|Mrs. Wilbraham Bootle, 1781 by George Romney, oil on Canvas, National Gallery of Scotland|
|Sable fur rescued from a vintage coat that was in pretty bad condition - I seamed several piece together, which is a lot harder than it looks - you can see my vertical seam, which is rather obvious.|
|Here's my muff base, made out of stash satin. I didn't really have enough polyfill to fill it up, and I ended up going a different direction with the construction, but this worked great as a mockup.|
So I went with a second method informed by Katherine's tutorial. After piecing together a large enough piece of the vintage fur, I stitched one side to the lining material, and also attached a narrow strip to the other side, seen here:
|The construction is the same as in Katherine's tutorial, but I've created the yardage from two materials - one will be the outside and one the inside of the muff.|
With this piece, I then followed Katherine's directions, stitching it together length-wise, then pulling the lining through the middle of the fur, stuffing it with polyfill, and tediously turning the edge of the lining and facing strip, and whipping those together.
|The tube, before pulling the satin through the fur, and stuffing it|
The last little bit was to add a bow cut out of ivory taffeta. It's not necessary, but I liked the look of it, and it also reminds me which way to hold the muff, so the fur runs downwards, and my less-than-stellar seaming is hidden-ish.
That's it! It was quick and fairly easy, with good results. You can make muffs out of wool, satin, fur, faux fur, really whatever you like, and decorate them in a gazillion different ways. They work across periods, too, and really do keep the hands warm. It's a nice project for an evening, or a get-together with friends. :-)