#DoYouRemember Sunday afternoon strolls in the park in your very best finery?
Parasols, velocipedes, horses and buggies? Top hats, long flowing dresses and cloaks? Well, I may be old, but neither do I. My birthday happened much later than the Victorian era, when Momma wore a beautiful chapeau and instead of gloves, daughter had her own little fur muff.
Carolyn Wainscott here from Carolyn’s Canvas. Even though muffs and capes weren’t in style when my girls were small (now they are grandmothers—all three of them), I made them matching capes and muffs, loved them, and still do, as you can see from these photos of my great granddaughter, Hannah, with her doll.
Here is a close-up of her fur muff that I decided to add some buttons from my collection.
- 1/2 yard fur/velvet/wool or other choice
- 1/2 yard lining material—I used leopard print fleece because Hannah loves the print
- 1-1/2 yard cording
- Optional: buttons, trims
- Doll muff just takes scraps of leftovers
- Following patterns (lining pattern may look weird, but the muff has a secret pocket)
- Sew short ends of muff and lining together to form tubes.
2. Turn lining right side out. Insert into muff, right sides will be facing, and sew around one end. Turn the muff right side out, insert lining back into muff with wrong sides facing, and smooth secret pocket between layers.
3. Sew other ends by hand or machine.
4. Attach cording and trims.
Happy sewing, and may the joy of crafting be with you!
What’s your favorite craft from the Victorian era? Let us know below in the comments!
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