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Friday, December 5, 2008

How to Make a Personalized Appliqué Fleece Dog Blanket

Last year, Blitzkrieg and I participated in a small dog sport gift exchange. Well, technically the dogs were the gift givers and recipients but their humans did all of the shopping, wrapping, and shipping of gifts. In other words, the dogs got the goods and the humans did all of the work. Seems only fair because in our sport of agility Blitzkrieg does all of the work of running up over and through the obstacles on the course while I just run beside him and point to what he has to do next. OK, dog sport people know that there’s more to it on the human side, but that’s not the point of this post.

Anywayz, my New Year’s resolution that year was to try to use up some of the stuff in craft stash that in some cases had been sitting around for more years than I like to admit. Some of the items languishing in my craft stash were pieces of fleece that were too big to throw away but not large enough to make anything out of. That is, until this gift exchange. Turns out the fleece squares I had were just the right size to turn into small dog blankets. This project was the perfect time to try my hand at a little hand appliqué as well.


Dog Blankets
My applogies for the poor photo quality. 
I had to use my PDA to take the photos.


How to make a personalized appliqué fleece dog blanket





For each blanket, you will need:
2 30 inch x 30 inch squares of fleece
Sewing thread to match the color of the fleece
Interfacing
Small rectangle of white cloth (I used terry cloth)
Embroidery thread
White sewing thread


1. Create a bone shape using a graphics program like Photoshop or you can enlarge the pattern I created here.

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2. Cut out and create your appliqué using the Freezer Paper method.


3. If desired, use a running stitch and embroidery thread to embroider the name of the lucky dog onto the dog bone appliqué.


4. Hand sew the appliqué to the right side of one the 30 inch x 30 inch squares of fleece.


5. Pin both fleece squares right sides together and sew them together along three sides of the blanket.


6. Remove the pins from the blanket and turn it right side out.


7. Sew the open sides of the blanket together by hand or with a sewing machine.


8. Optional: Hand or machine quilt the blanket to finish.


9. Keep that puppy warm - wrap up your chilly dog in their new fleece blanket!



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