finally come to stay. One of the perks of sewing is that you have lots of license to make things exactly the way you want them. With both of my guys being over 6’2″, I knew I wanted my thrown to be longer than the usual 60″ or 72″. In fact, I purchased enough fur for two 86″ throws.
One of the throws I made last year has a microfiber backing which is nice and lightweight, but a bit more flimsy than I prefer. So, I went with fleece as it tends to be the same width as faux fur, eliminating the need to trim the fleece before sewing your throw. It’s also usually on sale this time of year.
The steps for making a fur throw are very straightforward, the only difficulties being that the fur can be very slinky and the sheer size of the throw makes it a bit awkward to pin with a bazillion pins (to counteract the slinky factor). On the upside, fur is also very forgiving and if your measurements are slightly off, you’ll have a hard time spotting the imperfection. Our son actually made one for his big sister one Christmas when he 12 or 13 and it turned out great. You can read that as, “If a pre-teen boy can successfully make a fur throw, then so can you!”
So let’s get started …
Lay out your fleece with the right side up and smooth out any wrinkles. This is probably easiest on a king size bed or clean floor due to the sheer size of the project. Lay your fur on top of the fleece, right side down and matching up the selvages and straight cut edges of the fleece and fur. Again straighten out the fur and make sure none of the fleece has bunched up in the process. Now, pin the two layers together, using more pins than you think you need to – just trust me on this, you’ll thank me later.
Another tip is to always pin fabrics along the right edge with the head of the pin closest to you. This way you can easily pull out the pins as they are approaching the presser foot on your machine.
Using your machine, stitch a 1/2″ seam all the way around the rectangle, leaving a 6″ – 8″ opening along one side to turn the throw right side out. Trim seams as needed and clip the corners, then turn the throw right side out through the opening you have left on the side.
Finally, turn in the raw edges of the opening and whip stitch it closed.
Actually the final step is to clean up the stray fur, or it will look like a fur factory exploded.
If you’re lucky, like me, then you may even have an assistant who will firmly believe that you made it just for him. Of course, he will promptly take a nap on the edge of your throw and it may be a little while before you get to enjoy your handiwork. In the meantime you can start a list of who will be getting a faux fur throw for Christmas.