How can I reuse or recycle strips of sheepskin?

ugg bootsWe’ve had an email from “fay bee”, saying:

I had some ankle-high sheepskin boots (australian “Ugg boots”) that are now past their prime. I’ve cut the soles off and now I have 2 pieces of lovely sheepskin (long and thin).

What can I do with them?

Given the wool lining, you couldn’t really use them like, say, old scraps of thin leather to make a purse or wallet but depending on the dimensions and condition of the pieces – and how crafty you feel, you might be able to turn them into a lovely warm pair of mittens or something — anyone know of any good sites that could help get her started?

Any other suggestions?

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12 Responses to “How can I reuse or recycle strips of sheepskin?”

  1. MJ Ray says:

    How insulating are they still? On tv, fleece is often used as a green insulation for timer walls. Maybe you could reverse the theory and make something like oven mitts?

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  2. Kim says:

    If the soles need replacing, I’d cut the tops down and reapply a piece for a new sole and use them as house slippers.

  3. Alice says:

    :-( Ugg boots are one of many things that make me feel all grumbly about the non-durability of things people buy and sell. Maybe think about getting some more solid boots next time? Good quality, tough leather boots should last a decade if you look after them, and simple classic design doesn’t go out of style.

  4. yogahz says:

    Couldn’t they be re-soled?

  5. Sandi says:

    These would make a great home for mice, guinea pigs or other creatures.

  6. Evelyn says:

    I used the sheepskin to put under my dining table and chairs so no scrape noise on wooden floors.

  7. Anonymous says:

    The sheepskin can be made into driver’s wheel cover.

  8. Leah says:

    why not put them inside your gardening gloves for green and toasty fingers!

  9. Lizzy says:

    They’d be great for lining anything, or you could make a fluffy cushion. If you could salvage enough from a variety of things, you may have enough for a sheepskin rug….I have a sheepskin rug, it’s so lovely…I sink my toes into it. If I lived in a cave , I’d sleep on that…but I digress…I hope I helped :)

  10. Heather says:

    I wore mine for about eight years and wore them all the time super cozy and long lasting

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