Create the Scarf

Pattern & Cutting

The scarf pattern is a simple rectangle: 

  • Length: 1.5 to 2 yds 
  • Width: 8.5 inches

Lay out your fur face down and measure. Mark your cut lines on the back with a marking pen.  

Fun fur doesn't like to be cut with scissors!  It does, however, very much like to be ripped with your bare hands.  Make a small incision with scissors at the beginning of your 1.5 yard cut line, then grab the fur and tear it down the line.  (Be sure to make your best Incredible Hulk face and enjoy the delicious tearing sound.)  Repeat for the 8.5" side.

Placing the LEDs

Fold the scarf in half lengthwise and make a crease, then unfold and mark the center line on your crease.  

Fold the edge in to the center mark and make another crease, to find the 1/4 line, and mark that.  

Place your LED strand along the 1/4 mark, making sure the ends don't extend past the fur.  With a needle and thread, hand-stitch the fun fur to the silicone sleeve of the LEDS every 6-8 inches to hold it in place.  Be careful not to stick the needle through the LED strand, just through the silicone.

Secure the Electronics

Once your LEDs are secure, stitch the Gemma to the fun fur through the two unusued pads.  Secure the membrane switch right along the short edge of the fur by stitching over it several times.

Sew two heavy-duty snaps along the edge of the scarf, folding it along the center line to be sure the snaps line up.

Sew It Together

Once all your components feel secure, fold the scarf in half lengthwise, fur-side in (inside-out).  

Stitch carefully along the short side opposite the Gemma and snaps, being careful not to hit the LED strand.  Stitch lengthwise along the raw edge, pushing the fur inside as much as possible as you sew.  A sewing machine is helpful here, but you can do it by hand with a little patience.  Backstitch to secure at the end of the long side.

Carefully turn your scarf right-side out through the open end. Be careful not to kink the LED strip…though “flexible,” it doesn’t take kindly to sharp bends.

Plug in the battery, snap the snaps closed, and switch your scarf on.   

Care & Feeding

You can hand-wash this scarf, or spot clean it if it gets dirty.  Just be sure to remove the battery before washing and let it get completely and totally dry before turning it on again.  

Be prepared for lots of attention while wearing this scarf! 

This guide was first published on Dec 17, 2014. It was last updated on Dec 17, 2014. This page (Create the Scarf) was last updated on Sep 19, 2019.