My favorite furnishings in winter are clearly all kinds of textiles: whether cozy blankets or pillows – when it’s cold outside, I like to curl up at home and have a cup of chai tea. Because my laminate floor feels particularly cold in winter, I also find carpets incredibly important. I have long wanted a large cowhide for the living room, but it is very important to me that it is also a real fur. I am not a fan of imitations, nothing can replace the fluff, the durability and the natural smell of a real fur. Unfortunately, these real pieces are rather expensive and I also had to move to a small one-room apartment for a short time, where there is currently no space for such a large cowhide.
From one of my last DIYs, with one Cowhide stool emerged, I still had some remnants of the fur – but only a lot of small differently shaped parts and unfortunately not a large piece that would be big enough as a carpet. So I decided to make a patchwork rug out of the leftovers – without sewing. It is small and practical and can be placed wherever cold feet need to be cuddled. It is right in front of my favorite armchair so that I can sit and read there in a relaxed manner. But maybe I’ll soon put him right next to my bed so that when I get up in the morning I can immediately experience the fluffy feeling.
Do you now feel like conjuring up a cowhide rug? The practical thing is that you can actually use any rest – you just have to adjust the size of the individual squares. The smaller the square shape, the more puzzle pieces you can get from the leftovers. You can easily buy the cowhide remains yourself on the Internet, I found mine on DaWanda, for example. Otherwise you only need a pair of scissors, pen, ruler, all-purpose glue and a carpet fleece. You are ready to go!
Prepare fur leftovers
First you should consider the format of the individual squares. I chose a side length of 15 cm. So I couldn’t take full advantage of the leftovers that I had, but the smaller the format, the more you have to cut, of course. In addition, in this size, I think the patchwork pattern comes into its own. If you are unsure, cut a piece of paper into size and put it on the remnants as a test, so you can better estimate how many pieces you can win with it and how they look from the pattern.
The pieces are recorded and cut out with the fabric scissors. It can get really hairy. So it cuts best in an environment that is easy to vacuum, ideally it is of course outdoors, but at the temperatures it is not currently recommended.
Then you try the cut pieces together to find the right pattern. To be on the safe side, you can just take a picture of the finished sample before you start gluing.
The individual elements are then provided with the all-round adhesive on the back …
and piece by piece glued to the carpet fleece! By the way, I recommend that you do not cut the fleece beforehand, but first stick all the squares on.
When the glue is dry, the remaining remnants of the fleece are cut off with the fabric scissors.
The patchwork carpet is ready! Now you just have to decide where the carpet can lie – or rather, in which part of the apartment your feet can enjoy a cozy and natural surface!
So that was my second cowhide project. A few leftovers are still left – the next project will follow soon, stay tuned!