Creating new items from old faux (or real) fur coats is a great idea. Not only can you make some great fashion items to wear during the cold winter months, but you can let your imagination be your guide! I purchased an oversized faux lamb coat at Goodwill a couple years ago, simply because it had so much fabric! At $7.99 I thought it was a bargain, given that faux fur at the fabric store is considerably higher-priced than this gem. I had originally thought I would make a cozy winter throw out of it, but instead I decided to make a hat and scarf! This week we’ll do the hat.
What you need:
Faux-fur coat (or real if you prefer)
Lining fabric (mine was a plus-size dress I purchased for $5.99 at Goodwill)
First, take apart the coat at the seams and lay out the fabric flat on the floor, or table.
I copied the shape of a hat I already had, and calculated how large my head was by using a measuring tape. It was 23 inches and I added an inch for seam allowances. For pattern, fold a piece of printer paper in half lengthwise. Next, I divided the 24 inches by four because there will be four pattern pieces to the hat. Because we folded the paper, I marked three inches, but when opened it will be six. I also traced the shape of the top of the ski hat about 10 inches and created the sloping shape.
Cut out four of the fur pieces, and four of the lining pieces, which is only the top half of the pattern.
Sew seams on all sides of the fur, then sew seams on all sides of the lining. With right sides together, sew the lining and fur hat together leaving an opening for turning it right side out. Turn it right-side out and hand sew the opening shut. Voila!! You’re done! This can be adapted and changed to your liking and, of course, resized if need be. Keep cozy and let the (faux) fur fly!