Winter Coat Crafts

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Winter coats, bulky and thick, can crowd a closet. This need not be the case as you can easily recycle the winter coats that you don't wear, that have gone out of style, or that are too tattered to wear. You can recycle these items into gifts and crafts.

Fur Coats

  • With animal rights activists receiving more and more attention from the media, wearing a fur coat can often attract unwanted attention. Also, if you've had a fur coat for several years, the fur may start to molt or become generally tattered. Recycle fur coats by making them into teddy bears for your kids or grandkids. Purchase the pattern for a teddy bear at any craft store, along with the stuffing, plastic eyes and noses. Creating the teddy bears is a simple task of cutting the pattern out of your coat, sewing it together while the fur is inside out, turning it right side out and adding the stuffing near the end. Another use for an old fur coat is to make a fur pillow out of it. This is a great activity for someone who prefers simpler sewing projects. You don't even need to buy a pattern; you can just trace a pillow that you already have on a large sheet of paper. Pin the pattern to your fur coat and cut it out twice: one side for the front of the pillow, the other for the back. Sew it together while it's still inside out until there's just a 6-inch opening, and then turn it right side out. Add the stuffing and sew it up.

Coats for Dogs

  • Refitting an old winter coat is a wonderful way to keep your canine friend warm and a great way to save money at a pet-supplier. An easy way to size the coat to your dog is to lay it on the dog's back, putting each of his front legs through the sleeves. Pin back the areas that need to be cut down to size. Remove the coat from the dog and cut down the excess material. Put the coat back on the dog to check the fit. If it fits well, turn the coat inside out and sew new seams according to the dog's proportions.

Place Mats

  • Creating place mats out of an old winter coat is a simple activity, and depending on the size of the coat, could yield two to six place mats. This craft is simple as it doesn't require a pattern. Laying your coat out on a flat surface, start at the bottom and trace an existing place mat as many times as you can. Sew a 1/8-inch hem around each place mat and decorate as you desire. Sew buttons or beads around the edges, embroider, add sequins--it's entirely up to you.

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References

  • "Recycled Crafts Box;" Laura C. Martin; 2004
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