Hi pinups! It's time for my 4th Minerva Make, but instead of a pattern review I've done a glamorous DIY tutorial perfect for this cold weather we're having! A quick & simple cosy faux fur stole.

I've been eyeing up Minerva Craft's selection of Faux Fur Fabric for a while and with an upcoming make being a coat (if you follow me on Instagram @craftypinup you've probably already seen it as I couldn't wait to make it!), the fabric I chose for it was dying for a colour pop! It was the perfect excuse to pick up some of the faux fur I'd be lusting after in this lovely baby pink Fur Fabric. I was originally going to make a little fur collar, but it would of meant so much fabric wastage that I opted for a stole, which worked out perfectly as I've been living in it.

Let's get on with the hack! It's so simple and will only take up an hour of your time...

Here's what you'll need:

  • 1m of faux fur
  • 1m of satin fabric
  • pattern paper
  • scissors, pins & the usual sewing equipment.

Step 1: Make Your Pattern

To make you stole pattern fold a large piece of pattern paper in half, enough to trace out half the stole shape. You can free hand your pattern like a large half of a banana/boomerang. I had a faux fur stole from a shop brought coat that I used as a template. 

Add a generous 1" seam allowance all the way around the shape. Then cut the half banana shape out and fold & trace onto the other side, creating one big banana shape! Cut out and this is your pattern piece.

Step 2: Cut Your Fabric

Lay your pattern piece on the faux fur making sure the nap of the fur lays downwards. This will ensure you stole will look neat, along with making it easier to sew. Cut 1. It's easier to cut as one piece and not on the fold.

Then repeat on your satin fabric piece.

Step 3: Pin in Place

Pin your fur and satin together right sides facing, at the centre back leave a 2 inch wide gap. This space will be left un-sewn so you can turn your stole inside out after sewing.

Step 4: Sew!

Sew around the stole, with a needle suitable for thicker fabrics, leaving the 2 inch gap at the centre back. When sewing make sure to keep laying the fur downwards so you get neat edges.

Step 5: Turn

Turn your stole out the right way, poking out the two ends to create the smooth rounded edges. With a pin, you can pull out any bits of fur that shouldn't of been sewn into the inside. 

Step 6: 

Slip-stitch the centre back seam closed and tada! Faux fur stole, done!

I hope you've enjoyed this tutorial and are inspired to try it! If you do, please tag me on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook so I can see and share! I've been wearing mine over my new me made tweed jacket (my Minerva make for March!) and around the house over chunky cardigans to keep cosy. 

Thanks for reading, pinups!

Abi

The Crafty Pinup / @craftypinup

xo