How I Upcycled Fake Fur Textiles into a Groovy Jacket

colorful fake fur jacket
It was last year during the first lockdown season here in Victoria when a huge bag of textile cutouts landed in my hands. It was just by luck when I found it through Facebook Marketplace from a lady in town who wants to dispose of her stash of cut-out fabrics. I thought it will be a good idea to keep me occupied during the lockdown and begin another sewing project.

The lady was so lovely to just gave the huge pile for FREE, and I couldn’t be more excited.

It was full of cutout textiles of sequins fabric on various designs, including tons of fake fur cutouts, all fibers are floating up and scattered in our room, and I knew that I need to clean up immediately, but hey it was awesome!




fake fur cutout textiles

fake fur cutout textiles, and a cat

Even my Siamese cat loves sleeping on these textiles. Maybe because it was soft and quite warm for her. 

Some of these are already upcycled into a huge blanket for my cat, and there are still heaps of leftovers. Then it hit me. I always wanted to have a groovy fur jacket! But a new jacket costs much and I don’t want to spend a lot on this kind of gratification. 

So, I made the decision to upcycle the remaining fake fur textiles into a groovy jacket. 

Thanks to an ever-reliable, and a good source of positive inspiration Pinterest, I’ve got a few inspirations in mind.

colorful fake fur jacket
Isn’t they adorable?!
Arm with my full focus and patience, not to mention the constant argument with my cat, I found myself in our workroom, being a busy bee and while hoping that I could make it happen.

It took me weeks, probably at least two weeks of non-stop cleaning and sewing them all together, both by hand and with my sewing machine. The colors give me so much motivation to continue my upcycling journey, plus the idea of the result. I always felt giggly just thinking about it. 




fake fur cutout textiles

fake fur cutout textiles

I used the kimono pattern to simplify my sewing life, and I think it turned out pretty cool.





Check the result!

a picture of a woman wearing a colorful fake fur jacket

a picture of a woman wearing a colorful fake fur jacket

a picture of a woman wearing a colorful fake fur jacket

a picture of a woman wearing a colorful fake fur jacket

I’m very proud of this result and managed to find a use for those unwanted textiles, instead of sending them to landfills. This groovy jacket is making my last week of the winter season colorful, and ready to welcome the spring season. 

a picture of a woman wearing a colorful fake fur jacket


I still got remaining fur cutouts on hand, and maybe I’ll try to be experimental and mix it up with other textiles. Another upcycling project awaits!

Does this jacket remind you of Pixar’s Monster, Inc? LOL

What do you think of this look? 



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  1. I can't believe you made that awesome jacket. You inspire me

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    1. Aww that's awesome! I got heaps of leftovers that are waiting to be processed.

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  2. Upcycling not only helps the environment, it also help save natural resources! It takes a very creative mind and an eye for trendy designs to know how to best use recycled garments. Great job!

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    1. Thank you Kat! In recent years, I realized that I can be stylish and fill my closet with beautiful things, without spending hard-earned money + keeping me creative. I love the feeling!

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  3. absolutely amazing and a labour of love it there was one for me to see today

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  4. Wow that jacket is incredible, such a great DIY to think of. Looks so pretty and colorful.

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    1. Thank you Cynthia! I love colorful, and artsy outfit. Life is too short and I'm here to enjoy it.

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  5. NIce work, Blair! Ang ganda ng gawa mo. It looks like something from a high-fashion photo shoot.

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    1. Aww salamat Ivan! Dream ko talaga magkaroon ng fake fur jacket. Uu fake fur lang kasi hindi ko bet ang real fur.

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  6. Wow, you are skilled, I will follow any tutorial from you.

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  7. What an amazing & unique jacket you made. I LOVE that you upcycled all those parts & pieces of old fake fur pieces. I will say that the idea of spending two weeks of non-stop cleaning and then sewing them all together by hand & sewing machine does not sound fun to me at all. But that is why you have an amazing technicolor coat and I do not!

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    1. Hahahaha the cleaning part is tedious, and there are times that fibers goes everywhere!

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  8. That jacket looks soooo good! I can just steal that from you!!! Kinda need to find something to do with the lockdown as well haha

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    1. hahahahaha yeah, things that keeps me occupied and busy.

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  9. Lodi ka talaga girl! chaka i think ikaw lang nakita na bagayan nitong furr coat na ito! you are really great! nakaka inspire mga work mo

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    1. hahahaha salamat Momshie! Bet ko talaga ang colorful and artsy clothes. And Melbourne is a fashion place perfect to express our fashion spirit. No boundaries.

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  10. This is a very unique piece of garment. I cannot get over it that you've made it yourself - sooo talented!

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  11. Another amazing piece! You truly have a knack for creating beautiful clothes and accessories! Have you thought of starting your own line? Personally, I'd get one of your creations! I still can't get over your rainbow crochet jumper.

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    1. Aww that is so sweet! I'm not sure if having my own clothing line is for me (so many clothing label na!) but for now, I am just happy to create clothes for myself... it is my way to promote sustainability in fashion.

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  12. Wow, you made that jacket seem so cooll, it is perfect fit on you. I like the colors on it!

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    1. Thank you dear! I would love to bring this jacket on my next Japan trip!

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