vintage flair: make a (faux) fur collar

Be sure to scroll to the very end of this post for a giveaway!

This tutorial has been rolling around in my sketchbooks and imagination for oh, a good year! I finally spent some time this past Sunday working it out and documenting my steps to share with you. Now that the weather is turning cold, it’s the perfect time to pull out some fun (faux) fur accessories to add a bit of pizazz to your cardigans and dress necklines. This is a super easy accessory to make and only requires hand sewing skills! I think these would also make amazing gifts–and their easy to customize with different closures and fur types!

I think the gals over at Colette Patterns and I must be communicating telepathically on a subconscious level about our inspirations lately, because they just posted a fantastic tutorial on how to make a detachable collar for a winter coat. So if a basic jewel-neckline collar isn’t quite your thing, be sure to check that out! (And yes, I realize that it can be a bit silly having mine come on the scene right after, but hopefully you’ll find one or the other–or both–useful!)

11.17.10 vintage flair: make a faux fur collar!


  • 1/2 yard faux fur
  • sew-in interfacing (I used hair canvas, but any heavy weight sew in should work)
  • 1/2″ wide cotton twill tape or rayon hem tape; approximately 1 yard
  • 1/2 yard lining fabric
  • hook and eye (or other method of closure; see end of tutorial for details)
  • pattern/tracing paper
  • pencil, pen, paper scissors
  • thread to match fur
  • needles, pins, fabric shears,

Begin by printing off the collar pattern here. (The pattern is similar to how BurdaStyle packages their patterns for home printing. Please see this tutorial if you need help printing and assembling.) I have drafted several sizes for a basic Peter Pan and pointed collar styles for a jewel neck. Cut out the size you wish to make (closest to your garment neckline or neck measure). To make the collar pattern longer, slash at intervals and spread to the correct length. Retrace pattern. To shorten, simply fold at intervals along length to the correct measurement.

11.17.10 vintage flair: make a faux fur collar!
11.17.10 vintage flair: make a faux fur collar!

Lay the pattern on the fur, fur side down. Make sure you have the nap of the fur going in the direction you want it to lay (usually down, towards the outer edge of the collar). Pin in place and cut. If you are using a longer hair fur, be sure to carefully cut around taking shallow snips of the backing only, so as not to damage the length of the fur around the outer edges.

11.17.10 vintage flair: make a faux fur collar!

Using the collar pattern, cut one from the lining material.

11.17.10 vintage flair: make a faux fur collar!

Cut out another collar piece from the sew-in interfacing. Cut off the seam allowance (1/2″) around all edges. (This interfacing will add a bit of body to the faux fur, since they tend to be a bit too soft.)

11.17.10 vintage flair: make a faux fur collar!

With a pencil/marker, draw a series of parallel, horizontal lines, 1″ apart on the interfacing.

11.17.10 vintage flair: make a faux fur collar!

With the wrong side of the fur collar facing up, lay the interfacing in the center (lines facing up) with an even 1/2″ around all edges. Pin in place.

11.17.10 vintage flair: make a faux fur collar!

Using a single thread, sew an uneven basting stitch to attach the interfacing to the fur. You will want to take very shallow stitches on the fur, just catching the backing. For a great tutorial on this technique, be sure to watch Gertie’s video here.

11.17.10 vintage flair: make a faux fur collar!
11.17.10 vintage flair: make a faux fur collar!

Fur side up, pin the twill/hem tape around the edges of the collar, easing around curves. Using a blanket stitch 1/4″ long and 1/4″ deep, sew the tape to the edge of the collar.

11.17.10 vintage flair: make a faux fur collar!

Alternatively, you can also attach the tape with a long machine zig-zag stitch around the edges.

11.17.10 vintage flair: make a faux fur collar!

Turn collar wrong side up and fold over edges 1/2″, following edge of interfacing. and pin to back.

11.17.10 vintage flair: make a faux fur collar!

If you are using a longer hair fur, you will need to use a pin to free any bits of fur that were caught in sewing the tape to the fur.

11.17.10 vintage flair: make a faux fur collar!

