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Intraux to Faux Fur Fabric – video

Close up of a grey shaggy dog stuffed animal. text reads "Intro to Working with Faux Fur." Post about working with fake fur fabric - a video tutorial from Shiny Happy World

Using faux fur (or fake fur) can add a really special – and professional – look to your handmade stuffed animals and quilt. Furry dogs! Furry cats! Furry monsters! They’re all wonderful!

But fake fur is not an everyday fabric, and a lot of people feel like it must require a lot of special knowledge or skill to use it, so they avoid it. That’s such a shame because it’s actually fairly easy to use – if you know just a couple of simple tricks.

So here’s the first in a little series of videos showing you some tips and tricks for working with faux fur. This video covers the most basic basics – how to cut it out without having fur fly all over your sewing room, and how to sew it together so the fur ends up on the outside of your softie, instead of hidden inside your seams. 🙂

Here are a few more helpful posts about working with faux fur. . .

My favorite sources for buying fabulous fake fur

How to applique faux fur fabric (video)

How to applique onto faux fur fabric (video)

And here are some of my favorite patterns that can be used with fake fur. . .

Spot the Dog – that’s Spot made up in a fabulous scruffy grey fur in the top photo. He’s actually a dressable rag doll, so you do need to be careful when making him with fur. If your fur is too full and shaggy, his clothes will be quite tight. 🙂

Scary Squares Monster Quilt Pattern

Munch – a stuffed monster with a pocket mouth

Eggheads – mix & match monster softie pattern

Knuckleheads – mix & match monster softie pattern

Happy sewing!


  1. What a great video. Thanks for sharing.

  2. mark SAYS...

    I want to let you know the link to you website from the video “Intaux to Faux Fur is broken.
    Replace the comma after WWW and it will be fixed. Thanks for the information on sewing faux fur.

    • wendigratz SAYS...


  3. Excellent video, thanks so much! The link didn’t work from my patterns though, I had to find the video on site and watch it.

    • Sorry about the link not working. It’s a problem with my old patterns that link to my old website. The redirect works for everyone except people using one version of one browser. 😛 I’m updating all my patterns this year, so by the end of the year they’ll all be good. 🙂

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  5. sophie SAYS...

    in the video you say that you’ll link to a website to obtain the nice long fur on your blog, but I can’t seem to find any such link ?:(

    • Sorry about that. I updated the post with the link.

  6. Laura SAYS...

    Where’d you get that pattern for the scruffy puppy? I think I may be in love!