Everyone needs a little unwind time and that includes the dog. But first, spend yours making the fleece blanket Fido can comfortably curl up in when he’s chilling out … or chasing the chills away, whatever works.
My new obsession (next to adult colouring … post on that soon) is cutting and tying these cuddly fleece blankets in sizes for small, medium and large dogs, and of course cats. My Sally and Daisy love these, rolling on and chasing the ties, especially while I’m working on them.
You’ve likely seen them before. It’s an easy DIY project because it requires no sewing, only an eye for patterns and colours and a sharp pair of scissors.
Whip one up this Valentines Day while the fabric stores are full of heart fleece. A note of caution: you’ll not likely stop at one.
Here’s what you’ll need:
Approximately one metre of pet-print fabric (a yard is slightly less so the blanket will be smaller) if you want your blanket the same on both sides. OR one metre of print fabric and one metre of coordinating solid if you want the two sides different. (I prefer this because selecting coordinating fabrics is half the fun and the fringe looks good mixed).
In the second case, you’ll get two blankets out of the fabrics, but must buy a full metre because 1/2 a cut metre is too narrow – you’ll get a long rectangle instead of the two squares you need when you fold a full metre in half width-wise. (I made this mistake already).
Sharp fabric scissors
Thin cardboard– cut in one 5- by 5-inch square and one 3/4 inch by 5-inch rectangle (or cut both one inch smaller if you want shorter fringe)
Here’s what you’ll do:
Lay the fabric ‘good’ sides facing out and ‘bad’ sides together on a flat clean surface. Folding one metre of fabric in half and cutting it into two pieces works for me – but you can cut any size blanket you want depending on the size of your pet. Just remember, you’ll lose about four to five inches around the perimeter thanks to the fringe.
Place the cardboard square in each corner and cut a square out of both fabric layers. All four squares are equal sizes.
Use the narrower cardboard rectangle as a guide to cut equal width and length fringe along all four sides through both layers.
Knot the fringe on either side of all four corners to hold both pieces of fabric in place. Then tie knots in the fringe all the way around. One knot works but give it a slight tug.
Tada! You’ve got a fleece travelling blanket for the car seat, hotel beds or trailer bunks. Travelling with your pooch’s ‘blankie’ will bring the scent of home along for the ride.
Warning: your cats will lie across the fabric and swat the fringe as you’re tying. I worked around it … as usual.
Other projects: Cat bed and blanket
For the kitties, I made two smaller blankets by cutting 1.3 meters of fabric into four squares (rather than two). Using two pieces of fleece, I completed a regular blanket but smaller.
Using the other two pieces, I tied three sides. Then I cut a 15- by 15-inch square of foam from a larger one-inch think foam piece. I left one side of the fleece untied, slid the foam between the layers of fleece and tied the remaining side closed.
Voila, a matching fleece foam bed and blanket set – feline sized.
CONTEST! Puppy fleece ‘receiving’ blanket, dog facial cleaner and bath wipes.
It’s an easy project, but if you don’t want to try it yourself …. enter to win one 18- by 30-inch size fleece blanket like that pictured on Victor (good Cocker Spaniel sized), along with a bottle of Espree dog facial cleanser and pack of International Veterinary Sciences Quick Bath Dog Wipes. (approx. value: $30)
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