If you enjoy rustic, southwestern, or rustic-chic décor, you might enjoy decorating with fur. Fur tapestries, throws and rugs give any space a sense of warmth and closeness. Fur rugs especially can lend warmth to a bare hardwood floor or add softness and visual interest to carpeting. People like fur rugs because they're warm, soft and comforting. If you like the look of fur but aren’t willing to use real animal fur, you might consider using faux fur. Faux fur can be as plush and warm as the real thing without harming animals to get it. Faux fur rugs are much easier to clean than the real variety, and much less expensive. Many faux fur fabrics are machine washable and come in exotic prints and textures, such as zebra, tiger, chinchilla or polar bear.
Things You'll Need
- Liquid stitch
- Masking tape
- Backing fabric
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Decide on a shape for your rug. You can pick a geometric shape, such as a rectangle, circle or oval, or a more amorphous shape. Amorphous lines mimic the shape of an animal with long, narrow curves at either end, and four smaller curves at the corners to mimic legs. Wide, shallow curves between the legs mimic the animal's belly.
Cut a pattern out of newsprint. Fit together several pieces of newsprint and tape them together with masking tape. For example, if your newsprint is 24 inches square and you want a rug that is 6 feet long and 4 feet wide, tape together two rows of three pieces of newsprint. Trace your chosen shape onto the newsprint and cut it out.
Lay the pattern on the fur-side of your fabric and trace around the pattern with chalk. Make your lines as thick and dark as you can; the chalk rubs off easily.
Gently part the fur along the lines you traced and use masking tape to hold the hairs apart. This prevents you from cutting the fur and making it look ragged. Carefully cut out your rug along the chalk lines with sharp scissors.
Use your newsprint pattern to cut out a piece of backing fabric, such as burlap or felt. Make sure your backing fabric is sturdy and machine washable.
Attach the backing fabric to the back of the faux fur by spreading a thin layer of liquid stitch over the backing fabric, paying close attention to the edges. Match the edges of the backing and fur exactly before you press the fabrics together. Allow the rug to dry overnight before use to ensure the pieces adhere properly.