This is the coat I bought second-hand. The fur is very worn out on the sleeves, but the rest of the fur is in great condition:
The first step is to remove the lining.
Now you can see how all the pelts were pieced together, which I think is kind of cool.
Next, I cut off the sleeves and discard them, since they are too worn out to re-use. Then I use a template that I made out of cardboard to cut out the squares I need for the pillow.
I clip the two squares together, fur sides in:
I sew three sides and then turn the pillow inside out. Next I put in the pillow insert and a little extra stuffing at the corners to make sure that it is properly filled out.
The last step is to sew the pillow shut and voila!
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