Our faux fur fabric range here at Spotlight includes trims for hats, jackets, hoods, gloves and more. Shop our quality specialty fur at Spotlight online.
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Can I purchase specialty fur fabrics at Spotlight?
Yes, you can. Our great range of faux furs here at Spotlight offers everything from trims for hats, jackets, hoods or gloves through to fur to make toy animals, furry cushions, bean bags or fancy-dress costumes. Choose from soft, elegant faux furs that look and feel just like real fur, or go wild with outrageous furs including long-haired Chambre fur and even Orangutan fur. Most of our furs are available by the metre, but there are also some pre-cut furs, ideal if you just need a small quantity as trim.
Are fur fabrics difficult to sew with?
Faux fur is a fun option for sewing projects. Although it can be a bit tricky to work with, sewing patterns calling for faux fur usually have quite simple lines, so once you master the art of dealing with the fur, the project should not present too many problems.
Here are a few sewing fur tips to keep in mind:
Thickness of fur fabric: When selecting your fur, remember that the heavier the fur, the more difficult it will be to sew. If this is your first sewing project with faux fur, you might want to look for an option with a low pile.
Direction of fur: When cutting your pattern pieces, take note of the direction of the fur. Make sure you cut all pattern pieces with the fur going the same way, otherwise it will be very noticeable on your finished garment. Any easy way to make sure you are doing this is to mark several arrows indicating the nap (direction) of the fur on the back side. You can do this with a marker or pen - it won't show through on the right side of the fur.
Lay fabric with fur side downwards when cutting: Use sharp scissors or a razor blade to cut just the backing of the fur, not the fur itself, and only ever cut through one layer at a time, as it is prone to moving. Once you have the back cut, gently tug to separate the fur. This ensures that the long strands of fur are left intact.
How do I clean fur garments and items?
Most faux fur can be machine washed if you keep these few tips in mind, but if you have a precious garment you may want to consult a dry cleaner.
- Choose a gentle washing detergent designed for hand-washing and add a good quality fabric conditioner to the wash to help fluff up the fabric fibres.
- Choose the cycle with the least amount of agitation and spin (often marked delicate or wool).
- Make sure the temperature of the water is cool, so the fibres of the fabric don't get damaged.
- After the washing cycle has finished, roll the item in a clean dry towel to squeeze out any excess water.
- Shake out the item to fluff up the fibres and let it air dry.
- Use a wide toothed comb or brush to separate and smooth the fibres once the item is dry.