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« on: September 15, 2006 01:22:28 PM »

I dislike wearing gloves, and would like to make a muff for my hands....i would sinply loove for them to come back in style......(kinsale cloaks too for that matter, but I think the last one is just wishful thinking).does anyone have any ideas about how to construct the muff and the lining...? I wish I had a pattern....but all I have is  an old fox fur muff.....that still looks like the fox......

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« Reply #1 on: September 15, 2006 02:12:54 PM »

Muffs are extremely easy to sew. I don't have dimensions off the top of my head, but you can just make them up, or I can look them up when I am at home and post later.

Cut a rectangle of the outer (furry/plush/whatever) fabric. It should be as wide as you want the muff to be plus about 4 more inches. The length will be the circumference of the muff plus 1 inch (multiply the diameter of the round part of the muff by 3.14 to get the circumference).  Then cut a rectangle of the lining - this is the same length as the outer rectangle, but 6 inches less wide (2 inches less wide than you want the finished muff to be.

Now sew the lining to the outer along the two length edges (this will be the round muff edge). Only sew the two sides, not the width ends. Then turn the muff right side out. Then there is a part which is easy to do but hard to explain. Pin the two raw edges together partially, right sides together, matching the seam at the liing/outer edge. Leave a gap in the middle of the lining section. You won't the able to pin the whole thing because it is a circle, so just put in a few pins and adjust it as you sew. Starting an inch or two on the lining side before the seam to the outer fabric, start sewing, go over the whole outer section and cross back into the lining. Stop and leave a gap, then finish this gap with hand sewing.

If you want a strap, you can add it when you sew the length edges, or sew it on by hand later. It is also nice to add a pocket to the inside of the muff with a zipper if you are keen on that sort of thing.

Here is an ascii art:

cut outer:
       |                                |
       |                                | <- width of muff + 4 "
       |                                |
            ^ circumference of muff + 1"
                            ^ add a loop of cord to this edge on the outer side if you   
cut lining:
       |                                |
       |                                | <- width of muff -2 "
            ^ circumference of muff + 1"

Sew along long (length/circumference edges)
Since the width is different, the sewing line will be the same length but the outer will have extra fabic. This pulls the outer inside the muff when it is finished so you don't see the lining.
      | - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - |   <- sew
      |                                   |
      |- - - -- - - - - --- -- - -- - - - | <- sew

  Match up the two circular edges and sew around most of the circle, leaving a gap in the lining and matching the seams. This ascii drawing will be really bad, and is oriented from above.
                ___  ____
               /     \ \      \
               | ___ \ \ _ /
                        ^ sew

   Finish by hand, and you have a muff!

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« Reply #2 on: September 15, 2006 02:18:26 PM »

thank yew!

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« Reply #3 on: September 16, 2006 07:43:40 AM »

With a few extra seams, you can sew a zipper into the lining, and make it a purse; the pocket is inside the muff.  Then you can tuck all kinds of little things in it, and then you just slide it up one forearm rather than tying up a hand to carry your handbag. 

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« Reply #4 on: December 22, 2007 04:53:10 PM »

Just wanted to say thanks for the great, to-the-point tutorial. *saved it*

Can you believe I spent $60 on eBay buying old muffs, taking them apart, and making patterns (then losing them when I moved)?! LOL. Now here's the info. for free. Your community of craftsters is the greatest Smiley
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