I love to use a bit of fake fur in my quilts and stuffed animals, but I get a lot of questions about how to make the eyes and other features work. How do you applique ONTO fake fur?
See the eye on the crazy blue bird monster, above? Or the giant eyeball on this monster made with the Eggheads softie pattern?
That’s the kind of thing people are asking about.
I get the same question about working with fleece, like the eye on this fleece bird/monster.
All of these use appliqué onto fake fur or fleece to sew on those eyeballs.
This video showed you how to cut faux fur without leaving your sewing space looking like a Muppet abattoir, and how to sew the pieces together so all the lovely fur ends up on the outside of your softie (without tedious seam-picking).
Now I’m showing you how to appliqué directly onto the fake fur. This is a good way to attach eyes, mouths, bellies, spots, stripes – any smooth surface you want on top of all that fur. It’s surprisingly easy!
Applique onto fake fur. Give it a try!
Then try this video to learn to appliqué faux fur onto regular fabric – great for bushy eyebrows. 🙂
Here’s a round-up of information about using applique with fabrics other than quilting cottons.
- Working with Flannel Fabric (especially answering the question of how durable flannel applique is)
- How to Applique Faux Fur
- How to Applique with Fleece
- How to Applique with Satin
- How to Applique Shiny Metallic Fabric
That’s great and really clear. Thanks very much!
I’m glad it was helpful! I can’t wait to see all the furry monsters you guys make. 🙂
That’s brilliant – and SO simple. I can’t wait to make some monsters!
Have fun with it! 🙂
Thanks for the tutorials on sewing with fake fur. I’m going to try a few monsters with some fabric I picked up this weekend.
Wendy, thank you so much for all the wonderful tutorials!
I just started working with faux fur and I just love monsters, I have
purchased most of your patterns and they are all awesome.
Now I will purchase the monster pattern since your tutorial
was so darn helpful. So excited. Thank you.