Faux fur is a popular fabric for clothing, pillows, blankets and rugs. Burns can result from a dropped cigarette, accidental contact with a candle flame or other mishaps. The longer the fur, the easier it is to fix or disguise the burn mark. It's also easier to repair patterned faux fur (i.e. leopard print), as the pattern makes the repair less obvious. In some cases, the damaged fur can be removed fairly easily, but for larger defects or defects involving short faux fur, the area will need to be concealed with a decorative patch or the entire faux fur panel may need to be replaced.
Items you will need
- Utility knife
- Decorative patch or matching fabric
- Seam ripper
- Straight pins
Trim the burned faux fur away using scissors (for longer fur) or a utility knife (for shorter fur.) If the fur is long and only the ends of the fibers are singed, this should be enough to fix the burn mark.
Look at the burn mark to determine if there is a burn hole in the underlying fabric. If a small hole is present on a fabric with long or medium-length fur (which will disguise the defect), sew the hole closed with a needle and thread using an oversewing stitch (see Resources). For short fur or a large defect, additional measures will be required.
Purchase matching/complementary faux fur to replace the damaged panel or purchase a decorative iron-on patch that can be used to hide the defect.
Sew the decorative patch over the defect using a hemming stitch. Do not use an iron to apply the patch, as the heat will melt the faux fur. If you wish to replace the damaged faux fur panel instead, remove the affected panel using a seam ripper to remove the stitches that affix the damaged panel to the rest of the garment, pillow, etc.
Place the new replacement faux fur face down on a table and place the damaged fabric panel onto the new fabric and pin the two fabrics together around the perimeter.
Cut out the new piece of fabric, using the old piece as a template.
Sew the new fabric panel into the place of the old damaged fabric panel. Generally, it's best to turn the item inside out, then sew the edges together using a running stitch. If it's not possible to turn the item inside out, you can avoid unfinished edges by folding the raw edges under, then sewing the two pieces of fabric together at the folds using an oversewing stitch.
If you decide to purchase fabric and you're unsure about how much fabric to purchase, bring the item to the fabric store. The fabric cutters can evaluate the item and make a recommendation for the necessary yardage. If you use a complementary fabric to replace a damaged fabric panel, you may wish to replace other undamaged panels if asymmetry is an issue.
- Geno Storey; Owner, ABC Interiors; Boston
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