This is my dog Charlie. She is a special little dog. I got her from the pound. She is super smart and does some cool tricks like fall to the ground and play dead when I say "BANG !!" She gives kisses and hugs on command. I really love having her in my life. Anyway she tends to get colder then my other dogs since she is small and has less fur. So I set out to make my baby warm.I used some material that I already had on hand and reused the stuffing from my old couch cushions. Here is how I did it...
Step 1: Items You Will Need
a sturdy material for the bottom
a material of your choice for the top
a nice warm and snuggly material for the blanket
I will explain the size of fabric you need in the next step
a needle and thread
scissors and/or rotary cutter(i call it my pizza cutter, lol)
ruler and cutting mat (if you choose to use a rotary cutter)
sewing machine (or not but it would take alot longer)
some sort of filler (I happened to have the cushions from my old couch, so I took the stuffing from that) you can use old throw pillows from your house or yard sales or even from a thrift store. or you can buy polyester fill from craft stores or Walmart.
Step 2: To Get Started
The size that you will need to cut your fabric will vary depending on the size of your dog. My dog is small she weighs about 10 pounds. So I made mine as follows.
22 x 25 for the top and bottom piece
27 x 23 for the blanket
You will have to measure how big you want it to be. You could even go to a pet store and measure their dog bed and don't forget to add at least 5 inches to your measurements to account for sewing and stuffing.
Lay the 2 fabrics right sides touching. Pin the top and bottom pieces together only on the long sides.
Now measure from the short end 5 inches and 4 inches from the longer end and mark it with chalk. Do that on all 4 corners. use your ruler to connect making a rectangle. However you want to keep an opening so that you can stuff the dog bed so leave about a 4-5 inch opening on one of the shorter ends.
When you are done pinning it, just sew it and then stuff it. Again be sure to stuff in the corners. It gets a little tight in there so if you want you can enlist the help of a handy dandy ruler or a small child to help get the stuffing all the way back. i used my sons grabber toy thing, it worked pretty good to push back the stuffing. now just fold back a seam and sew the ends closed. you are now done with the bed portion. YAY !!
*** As you can see in the pics I actually used sticky velcro. I don't recommend that. It happened to be all that I had on hand. It definitely wont stay as long.
Ok, so , dogs are not going to know how to use a blanket at first. So you are going to want to gently introduce it to your dog. Make it positive. You can also use treats to help them to get motivated to go under the blanket.
Feel free to ask any questions. i will do my best to answer them. Thank you for checking out my instructable, please vote for me in the sew warm contest.