My niece is completely given over to "What does the fox say?" madness. So I wanted to make her a winter fox hat as a Christmas gift. But I wasn’t thrilled about the prospect of buying fake fur. It’s expensive, messy, and usually the synthetic fibers aren’t actually very warm. And it seemed like it would still be hard to get the right colors to achieve the effect I wanted. So I modified a technique that I had used for a very different project
and came up with a similar technique for sewing faux fur. This method allows you to create high-quality, soft, warm, beautiful faux fur using a sewing machine and an old wool sweater! The technique isn’t difficult-- you basically just cut a sweater into strips, sew those strips onto another piece of fabric with a zigzag stitch and unravel the knit strips to create fur. And (because they'll be cut up anyway) it's a great way to upcycle stained or damaged sweaters. I'm including the pattern and procedure that I used to create this hat, but it could easily be modified to make different animals, or different furry garments.
Steps 1-6 of this instructable cover the technique for sewing the faux fur. (I'd imagine you could use this to sew all manner of warm furry projects.) You'll want to sew a little swatch using this technique to make sure that you've got the hang of it, and to make any adjustments to achieve the fur you want. Steps 5-8 cover the hat construction. You could also use this pattern to make a hat out of different fabric, or purchased faux fur. Skip around to suit your needs.
My niece loves her new hat! She would also like to note that while she is wearing the hat she would prefer to be referred to by her fox name, Buttercrumb.