Friday, 11 January 2013

DIY Fur Muff/Handwarmer

Happy Friday everyone.

It's another glorious sunny day in Vancouver. There is really nothing more beautiful than a sunny Vancouver.

Remember the fur coat I made into a vest a few weeks ago?

There were some left over material that shouldn't be wasted.

DIY Fur muff, Changing fur sleeves into muffs, changing fur sleeves into hand warmers, ecofashion, recycle, reuse

I am going to show you how to turn those sleeves into hand warmers without sewing.

DIY Fur muff, Changing fur sleeves into muffs, changing fur sleeves into hand warmers, ecofashion, recycle, reuse

The good thing about working with fur that has already been made into garment, is that the fabric won't fray even after it has been cut.

Just make sure you picked off all the possible loose fur.

Step 1: Put your arm through the opening and reach up to the triangular portion that was cut.

DIY Fur muff, Changing fur sleeves into muffs, changing fur sleeves into hand warmers, ecofashion, recycle, reuse

Grab hold and pull down.

DIY Fur muff, Changing fur sleeves into muffs, changing fur sleeves into hand warmers, ecofashion, recycle, reuse

Fold all the excess into sleeve until you have an even edged rectangle.

DIY Fur muff, Changing fur sleeves into muffs, changing fur sleeves into hand warmers, ecofashion, recycle, reuse

Here's a comparison from the other sleeve that hasn't been folded.

DIY Fur muff, Changing fur sleeves into muffs, changing fur sleeves into hand warmers, ecofashion, recycle, reuse

You can actually stop here and just use that as a muff.

DIY Fur muff, Changing fur sleeves into muffs, changing fur sleeves into hand warmers, ecofashion, recycle, reuse

However, I find that it was too loose to be a good enough muff. Since I do have one more sleeve, I intend to combine them.

Step 2: Fold the other sleeve the same way you did the first sleeve. However, leave the fold on the outside, don't tuck it in.

There are two ways to do this depending on what you want. If you want the muff to be fuzzy on the inside, then you fold the sleeve like below.

DIY Fur muff, Changing fur sleeves into muffs, changing fur sleeves into hand warmers, ecofashion, recycle, reuse

Essentially you flip the sleeve inside out then fold the triangle down.

If you prefer the muff to be fabric on the inside, then you don't have to flip in inside out, just fold the triangle down.

DIY Fur muff, Changing fur sleeves into muffs, changing fur sleeves into hand warmers, ecofashion, recycle, reuse

I prefer to have fabric on the inside so the oils and sweat from your arm doesn't damage the fur.

Step 3: Insert the second sleeve into the first one.

DIY Fur muff, Changing fur sleeves into muffs, changing fur sleeves into hand warmers, ecofashion, recycle, reuse

Combine them and leave about two inches on each side.

DIY Fur muff, Changing fur sleeves into muffs, changing fur sleeves into hand warmers, ecofashion, recycle, reuse

Step 4: Fold the inside sleeve sticking out over the outside sleeve to seal the second sleeve with the first one.

DIY Fur muff, Changing fur sleeves into muffs, changing fur sleeves into hand warmers, ecofashion, recycle, reuse

DIY Fur muff, Changing fur sleeves into muffs, changing fur sleeves into hand warmers, ecofashion, recycle, reuse

Step 5: Fold over the other end as well.

DIY Fur muff, Changing fur sleeves into muffs, changing fur sleeves into hand warmers, ecofashion, recycle, reuse

DIY Fur muff, Changing fur sleeves into muffs, changing fur sleeves into hand warmers, ecofashion, recycle, reuse

And voila, the muff/handwarmer is complete.

This is what it looks like on the inside.

DIY Fur muff, Changing fur sleeves into muffs, changing fur sleeves into hand warmers, ecofashion, recycle, reuse

The tight space makes it a much warmer muff.

DIY Fur muff, Changing fur sleeves into muffs, changing fur sleeves into hand warmers, ecofashion, recycle, reuse

Now I have a vest and a muff!

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