Using a single thread, catch stitch the tape to the interfacing around all edges. The inner neckline curve will require a bit of manipulation to lay right; you’ll want to curve it slightly over one hand as you stitch, mimicking the curve of a neckline.

11.17.10 vintage flair: make a faux fur collar!

Press 5/8″ to the wrong side of the collar lining along the edges. Place over the fur collar, wrong sides together and pin in place. You will probably need to ease a bit over the inner neckline curve. Just pin in place as best you can at this point, and smooth as you stitch.

11.17.10 vintage flair: make a faux fur collar!

With a single thread, slip stitch the pieces together along the edges, being sure that your stitches are hidden.

11.17.10 vintage flair: make a faux fur collar!

There are a couple ways to make your collar detachable. Firstly is to just finish the center front top edge with a hook and eye (or button and thread loop, or frog; or nothing at all and pin it together with a brooch). Which means it can be worn with just about anything! (See above.) To further embellish your collar, you can sew on a little bow, add a sparkly vintage brooch, or a large button to the closure. Or maybe even long cord ties with matching fur pom poms!

But if you wish to make it stay securely on a particular garment, you will need a handful of medium-sized snaps and a length of 1/2″ to 3/4″ wide grosgrain ribbon that closely matches your fur. (Note: I used white twill tape in this tutorial for illustration purposes only.)

11.17.10 vintage flair: make a faux fur collar!

Cut the ribbon 2″ longer than the inner neckline measurement. Turn the edges under 1/2″ and then 1/2″ again, hemming by hand or machine. Pin one long edge to neckline, right along the edge where the fur and lining meet.

11.17.10 vintage flair: make a faux fur collar!

Using a single thread, whipstitch with small stitches (again, I used contrasting thread and larger stitches so it would show up!) the one edge of the ribbon to the lining.

11.17.10 vintage flair: make a faux fur collar!

Stitch a hook and eye to the center front edge as described above.

11.17.10 vintage flair: make a faux fur collar!

Find the center back of the collar and the inside cardigan/neckline you wish to attach it to. Mark with pins. Sew one half of the snap to the center back of the garment neckline.

11.17.10 vintage flair: make a faux fur collar!

One the collar, sew the other snap half on the underside of the ribbon strip.

11.17.10 vintage flair: make a faux fur collar!

Mark more snap locations along the garment and collar ribbon from this center point, about 1 1/2″-2″ apart. Sew on snaps accordingly.

Alternatively, if you desire something a bit more permanent (but still removable), you can always attach the ribbon and just whipstitch it to the inner neckline of the garment. I’ve seen this in a lot of vintage sewing manuals, but it still allows for removal for cleaning!

Here are a few links to other resources that deal with faux fur sewing:

  • Removable Coat Collar from Colette Patterns
  • Tips for Sewing with Faux Fur from Fehr Trade
  • A book I have found extremely helpful in learning how to sew faux fur is from the classic 70s sewing series The Art of Sewing: Novel Materials
  • Some helpful tips in a tutorial on making a fur muff from BurdaStyle
  • I also noticed that the current issue of Sew Stylish magazine on newsstands had a good article on sewing faux fur as well–definitely worth checking out!

11.17.10 vintage flair: make a faux fur collar!

Vintage-Style Faux Fur Collar Giveaway

Because I had too much fun with the last giveaway, I wanted to do one for this tutorial as well! I’ve made an extra collar for one lucky reader (and yes, it has an Elegant Musings tag sewn in too!). It’s an approximate size medium*, made with a faux mink fur, embellished with a vintage button, and would look darling with cardigans and cute vintage dresses alike! (*I think even for a slightly larger or smaller size it would work depending on the neckline you wore it with! The finished measurement around the inner neckline is 16 1/2″ or approximately 42cm.) Please note this giveaway is for the pointed collar variation, not the Peter Pan. Here’s how to enter for a chance to win this:

  • Leave a comment in this post telling me what your favorite wintertime accessory is and how you like to wear it.
  • If you would like additional entries, you can Tweet (be sure to include @elegantmusings) or post on your blog about this giveaway with a link back. Just be sure to come back here, comment and post a link to your Tweet/post in a separate comment! (Feel free to use one of the images here in your post.)
  • This giveaway will be open until November 27 at 10pm. A random winner will be drawn and I’ll announce them the following Sunday.
  • This giveaway is open to readers worldwide!

