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I made both the headband and the fur wrap that I’m wearing. I’ll be posting a tutorial showing how to make both pieces on my blog soon!

The wrap is made from faux fur that I found in the throwaway fabric bin in my school’s fashion building last year. The very last day of finals was the last day that the fashion building was going to be open before closing for the summer the next day. I was trying to get as much personal sewing in as possible before it closed. I was one of the very few people left in the building, and I was about to leave when I randomly decided to look for fabric scrapes for future textile swatch books (fabric swatches are so expensive).

Because it was the end of spring quarter, all of the seniors had graduated, and left yards and yards of unwanted fabric in the scrap bins. So what did I do? I went home, dropped off my sewing supplies, and biked back with an empty backpack ready to fill. I found yards and yards of fabric! I made three different trips and collected as much as I could.

I even went by the offices half way through to double check with a facility member to make sure that what I was doing was ok. The professor that I asked stopped what she was doing at the moment, and came to do the same thing with me – collecting her own trash bag full of fabric as well! ha. So tip if you go to a fashion school – in the spring time check the fabric scrap bins!

Working with fur is different than working with normal fabric. You have to be careful during the cutting/sewing process, because you don’t want to actually cut the fur itself. This cuts the fur short and then looks like it was given an unwanted hair cut. The trick to keep this from happening is to cut your pattern pieces using a razor, or small snips from the wrong side of the fabric. I’ll go into more detail showing this when I post the full tutorial! I’m hoping to have the time to share it on my blog sometime this weekend.

All photographs are self portraits taken by myself.

You can check out more on my blog by following the link here: http://esther-fromthesticks.blogspot.com/2014/09/sewing-vintage-inspired-fur-wrap.html