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Thread: Need some help from you pet lovers......

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    Senior Member himnherr's Avatar
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    I would like to make a friend of mine something for her 2 beloved dogs. One is smallish cutesy and one is not- smallish or cutesy! :lol: Actually, she's not that bad- just not to my liking- but they are both very special to her. So, I was wondering- do dogs use blankets ? (i.e. quilts) or do I need to make it a compete boxy type pad with foam or something in it? I'm leaning toward wanting to make them small blankets for their already existing beds. I have lots of denim and even some fabric that looks like mattress ticking.
    Any ideas would be appreciated.
    Wanna know why I'm making these? She's getting married for her first time (she's 56 years old) has always just had pets- not children. When I looked on their bridal registry I noticed they had listed some pet stuff. I'd love to make her something for them since they have been a huge part of her life. If you have a better idea than a doggie blanket, please do tell....

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    I know people make quilts for their pets. I made 2 for my PUPPY and she has pulled both of them apart. I mean batting flying everywhere. Maybe it is just a puppy stage, I wanted to make her a cute little girly quilt, but now I am not sure.

    If she asked for doggy thing I would make the quilts.

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    My small dogs definitely prefer blankets. My smallest likes to burrow into his blanket and wrap it completely around him, lol. The larger ones seem to prefer the sofas ;-)

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    My sisters dog loves to roll up in quilts. So I think it is a good idea.

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    I have 2 dogs - somewhat med sized. They both LOVE my quilts. I have one on my Futon in the quilt room and it takes all I have to keep an eye on them. They are good once they settle down, but they like to make "nests" with them and some of the seams have come undone. I don't mind too much - it was one of my firsts and I love that they love them.

    Maybe do a smaller quilt - don't put too much time into it, and use bigger seam allowances. :)

    I am thrilled when people think enough of my dogs to pick up a toy for them - your friend will be thrilled you make something comfy for them!! :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by trupeach1
    I know people make quilts for their pets. I made 2 for my PUPPY and she has pulled both of them apart. I mean batting flying everywhere. Maybe it is just a puppy stage, I wanted to make her a cute little girly quilt, but now I am not sure.

    If she asked for doggy thing I would make the quilts.
    Neither of these dogs are puppies anymore, so hopefully they've outgrown the chewing everything in site. :-)
    Thanks for the "vote" for quilts.

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    when i was 18 i got my boyfriend a Huskey, and had alot of shirt scraps. (this is crazy, i know) b4 the rotary cutter came to being, i cut out 1" square, and sewed them tog. making a quilt 36 x 45 and hand quilted it. She loved it and dragged it around the house all the time. I wish i had that quilt now.

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    in my avatar, i made my beloved kitty Xanadu a biscuit qult, he loved it coz it's squishy and really padded

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    I made several quilts for my dogs. When I take a class and the quilt is lap size, I always give it to my dogs. I have them all over the house and they know the quilts on the floor are their 'blankies'. You could embroider the dogs names on the quilts to make them special.

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    Yes, dogs love quilts both to lay on and cover up with. I made 4 last year for both of my son's dogs. They are all really possessive of them. Mine were raggy-shaggy with tops of homespun and backing of flannel. Then I appliqued their names over the top in big block letters. Made them smaller than adult throws.

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    My dogs love quilts, fleecys, and blankets. They like lots of 'stuff' to arrange a nest to their personal taste!
    Here's a link you might like:
    http://www.freequiltpatterns.info/Qu...ltPatterns.htm
    and here's another one:
    http://www.justimaginedesigns.com/dogsandquilts.html

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    My suggesttion would be to make them blankets out of denim because its very durable. My dog starts digging in her bed and if she had a thin quilt down there on bed her nails probably would go through the quilts. Label them with the couples names and dates.

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    I use to make my dogs beds they look like the big bean bag chairs but in the shape of a dog and a dog face with long ears. I think it is a McCalls pattern from years ago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by himnherr
    I would like to make a friend of mine something for her 2 beloved dogs. One is smallish cutesy and one is not- smallish or cutesy! :lol: Actually, she's not that bad- just not to my liking- but they are both very special to her. So, I was wondering- do dogs use blankets ? (i.e. quilts) or do I need to make it a compete boxy type pad with foam or something in it? I'm leaning toward wanting to make them small blankets for their already existing beds. I have lots of denim and even some fabric that looks like mattress ticking.
    Any ideas would be appreciated.
    Wanna know why I'm making these? She's getting married for her first time (she's 56 years old) has always just had pets- not children. When I looked on their bridal registry I noticed they had listed some pet stuff. I'd love to make her something for them since they have been a huge part of her life. If you have a better idea than a doggie blanket, please do tell....
    My great dane loves blankets; and loves the purple quilt I made her last week. They like to squish them up and make a nest to cuddle in. Fleece works really well, very washable. You could put fleece on one side and quilt squares on the other and then just stitch on the diagonal in both directions. I would use doggie prints.

