HOW TO: FAUX SHEEPSKIN CLOUD RUG

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I featured a bunch of cute ZARA baby products a while ago and a nice reader left a comment linking to this really cool DIY Sheepskin Rug post. I was inspired to give it a shot and finally finished my Cloud-shaped Faux Sheepskin Rugs for the nursery this weekend. I purchased a yard of “Grey Shaggy Pile Faux Fur” fabric from this ebay seller (they also have a website). At first I was afraid the fur was too long, more hairy than puffy… but now that I’m done and the rugs are in place, I love the way they look and feel!

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Keep in mind that because I painted my floors using paint with an eggshell finish, I didn’t need to attach a non-slip backing to my rugs. Depending on what type of floors you have, you may need to add some sort of anti-slip pad or stickers to the bottom. Ikea sells really cheap anti-slip pads.

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You could make a huge cloud or like me, make a couple. I was able to make two decent sized clouds out of the 1-yard I purchased.

Step 1. Draw your shape on the back-side of the fabric with a permanent marker. If you’re using grey fur, I suggest using a grey marker or disappearing ink fabric marker (if not, a pencil will do). Cut out the shape then shake out to remove excess fur/fibers – I suggest doing this outside or else you’ll have fur everywhere, including in your mouth :) Stop after a couple of shakes, don’t worry if you still see fur flying around. You really just want to shake out the fibers that were loosened-up from cutting.

Step 2 & 3. Generously apply Fray Check (I buy it at Michaels) at the base of the fur (where the fur is attached to the base fabric) all around the rug. Allow to dry wrong-side up or hanging before laying down on the floor.

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