Calling all of my brilliant readers! I need some help figuring out a project. It started with a fur coat I bought at the thrift store last year. I noticed it on my way out the door and went back to check it out, then paid $12 for it. It was a darling style, but as I guessed it didn't fit me. I didn't really plan on wearing it when I bought it, anyway. I wish I could find the photo of it, but I seemed to have misplaced a memory card!
With all of the Mongolian Fur pillow craze, I thought this coat would be perfect to take apart and refashion into pillows! The fur is really pretty and soft, and varies from tight and shorter to long in places.
I planned to make a square pillow and to make bolster pillows with the sleeves, but they ended up not being big enough around. I had plans for the fun collar, too. So, after the collar was off I deconstructed the rest of the coat until I was left with 5 pieces from the sleeves, front, and back.
There weren't any labels or markings inside the coat, so I don't know what kind of fur it is. I even took it to a local furrier and they didn't know, so I hope I didn't blow it taking it all apart!
As I was trying to determine how to make the best use of what I had and what shape to make the pillow, I had another thought. It's time to recover my black fur stools, and I've kept an eye out for an old fur coat at thrift stores to use. In my mind I was thinking it would be a darker color, but it never occurred to me to use THIS fur coat. Bingo!
With this image in mind, I gave my pieces a trial run on the stools.
|Kelley Moore via Coco+Kelley|
They cover the tops and even part of the sides, but I don't have enough to completely cover the stools. So, I thought about using a similar fur to patch in around the sides. I have some Ikea faux sheepskin rugs, but they're not quite the right color and are noticeably different than the real fur. I thought a real Ikea sheepskin rug might work, and it does actually blend in nicely, but they are TINY and it would take 3 probably to get the coverage I need. At close to $100 for those 3, no thanks.
So, here's my question. Do you have any ideas of what I could use around the sides? I need some kind of faux fur but I don't have any good resources for where to find some that might be a little nicer than normal. Any thoughts? Who knows. I might have to ditch this plan and go back to my original pillows!