How to make cow hide rugs

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A cowhide rug can create a whole new look for your living room or office. Cowhide rugs can serve as a focal point in any room because of their aesthetic quality and luxurious texture. No two cowhide rug designs are alike, which is why they are a popular decor piece. Making your own cowhide rug is simple. You can opt to build the rug from scratch by tanning the cow skin yourself or you can purchase different swatches of cowhide leather from a reputable manufacturer. If you're going to shop for cowhide leather, the sites listed at the end of this article can give you a head start.

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Things you need

  • Rug backing
  • Carpet tape
  • Marker pen or pencil
  • Needle and thread
  • Scissors
  • Cowhide leather of your choice

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    Decide on how big you want your rug to be. If you're going to use just one big piece of cowhide leather, cut it according to the predetermined dimensions of your rug. Some people opt to keep the irregular shape of the cowhide and simply trace the shape on the rug backing for a more authentic look.

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    If you're going to use more than one type of cowhide leather, assemble the pieces of your rug. If you're working with different types of cowhide leather, trace the pattern of your choice on one side of the cowhide and cut your rug pieces with a pair of sharp scissors. Lay out the pieces as you want them to appear on your rug. Rearrange the cowhide pieces until you're satisfied with the design.

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    Put the pieces together. Once you're satisfied with the design, turn the pieces upside down and run carpet tape along the surface to bind them together.

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    Sew the cowhide onto the rug backing. Cut the rug backing according to the pattern you've created and tape the cowhide onto the surface. To make the rug more durable, sew the edges, creating back stitches using thread of the same shade as the cowhide.

Tips and warnings

  • Make sure that you wash the cowhide and the rug backing before you assemble the rug.

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