Here we go people! Our series has started and it is shaping up to be a fabulous event already. We have some talented bloggers working on the best goods for your home! I’m kicking off the event with a Faux Animal Pelt. Have you seen animal pelts being used in home decor the past few years? I love them and I think they can be an artsy addition to any room. They can be pricey however, and if you aren’t in to having a once living animal displayed on your floor, you can just make your own! I used upholstery fabric and a bit of trim and created an interesting addition to our foyer. I can’t wait to show you… I love this project. It was really fun and easier than it might look. The longest portion was adding the trim to the edges, but really nothing big. Don’t panic over the cutting – I’ve come up with a pretty easy solution to ensure the pelt comes out exactly as you want it.
- 1.5 yards upholtery fabric
- 2 packages (8 yards) of double fold bias tap
- Faux Animal Pelt Template (click for download)
- Sharp scissors
Lay out your fabric with it folded so your selvages are together. Use THIS METHOD to square up your fabric if needed, which is more than likely. Lay your Faux Animal Pelt Template on your fabric for a point of reference. Using your yarn, start manipulating the yarn into the pelt form. Step back and make sure the shape is just how you want it. Again, the tempalte is there fo ryou to use as a guide of the silhouette you want. Lay some books on the fabric so it doesn’t shift Use your marker and trace just outside of the yarn Remove the yarn and cut out the pelt. Keep the books or weights on the fabric until you are done with the cutting so the fabric doesn’t shift. Yay! All cut out Take your pelt over to your sewing machine and sew on the bias tape, stitching close to the edge. Just sandwich the tape right over the raw edge and sew in place. Simple, simple.
Extra bonus is to find a reversible fabric! Two rugs in one. I can change it on a whim!
Make sure to use a non-slip rug pad under the rug. It will stabilize the Faux Animal Pelt and will ensure a longer life.
Since you can see my Living Room in the photos above, you can take a peek my recent LIVING ROOM MAKEOVER post, too!
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