A Brief Guide On Marking Faux Fur Fabric

marking faux fur

Faux fur is a versatile fabric used for various products like furniture, costumes, blankets, pillows, and more. It adds texture and dimension to the product. 

However, this soft and cuddly fabric can be very tricky to cut for crafting and sewing projects. Cutting long piles of faux fur requires finesse to get the perfect cut with minimal shedding; This is why you have to properly mark faux fur for clean cuts with fur around the seams. 

Let’s look at light, dark, and patterned backing and how you can use water pencils, sharpies, and chalk for faux fur marking.

Different Marking Tools

Marking faux fur makes cutting the 3-dimensional faux fur fabric easier. Depending on the project, here are the marking tools you can use to mark faux fur fabric.

  1. Sharpies 

Ultrafine sharpie tip: It gives a fine line and is excellent for marking white faux fur backing as it leaves a minimal mark. 

Black Fine Sharpie Tip: This is great for marking different colored fabrics except for black, of course. 

Silver Metallic Sharpie: It is used to mark black and darker backed fabrics, but it rubs off your fingers when you work with it. However, it does not run or bleed, and you wash it off, so it is safe to use. 

Note: Stick to black or silver sharpie sticks and avoid using other colors as they will run and bleed and change the color of your fabric. 

  1. Chalk Holder with Chalk Inserts

You can use different color chalks in a chalk holder to mark fabrics. However, chalk does rub off, but it can also wash off easily. 

  1. Water Soluble Pencils

Water-soluble pencils are great for marking fabrics as you can wash off the pencil later. 

Which Marking Tool To Use? 

It depends on what you want to do. You can use washable markers like water-soluble pencils or chalks on garments or fabrics where you don’t want to see seam allowances marked into the patterning. Sharpies are preferred for things where you don’t want to see seams, and the patterning is more enclosed like a pillow. 

How To Mark Faux Fur Fabric? 

Now, let’s talk about how to mark faux fur fabric. We will use solid shaggy long pile fur from Big Z Fabric from their eco shag line for this guide. It is approximately 1.5 – 2.5 inches in pile length and is available in a wide range of beautiful colors. 

Follow these instructions to mark your faux fur fabric or check out our youtube video: 

Fabric Pattern Marking Tips for Faux Fur Fabric

  1. Lay Out the Fabric 

Lay your fabric straight on a crafting table and remove any creases. 

  1. Placing The Pattern Piece 

To place the pattern piece, first, notice the selvedge line. It is a dotted line close to the edge of the fabric. You can mark close to the salvage line but don’t go beyond it. 

Now, take your pattern piece or stencil and place it half an inch from the selvedge line so there is some extra fabric for seam allowance. 

  1. Mark The Faux Fur 

Use a marking tool to mark the pattern lines on the fabric back. Take the tool and start marking on the backing of the faux fur around the pattern piece. 

We recommend using a standard sharpie as it is super easy to use and works well. Use a fine sharpie if you want a thin line that won’t show. Chalk and water-soluble pencils are great alternatives, but you will need to wash the fabric with cold water to remove any chalk/ink stains and marks. 

That’s it! Follow the instructions above to mark different faux fur fabrics. 

Pro Tip For Marking Faux Fur Fabric: Take It Slow 

If it is your first time working with faux fur or you are using a new type of fur that you are not familiar with, patience is the key. 

Take your time and practice with the fabric to adjust to how the fur reacts to the marking tool. It will help you get comfortable with the tool and learn what speed you need to mark the fabric.

Keep a steady hand to make sure the markings have neat edges. It will take a bit of patience with long pile fabrics, but you will get the hang of it after a few tries! 


Marking faux fur’s backing may seem like an easy task, but it can be tricky for new hobbyists or crafters. Get the right marking tool and practice on a sample piece of fabric first. Once you are familiar with how the tool works and how to work the fabric, you won’t have much to worry about. 

Just follow the step-by-step instructions mentioned above and you are good to go!

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