Adventures in Dressmaking: A glorious weekend, and a fur snood tutorial

Sunday, November 25, 2012

A glorious weekend, and a fur snood tutorial

I have been living it up this holiday weekend... not really, but have been seriously enjoying the time off. Four whole days! It feels like it's been a loooong time since I've taken a break like this. But, still lots to think about and do with the house and book and all!

I've had some time to get crafty this weekend, with a couple simple little DIYs (Instagrammed here) and some preparatory shopping at JoAnn and Goodwill on Friday. But also, made this amaaaaazing fake fur snood the other day and am loving it. Simple instructions below!

Okay, so maybe it's a "snood" (some combination of... scarf?? and hood? snarf and hood? whatever.) or I've seen it called a cowl, which makes sense to me, but apparently these are this year's infinity scarf. ;) Cute in chunky knit or, in fake fur! ASOS has several...in the $30-40 range, they have a few choices... examples here and here

So of course I wanted to make myself one. I had some fake fur left over from various projects last year, and found this to be the easiest 10-minute project ever. Literally made it during less than the first half of some New Girl episode on Hulu so I know it was fast. Wanna try??

Fake Fur Snood Tutorial


You will need: 
  • 1/3 yard of fake fur. Approx. Less if you want it skinnier.
That's it. Seriously, super easy. OK, so, instructions...
  1. Cut down the center fold of your fake fur yardage--the short side, on the fold that came from the fabric store,parallel to the selvage edge. 
  2. Put your two pieces right sides together and sew along both long sides, making a skinny tube. I use 1/2" seam allowances.
  3. Turn the tube right side out...
  4. Pin right sides together on the short end, and sew almost all the way around the join--leave about 4" open.
  5. Turn under the open edges about 1/2" or whatever your seam allowance was, and topstitch along those 4" on the right side of the fur.
OMG! Done!


Seriously, go make one. So easy and SOOO warm and cozy! I've been wearing it a lot!

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  1. Very cute! I keep thinking about knitting myself a cowl, but it just takes so darn long! I love the idea of fake fur. And just a bit nomenclature for you... this is a cowl. An infinity cowl is when you twist one end before connecting them into a circle, like a mobius strip. A snood is actually an accessory of its very own! Typically crocheted, ballerinas often wear small snoods over their buns; a larger snood might be worn over long hair like a loose up-do, you don't see them much anymore, but they were popular in the '30's and '40's.

    With love,
    Melody of From Scratch
    http://melodycharlotte-fromscratch.blogspot.com

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    1. Totally! I think "cowl" makes sense, too, but the stores are calling them snoods this year--which is weird, because a snood is a hair net!! I made some infinity scarves last year and I think this is just the latest twist on a scarf with no fringed ends.

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    2. I had no idea stores are calling them snoods! That is very strange and confusing. Silly stores!

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  2. Yours is lovely! I actually made 8 this past week, 4 brown and 4 black all in fur.

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  3. Wow you did an amazing job!
    Love this.
    Thanks for sharing.


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  4. I need one of these for when I go skiing! I'll definitely be making one.

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  5. I would absolutely love to have one of these!

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  6. Great idea! So simple, yet so smart! (smart as simple). I like it!

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  7. I've been meaning to make some of this but I don't know how. Good thing I've read your post. It's very useful. The fur snoods are lovely. Thanks!
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  8. I absolutely love browsing your site for new ideas! Although I've learned all about using sewing machines in my first couple years of secondary school and did some simple craft projects (we made a checkered cushion cover, a bag of our choice and a jumper), it's been years and I've never done any dressmaking before! It was definitely daunting, but your blog has helpful information and has inspired me in more ways than one (my next dressmaking project is to make an A-line skirt, but with the lace trim in one of your previous posts!)

    I loved the idea of the faux fur snood (yes, it's what they call them here in the UK for infinity scarves) and I've already made 3 different ones! 2 colleagues, one colleague's sister and 3 of my family members have already asked me to make them one before I even started finding material! Here are links to the ones I've done yesterday and today (technically I made 4, but 2 were of the same style, the leopard print one - one for myself and one for a Christmas present):

    leopard print (these were made longer, so it loops twice around the neck): http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/94/38212358516013559717362.jpg/

    cream/rabbit: http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/69/48712058516017551718354.jpg/

    speckled white and mink/deer: http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/837/55888358516020545766311.jpg/

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  9. Your cowl inspired me to make a version with buttons so I wouldn't have to slide it over my head. I love the fur you found!

    p.s. I told my mom I was making a snood and she thought I was making a faux fur bun cover! she calls it a cowl, but I've seen it both ways.

    http://sarahdudik.wordpress.com/2013/01/25/faux-fur-cowl/

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