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Flashback Friday: Hand-warming Muff Tutorial

Happy Friday Everyone!  I wanted to re-share this Hand-warming Muff tutorial I made last year.  The tutorial on how to make a hand-warming Muff is so easy to follow and the muff would make an adorable accessory for your holiday photos!

Last week, I finished up this pink faux fur vest for my daughter that had been in my to do pile for a couple of months.  After finishing the vest I decided to whip up a matching muff.  She looked so adorable in the vest and muff. (Chopped bangs and all...)

As for sewing the muff, I really just made it up as I went along.  After looking through the pictures, I decided the original muff looked a little too wide and I wanted to make one more to get the measurements right before I posted the tutorial for this Hand-Warming Muff.  Rather than take apart her pink faux fur muff, I just used a sweater from my recycle pile to make the new one.

How to make a hand Muff - tutorial

Here is the Tutorial, it is super easy:

Materials needed:
  • 12 x 14 inch fabric for the top, (fleece, faux fur, sweater knit, flannel, etc...)
  • 8.5 x 14 inch fabric for the lining:  (I used fleece)
  • Batting (depending on the thickness you may want to double up (mine was low loft, so I did 2 pieces for extra warmth and thickness)
  • About 13 inches of coordinating ribbon or double fold bias tape.
  • ruler
  • scissors
  • coordinating thread

Step 1:  Cutting your fabric.  

The top fabric piece should be 12 inches wide by 14 inches long.  Cut the inside/lining piece 8.5 inches wide by 14 inches long.  Cut the batting 12 inches wide by 12.75 inches long.

Step 2:  Assembling and "quilting" the Muff:

Lay the top fabric piece right side down on to your work space.  Center the batting on the wrong side of the top fabric piece, so that 1/2 inch of the top fabric shows on top and bottom.

Pin the batting to the fabric securely.

Next we will mark the fabric for where we will "quilt" the batting to the top fabric.  Draw lines on the fabric based on the diagram below.

Sew a straight line of stiches down the lines marked red.  This will attach the batting to the top piece.

Next lay the fabrics on your workspace in this order:
     1. batting side down, top piece right side up
     2. fleece right side down.

Then pin the sides of the fabric together, it will look like this:

Sew 3/8 of an inch from the edge of each side, being careful to catch all layers in the stitch line.  Flip the fabric right side out.

Then, right sides of the muff together, pin the edge closed.  Since the batting was 1.25 inches shorter, you should be able to line the edges up fairly evenly and get the pins through.

 Cut your ribbon or bias tape to about 13 inches.  If you are using bias tape, just sew the open edge closed.  Pin the edges of the ribbon into the seam you just pinned.

Sew a straight stitch down the unfinished edge of the muff, right along the edge of the batting.  That should be about 3/8 to 1/2 inch from the edge.  You don't want the batting sticking out of the seam, so you may need to push it back in as you sew the seam.  (You may run in to this if your batting is extra thick.)  When you get to the ribbon, make sure you sew around the edge of the ribbon so it does not hang out past the seam.  (If you look close at my muff in the picture below, you can see how I let the edge of my ribbon show.)

Step 3:  Flip the muff right side out and you are done!

How to make a hand Muff - tutorial

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How to make a hand Muff - tutorial

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  1. So cute! Can't wait to make 1 for my granddaughter. Reminds me of a white rabbit fur muff I had in the early 60's that matched the collar of my favorite blue wool coat,though PETA wouldn't be too happy to see that.

  2. I just LOVE this!!! I won the one you gave-away last year! I just can't thank you enough! My girl is still using and loving it!!! :)

  3. What a cute project, and what cute photos!

    My name is Katie and I host Fall Into the Holidays. I would love if you would link up!

    Katie @ Horrific Knits

  4. This turned out so cute. I'd love for you to stop by and link it up to my weekly link party.

  5. This is so cute. I would love to have you share this with this weeks Wednesday's Adorned From Above Blog Hop. The link to the party is
    I hope to see you there.
    Have a great week.
    Debi @ Adorned From Above

  6. What a great tutorial! This takes me back to my childhood when each of us sisters had a muff. And what a great idea to recycle a sweater. I have a red one in my recycle pile now and my granddaughter has a red coat! Score. I will pin this for later. Thanks for sharing.

  7. I had a white fake furry muff when I was a kid. Thanks for reminding me, I could only take it to church, not school.

  8. Brought back memories for me too--I also had a furry muff. Your instructions a great! I found this on Transformation Thursday. Your model did an excellent job also.

  9. What a great idea! I loved playing dress up when I was little. I would have loved something like this back then!

  10. I haven't seen a muff for a long time! It looks nice and warm.



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