Cool off your 4-legged friend with this DIY Dog Cooling Mat.
Does your pet suffer in hot weather? Make one of these Cooling Mats to keep them cooled off.
Don’t sew? Click here to order a cooling mat from my Etsy Shop.
A few weeks ago we were thinking it was a chilly spring, and then summer temperatures showed up practically overnight.
Our adorable Cocker Spaniel, Cooper, has been having a hard time dealing with the heat and humidity.
He will go outside and lay in the sun for a few minutes, but he starts to pant right away.
We like to camp and spend a lot of time outside in the summer, and of course, we always have Cooper with us.
That means we need to help Cooper cool off in the heat. I decided to make him a dog cooling mat to lay on.
I cool myself off with lots of ice in the summer, so I thought I would do the same with Cooper.
Specifically, I decided to use ice packs. I wanted to create a pad with pockets to tuck ice packs into.
I decided to use fleece because it is soft and the edges will not ravel when you cut them.
Dog Cooling Mat Tutorial
Here are the supplies you need to make your dog cool off mat.
Directions for sewing can be found at the bottom of this post.
Pet Cooling Pad
I’m very pleased with how the dog cooling pad turned out.
I love the fun print and Cooper loves cooling off on it.
Isn’t he just the cutest?
We just love him so much!
Click here to order this purple cooling mat from my Etsy Shop.
How will you keep your pet cool this summer?
More Dog DIY Tutorials~
- fleece fabric – I purchased 3/4 of a yard to use along with a scrap piece (approximately half that size) I had on hand. Get more or less depending on the size of your pet. You can also get enough of the same fleece to create your pocket strips
- soft ice packs – I purchased ice packs that measure 5″ x 7″. I purchased 12.
- sewing machine
- Fold your top fleece in half and stitch the edges together to form the pad. My pad measures approximately 32″ x 27″.
- Lay the pad out flat and arrange the ice packs on top. Use this as a guide for cutting out strips to form the pockets.
- My pad has three rows of four, so I cut out three 32″ x 11″ strips of fleece.
- Fold over just over an inch of the fleece and sew it down along the outside edges.
- This will form a lip at the top of the pockets to help hold the ice packs in place.
- Pin the strips in place on the bottom side of the pad.
- Sew along the side and bottom edges of each strip.
- Lay the pad out with the bottom side up and lay out a row of ice packs.
- Mark sewing lines between the ice packs.
- Sew along the marked lines, making sure to catch the folded under top edge to complete the pad.
- Get your ice packs out of the freezer.
- Tuck the frozen ice packs into the pockets.
- Turn over the pad and put it down for your pooch to lay on.
- The dog mat is machine washable.
Adjust the size of the mat by laying ice packs out on your fleece.
I've made mats with 8 ice packs for smaller dogs and packs with 20 packs for an extra large dog.