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.
Things You'll Need
- Old fur
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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.