Cold days are best spent lounging on the couch with the fireplace on while binge watching TV. I typically try to pile all my pets on me for added warmth during extra cold days (like this), but I think this cozy DIY faux fur throw blanket might make that not as necessary as it once was. Although, it is still more than welcome… I mean, those cute faces!
This faux fur throw blanket is a super easy project that can be completed in under an hour and I’m sharing the simple sewing tutorial below!
But first, let’s talk fabric! I’ve been petting plenty of faux fur blankets at West Elm lately and I’ve gotta say this faux mink fur from Shannon Fabrics is just as soft! I’m so impressed with the quality of the fur. It’s got a hefty weight to it and it hasn’t shed at all. I haven’t spilled any snacks on it yet (the fur calls for dry cleaning), but I’ll probably try to spot clean any messes first before taking it in to a cleaner.
Want to make one too? Let’s get started!
- Faux Fur
- Lining Fabric
- Wonder Clips (optional but helpful!)
- Walking Foot (optional but helpful!)
- General Sewing Supplies
Tips for Working With Faux Fur
- Don’t cut faux fur on the fold. The fabric gets very thick and shifty and accidental haircuts of the faux fur are more likely.
- When cutting faux fur, cut from the backside (an exacto knife is great for this) making sure to only cut through the backing and not the fur itself.
- Sew with a walking foot to help keep the fur from shifting.
- Wonder clips are really helpful when “pinning” fabric if regular straight pins can’t handle the job.
- Before sewing a faux fur seam, bush all the fur away from the seam. After the seam is sewn, gently pull out any of the faux fur that was caught up in the seam.
One: Cut the faux fur and lining fabric to 48 x 61 inches each.
Two: Place the faux fur and lining fabric rights side together and “pin” the edges with the wonder clips. Regular pins can be a bit difficult to use with faux fur.
Three: Sew with a 1/2 inch seam allowance around the edges, leaving an 8 inch opening. Clip the corners.
Four: Turn the throw right side out through the opening and hand stitch the opening closed.
And that’s it! Super simple!
Photos: Laura Murray Photography
Disclaimer: This post was created in partnership with Shannon Fabrics.