How to Make a Cat Hair Rug

How to Make a Cat Hair Rug

Gathering the Materials

Making a cat hair rug is a unique way to create a one-of-a-kind floor covering using the shedded fur from your feline friend. To get started on this fun DIY project, you will first need to gather the necessary materials:

  • Cat hair – The key ingredient! You will need to collect a good amount of shedded cat hair. The amount needed will depend on the size of the rug you want to make, but plan on gathering at least a few cups worth. You can collect loose hairs from around your home as your cat sheds. Tip: Brushing your cat regularly will help generate more usable fur.

  • Old sheet or fabric – This will be the base material that you attach the cat hair to. An old bed sheet or other scrap of tightly woven cotton fabric works well. Make sure it’s larger than the desired finished size of your rug.

  • Needle and thread – You will use these to stitch the cat hair into the fabric base. Embroidery floss or other sturdy thread is ideal.

  • Scissors – For cutting the fabric and trimming threads.

  • Adhesive spray – This helps hold the cat hair in place while you stitch. Look for a repositionable spray adhesive.

Preparing the Fabric Base

Once you have gathered the materials, you can prepare the cotton sheet or fabric that will serve as the base for your cat hair rug:

  • Cut your fabric to be several inches larger than you want the finished rug to be. It’s easier to trim it down later.

  • Wash and dry the fabric so it is clean and wrinkle-free before using.

  • Lay the fabric on a flat work surface and smooth out any creases or wrinkles.

  • Use the adhesive spray to lightly coat the top-side of the fabric. This will help the cat hair adhere during the next step. Be sure to go outside or in a well-ventilated area when spraying.

Attaching the Cat Hair

Now it’s time for the fun part – attaching the cat hair to the fabric base:

  • Working in small sections, use your hands to spread cat hair evenly over the glue-coated fabric. Press down gently so the hairs adhere.

  • Make sure to fluff and separate the hairs so they create a thick, even coat of fur. Tip: It helps to wear gloves so the hair doesn’t stick to your hands.

  • Continue covering sections until the entire fabric surface is layered with cat hair. Add more adhesive spray and hair as needed until you achieve the lushness you want.

  • Let the glue dry fully before moving on, at least overnight. This helps secure the cat hair in place.

Stitching the Cat Hair

The next step is to stitch the cat hair into place. This ensures it will stay attached over time:

  • Thread your needle and knot the end of the thread. Start stitching from the center of the fabric and work outwards.

  • Use a simple in-and-out running stitch to tack down the hairs. Keep the stitches close together, about 1/4 inch apart.

  • Try to stitch across the varying grain of the cat hairs to catch them from different angles. This prevents them from being pulled out.

  • Continue making rows of running stitches from the center outward until you have stitched across the entire rug surface.

  • Finish by tying off and trimming any excess thread.

Finishing Touches

You’re in the home stretch! Just a few more steps to complete your new cat hair rug:

  • Once stitched, carefully trim the fabric base to your desired size and shape using scissors.

  • You can leave the rug edges raw for a natural look, or finish them by turning under and whip stitching to create a hemmed border.

  • Shake out the rug well to fluff the hairs and achieve an even, plush texture across the whole surface.

  • Your new rug is ready to use! Regular vacuuming will keep it looking its best. Avoid washing, as this can cause the stitched down cat hair to shed.

So give this fun upcycling project a try and turn your cat’s sheddings into a foot-friendly rug you will treasure for years to come! The whole process lets you get creative while also putting otherwise discarded fur to use in a practical way.