How to Sew with Hides: A Winter Muff
(The first in series of “how to sew with hides”)
A muff was first introduced to women’s fashion in the 16th century, but is making a recent resurgence as a must-have simple winter hand warmer. As the mercury is dropping we are going to start seeing the muff on the hippest streets of NYC, and we are going to tell you how to make your own!
With right-sides together, sew each of these pieces to form three cylinders, along the 12” sides.
Slide the interfacing inside the fur shell, pin together around the circular openings. Baste into place on both ends.
Pin one end of the ribbon to the edge of the cylinder at the point of the seam.
Turn the lining inside out and slip it over the fur shell, so right sides are together (ensure ribbon is hidden under the lining). Pin this to the other two layers at one side only. Sew this side.
Turn the lining so right-sides of the lining and fur both face out, then slide the lining into the fur cylinder covering the interfacing.
On the open end of the cylinder, turn in your seam allowance and pin. Attach the other end of the ribbon to the edge of the cylinder at the seam point. Hand-stitch the edges.
And voila! You have a super-mod muff.