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    I have no ideas on the dog gifts other than the blankets only because I just made one for my daughters dog. He is her baby.But I have to tell you I am just sitting here laughing out loud at your Cat pic. It is priceless.

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    Here is my thought, I have 3 dogs, both small & large. They love nice size blankets. But here is a thought, what about dog hankerchief for around their neck & across their back, like the groomer does after the dog gets groomed.
    Or, how about making thick warm coats for them for the wintertime. I think the denum is a great idea. My dogs loves to roll up in mine.
    Or, how about a cloth collar?
    Well, that does it for my suggestions.
    Turtlerouge

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    I have make numerous quilts for dog raffles - fundraisers for rescue groups. And the dog quilts are always a huge hit. I make the front with denim and/or heavyweight cottons, don't use any batting, and use no-pill fleece for backing. They always go over well and are really handy to have. I have several that I use in the van on the seats and on the floor so that everybody can find a spot to lay down. I also use the larger ones on the couch and big chair. It is so much easier to throw the quilt in the wash than dealing with the upholstery.

    When the fleece is on sal e at Hancock, I purchase a full bolt - or two - in the heather gray color, because it goes 'with' everything. But there are so many colors that you can really go wild.

    I have also made quilts/blankets out of just fleece - front and back. The older dogs seem to realy like them. They don't 'dig' inthem as much as the younger ones and they really like the cuddle feel of the fleece.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Twilliebee
    My dogs love quilts, fleecys, and blankets. They like lots of 'stuff' to arrange a nest to their personal taste!
    Sounds like my dogs...and cats! :D

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    I've made many doggie and kitty quilts and they have loved them. Never had a problem. There are adorable fabrics out there for them also.

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    Just a quick note, when I made one for ours, I used the threads and slivers of fabric from sewing. I have two baskets near my sewing area, trash in one, all the clippings not lge enough to use in any other project. it is soft and cuddley, and you don't have to pay for stuffing!!

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    I made a quilt for Henry, my Golden Retriever. He decided that the best place to have a nap in this entire house is the living room chair. So I made this quilt to cover the chair to try to keep his hairs and drools off the furniture. He was a bit afraid at first to get up in the chair with the quilt on it but he has settled in nicely and naps there every morning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jrhboxers
    I have make numerous quilts for dog raffles - fundraisers for rescue groups. And the dog quilts are always a huge hit. I make the front with denim and/or heavyweight cottons, don't use any batting, and use no-pill fleece for backing. They always go over well and are really handy to have. I have several that I use in the van on the seats and on the floor so that everybody can find a spot to lay down. I also use the larger ones on the couch and big chair. It is so much easier to throw the quilt in the wash than dealing with the upholstery.

    When the fleece is on sal e at Hancock, I purchase a full bolt - or two - in the heather gray color, because it goes 'with' everything. But there are so many colors that you can really go wild.

    I have also made quilts/blankets out of just fleece - front and back. The older dogs seem to realy like them. They don't 'dig' inthem as much as the younger ones and they really like the cuddle feel of the fleece.
    Since my dogs (Great Dane & Rottie) sleep with me, I make fleece blankets for my bed so I can wash them often. When they start getting thin I let the dogs use them on the floor. They love them. They also like bandanas. My great dane loves them; the rottie got jealous I guess because one day when I held one out for the dane the rottie put his neck in it. Now they wear them all the time except in the summer time.

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    I made a quilt/blanket for both of my grand-pups. They love them. They are fleece with flannel backs. Even put satin binding on them.

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    That quilt is lovely and dog is just beautiful. But I have not seen Lilacs since I left New England 8 yrs ago. Brought back some great memories.
    Fran

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    I make my dogs quilts and they love them.

    I also make them "beds" too, like the kennel mats.

    I saw the cutest thing ever on here, it was a tent for dogs/cats. I bet any dog or cat would love it. Let me see if I can find the thread.

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