I’ve been wanting to create a shearling collar for some time now, and although it deviates slightly from the sweltering Aussie summer I’m currently living, I couldn’t let 2014 pass on by without slipping this one in. I’ve always wanted a collar like this to be something you could take on or off your favourite jacket, and recently worked out that by using clip on earring backs this was completely possible, AND essentially gives you two options for all the jackets you own. How good! Read on to see how.
- Shearling fabric
- Clip on earring backs
- Needle and thread
- E6000 Glue
- A large piece of paper
1. Lay your paper over your jacket and trace the shape of your collar on one side.
2. Design the shape of the new collar, we made it larger than the existing collar so it covered it.
3. Cut out your collar template and make sure the half way mark of your collar template matches up with the centre back line which sits behind your neck on your jacket.
4. Fold your sheep skin fabric in half and pin your collar template against the fold. Make sure both layers of sheep skin fabric are laying flat and cut out your template.
5. Cut two identical pieces from the sheep skin fabric.
6. Pin your pieces together with the right sides facing each other.
7. Starting from the bottom left side of your collar, machine or hand stitch with a 1cm seam allowance around the outer edge.
8. Leave a gap before you reach the end.
9. At the opening, start to flip the shape inside out.
10. After you have turn the entire shape inside out, pull the corner points out so that all the fabric sits flat and then hand sew the opening shut.
11. Apply some glue to the back of the clip on earring backs and then stick the clip on earring backs to where your collar naturally matches up with the edge of your jacket. These will hold the collar in place when you wear it.
Allow to dry completely. Once dry, you can add this new accessory to any jacket!
Photos by Nicola Lemmon