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How to Make a Throw from a Fur

By Charong Chow

Things Needed

  • Old fur
  • Scissors
  • Needle
  • Thread
Repurpose an old fur by making a fur throw.

Some cultures, like the Inuits of the Arctic tundra, must wear fur to protect themselves from extreme cold weather. Very little vegetation is found in this region, and traditional Inuit homes or igloos were made from round blocks of ice. The Inuits still travel on sleds with sled dogs, and their traditional diets consisted of mostly meat from whales, seals, and fish. Before trade with the Europeans, Inuit clothing was constructed from fur and animal skin, including a parka with furry hood and watertight animal skin boots. Today we have many options with winter clothing, and we can repurpose an old fur into a decorative and warm throw.

Open up your old fur to assess its possibilities. A large fur coat is ideal for repurposing into a fur throw, while a smaller jacket can become a pillow.

Cut off any buttons, zippers, or embellishments with scissors or a seam ripper. Pockets can be left alone. They can later hold TV remotes or paperbacks. Sew any rips or tears from your cuttings.

Cut off any long sleeves and sew up armholes so that the fur is all one piece. If there is a long collar, take it off and hem the edge. The long sleeves and collar can be repurposed into pillows or hair accessories.

Repair any tears or rips in the lining if needed. Check the fur for any other holes or edges that need to be hemmed.

Throw your new fur onto your bed or sofa for a luxurious look.

Tip

Use buttons and sleeves from your old fur to make something new. You can make a new clothing item or accessories such as a purse.

Warning

Use caution when working with sharp scissors, and always plan your cuts before you use your scissors. It is always easier to go slowly and take your time cutting, rather than having to sew bits back together.

About the Author

Charong Chow has been writing professionally since 1995. Her work has appeared in magazines such as "Zing" and "Ocean Drive." Chow graduated from the University of Miami with a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy. She also received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the California Institute of the Arts.