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.
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
Needle, thread, pins, etc.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.