A nice scarf is one of the warmest accessories you can add to your wardrobe in the winter! And natural fur is one of the most insulating materials that can be used for any type of cold-weather garment - so here's a way to combine the best of both worlds into one extra-warm, fuzzy winter scarf!
Materials you will need:
- 2 large, tanned animal pelts (I used raccoons for this example)
- Measuring tape
- Exacto-knife or other sharp blade
- Needle and thread (or sewing machine)
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Step 1: Prepare Your Pelts
Pick two pelts that match as close as possible in size and color. If you do not hunt or trap, you can buy pelts from reputable fur companies online, such as Glacier Wear or Moscow Hide & Fur .
Most pelts prepared for the fur industry are tube-skinned, so you will need to split them down the underside so they lay flat. Do this using an Exacto-knife or other sharp blade, because scissors will chop the hairs, leaving a visible seam on your finished product.
Step 2: Measure and Cut Your Pattern
Remove the heads and tails from your pelts. The heads especially are not needed for this project. The tails may be sewn back onto the ends of the scarf later, as you will see towards the final step.
With a tape measure, mark off a 6" wide section down the length of the pelts. Use your blade to trim off the excess skin along the sides, and you will be left with two long "rectangles" of skin that should measure about 6 inches wide down their entire length.
Step 3: Begin Stitching!
I used a sewing machine for the sake of speed, but this can easily done by hand with a sturdy needle and thread as well.
Begin by sewing the two sections of skin together at the "necks", so the grain of the fur on each side will run downward from the wearer's shoulders.
Step 4: Sew the Length of the Scarf
After the two sections of hide have been connected, sew down the entire length of both pelts, with the fur on the inside. You will end up with a long, inside-out "tube" of fur.
Step 5: Revert the Fur
Now comes the tricky part! Using your fingers, gently work to turn the fur right-side out. You are well on your way to completing your scarf! Just work carefully and take your time to avoid pulling out hairs or breaking your seams.
When you are finished, the final result should look like one continuous, tube-like strip of fur, with the hairs flowing downwards from both sides.
Step 6: Finish and Wear!
For a fun and fashionable touch, the two tails may be sewn on to both ends of the scarf. (or if you choose not to add the tails, simply stitch the ends closed without them) Then give the entire scarf a thorough brushing with a comb to work any hairs out of the seams and give it a soft, fluffy appearance.
Your scarf is now finished and ready to keep you warm!
Fourth Prize in the
Winter Wearables Contest