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DIY Pet Blankets

DIY Pet Blankets

By: Zara Willmott

DIY Pet Blankets? Yes, you can make simple pet blankets that will add style and comfort to your pet’s life. Here at Cat Sitter Toronto Inc., we heard about the need for blankets at the Toronto Humane Society and I had a “lightbulb” moment. I have made blankets before, in fact, quilting is one of my favorite hobbies. This post is going to show you a few methods for making blankets. Don’t worry, you don’t have to be a master in sewing skills for these projects, some are even no sewing required.

Fabrics:

First, let’s talk about fabrics. If you have ever been to a fabric store, you know that the variety of fabrics available can seem endless. The fabric you choose to use for your project is dependent on your project’s purpose. We are making blankets so you want a fabric that is sturdy. Do I mean a fabric that can stand up on its own? Of course not. A sturdy fabric is “Sturdy and durable, wool and wool blends offer good resistance to pilling, fading, wrinkling and soiling” according to Pearson Textiles

Pearson Textiles has great explanations of different types of fabrics and uses if you want more information.

For our blankets, I’m choosing Flannelette and FleeceFabrics

Tools:

What will you need to create these awesome blankets?

1.Scissors (a good fabric pair can be real handy, but any standard pair of scissors will work as well)

2. Measuring tape

3. Thread

4. Sewing machine/sewing needles

Blankets:

First, let’s start with the no-sew options. Fleece is my go-to fabric to use for no-sew projects. It is easy to work with and comes in so many varieties from super fluffy to super smooth. They even have Minky fleece which has these fabric “bumps” on it, perfect for cats making “biscuits”.

Here are some recommended blanket sizes that I found on sewing.org

  • 12″ x 12″ for cats and other small animals
  • 24″ x 24″ for medium size dogs and animals
  • 36″ x 36″ for large dogs and animals.

Think of the pet you are intending the blanket for, for instance, Fang is a big cat, so for him, I would go bigger. Once you have decided on the size, now you have to decide how,

No-Sew Option 1:

This option is your plain jane. No fancy frills for this one. For this blanket, I would use a polar fleece with a medium weight. What I mean by medium weight is a fabric that when cut keeps its shape and doesn’t curl at the edges.

Step 1: lay your fabric out and measure it to the desired size, make your cut

fabric measure

*my motto is measure twice cut once, always double-check before making a cut

Step 2: tidy up any edges where needed and voila a blanket

No-Sew Option 2:

So the Plain Jane isn’t for you. You want something that has some wow factor. For this project, I would still recommend fleece, but any variety of fleece will do. This blanket will have a fringe edge

Step 1: lay your fabric out and measure it to the desired size, make your cut

knotted cornerfringe

Step 2: lay the blanket flat and make slit cuts, 1inch apart all the way around. Your slits can be any length you want, I would recommend  2-3inches in length

*corners of blankets can be notched out so the fringe goes smooth around see photo

Step 3: once you have your fringe cut, stand back and admire your blanket

*Fringe edges can be finished in many ways depending on what style you want, such as a braided edge, or tied edge

I prefer to just have a nice fringe on a fleece blanket

Sewing Option 1:

For this option, you are going to need either a sewing machine or a needle and thread. For this sew option you can use any fabric you want as your will be hemming the edges so that the fabric won’t fray. I’m using Flannelette for this project.

Step 1: lay your fabric out and measure it to the desired size, make your cut

binder clip

Step 2: Using pins or Binder Clips fold in the edges. I fold in 1/4 inch and then fold again a 1/4inch this creates a smooth seam and hides the cut edges preventing fraying.

Step 3: Sew the edges and you are done with making a blanket

*for these kinds of blankets I like using a rounded corner, I use a plate as a template for the curve. I position the plate at the corner of the blanket and trace the curve (see photo)

corner curve

Final Thoughts

There are a million and one ways to make blankets, I find lots of great ideas on Pinterest. Using these techniques I was able to create 13 blankets in a day for the Toronto Humane Society.

For those of you wishing to create and not sure where to shop, I use Fabricville they have a great online selection and they also have a remnants pack (which I Love) if you aren’t picky on designs this is a great option to get started blanket making.

 

Please share your thoughts and projects

Happy Sewing

 

 

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