A friend gave me an old mink stole and I thought it might make a lovely muff but I thought I would do a test run with some faux fur before I tackled the fur stole since I still have to cut and sew it together into the shape of the Muff.
|My Fabric Choices for the 1st Muff|
The pattern comes in two styles, sized for girls and women. They are based on a family heirloom dating from about 1900 and 1885 but it states that "their style is such that they are appropriate for both earlier and later time periods. I am not a Muff expert but I always thought they were a wonderful looking fashion accessory. I did some searching on the web for extant examples but will warn you that using the word "Muff" in an internet search will also get you some very interesting results, LOL.
|Putting in the Zipper opening for the pocket.|
The first task is to sew the lining fabric together and leave an opening for the zipper. Pretty typical zipper installation so if you've done one zipper this is no big deal.
|Attaching the Pocket|
|Attach the batting the faux fur|
When you cut out the batting it is shorter and not as wide and the faux fur piece. This totally makes sense as you begin to sew everything together.
|Sewing the faux fur to form a tube.|
|Sew the batting together by hand once you have sewn the faux fur into a tube.|
|Slip the lining over the faux fabric/batting tube.|
So what you are looking at in the picture to the left--on the inside of the tub is the right-side of the faux fur, then the batting and then the right side up of the lining. If you are going to use a wrist strap you want to add that now.
|Hand stitch the draught stopper, lining and|
Prepare your Draughstoppers: Take each draughtstopper and sew the seam, press and then fold one side back 1". Fold that edge back 1/4" inch and sew around to make a casing for the ribbon or elastic which will close the draughstopper. Slip it onto each end of the tube.
Sew the raw edges together only putting the needle through the draughtstopper, satin lining and the batting. You don't want to go through the faux fur so it doesn't show on the outside.
|Curl the Faux Fur over the draughtstopper and hand stitch in place.|
Pull the faux fur around and over the draught stopper and hand stitch through the draughtstopper, lining and batting to secure.
|I decided to add a little lace/pearl trim|
to the Draughtstopper
|Draughstopper attached, Fur stitched around|
the inside of the lining. Ready to
turn inside out to finish.
|The Finished Muff and Wrist Strap|
|The lace and pearl trim add a little bit of elegance.|
Let me know what you think. Have you ever made a Muff before? What other fabrics might be fun to experiment with?