How to Make a Fleece Rug

Learn how to make a fleece rug with these step-by-step instructions. You don’t have to kill an animal for this attractive faux sheepskin rug.

| May 6, 2013

  • yarn projects
    Lexi Boeger’s newest book "Hand Spun" offers a unique collection of innovative spinning techniques and inventive yarn projects.
    Cover Courtesy Quarry Books
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    You may need to stitch together the weak parts of the dried fleece, and you will want to use a long darning needle to do so.
    Photo By Lexi Boeger
  • fleece rug
    The finished fleece rug looks great alone or can be used as a throw for a chair or couch.
    Photo By Lexi Boeger

  • yarn projects
  • fleece rug
  • fleece rug

Lexi Boeger’s newest book Hand Spun (Quarry Books, 2012) offers a unique collection of innovative spinning techniques and inventive yarn projects. Get inspired to make art-yarn with Boeger’s step-by-step instructions on several DIY projects including tips on how to felt and how to wash fleece. In this excerpt from “Projects: Keeping it Simple,” learn how to make a fleece rug that rivals a real sheepskin rug, but you don’t have to kill the animal to do it.

You can purchase this book from the MOTHER EARTH NEWS store: Hand Spun.

Easy Felted Fleece Rug

Do you love the look of sheepskin rugs? Here is a simple method for turning a beautiful shorn fleece into a rug or throw without having to kill the animal to do it. The final material you get from this looks great as is, but consider using it to cover throw pillows, line baskets, or trim a coat collar—you name it!


3/24/2015 10:35:11 AM

Hej from sunny Sweden Ihave a lot of unused long wool fleeces from last year so thought I would try your idea for felting a whole fleece....well, its drying now but basically I just couldn't get it to felt around the edges, which is most of the fleece. The centre is fine as it had felted on the animal and was in one good solid piece. The outer parts started off in loosely connected bits and stayed that way. The brush seemed to make it worse, so stopped that and just rubbed and kneaded it to get some of the fibres together. Had to move the thing from my outside table to a drying rack to drip or it would never dry. Can you please tell me what I didn't do or is it just something that happens from time to time. It all sounded so easy from your wonderful description! The breed of sheep is an old hardy Swedish breed called Värmlandsfår. They are long wool sheep with very little lanolin in the wool, which can vary from fine wool to carpet quality. Lizi

5/15/2013 9:14:35 AM

Can I use a frontloading washing machine with adjustable spin? I have options down to 600rpm which is what the gentle and handwash cycles use.



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