Nov 21, 2014

Thrifty DIY Part One: Faux Fur Throw Rug






Currently my style is inspired by Scandinavian decor. So besides the regular look through for stoneware, vintage linen and furniture at the thrift stores, I have recently been searching for faux fur clothing and knitted sweaters with the traditional snowflakes and stars. I was lucky this past Monday, as you can see I found both.




My finds were a long beautiful grey-ish brown coat for $20 and a girls knitted sweater with snowflakes for $2.50.

Funny how when I stepped to the cashier at the thrift store, people were looking me up and down.... Yah!! Fancy me wearing something like this long fur coat that looked like it belonged in the 70's... One lady mustered the courage to say... "Hmm, nice coat you're getting!" Imagine the look I get when I told her... "Yea... I'm making a rug out of it"...

That's right! I had to tell that part of the story cause I really thought that was funny. 

And yes, that is what I had in mind. Scandinavian winters are cold and interiors are usually decked with warming lit candles, and fur throws around the home among other traditional decor.



So back in my studio I started off by taking off the inner lining from the seams with a seam ripper, better to be done on the lining side as opposed to ripping seams at the furry side and end up loosing some fur too.

Laying the coat open and flat on my cutting table I cut off the top part of the coat from right under the sleeves part. I was left with the bottom part of the coat laying flat. Coat's side seams are barely visible on the furry side and any pockets on the coat I sewed them shut. Perfect!!. 

I folded the bottom part of the coat at the lengthy part. At home I have a much smaller faux rug that I used as a guide/pattern of a hide. I started cutting at least 8-10 inches away from my smaller rug which made the coat turned throw rug, much bigger. 




Be aware... fur was shedding like crazy, while working on this project. Its to be expected.... I was so excited to do this I didn't bother changing and I was covered in tiny hairs!! Well, may have slightly bothered me but I was still very excited that for $20 I was going to have a magnificent faux fur throw rug for my living room.




I have to add that pillow fillers on this bench were also 99c pillows at the thrift store that I covered and another grey sweater made another lovely pillow. I am an avid thrifter and I love it.










My thrift store visit on Monday I also found a girl's sized grey knitted sweater that I turned into a pair of decorative mittens.






So hop on the second part of this Thrifty DIY for a tutorial on how-to make your own mittens out of a knitted sweater.
http://creatingvintagecharm.blogspot.com/2014/11/thrifty-diy-part-two-holiday-decorative.html






I spent $22.50 on the coat and sweater and now I have my cuddly and soft faux fur throw rug and a cute pair of mittens decorating my living room. 

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This post is part of the Thrifty Challenge hosted by Alice Wingerden on her blog Thoughts from Alice. An amazing list of talented bloggers included below, participated in this challenge. So I hope you check them all out and get ready to be inspired. Someone else's junk may just become your treasure!!





Glam Christmas Throw Pillows by Thoughts from Alice






A Deerly Beloved Thrift Store Vignette by Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson










Christmas Cloche by Craftberry Bush


A Vintage Mantel for Winter by Finding Silver Pennies




Thrifty DIY Part One: Faux Fur Throw Rug by Creating Vintage Charm


DIY Holiday Walling Hanging by House of Hipsters




Christmas Decor from Thrifty Find by Town and Country Living


The Trellis Tree by Cozy Little House




DIY Centerpiece Tray by Cherished Bliss










Rustic Christmas Tree by Delineate Your Dwelling










DIY Crocks by So Much Better With Age




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I hope you enjoyed visiting here and have fun visiting other talented bloggers...

Ciao ciao for now...

Sonia


26 comments:

Summer Hogan said...

This is SO creative! I love that you shopped the clothes section for the decor project, I never would have thought to :) Very inspiring!!

Alice Wingerden said...

This is completely genius Sonia! I honestly would have never thought of it but I a completely in love! Amazing. Thanks for joining me in the challenge!

Brocanteuse Rose said...

WOW, ok now I am on the hunt for a old faux fur coat! :)

Danielle said...

So warm and cozy x

Little Farmstead said...

Oh how I love that you made a rug out of a coat… kind of like Sound of Music with the curtains into clothing…only the other way around! :) It looks great!!

Sandi~A Cottage Muse said...

So, sew cute Sonia!!
Looking forward to seeing what everyone else is sharing!
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

angie said...

danke für die inspirationen!!! einen schönen freitag wünscht angie

Cozy Little House said...

You are one clever thrifter! I love this project. I would love to have seen the look on that woman's face. She probably told everyone she knew!
Brenda

Restoration House Interiors said...

Such a fun and creative project! Thanks for sharing!

Brynne Delerson said...

I love your cozy thrifty vignette! Turning the coat into a rug and the sweaters into a pillow & mittens - so creative! It's a perfect place to cuddle up with a warm drink!

Kyla @HouseOfHipsters said...

This is awesome Sonia! It's so creative and fun! Who would have thought rug! Well, you did I guess and I'm so happy you did! It's fabulous!

Jennifer@The Chronicles of Home said...

I really adore both of these ideas. What a score with the coat! The mittens are SO sweet too - I think I would be tempted to wear them :)

Bente said...

Beautiful, love everything here.

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

such a great idea! i love how it turned out and love the color and styling!

Joyce - Quilted Nest said...

clever. I like it!

Tammy...ClothandPatina said...

Oh my goodness, just fabulous! I love the rug and your super cute mittens! Even though it doesn't get cold here I am going to be on the hunt for some faux fur! Just loved everything!

Tammy

Charm Bracelet Diva {at Home} said...

Wow, what great finds! I've been on the lookout for similar sweaters, no luck so far! I want to make some pillow covers....I love those fur throws, too. I have a few store bought ones, and a Pottery Barn fur pillow cover I got at Goodwill for $1.99! Love what you did, the mittens are so sweet!
xoKathleen

Jann Olson said...

What a fabulous idea! I love the Scandinavian look. The rug is perfect and I love, love the mittens! Will be looking for a sweater to make a pair. I'm going all Scotland with Tartan plaid in my bedroom this year. Made a couple of pillows out of old dresses. Might mention that I found the cutest metal Scandinavian bell on Weds. at Ross. It was red with snowflakes and starts. I'm giving it to a friend for Christmas. But sounds like something you might like. Enjoying this challenge so much!
hugs,
Jann

niki said...

Great find and creative use to boot.

Charlotte said...

The mittens are adorable, but I'm with you... my heart is in love with that faux fur!

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Emily @ Two Purple Couches said...

Fantastic ideas! And those mittens are adorable!!

Nicki said...

I love faux fur rugs, and I never would have thought to make one out of a coat-genius! Love the sweater pillow and how you style everything. It's so cozy and welcoming. Great job!

Jamie-So Much Better With Age said...

Wow, what an awesome idea! I LOVE this. So fun being a part of this tour with you.
Hugs, Jamie

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