Stoles are a fantastic way to keep warm when a coat just wont do. They make excellent wraps for formal events, balls, proms, weddings, and also period costumes. The added lined pockets are wonderful for keeping hands warm and holding items in place of a handbag. This project can be made in a day, and allows you the custom choice of furs and linings not always available in pre-made ones.
You can use most types of fake fur for this project, but be aware that the cheaper fake fur is often poor quality. This is fine for a fun costume, but if you want a really nice look I recommend looking and feeling several types within your budget.
Shorter pile fur is easier to sew with and is more in keeping with traditional stoles. Take time to choose something you really like - there are dozens of different colours, styles, patterns, and pile lengths.
You might also like to consider how your stole complements both your hair colour and the colours of the outfit you plan on wearing it with.
I suggest you check out this link before you start my Instructable:
Especially if you are using medium/long pile fur.
It gives a good outline on using fake fur including sewing which can be quite tricky.
*Here are the outlined instructions for a stole with fully lined horizontal pockets. If you do not want pockets, skip steps three to eight.
*This wrap stole is rectangular as it is the easiest shape to explain and make. Many stoles are shaped so they are wider where they cover the shoulders, and narrower as they come down from the shoulders across the torso. You can adapt this instructable to a shaped stole if you wish, but you will need to come up with the shape yourself and alter all the lining accordingly :)
This is my first Instructable, so if anything is unclear let me know.
I would love to see how your creations turn out.
What you Need:
Length of Faux fur (at least 160cm long, more for a longer stole, and as wide as you like but I wouldn't suggest wider than ½ meter).
Thread to match fur colour.
Lining or Satin in a colour similar or lighter to fur colour (or completely different if you wish).
*If your fur is less than or equal to 30cm wide and 160cm long, you should have enough lining if you buy 1m x 2m.
Shears (use a razor blade for cutting long fur).
Sewing Machine and hand needle.
Step 1: Step One
Lay out your length of fur and measure across its width in several places to make sure it is the same all along. Ensure you measure the back/wrong side (not the fur side which can vary according to fur length/pile). Trim any excess make the width uniform.