Tuesday, 3 September 2019

D.I.Y Dog Blanket

Hi everyone,

This a very simple, quick and easy make that anyone could make.
Well it was made out of necessity, as the weather was cold and Lucy had been sick for a while.  Yeah that's our dog, a German Shepard, she's 12 years old and the kids say she is spoilt more than them and I might agree on that.  She had been sick over her blanket so that was only good for the bin, and I could not find one anywhere that was suitable for her, and the prices off them was ridiculous.

Unfortunately as I had taken my time writing this post, our poor Lucy was getting worse.  We found a lump under her back leg, but as it was beside her teats the first vet dismissed it as nothing, but this lump was getting bigger by the day.  While this was happening Lucy also developed a clicky hip, which was making it hard for her to get up and walk.  We found a second vet who was not pleased with the first vets diagnosis as the lump turned out too be a tumour and had spread throughout, but she had also a heart murmur which the first vet failed to detect.
With all of her problems and the prognosis not being good, actually very bad, we felt it was better to put her too sleep.  Believe me this was not an easy decision, it was the hardest decision we've  ever made.  We had Lucy since she was a 6 week old pup, and my kids were in pieces over it, but we didn't want her too be suffering in pain any longer.  Lucy is so so missed, the house has not been the same without her, I'm just waiting too see how long it takes my hubby to bring home a new pup.

Please, Please no matter what your vet says or how good they are, don't  wait or feel bad just get that second opinion which could make the difference to your pet.

But now onto the tutorial for the pet blanket.

I went to my local store, it sells a bit of everything and this paws fleece fabric was the last off their roll, 3/4m precise, but that was enough for her bed as it's pretty wide.  This blanket really could be made for any pet dog or cat.

To start with measure the length and width off the pet bed, I haven't  given you any measurements as you'll know every dog bed is different, but make sure you measure at the widest points.  You will need these measurements to cut 2 layers of fleece the same size, and a layer of wadding/batting the same size.

Place the fleece right sides together with the fleece on top.

I used a cover stitch on the edges of the fleece just to try and prevent any fraying of the fleece fabric.  You don't need a fancy overlocker machine to do this, if your machine has a cover stitch on it that's good, this was the first time I used this stitch and was so pleased at how easy it was to do.

My sewing machine is a Janome 4300QDC, which has a coverstitch on mode 2- stitch 15.

Your sewing machine might need a coverstitch foot - number M

If you don't have this stitch on your machine don't worry, a simple zigzag will do.

I sewed around all the edges and left a 5 inch turning gap on one side.  I found it was best to leave this gap in the centre on one of the long sides and I double stitched at the beginning and end, just to make sure no stitches broke while turning the blanket through.

Once the blanket is turned through you might need to use a pokey tool too make sure the corners are out fully.  Then you could hand stitch the gap closed using a ladder stitch, but myself just out of speed to get it done, I used a seam roller to press the edges in.  You can use an iron on a low heat if you feel you need to press it.

To finish the blanket off I top stitched around all the edges, making sure the turning gap was folded under enough to be sealed.

Now your pet has a nice new cosy blanket.

Please leave comments and let me know what you thought of the tutorial, or if you think their is any changes that could be made to it.