DIY Faux Fur Collars June 15 2012, 0 Comments

Hello Ra Ra readers! For today's post I am bringing you two different vintage inspired faux fur leopard print collars. It's a cute alternative to a scarf on these chilly winter days. The best part about this project is that it only takes about one hour to complete. So easy!

To start, let's make a pattern. Find some big paper (larger than A4). I used a roll of plain brown wrapping paper for mine.

Here is a picture of style #1:

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Here is the pattern for style #1:

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To draw this pattern I took a round cereal bowl and placed it on the paper. I traced halfway around the bowl. Then I extended each side out from the bottom. From this line, measure out the distance away you want the next line. These two lines were 8 cm apart included the seam allowance. You can make it further away if you want.

The points of your collar can be very sharp or as rounded as you want. This collar had slightly rounded tips.

Once you're done, cut it out and place it around your neck to see if it needs adjusting. If it does, now is the time to do it before you cut your fabric. Keep playing with it until you have it just the way you want it.

Now let's look at a picture and the pattern for style #2.

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For style #2 you need to draw two big circles. I used the same cereal bowl for my smaller circle and I used my colander (no joke!) as the larger circle. The distance between the two was 9 cm.

The reason I haven't put in all the dimensions is because people have different neck sizes and the distance between the two circles will alter the appearance of your collar. You should play around with your paper versions until you have it the way you want (I made about 3 versions of each until I was happy with it). Just make sure that you ADD SEAM ALLOWANCE to your paper pattern before you cut your fabric.

When you cut out the wedge, start by cutting out a small one and go bigger as needed. Alter the angle as you wish as that too will change the appearance of the collar. This style would also look cute with really rounded corners so that is also something to play around with.

One last note about patterns is to make sure that when you fold them in half they are exactly the same. If they aren't, cut accordingly.

Right, so there you have the pattern options, now let's get sewing. Regardless of which style you choose, the sewing instructions are the same.

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Pin your pattern to your fabric and cut it out. You need TWO layers, either one layer of fur and one of lining fabric, or two layers of fur. I used two layers of fur but cut each layer separately because of the thickness of the fabric.

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Once you have two layers of fabric, pin them together, right sides facing. Leave a gap at the back of the neck. If you look at the picture you will see I have marked my gap by putting two pins close together. This reminds me to stop!

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Stitch all the way around, leaving your gap open, and then make tiny incisions around all of the corners. Go close to the stitches, but not through the stitches. Once you're finished, turn it right side out.

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Turn the edges of the gap in and hand stitch the opening shut.

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Hand stitch a hook and eye onto the collar, or consider other options. You could use a wide ribbon and tie it on with a bow, you could use a decorative button with a loop, or leave off the clasp altogether and attach it with a vintage brooch.

You're done! Let's have one more look at them:

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[caption id="attachment_729" align="alignnone" width="630" caption="Finished Style #2"][/caption]

Of course you don't have to use leopard print like these ones here. There are tons of faux fur options. You could go for neon, black and white dalmatian dots, zebra, long fur, short fur, plain black or white (or brown)...you get the idea. Don't forget that when summer rolls around you could make one out of vintage lace or a cute cotton print.

But what to pair with your new collar? Try a high neck top, dress, or jumper. Or pair it with a v-neck or scoop neck to show of some skin. Check out how we've styled it below. These two little collars are available in store now.