Source: Paris Insider’s Guide
Making faux fur snoods isn’t something new to me, I got my initial inspiration to make my own after reading Suzannah’s blog post on Adventures in Dressmaking and I knew I wanted my own. I hadn’t posted a tutorial before on this and figured with the cold weather other people might want to make their own to keep warm for the coming winter weather. So here goes.
I had a look at various sellers’ and retailer’s offerings before finally deciding on what I wanted. There are quite a few different styles you can make, depending on your own personal preference.
Source: Adventures in Dressmaking
Whether you want to make a long double loop snood or a short single loop one, the process of making it is the same, with some slight variations. I included photos of how I’ve made both of them so you can use the same tutorial, no matter which snood you decide to make. It just so happened that the snoods I was making for friends turned out to be grey ones, so I apologise in advance for the lack of variation in faux fur options. Here’s what you need to know.
Faux fur (150cm x 50cm for one long double loop or wide single loop snood that you can drape over your coat/jacket collar, or 75cm x 30cm for a less wide single loop snood that fits nicely around your neck)
Fabric and thread scissors
Pins and sewing needle
1. First you need to decide on what kind of snood you want to make so you can get the right amount of fabric. I tend to go for fabric with thicker piling with slightly longer fur for the short snoods because it’s warmer and easier to work with that way and it won’t end up too bulky on your neck. Fabric with thinner, short piling is better for the longer snoods because the thin material means looping it around twice will keep your neck warmer than a single loop. Of course, it’s easier to see and feel the fabric in person to determine which are thinner or thicker, but just to illustrate what I mean, here are close up photos of the fabric I’ll be using for this tutorial:
Thicker piling for the shorter snood
Thinner piling with shorter hairs for the double loop snood
2. So once you’ve decided on the fabric, you’ll need to fold over the fabric along the longer side of the fabric (for the longer snood along the 150cm side, and on the 75cm edge for the shorter snood). It should look something like this:
Longer length fabric folded over, the shorter length fabric won’t be as long, but it should still be a long rectangular shape
3. Like with any sewing project, fold the fabric the other way round so that the right sides are facing each other and you’re working on the wrong side of the fabric. Pin along the longer edge and parallel to the short edges, also add another pin adjacent to your line of pins – with thicker fabric, this will stop your edges from getting stretched and skewing your ends when it comes to be sewn on the machine
Pinning the longer length
Pinning the shorter length faux fur
4. Now sew along the long edge of the fabric you’ve just pinned – make sure you leave the short ends open, this is important!
Sewing the long edge of the shorter length fabric
5. Once you’ve tied (or tidied, I tend to tidy off the ends and secure them by hand-tying the end threads) off the ends, now stick your arm through the piling so you get to the other end and pull it through, so the piling is now on the outside.
6. To make the whole snood look neater, I tend to match up the ends of the edges I’ve just sewn along and start on this.
7. This next bit is the tricky part. With the right side of the fur on the outside, you’ll now need to sew along the inside of the short edge to form a continuous loop. To do this, while you’re sewing, you need to make sure that you’re sewing the ends together and always check that you’re not catching fabric underneath, otherwise it won’t be a neat faux fur tube like a doughnut if you get my drift.
Starting sewing on the thicker edges
It’ll be more difficult to see with fabric with thicker piling, so occasionally brush away the fur so you can follow along the edge for the seam
8. You’ll only be able to get so far before the rest of the fabric prevents you from sewing any more. At this point, finish off the ends on the machine and turn the just sewn part inside out, so the wrong side is now hidden.
Pushing the wrong side of the longer length inside
Doing the same with the shorter length
9. You should have a hole you can fit a few fingers into that you’ll now need to sew by hand
The thicker piling prevents me from creating a smaller hole than I’d like
10. This might not be the best way of doing it, but without knowing how to do a proper hidden stitch by hand, here’s how I seal off the ends. With my sewing needle ready, I start at the bottom of one side of the edge and put my needle through like this:
11. Then on the other side, I do the opposite, starting from the top with the needle coming out the bottom edge of the facing edge:
12. When you tighten the fabric, the stitching should be hidden by the joined edges of the fabric like this:
Keep going until you reach the finished stitching edges that you did on the machine.
13. On thinner fabric with shorter piling, you’re already done! With thicker piling though you might find along your stitching, you’ll have fur caught in the middle:
If this happens, take a blunt object like a pencil or a pair of scissors not opened at the blade and gently stick the edge under the caught fabric and pull
Once the area is fully ‘groomed’, it should look like this:
Here are my finished long and short snoods modelled on my very own dressmaking mannequin:
Wider thick piling faux chinchilla fur snood
Double loop patterned piling faux fur snood
Do you have a preference between the shorter single loop snoods or the longer double loop one? Have you made a faux fur snood before? How did you find the process?