November 17, 2010 · 193 lovely thoughts
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Akeela November 17, 2010 at 08:48

Gorgeous giveaway! Hats are my favourite winter accessories. I’m currently looking for a1920′s cloche hat to go with my new haircut!

I’ve also retweeted your tweet on the blog post and competition.

Ana November 17, 2010 at 09:08

That would look adorable with a pale yellow cardigan I have… :)
My piece for this winter is a red cape I’ve made in the beginning of the month and I intend to wear it a lot! People on the street keep telling me I look like I escaped from a fairy-tale.

Susan November 17, 2010 at 09:09

My favorite winter time accessory would have to be chunky, hand knit mittens! Love that collar, though.

Kristi November 17, 2010 at 09:22

My fav winter accessory is my leopard print cape/jacket! It’s a perfect sleuth look with a black wiggle dress or skirt.

Stephanie November 17, 2010 at 09:30

How cute! I’m definitely going to have to give this a try if I don’t win!


Stephanie November 17, 2010 at 09:30
Farah November 17, 2010 at 09:32

My favorite winter accessory is a long scarf which I can wrap several times around my neck to combat the cold Canadian winter. Mine’s looking a bit ratty now – time to start knitting!

Trees November 17, 2010 at 09:32

Oh I am so excited about this giveaway! I am from New Zealand originally (and returning home to live shortly – happiness) so it doesn’t actually get that cold where I live. But my friend makes the most beautiful little lacy Victorian style gloves (fingerless). I love wearing these in winters – depending on how you wear them you can feel like a lady or like Madonna in Desperately Seeking Susan!

The Cupcake Goddess November 17, 2010 at 09:40

Oh I would so love to win! This is just Gorgeous! I think I’ll just have to make my own too! Thanks so much for this tutorial. I love it!

Favorite wintertime accessory? Hosiery. I’m OBSESSED with hose. I have all different types and colors. Since I wear so many skirts in the winter these are my best friend. Love love love hose!

Thanks Casey!

Jacquie November 17, 2010 at 09:42

wow, great work! thanks for the pattern as well (what program did you do that on, and is it on your personal computer??!)….

Casey November 17, 2010 at 09:56

Thanks! :) I used Adobe Illustrator to create this pattern. I took quite a few graphic design classes in college and thanks to some help from another friend, figured out how to transfer my patterns into Illustration. BurdaStyle also has a good tutorial here.

Mary November 17, 2010 at 09:42

That’s so pretty! My favorite wintertime accessory would have to be my supersoft, cream cable knit sweater. It’s a nice alternative to baggy sweatshirts, haha!

Rebecca November 17, 2010 at 09:43

It’s absolutely gorgeous! Cosy and elegant at the same time.

Vintage Girl November 17, 2010 at 09:45

So lovely! My favourite winter accessory? Long, leather, vintage gloves from my grandmother. Very elegant especially with cape and winter dress.

Mary Beth at ✄ Fabric U ✄ iPhone app November 17, 2010 at 09:50

A faux fur collar can change an outfit on a dime. Btw, Vogue Fabrics has 20 percent off its **incredible** faux fur collection. That combined with $6 (yes, $6) domestic shipping can be a great deal for those of you without immediate access to great fabric. Browse the online store for ideas.

Casey November 17, 2010 at 09:57

Thanks for the tip about Vogue Fabrics, Mary Beth!!! Shall have to go be tempted… haha!

Bonney November 17, 2010 at 09:51

Beautiful!! Right now my favorite accessory is a silk scarf that I wear with everything. It’s a soft gray color and I love it.

Heather November 17, 2010 at 09:52

This is SO pretty! And perhaps something my sewing skills could actually do! I have a genuine fur collar that was my great-grandma’s from the 30s or 40s. I’ve never been sure what to do with it, but your photos with yours are a great inspiration!

