If you want to learn how to make a dog blanket, you only need four steps to give your furry pal something warm to snuggle with. This step-by-step guide uses quilted fabric to create the coziest blanket for your dog and other blanket-loving pets. But if you don’t want to sew, we also have a no-sew dog blanket tutorial included.
Dogs will also benefit from the warmest blanket. But what size of dog blanket should you make, and what materials are suitable for dogs? Find out everything in this complete dog blanket tutorial.
How Do You Make A Dog Blanket?
Step 1. Prepare the main fabric piece
Prepare a rectangular or square double-sided quilted fabric according to your desired blanket size.
Step 2. Sew on the blanket binding
To finish the blanket edges and make it more durable, you will add binding all around the blanket. Pin the binding in place and sew along the fold. You can refer to our guide on how to sew satin blanket binding if you want to know more techniques for attaching blanket binding.
Step 3. Work the blanket corners
To miter the corners, stop when you reach an inch before the corner and backstitch. Cut the thread and fold the binding so that the raw edge of the blanket and the raw edge of the binding is aligned in a triangle.
Since you folded the binding to the right to align the lower row edges of the blanket and binding, you want to fold the binding back to the left. This will match the fabric edge with the binding edge, and you can line the raw blanket edge with the binding edge. Sew the binding along the fold and repeat the process on all blanket corners.
Step 4. Finish the dog blanket
Remember to overlap the binding, then backstitch before cutting the thread and binding piece. Fold the binding to the back to cover the raw edge and pin. Sew to secure the backside, including the mitered corners, to finish.
What Is The Best Material For A Dog Blanket?
Microfiber and Sherpa
A fantastic example of a material for a dog blanket is microfiber fabric because it is pretty thick and durable. It’s also fluffy, which feels soft and comfortable. You can also get a synthetic material like Sherpa because it’s breathable, but avoid something as light if your dog chews a lot. Another suitable material for dog blankets is fleece fabric because it’s washable and soft.
Light fleece, cotton, and woven fabric
Light materials will be excellent if you live somewhere hot to keep your dog ventilated. But if your dog sheds a lot, avoid cotton fabrics because it will be hard to wash with all the fur. Opt for a woven material for heavy shedders.
When learning how to make a dog blanket, you have the freedom to select the most comfortable material for your pet. However, you have to consider something safe and non-irritating for dogs while also being easy to wash. More so, some dogs are considered aggressive chewers, in which case you need a durable blanket.
Is Fleece Safe For Dogs?
Fleece fabric is safe for dogs, and it makes an excellent dog blanket, especially for those who don’t want to sew. However, you want the fleece quality to be thick such as polar fleece, to prevent fraying and stretching. More so, it’s best to avoid fleece blankets if your dog sheds a lot because fur sticks to it.
How Do You Make A No Sew Puppy Blanket?
- Wash the polar fleece material and check the selvage edges if they need trimming
- Cut the fleece fabric into two pieces of similar dimensions according to your desired blanket size
- Place the fabric pieces on top of each other and cut a square on each corner
- Cut slits along the edges as deep as the squares
- Tie each fringe pairs into knots to finish
What Size Should A Dog Blanket Be?
The dog blanket you’re making should complement the dog’s size. It can be around 16 by 16 inches or 24 by 24 inches. Small dogs can use 9.5 by 9.5 inches or even twice this size. You can also make something as big as 33 by 33 inches or as small as 7.5 by 7.5 inches.
How Many Yards Do I Need For A Dog Blanket?
The amount of fabric you’ll need to make a dog blanket can range from one and a half yards to two yards. Remember that dog blanket sizes vary for every dog, and you also have to consider if you’re making a two-layer blanket or a one-layer blanket. Please read our guide on how many yards of fabric to make a blanket to help you better with estimating fabric amounts.
Do you want the perfect gift idea for your dog or local animal shelter? This article teaches you how to make a dog blanket with and without sewing. If you want to sew the blanket, you can use any quilted fabric then bind the edges.
You can also use polar fleece for a no-sew tie dog blanket. We hope this complete tutorial gave you some ideas. Let us know how your blanket goes in the comments!