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Furry Foot Warmer

Warm your feet while sitting at a desk or table with the softest of rabbit furs.

Unfortunately, most of us have to spend at least some time sitting at a desk or table. Whether we work full-time in an office, or have to catch up on odd jobs like accounts, writing, sewing, artwork, even eating. And when sedentary, our circulation tends to be less effective, which at this time of year means that our feet can get cold. Ever had that?

Well, that was the reasoning behind making one of these furry foot warmers – for those chilly days when you just have to be sat at a desk. And I have to admit that it feels awesome. Very comfortable, extremely warm, and sensual to boot.

Of course, you don’t have to use real fur. We keep rabbits as a way of providing our family with the meat that we eat. The fur is a by-product, albeit a luxurious one. Rather than waste this commodity, we tan the pelts and make all kinds of warm and beautiful items. Here’s more info about raising rabbits for meat and tanning the hides.

I’ve made two of these warmers so far. I started out doing a 14″ square, but it was a little big. For this kind of thing, cozy is definitely a better option, so I did another at 10″ square. It’s perfect for both my husband (size 10 ½) and I (size 7). This is the size that this article will describe.

Materials & Tools
Materials

Denim, or other heavy weave fabric – 20″ x 20″

Shower Curtain – 26″ x 15″

Rabbit pelts – 5 to 10, depending on size

Stuffing – fur removed from hides, or synthetic – enough for a 10″ x 10″ x 2″ bag

Tools

Sewing machine

Scissors

Tape measure

Fabric markers

Needle, thread, pins, etc.

 

Step 1: Outer case

I used denim for this part, as you want a hardy fabric with a thick weave; it will be living on the floor after all.

  1. Cut a piece of fabric 20″ x 20″.
  2. At each corner, make marks 4 ½” and 5″ from the corner along the edges of the fabric.
    Draw lines from the 4 ½” marks to form a square, and likewise for the 5″ marks.
    Draw a line diagonally in between the corners of the two squares – we’ll call this Line A. Although this is fairly hard to explain in words, it’s really easy to grasp if you look at the photo.
  3. Cut out the 4 ½” square and then cut along Line A.
  4. Repeat for each corner.
  5. Fold up each side and sew the two 5″ lines you marked for each corner together. Once each corner is done, you will have a box, 10″ square with 5″ tall sides.

 

Step 2: Stuffing bag

Each time I cut a piece of fur, I have pieces left over that can’t be used for any project. I cut or shave the fur off these pieces and then throw them away. It is this loose fur that I use to stuff pillows or this foot warmer. To make sure that this fur doesn’t gradually seep through the fabric, I put it in a bag made out of shower curtain plastic.

Although it makes a wonderful stuffing similar to down, I realize that it’s not something that’s readily available. Consequently you may have to use synthetic stuffing, and so can skip this step.

  1. From a piece of shower curtain or similarly thin plastic, cut out the shape shown in the photo. It’s basically a 10″ x 10″ bag that’s 2″ deep, allowing for a ½” overlap to sew. The thinner rectangle of the left is the top as well as a side.
  2. Sew all the sides together. Then sew the lid to two of the sides (one side is connected without having to sew it).
  3. Turn the bag inside out.
  4. Stuff the bag full. It will compress with time, as the air is pushed out, so make sure it’s fuller than you want it to end up.
  5. Sew the final side to the lid to close the bag.
  6. Set this bag inside the denim box.

 

Step 3: Fur base

You’ll need a fur box/tray that is 10″ x 10″ and 2″ tall; this is what your feet rest on. How you make this will depend on the size of the furs available to you.

  1. If you have it, use a piece that’s 11″ x 11″ for the base and then cut four strips of 11″ x 2 ½”. You can then sew a strip to each strip (the above dimensions allows for a ½” overlap or hem)., and sew the strips together at the corners.
  2. Alternatively, you can piece smaller furs together to form a whole12″ x 12″ outside dimensions. You can then cut out the corners, fold up the sides and sew them together.
  3. Place this tray on top of the fur pouch inside the denim box.
  4. Fold the top ½” of denim over the fur and tuck it under itself (so that the frayed bit of fabric is hidden). Sew the two together.
[If you’re not using a stuffing bag, you’ll want to sew along three edges, then stuff it, then sew the fourth.]

 

Step 4: Furry lid

You want the lid to have fur on the inside (for warmth and comfort) and on the outside (for aesthetic reasons). If you’re not using fur, but something that feels the same on both sides, you’ll only need one piece.

  1. Cut two pieces of fur, each 11″ x 11″. If you don’t have any large enough, sew smaller furs together.
    Cut an arch out of the bottom of both pieces. It should start 1″ in from either side and be 3″ tall (see photo).
  2. Place one fur on top of the other, with the fur sides touching and leather facing out. Sew the two together along all the straight sides (not the arch).
  3. Turn it inside out.
[This design calls for a fur ring that goes vertically up from the lid to keep your ankles warm. However, the ankle part is fiddly and by far the hardest part. If you don’t want to do it, you can sew the arch part of the lid together once you’ve turned it inside out, and then sew it to the denim base.]

 

Step 5: Ankle

Make sure you use only super supple fur for this part. If your fur is even a little stiff, it will make it pretty difficult.

  1. Cut one piece of fur that’s 13″ x 7″ and another that’s 10″ x 7″.
  2. Sew one side of the 13″ piece to the arch of the lid’s top fur. You should have a little of the strip sticking out beyond both ends of the arch, which you’ll use to sew to the 10″ strip.
  3. Fold the 13″ strip in half, back on itself, and sew the other 13″ length to the arch of the lid’s underside fur.
  4. Fold the 10″ strip in half lengthways, with the leather on the outside. Sew the two loose 10″ lengths together. Turn it inside out, so that the fur is on the outside.
  5. Sew one end to the 13″ strip’s left side, and the other end to the 13″ strip’s right side. The strip should now form a circle of fur that will encase your ankles.

 

Step 6: Finishing
  1. Take the lid and place it on top of the rest of the unit. Sew them together on four sides (the lid will comprise three sides, and the 10″ strip of ankle warmer will be the fourth).
  2. Take off any socks and shoes or slippers that you’re wearing. Slip you bare feet inside the warmer, and relax.
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