My favorite winter accessories are pretty little jackets! I’m a sucker for the English Urchin look or a nice bit of velvet or pretty buttons ;) I’m also really into knitwear! I cant wait to be able to break out the fingerless gloves! I love winter accessories….to bad it has to be so cold to enjoy them!

Katy November 17, 2010 at 10:05

So pretty! As far as winter accessories go, I don’t know whether I like hats or scarves more. I really love, though, how hat choice can completely alter an outfit!

Audrey November 17, 2010 at 10:06

This is lovely – I am definitely going to make one of these. Love your hair and makeup in the photos, by the way.

Trisha November 17, 2010 at 10:09

What a cute collar! I love warm and snuggly things around my neck in the winter, so I have a lot of different scarves.

Amy November 17, 2010 at 10:10

My favourite winter time accessory would have to be my hand knitted cable scarf (you can see it on my blog over here > I made it originally in a nude/camel colour which went with everything and then stupidly left it in the pub on Christmas Eve last year. I missed it so much that I instantly started a purple one, which also amazingly goes with everything! I’ve now made a matching hat and cable knit long gloves, which I’m also a bit in love with (especially since they’re everywhere in the shops right now, I’m such a trend setter!).

Thanks so much for this tutorial though, if I don’t win one of your lovely ones I’ll definitely be whipping up my own!

Ann November 17, 2010 at 10:11

The collar is gorgeous and I would be thrilled to win it!! My favorite wintertime accessory is mittens. Gloves are nice too but mittens are cozier!

Amy November 17, 2010 at 10:12

Gah, stupid me, I included the bracket in the link! Lets try again:

nicole marie November 17, 2010 at 10:20

I love to wear vintage gloves in the winter. I am feeling inspired to maybe put some fur lining in some of them to dress them up a bit!

Laura S. November 17, 2010 at 10:21

Lovely tutorial! I don’t mind that it’s similar to Colette’s; the more the merrier I say. ;-) I could see myself using yours since I’d rather have one I can wear with a multitude of different items. I may be going to Denver Fabrics next month and they generally have pretty nice faux furs — I will have to pick up a bit!

Lauren November 17, 2010 at 10:38

Beautiful job! My favorite winter accessory is my warm winter wrap. Being a Southerner, I’m freezing if it’s 50 degrees outside, so I wear it a lot in the wintertime :) .

Ms.Cleaver November 17, 2010 at 10:41

A fabulous tutorial – I love all the detail and am tempted to make one for myself. My favorite winter accessory is a hand-knit beret. I just keep making (and designing) more and more of them!!

Maša November 17, 2010 at 10:42

how beautiful!
my fav winter accessory is my grandmother’s long and oh so warm blue scarf. I wrap it around my neck several times so it doesn’t hang over at all. maybe it isn’t the most stylish way to wear it but it is the warmest. :)

Suzie November 17, 2010 at 10:45

Oh my goodness, I am loving this tutorial, AND giveaway – so generous! My favourite wintertime accessory – my earmuffs! My boyfriend thinks I look about 10 when I wear them, but I think they look great! lol.

LoriBeth November 17, 2010 at 10:54

Love the collar! In the winter, I find myself wearing almost everyday a vibrant jewel color scarf. Either in my hair or around my neck. I have quite a collection at this point and find that it makes me feel a little more cheerful when pulling on my snow boots each morning to brave the blisterly Northeastern winter.

Maša November 17, 2010 at 10:56
Corinne November 17, 2010 at 11:01

Love the fur collar. I made one for a jacket last year. It is so nice next to the skin on a cool, blustery day. My favorite winter accessory is always a scarf. Usually lighter weight that is easy to wrap and style. I usually make or purchase these in silk or bamboo recently. I am very sensitive to wool so everything wool has to be lined or shielded. I am always inspired to see several sewists approach and style or trend at the same time but with a different perspective and process. Great tutorial Casey. I’m getting some new ideas for Holiday dressing!

Amanda Awesome November 17, 2010 at 11:15

I’d have to say it’s a toss up between hats and scarves….but probably hats since I have more of those to wear.

