I was excited (and a little surprised) when Rover.com asked me to participate in their 12 Days of DIY Pet Gifts. Maybe this would be the year I would finally make us matching holiday pajamas.
But then reality set in and I wasn’t sure we could pull off that much cuteness or cheerfulness (because bunnies don’t like pajamas). Oh, and there’s also the thing about me not knowing how to sew like AT ALL.
So, I put on my DIY thinking cap (only I don’t have a DIY thinking cap because I’m not really a DIY person unless duct-taping broken stuff together counts as DIY). But I am no quitter so I searched high and low for an achievable DIY project for non-DIY pet parents
And I found one – the no sew, no stress, no fuss holiday fleece blanket for pets! Not only is it super simple to make, it is super simple to make in different sizes for multiple pets with multiple shapes. In the photo above, you will see the dog, bunny, and mouse-sized blankets (but don’t quit now because there’s a whole lot cuteness at the end of this post).
Making A No Sew, No Stress Holiday Fleece Blanket For Pets
Step One: Visit your local fabric store and select your fleece.
You will need two different patterns. We pretend-measured (as in, estimated) that we would need two yards of each for dog, cat, bunny and mouse-sized blankets. Be sure to select a color or pattern that will show ALL the fur (or not, depending on your design aesthetic).
Step Two: Stretch out your fabric and cut two identical pieces.
Obviously, if you are making multiple blankets for multiple pets you will need to plan ahead and cut several sets. Make sure the right side of the fabric is facing up and out. Also, try not to get scratched by a bossy cat who doesn’t like sharing.
Step Three: Cut out corners using an appropriately-sized square.
A five inch square worked well for the dog and cat beds, but bunny and mouse blankets are smaller so give it your best guess. I am challenged when it comes to using scissors (cutting is hard) so this is where I brought in my husband kicking and screaming who is actually quite crafty and very good at following directions.
Helpful hint: The addition of a Santa gnome makes things even more festive.
Step Four: Cut the fringe.
Each strip should be about the width of a finger and the same length as the cut-out square corners (give or take, doesn’t have to be perfect). Cut all the way around both pieces of fabric. The designated cutter should be careful not to trim the beard of the Santa gnome or poke the bossy cat. Scissors are sharp.
Special note for mice blankets – make sure the fringe is long enough to make the knots (see next step).
Step Five: Tie the knots.
Line your fabric up and begin tying the knots – one strip from the bottom fabric and one from the top. Double knots (I am told) are best so that they don’t come loose in the wash. The smaller the blanket the trickier this gets – do your best and don’t stress. Your pets don’t care if it is not perfect.
That’s it, you are finished! No Sew DIY Holiday fleece blanket for pets are super simple, super fast, super adorable! And now for the grand reveal of fluffy fleece and furry cuteness!
I made this.
I like my blanket, but Santa gnomes are creepy.
I like to eat in bed and watch reality TV.
fa la la la la la la la (I won the mouse lottery)
Final Thoughts (and True Story): And when you are happily tying knots while waiting for your daughter’s holiday guitar recital to begin and another mother asks what you are working on and you reply proudly, “I’m making a holiday blanket for my mouse that I’m going to share on my pet blog.” Don’t worry if she looks at you strangely and moves two seats down. She clearly doesn’t have the holiday spirit and you don’t need that kind of negativity in your life anyway.
Special Holiday Note: These DIY holiday fleece blankets for pets are so easy that you could actually make a bunch and take them to your local shelter to comfort dogs and cats waiting for homes. And if you are looking for more ways to help animals, please check out 31 Ways To Celebrate The Holidays By Helping Animals.