Faux Fur Vest Tutorial

Ohhh I am SO excited about this tutorial today. I searched high and low for a DIY for a faux fur vest that a) looked easy and b) didn’t look too frumpy. I almost broke down and purchased one last Christmas, but my mom said it was a fad and I shouldn’t waste money on that.. so I didn’t buy one, but the thought still lingered. I got the itch again a few weeks ago, purchased some faux fur, and wham-BAM! And here I’m excited to show YOU how to make one, too!

Faux Fur Vest DIY

S U P P L I E S:

-1 to 1 1/2 yards of faux fur

-A vest (I used my husband’s Columbia vest) to use as a sample

-Normal sewing supplies

-Butcher paper or poster board to make your pattern

I N S T R U C T I O N S:

Step One: Take the vest that you have, tuck in the collar, and place it on your butcher paper
Faux Fur Vest DIY

Step Two: Trace around the outside of your vest. Find the center of the neck and draw a straight line down the center. Cut out this WHOLE pattern piece (do not cut down the center line yet).

Faux Fur Vest DIY

Step Three: Pin this pattern piece on to your faux fur and cut around the edges.

Faux Fur Vest DIY

Step Four: Cut down the center of the vest PATTERN piece and take the right side to work with. Measure over 1/2″ from the shoulder and draw a diagonal line from that point to the center and a slight angle.

Faux Fur Vest DIY

Step Five: Cut the new lines of this pattern piece and pin on top of your faux fur. It will be easy to do this by folding your faux fur to make a double layer of faux fur. This will get two reflecting faux fur pieces.

Faux Fur Vest DIY

Step Six: Place the two outer vest flaps on top of the back pice, right sides together. Pin and sew at the shoulders and the sides.

Faux Fur Vest DIY

Step Seven: Cut two strips of faux fur that measure 6 1/2″ by WOF (approximately 60″)

Step Eight: Place these two strips right sides together and sew along the short end with a 1/2″ seam allowance. This will give you a reaaaaallly long strip of faux fur.

Step Nine: Fold this long strip of faux fur WRONG SIDES together and match the raw edges with the raw edges of the outside of your vest.

Faux Fur Vest DIY

Step Ten: Pin all the way around the vest, overlapping the ends by 1/2″. Leave those ends flapping.

Faux Fur Vest DIY

Step Eleven: Start about 3″ away from the end and sew all the way around until you get about 3″ from the other end.

Step Twelve: Your two ends are now overlapping and still flapping. Great! Pull those ends away from the vest and put them right sides together and sew together at 1/2″.

Faux Fur Vest DIY

Faux Fur Vest DIY

Step Thirteen: flatten this out and finish sewing all the way around the vest.

Faux Fur Vest DIY

Step Fourteen: With your iron, press on LOW  the seams towards the center of your vest.

Step Fifteen: Fold in and sew down the armholes at 1/2″. Faux Fur Vest DIY

Faux Fur Vest DIY

Faux Fur Vest DIY

Faux Fur Vest DIY And you’re FINISHED!! Wear your faux fur vest with pride!

This tutorial may be a bit confusing. If you have any questions, please feel free to shoot me an email! xoCaroline



  1. Mary Smerk says:

    Caroline, You are awesome! Although I would never personally wear a fur vest (it would just look wrong on me while shopping for food with my three little ones with me.:) I completely understood all of the steps and they made sense on the first run through. That does not happen often – Just had a moment of genius! My 2 year old could totally rock this vest and your instructions will carry over to her size! Awesome.

    • carolinehulse10@gmail.com says:

      Ah!! Thanks Mary! I think a 2 y/o would be the CUTEST THING ON THE PLANET in a faux fur vest! Can’t wait to see what you come up with! xoxoxo Merry Christmas!

  2. Did you get your fur at JoAnn Fabrics? I just made some vests and I think I used the same fur – but I love how you made the lines run vertically! And I love this different way of finishing it off – it kinda looks like it has a collar to it. So cute!

  3. cute vest! I’ve linked to your tutorial on Craft Gossip: http://sewing.craftgossip.com/tutorial-easy-faux-fur-vest/2013/12/17/

  4. I will have to try this with some other knits I have–I love a vest and was wanting something different than my sporty down one by Patagonia. I also love your chambray top!

  5. Found you this tutorial through Pintetest and I’m so excited to try it! Thanks for sharing!


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