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From fur to small pillow - testing on a small sample

Before trying to make the very big plaid, I tested on a small sample to see how it is.

The idea is to test on a small leftover piece of fur the process of making a fur plaid / blanket.

Material, from left to right: velvet, ouate x2, thin fabric, fur Material, from top to bottom: velvet, ouate x2, thin fabric, fur

First, stitch together the velvet + 2 x white pad/fleece + fabric. Do not care about the borders.

Stitch parallel diagonal lines - fabric side. Stitch parallel diagonal lines - velvet side.

This first lines were done by hand … But it is not efficient at all. For the second direction, I borrowed a sewing machine.

Stitch 2nd lines.

The sewing machine let a lot of traces on the velvet side if it is bellow. When stitching the velvet up, the traces are no more visible.

Padou / border

To stich the fur to the padded fabric + velvet, you need to use a solid border band, so it add flexibility.

Fur and band.

You need to sew with band edge matching the fur edge.

Band on top. Fur with hair bellow, and Fur leather side.

Fur and band stitched together. Fur and band stitched together - you cannot see the stitching.

Do it for all edges.

All fur edges covered by the band.

Then, you sew the fabric on the other border of the band, but on the same side.

Fur and fabric assembled. Let one side unstitched.

Fur and fabric assembled. When reversed. Fur and fabric assembled. When reversed.

You need to finish the stitching by hand with an invisible point. Here, I failed to make it correctly, the stitch is visible.

Invisible point visible.

Stitching in the middle of nowhere.

For the plaid, I need to stitch the fur side to the doubling on the middle to avoid distortion. Otherwise, by moving the plaid, I could break the fur. Here, for such a small piece, it is unecessary. However, the fur was not streched enough when I added the band, so the pelt shrinked compare to the doubling.

Not flat.

So, I needed to add the point to fir the fur to the doubling and avoid this round shape. For that, I stitched above the diagonal lines, so the thread is not visible. For the point, a normal point with point well spaced is sufficient. When passing the needle from the fur to the fabric side, use your fingers to avoid the hairs to be taken by the thread.

Now flat. You cannot see the thread.

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