I had this need for sumptuous fur pillows… to nap on… and I could not find ones to buy. They were all weird patterns/textures, not soft, or too expensive, so I got the crazy idea to make my own! While I felt so proud & accomplished when they were done, fair warning: this is not for the undetermined. The slippery fur makes pinning and measuring tricky. Luckily, it was so ~~worth it~~. I found a deliciously soft, faux fur white blanket at Marshalls, along with two pillows of slightly different sizes and fullness for the inserts. Leggo.
Here’s a step-by-step:
Step 1: Measure to Cut
Since the pillow covers are already the correct size, use them as rulers to measure. Mark with a pen or pencil and carefully cut the fabric in half for two pillows. Step 2: Remove the blanket lining
Only necessary if you bought a blanket and not the fabric at a fabric store. Careful to note your surface as the fur sticks. Step 3: Measure to Pin
Measure oh-so-carefully and pin. It is generally better to have more than less, but *expert tip* the fur fabric stretches. I had to take it in a solid extra couple inches on each side since I left extra room, so I would recommend skipping that and going an inch less than the pillow cover, or 2-3 inches smaller than the pillow. I conveniently folded the blanket in half, using the folded side as a straight line and only having to sew two and a half sides. *Expert tip* MARK the fabric with the pen or pencil along the ruler, and line up for right angles since the fur slips. This will save you time and hissy fits. Step 4: Pin
Pin inward and use as many as you want. You may try to get the fabric super straight and tight to get the measurements right, but don’t bother because *expert tip* the fur will not cooperate as you pin and you MUST pull the fabric tight while sewing anyways. Do check underneath as that might overlap and get funky- that you should fix. *Expert tip* don’t worry about the amount of fabric to the side of your pins. Just make sure it is short enough to easily push through in the sewing machine. Save the final trimming for the end. *Expert tip* drawing a straight line along the pins and dashes can help- the sewing machine should work straight but it helps for pinning and measuring as the fabric slips. Don’t forget to measure after pinning to make sure all future seams are equidistant, not just across the folded side. Step 5: Sew (start)
Many machines have needles for fur- use that. Make sure the foot is raised high enough, normal should be fine. Don’t forget to backstitch, and *expert tip* hold the fabric ~tight tight tight~ to prevent bunching or overlaps. Feel free to practice on a scrap and you will get your rhythm going easily. Step 6: Sew (end)
Make sure to leave an opening of almost 2/3 for the pillow to be inserted. Simply lift the foot to pivot, and don’t forget to backstitch. *Expert tip* do not make the opening too big as the stitches are strong to squeeze the insert, and hand sewing is arduous enough without factoring that you cannot see the stitches with fur. It will make for less homemade-looking pillows. Step 7: Trim the edges
Trim leaving about 1/2 an inch of fabric next to the seam. Careful, as you can always cut more but cannot undo those cuts. Do not forget the corners, cutting at an angle, or they will not pop out right when the casing is turned right side out. Step 8: Turn the pillow right side out & stuff
Turn right side out & admire your work! Try to fit the pillow in, and if the case is too big then sew in another inch or so and trim again. You do not want it floating around in there. Step 9: Hand Sewing
Arguably the trickiest step besides pinning is hand sewing. At least when you pin, the lines do not need to be super straight (just can’t be bunched or overlapped) because it’s fur and you will not see every detail once turned right side out. Hand sewing, however, is done right side out. *Expert tip* you do not need to pin since the fabric conveniently folds the way it should lay. Do not ‘over-under’ sew but straight across instead, back and forth. Make your stitches as tight together as you can by digging your fingers in the fur to see where you last stitched. This will take awhile, so bear with it and don’t forget to knot the end of that first stitch. *Expert tip* pull your thread tight as you go, even though it will stop you from seeing your last stitch, because if you forget and try to go back, you could rip the thread trying to pull up stitches to tighten. Disaster. Just pull tight, then loosen the last two or so to see and continue. The end is the trickiest since you can’t see the stitches. Double stitch once & knot close to the fabric to finish!Step 10: Arrange on your bed. Snooze and snuggle away.
Light, soft, zen vibes. You know there are candles, books, and a Buddha head just to the right.
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Faux Fur Blanket (similar here on sale)