Do you have any thoughts on how to make faux fur piping? I’m working on a Mew Zakuro cosplay and she has detailing that looks like fur on the edges of her outfit & accessories. I’ve been able to find premade faux fur piping, but the less natural colors like light purple are proving difficult. I’m not sure if the usual method of making piping (like you would with cord & bias tape) would work since fur is so thick. Is my only option to dye white premade stuff to match?
You can attempt to make your own faux fur piping, yes. Here’s my tips on that:
– Use a fur with a low pile. This will reduce the thickness and make it easier to sew, as well as creating a better effect with the proportions of the artwork.
– If you can’t find a suitably low-pile fur, you can trim down a longer faux fur. I would recommend using a method that wouldn’t create a perfectly even cut, such as a razorcomb, to make it look more natural. Wear a dust mask while trimming.
– You can also use a material that is fuzzy but isn’t a faux fur, such as a fleece or a fuzzy felt, if the faux fur proves too difficult.
– You may need to sew a strip of faux fur with strips of a non-pile fabric. Laid flat, this would be a strip of regular fabric, a strip of fur, and then another strip of regular fabric that matches your garment. When folded in half to match up the two regular fabric pieces, you’ll have a place to sew where the piping can be inserted but that will reduce bulk, while the fur would stick up past the edge of the garment and be visible.
– If you don’t do the extra work of sewing the strips, trim down the far on the seam allowance once it is sewn to reduce bulk.
– Depending on the bulk of your fur and the look you want, you may need to reduce the size of the cording you use on the inside, or even skip it altogether.
If you decide to go the route of dyeing, always test the dye, since the materials they use for faux fur are notoriously hard to dye, even with dyes meant for synthetics. I’ve personally had better luck with regular RIT dye than synthetic-specific dyes on faux fur, but it depends on the fur itself. Try not to use too high of heat, and if you do, comb out the fur with the heat from a hairdryer after to get it back into shape. You can also look into use alcohol ink for dyeing.
I hope that helps! Good luck! :]