When cutting faux fur, remember to cut from the back of the fabric. It is regardless, messy working with fur but if you use scissors to just cut the fur, it is messier, because you cut the fur. If you cut from the back using an exacto knife, it only cuts the "backing" of the fur and not the fur itself. The fur will still slightly shed when you cut from the back but not nearly as much as if you just use scissors to cut straight through. I am saying this from experience - I had like 2 inches of fur all over my apartment after making my last fur coat.
One of my favorite places to get faux fur: http://www.distinctivefabric.com/
See Miyong's resources list for locations in NY and on the internet to purchase faux fur.
- disKKuss thread on sewing fur.