My 9 yr old DGD has a brown knit shrug with a fake fur collar. She wore it last year and it still fits this year. She loves it; however, now the fake collar looks like something I wouldn't even use to scrub the floor. I bought a brown rabbit skin fur coat on ebay. I know rabbit is the most fragile of all hides and this is a used coat, so I am expecting some split skins when I take the coat apart to make her a new collar. I thought I would re-enforce the pelts with duct tape. The tape won't show since there is a satin lining. The collar is detachable so the shrug can be washed and the collar not washed. When the shrug is outgrown the whole thing will probably be thrown away. Does anyone foresee a problem with my using duct tape to re-enforce the pelts? Also I thought I'd just make her a vest out of the rest of the coat - thought at 9 it would seem kind of special. Actually, it was ALL I could think of to do with the rest of the coat. LOL Suggestions are really welcome.