Saturday, February 20, 2010

Real Fur Pillow made from Recycled Vintage Coat

I must be watching too much Project Runway lately, because I have just been dying to sew something! I came up with the idea to recycle vintage fur coats into pillows. The coats I use are bought second-hand and have areas of damage that are beyond repair. By turning them into pillows, I am giving these beautiful furs a new life and save them from going to the landfill. While some people may have ethical objections to the use of fur, I feel that the recycling of fur is relatively guilt-free. Also, by turning them into pillows, you can enjoy the fur in the privacy of your own home, without having to worry about a PETA activist throwing paint on your fur coat! Here is how I did it:

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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  1. the tough part is sewing the parts together. How to do this?

  2. I think that's great that you're giving new life to those old furs. Recycling is always a good thing in my opinion. We inherited some of my grandma's old things years ago and it's interesting to see what can be done with them. It never occured to me to do that, though.

  3. I am 8 years vegan, and I think this idea is great! Reusing fur and leather (or any garment) is more responsible than buying new cheap sweatshop plastic junk, even if it goes against a legalistic definition. Although I wouldn't wear a fur coat because I wouldn't want strangers to get the wrong idea (and go buy NEW fur!), in my home where it's just people who know me, I use secondhand fur and leather. Plus it's a great conversation starter for bringing about freedom for all current and future animals! That's just my perspective as an animal-centric vegan, for what it's worth. Cool post!

  4. My sister and I are going to have this done with our mom's fur jacket as our gift to each other for Christmas. Mom's initials were sewn into the jacket when it was made for her by our own family's furrier company back in the 1950's. We're going to have the initials put on the back of one pillow, and the furrier's label on the other pillow. We felt like this would be a great way for us to be able to both have a part of the jacket, while giving new "life" to something that has been hanging, unused and unloved for 30+ years.