Faux fur is a soft, luxurious fabric designed to resemble the look and feel of real animal fur. While it's traditionally used in clothing such as hats, costumes, and accessories, it's also great for decor projects like pillows and stuffed animals. Faux fur can be found in different styles like animal, Velboa, shag, and bear skin. Each type of faux fur has a distinct pile and nap. The "pile" refers to the fur itself, notably the length and softness. The "nap" is the direction that the fur pile is leaning. Faux fur can be really messy so when cutting, flip to the wrong side and try to only cut the backing using a razor blade or X-acto knife. If you're going along the grain you can rip instead of cutting, it will rip in a straight line. When sewing, it helps to lengthen the stitch and try to hold the fur to the side.