Cutting Faux Fur Fabric Like A Pro

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Most first-timers grab a pair of scissors and go at it, but that’s not what you want to do when cutting Faux Fur. Faux Fur fabric is quite tricky to cut as it sheds a lot. 

This article will tell you everything you need to know about cutting Faux Fur fabric. We will share with you tips, tricks, tools, and advice on how to cut out your fur for sewing.  

So, let’s dig right in! 

Basic Of Cutting Faux Fur Fabric 

Here are a few things to keep in mind before cutting faux fur fabric: 

  • Matching The Grain of The Fabric 

When it comes to cutting Faux Fur, keep in mind the grain of the fabric, basically which direction the fur is heading. It will determine what your final project looks like. If you cut out one piece going upward, then the other piece should also be in the same direction as the nap is supposed to line up. If they don’t, your first cut is going to be wonky. 

  • Cutting From the Backing of The Fabric 

Never cut Faux Fur fabric from the front. The right way to cut it is from the back because it is easier to separate the fibers. Cutting from the front will leave excessive shedding flying everywhere, into every crevice of your house. 

  • Marking The Fabric 

Use a sharpie and a complementary color on the back of the fur to mark the pattern or shape you want to cut out. This way, you don’t have to worry about sticking pins through the fabric and trying to get it right. Just draw/mark the pattern to cut out. This makes it easier to navigate as you cut, giving more accurate and clean-cut edges.  

Tools For Cutting Faux Fur Fabric 

Faux Fur fabrics have different backing materials such as knitted, woven, jersey, etc. Depending on the fabric on the back, choose one of the following tools for cutting Faux Fur fabric. 

  • Razor Blade 

A Razorblade usually cuts really easily, but you need to apply a lot of pressure with a razor blade. The trick is to hold the blade at a 90-degree angle to your fur, slightly tilt it forward and drag it across to break the fibers. Then push it down a little bit further to zip right through the rest of the fabric. 

  • Exacto Knife 

An Exacto knife has a sharp blade to cut the back of the Faux Fur fabric. Exacto knives give a smooth cut. So, the strands of fur will separate super easily, and you won’t have little bits and pieces flying everywhere.

  • Scissors 

No, you don’t need your regular household scissors here. Invest in a pair of good-quality heavy-duty crafting and sewing scissors. These scissors are usually bigger in size with really sharp blades. 

Techniques For Cutting Faux Fur Fabrics 

Here are three simple techniques for cutting different types of Faux Fur fabrics with minimal shedding. 

  • Scissor Cut:
  •  Use heavy-duty scissors to make small cuts to the backing of the Faux Fur fabric for minimum contact with the pile of the fur. So, do not open the scissor wide. 
  • Razor/Blade Cut: 
  • Hold the backing firmly and cut from the top of the fabric towards your body. 
  • Cut and Pull: 
  • Make a small incision with a scissor or razor to the backing of the Faux Fur fabric and pull it apart with both hands. This is a quick and easy way to cut Faux Fur fabric, but it won’t give you a precise cut. 

How To Cut Different Types of Faux Fur Fabrics? 

You can find different types of Faux Fur fabrics depending upon the length and thickness of the pile and the backing. Let’s look at how you can cut 4 different types of Faux Fur fabric from Big Z Fabrics using an Exacto knife/blade and a pair of heavy-duty scissors. 

Tools:

Exacto knife: 

We will use the number 24 blade because it is short and doesn’t have to go very deep to cut through the backing of the fur. 

Heavy Duty Fabric Scissors:

 Fabric scissors are very sharp and give great control for low cuts. 

Preparations:

Crafting/Sewing Station:

 Make sure you cover the surface of your crafting/sewing table with a cutting mat to prevent any scratches. 

Marking Cut Lines:

 Mark the backing of your Faux Fur fabric to draw a cut line. This is the shape or pattern of the fabric you want to cut out. 

Shedding: 

When dealing with fur, shedding is unavoidable. Bear in mind that even with laser-sharp tools and clean-cut edges, fibers will still come off when you cut fur. So, keep a vacuum cleaner nearby to clean up your workspace afterward. 

Cutting Faux Fur: 

  1. Long Pile Solid Shaggy

The long pile solid shaggy from Big Z Fabrics is available in many beautiful colors. It is part of their eco shag line with roughly 1 ½ to 2 inches pile length. 

Exacto Knife: 

Take the Exacto knife and pierce it lightly into the fabric; insert the tip into the backing but not too deep. Then drag the blade along the marking to get a clean, sharp edge.

Tip: Use fresh blades because they are super sharp and smoothly cut the surface of the fabric. Dull blades start skipping and make sounds, giving a messy and uneven cut. 

Scissors: 

Take your scissors and close the blades just a little. Take your time and make minor cuts, being careful not to catch the nap or the pile fibers. Scissors give the best control, and they are sharp.

  1. Husky Faux Fur Fabric 

This faux fabric is also from Big Z Fabric’s eco shaggy line. It is a very loose, flowy, fine fur with a soft and delicate backing.  

Exacto Knife:

Take the Exacto knife and pierce it lightly into the fabric. You stick it in just a little bit and pull slowly, very carefully, along the cut line. It cuts very easily compared to solid shaggy because the back is softer. 

Scissors: 

Take your scissors and close the blades just a little. Take your time and make small cuts, being careful not to catch the nap or the pile fibers. Scissors give the best control, and they are sharp.

  1. Short Pile Faux Fur

The Short Pile Faux Fur is also from the eco shag line. It has a 1-inch piling and comes in a variety of colors. This Faux Fur fabric has a stiff and rigid backing. 

Exacto Knife:

 Take the Exacto knife and pierce it lightly into the fabric; insert the tip into the backing but not too deep. Then drag the blade along the marking to get a clean, sharp edge.

Scissors:

 Scissors work well on this fur because the backing is rigid and thick. Get the tip of the scissors in the backing and carefully start making tiny cuts. 

  1. Half Shag Knit Backing 

This Faux Fur fabric comes in many colors with knitted and woven backing. It has a very thick and dense pile with soft backing. 

Exacto Knife:

 Take the Exacto knife and pierce it lightly into the fabric; insert the tip into the backing but not too deep. Hold the fabric down with the other hand to avoid slips. Then drag the blade along the marking to get a neat, sharp edge.

Scissors: 

Stick the scissors right between the nap and start trimming by making tiny cuts. 

Wrapping Up

Cutting Faux Fur fabric is not like cutting other fabrics. It requires technique, finesse, and patience. Ensure you have the right tools and follow the tips and tricks mentioned in this article to cut faux fur like a pro! 

References: 

Cutting Fur – Tips For Cutting Faux Fur Fabric 

How To Cut Faux Fur Fabric For Minimal Shed – EcoShag™

Cutting Faux (Fake) Fur – Fast and Clean

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