Amanda Awesome November 17, 2010 at 11:16

Retweeted this giveaway @_Fire_ball_ on Twitter.

Shannon November 17, 2010 at 11:16

My white snood. It is vintage inspired, adds some warmth, and since it’s an open pattern it covers without looking matronly. It covers a bad hair day, can be worn with all the hair pulled in for a practical look or left out for a more modern look.

Sarah Elizabeth November 17, 2010 at 11:17

My mom made me these beautiful crocheted scarfs and I wear them with and without my coats. These collars are beautiful!

Monica November 17, 2010 at 11:19

As always Casey, your blog is a delight to read every morning (here on the West coast, LA!!!).

My favorite winter accessory? Gloves!! All different colors and materials and detailing. Just love them.

Sarah November 17, 2010 at 11:26

How lovely!

Once I have moved I’ll have a real-live-all-my-own Craft Room (ok, so it’s tiny, but I love it!)!
I can’t wait to learn to really sew (now I do everything by hand! It’s takes for ever!) on my grandmothers old sewingmachine (it’s completly made out of metal and a lovely shade of pale yelow, that’s all I know about it, hihihi!). This will be one of the things I can make before that time!
I absolutly LOVE my knitted gloves! They heve a 1940′s style. I looked everywhere for them,, and then I found them, for only 2,50 Euro’s (around $3)!!! So I bought two pairs, one black with white and one navy with white. I love them!
Oeh, and scarfs! I really like wide scarfs you can almost use as a blanket!
But at the moment I looking for a bag. A new type of bag (vintage ones are usually to small for all my stuff), but with a 1940′s feel…
Any idea’s?

Sarah (the Dutch one)

Ywea November 17, 2010 at 11:28

My favorite wintertime accessory is a cupp of hot chocolate and a bedpan. Lifesavers in cold wether ;)

ashley November 17, 2010 at 11:43

Love this! Thanks so much…I’ll get someone else right on it. ;-)


Mary Austin November 17, 2010 at 11:44

So cute! I love it!

Aimee November 17, 2010 at 11:51

A couple months back I made myself a hooded scarf which I just really love. It’s a herringbone tweed on the outside and a floral flannel on the inside. It pretty much goes with everything and is a great addition to, you know, any of my outfits that don’t already include hoods! (I’m quite the fan)

Penny Dreadful Vintage November 17, 2010 at 11:53

Oh gosh, I really want to win this because I am CRAP at sewing. And, I just found my perfect faux fur collar coat on the internet yesterday… but it is priced way out of my league. So if I can just get a fur collar and add it to a similar princess line red coat, I should be able to pull it off. Fingers crossed!

Chloe November 17, 2010 at 11:54

Looks great yet again Casey! I might have to make a couple for presents! My favorite winter accessory besides the trusty hot-water bottle, would have to be bright leather gloves. There are too many people wearing all black in the winter and you could always use a bright color to warm you up!

Baohee November 17, 2010 at 12:08

Love the tutorial! The color is also so very pretty!

Danielle November 17, 2010 at 12:15

I cannot sew to save my life but I love this faux fir collar so I must win this one ;)

My favorite winter accessory is a big buky scarf…or a nice faux fir collar.

p.s- I love your site. You’re so talented, creative and beautiful to boot.

'Becca'lise November 17, 2010 at 12:19

My favorite winter accessory would be thick colorful tights. I have a pair in raspberry and I lurrrve them.

Heather Jennings November 17, 2010 at 12:21

My favorite cold weather accessory is my collection of vintage winter coats. And my 1920′s style hat.

I LOVE the collar. Thank you so much for sharing the tutorial. I wish I was more talented in the sewing department!

Heather Jennings November 17, 2010 at 12:21
Heather Jennings November 17, 2010 at 12:22

Posting to Facebook too.

Lauren November 17, 2010 at 12:23

This is so beautiful, Casey! I really admire all your hard work in putting this project and instructions and pattern together! I know it’s no small task ;)
Wonderfully done, and stunning photographs!

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