I stood there for about 20 minutes trying to talk myself out of this project. But I lost the battle and I’m glad I did. Today’s project, how to make a DIY faux fur throw is the result of that lost battle. But you guys win because I’m not just going to share how to make it, I’m sharing some fabulous tips that make this project a breeze for any level of sewer!
My intentions were to run into the store and find some fabric for a new fall pillow project and be on my way. Fortunately, as soon as I felt the faux fur I was a goner. I’d found the same quality faux fur that I’ve felt on sofa throws in high-end stores I’ve visited. The big difference is this throw wouldn’t cost me $130. Mine was about half that much.
How To Make A DIY Faux Fur Throw On A Budget
Supplies to make a DIY faux fur throw. I use affiliate links to help you find the products I used in this project.
- 1 1/2 yards 60″ wide faux fur
- 1 1/2 yards 60″ wide dark brown silky fabric for backing
- sewing machine
- denim sewing machine needle
- heavy duty thread
- quality fabric scissors
- metal office clips
I don’t have any photos of my DIY faux fur throw while I was making it. My camera lens broke the day before and the one I overnighted in was the wrong lens 🙁 All of these photos were taken with a telephoto lens. For the most part, I stood in the next room to take each one. Ya do what you’ve gotta do, right?
Step #1. Cut both fabrics to match in size. My throw is about 60″x 60″.
Step #2. Use scissors and clip the fur shorter all the way around the outside edges. My faux fur is over an inch thick, I clipped about 1/3″ in from the edge. This will make it easier to sew the two fabrics together.
Step #3. Put the front side of the faux fur material and the front of the backing fabrics together.
Step #4 Using the metal clips, clip the four corners together and then clip the sides. Pins will not hold on the faux fur, but the metal office clips work great!
Step #5 Using a 3 or 4 stitch setting, sew around the edge of your DIY faux fur throw, leaving about 8″ unsewn at the end. Trim the corners as close as you can without getting too close to the stitching to prevent them from being too bulky.
Step#6. Turn the DIY faux fur throw right-side out and stitch the opened area with a whip stitch by hand.
Now all I need to do is wait for the cool weather to get here. I can’t wait to cuddle up with a good book on a cool evening.
Changing out my summer throw and adding this DIY faux fur throw is just the right touch for fall.
Yes, I made my fall pillow project too. I’ll share those in a few days 😉
The pillows and my DIY faux fur throw all cost less than the 2 pillows I was eyeing in the store. They took me about a day to make but were well worth the savings!
Looking for more fall decor? You might like this No Sew Table Runner or these simple No Sew Burlap Pumpkins or even this simple DIY Book Pages Pumpkin
Do you have a favorite throw for the cool weather seasons?
Kathleen McLaughlin says
I’m pinching myself because I got the most amazing chinchilla faux fur at JoAnn fabrics. It was $39.99/yard at 50% off and because it was the bolt end they took off another 50%. 2 yards of luxurious fur for $19.99 out the door. I quietly left hoping I don’t get arrested for robbery but it was all legal. Just need a backing fabric which hopefully won’t be more expensive then the fur!
Great tip about trimming the fur down to the backing fabric to not have a bulky seam for sewing plus turning out it won’t be hard to get the corners just right. Love the article.
Wendi Wachtel says
Wow, what a steal of a deal! I got a sale on my faux fur, but not as good as yours. That’s awesome! Yes, trim the fur edges down before sewing, it makes a huge difference. Enjoy your cozy throw! You’re making it just in time for fall weather and it will be even sweeter knowing the deal you got on it!
Marjorie Miller says
The fur throw is beautiful – makes me want to try and make one. Would it have been a better idea to cut the lining an inch or so shorter all around so that when you sew it and turn it inside out, the lining won’t be as likely to show when the fur throw is on the couch?
Hi Marjorie. That’s a good question but I don’t think that’s a good idea, you’ll want the fabric to match in size. The lining doesn’t show at all when it’s on the couch. I arranged it so it would for the photo but it lays like any blanket. It is thick and cuddly! Thanks so much for your good question and visit!
Stacey Keeling says
Oh my gosh, this is such a great idea! Fur throws are expensive pretty often. This is a nice way to create your own and share them.
Happy Thoughts of Home. 🙂
Hi Stacey…Good quality faux fur throws are expensive. I saved a bundle on making my own. I’m loving it and wish I’d made one sooner! Thanks so much for your visit:)
I hate to sew, I’ve been putting off some simple projects… maybe your beautiful faux fur throw will give me the kick in the pants I need. 😉
beautiful job Wendi!
Hi Gail & thank you! My mother was a clothing designer and could sew anything. I can sew a straight line! LOL But I’ve managed to do a lot with only having that one skill. I hope you have a good time sewing something. If I know you, you’ll make something awesome!
Christy @Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer says
That is gorgeous, Wendi!! It looks very expensive…great idea to DIY! XO
Hi Christy & thank you:) I love that it looks expensive but wasn’t. Yes, the ones in the store are crazy and this one looks just like them! Thanks so much for your visit!
Marie from The Interior Frugalista says
I could use your faux fur throw right about now. There is a nip in the air in the early mornings and after the sun goes down in the evening. I’ve already had the fireplace on several evenings. Your throw looks very soft and luxurious, Wendi.
Hi Marie…I’ll bet this throw would be perfect for you guys! I’m on my way back to VT next week and am thinking of taking it with me just to enjoy the cool air & toasty feel! My sister has one of these and I fell in love with it way back. I couldn’t resist making one when the opportunity came!
Mary-the boondocks blog says
This looks absolutely “I want to dive in and take a nap!” It looks so elegant and it is good to the animals. Enjoy it Wendi !
Hi Mary & thank you! That’s how I felt the first time I felt the fabric…ooh la-la! We like cruelty free too 🙂 Thanks so much for your visit & hope to see some more of your breath taking photos soon!
The throw is very pretty but if you use velvet or any other non-slippery fabric on the opposite side it won’t slide off of you when you are using it.
Hi Jan! I thought of that when I was picking out the fabric. I think I got hooked on a blanket I saw in the store that had the satin type backing and it was so warm and soft I couldn’t stop running my hands over it. It doesn’t really slide that much, I think the weight of the faux fur hold it well. I am glad you mentioned this though, so other readers think about their needs before picking out fabric:) Thanks for your comment & visit today!
Vanessa D. says
It’s still so darn hot here, it’s hard to even think of fall but your fur throw is fabulous.
Have you got any tricks up your sleeve for keeping throw pillows from slipping and sliding around on a leather sofa?
Hi Vanessa! You are right…it’s so awful hot here too. I’m thinking if I sew it, the weather will change! LOL We know it will cool down eventually, right?? Yes, on the trick… our sofa is leather too. I either use a pillow that’s made with a textured material that doesn’t slip as much or I put the throw under the pillow. I don’t have ay pictures like this in this post, but will next week when I share the pillows:) Feather pillows are much better than foam filled ones too because you can shape them a little flat on the bottom. I reuse my feathered forms for all my pillows. I’ll share more on that next week.. Thanks so much for your visit!