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Faux Fur Accessories

Soft cushions and bags are haute stuff
Threads #183, February/March 2016
Soft pillows invite repose, and are fast and easy to sew. For a cute winter tote in fluffy fur, turn to page 30. Faux furs provided by Shannon Fabrics, ShannonFabrics.com.

Make home décor or accessories everyone wants to hug. These projects, a pillow and a tote, are simple to sew.

Pillows with faux fur faces have a ritzy look and feel. This knife-edge design has a lapped opening on the back, so you can create the pillow without having to sew in a zipper or other closure. The front is fabulous, soft fake fur that looks wonderful with contemporary and eclectic décor. 

The fluffy tote shown on page 31 has a flat bottom made from a faux leather remnant. To keep the focus on the faux fur, the details are minimal. Attach the double straps or chains to rings connected to the bag interior.

Have no concern about keeping these fuzzy projects clean. Many of today’s faux furs may be spot-cleaned or washed, making them a smart and fashionable room accent or accessory.

Cushy pillows

The furry pillow front is cut slightly larger than the square pillow form. The lapped pillow back is cut and hemmed as one piece, then cut in half and arranged to create an opening to turn or stuff the pillow.


  • Square pillow form
  • Fake fur to cover pillow form front
  • Faux suede backing fabric


Pillow form diagram.1. Cut the fur pillow front 1 inch larger on each side than the square pillow form. The extra inches include seam allowances and a bit of ease. If your fur has a pattern, be sure to position it as desired on the pillow front.Pillow form back diagram.2. Cut the pillow back. Cut the pillow back 2 inches longer and 9 inches wider than the square pillow form.

3 Hem the short ends of the pillow back. Turn 3⁄8 inch to the wrong side and press, then stitch 1⁄4 inch from the fold. Turn 1-1⁄2 inches to the wrong side and press. Stitch 1-1⁄4 inches…

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