Hello friends! I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for some happy. Like many of you, I have a very heavy heart. One of the things I’ve learned about life, however, is that joy and sadness are not always mutually exclusive. This blog is not really sad. It is full of happy things. So maybe this will make you smile today, because it makes me smile:

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This coat was a totally spur-of-the-moment eyeball-a-bathrobe-and-draw-up-a-quick-pattern project that happened rather suddenly Friday afternoon while Clementine was napping. I ended up sewing it all together in a frenzy of fuzzy fur Friday night, which resulted in some uncontrollable sneezing fits. It’s still not quite finished as I ran out of magnetic snaps, so I need to go out and get some more of those today. By the way, magnetic snaps make the BEST closure for a kids coat, as they practically close themselves (see my magnetic snap tutorial if you’ve never tried them).

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Do you know how sewing can be cathartic? It was. So fun to see this come together. The great secret of making coats is that they are actually quite easy. Though, the disadvantage of not actually taking a bit more time to properly adjust the pattern pieces to her measurements was that it came out about a size 5. Meh. Room to grow. And besides, it adds to the crazy-grandma-in-her-fur-coat effect when she puts it on, which I am totally loving. If you’re not sure you love the faux fur look on kids, please take a look at this picture that I found particularly inspiring on Pinterest and come back and tell me that it is not completely stinking cute.

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Personally I am not exactly a faux fur kindof gal, and I remember that my mom looked at me like I was crazy when I bought this fabric on a trip to Seattle a couple years ago, like “what the heck are you planning to make with THAT?” Now I just wish I had bought more, because I didn’t even have enough leftover scraps to put some patch pockets on the front. Much less make a matching fur bear hat to go with it that would have been crushingly cute.  As it is, it’s got enough cute factor on it’s own, but there you go: for some reason I can’t post things without telling you how I wish it had been slightly different. I’m like the dinner hostess who compulsively has to mention the item of food on the table that’s slightly overcooked.

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Let me offer you one last thing:

Tips for sewing with faux fur

1. Cut each piece with a scissors individually after tracing the pattern pieces onto the back of the faux fur with chalk or marking pen. Attempting to cut through two layers at once, or trying to cut from the fur side, can result in swears/tears.

2. Then get out your vacuum cleaner and clean up all that loose fur before you begin sneezing uncontrollably. NOW.

3. Use a ballpoint needle on your sewing machine. Most faux fur is actually knit fabric, even if it’s not very stretchy, so it’s wise to treat it like a knit.

4. Similarly, a walking foot on your sewing machine is a really good idea (see my walking foot post for more info).

5. If you are sewing the faux fur with a woven fabric, as I was in this case, it may help to put the woven fabric on top when sewing the two layers together to help stabilize the knit underneath.

6. Get out your vacuum again after you’re finished so you won’t have a permanent allergic reaction to your sewing room.

Categories: clothes for girls, knits
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  1. I am not a faux fur gal either….but light blue on a cute little thing is a whole different story!!! It looks darling on her.

    (And I am loving the whole “granny in her oversized fur”…..you are just tempting me to actually buy some ;)

  2. Vero says:

    So cute! Makes you want to cuddle up!

  3. Kristen says:

    That definitely makes me smile and brightens my morning. :) She looks so warm and cozy in it!

  4. Leila says:

    It’s amazingly cute!! It reminds me of the blue faux fur coat my mum made me when I was about the same age as your little girl. Love it!

  5. Carolyn says:

    That. Is. Fabulous.
    She is working the granny chic look :)

  6. Stef says:

    There’s something about that shade of blue with the puffiness of the fur that’s just scrumptious! I love it!

  7. kristin says:

    Yes yes yes! I just want to snuggle her to bits – she looks so cute and cozy, and I love the little granny look (especially with the PEARLS, haha!). I bought some faux fur recently and saw hot pink and blue and other crazy colors and wondered WHY anyone would ever buy brightly colored faux fur. Now I get it. I totally get it. Thanks for the smile and hugs to you too, Rae.

  8. jennifer says:

    this is completely amazing. LOVE. And she is such a cutie.

  9. Stacy says:

    You forgot to add, “Carefully take each piece and either shake it over a garbage can or outside before sewing.” ;) Such a mess, but so cute! I tend to topstitch it so the seams don’t bubble up and then go with the end of a seam ripper over the seam and take the fur out of the stitches. It is a bit of a pain, but then they look nice. She looks adorable in her little blue coat. :)

  10. Lisa says:

    I’ve never loved faux fur either, but this is ridiculously cute. Thanks for the tips. I pinned one of the non-Clementine pictures so I can find it again later. I may have to try it. Love it! (P.S.–I think my daughter wants to meet Clementine, now. :) )

  11. Marilyn says:

    So cute!

  12. anna says:

    it’s totally gorgeous! she looks quite pleased with it. Hope you have a great Christmas with your fam. :)

  13. Robin says:

    OMG this is amazingly hilarious and adorable. May I humbly suggest some gigantic red or pink buttons down the front would be super cute.

  14. jenny says:

    It’s awesome and you completely captured the look — the pearls make it.

  15. Miranda says:

    Love the floral lining. I found that trimming the fur away at the seam allowance is helpful in reducing bulk. It does however add to the level of fur bits that end up everywhere!

  16. Robyn says:

    I just wanted to let you know that your photos of Clementine are much more inspiring than the pinterest link! Both she and the coat are adorable! My daughter loves anything snuggly including coats. I hope to make this for her someday (when I get a place to keep my sewing machine…).

  17. Karen says:

    I’ve always loved Faux Fur. My favorite coat is made from Camouflage Stuffed Animal Fur. I may actually line it this year, since I’ve now had it (and worn it) more than half my life!

    I shave my seams with clippers before sewing after that first coat. Your tips are all fabulous and I love Clementine in her sweet coat!

  18. dana says:

    i love that pic of her on the couch!

  19. nicole says:

    I contacted you a few months back regarding if you where going to sell the pattern for this fur coat. At that time, you where not Have you since then reconsidered? I so want to make this for my niece.

    Thank you
    Nicole

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