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DIY Dog Snuggle Blanket

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Come read about the special relationship between my son and our dog and learn how to sew a Dog Snuggle Blanket for you and your pet to cuddle under.
boy and dog snuggling under a snuggie for dogs

My son has had a difficult year. He dealt with some school issues and two of his friends passed away in the spring.

He is a pretty upbeat kid, but the deaths have taken their toll. Those young men and my son worked together at the local pool as lifeguards. He really missed guarding with them this summer.

During all these tough times, my son has really leaned on our dog, Cooper.

While he cannot provide words of comfort, Cooper has been able to provide love and support for my son.


Since they spend a lot of time snuggling on the sofa together, and it’s started getting colder I decided to make them a special snuggle blanket.

I wanted to create something similar to a Snuggie, but with a hole in it for the dog’s head.

I decided to use fleece because it is warm and the edges do not ravel. Working with fleece is great because it is very forgiving.

I’ve made several things with fleece over the years, so I know that the best value for a large piece of fleece is a blanket. I purchased a queen-size 90″x90″ fleece blanket for $12.

DIY Dog Snuggle Blanket Tutorial

See this easy sewing tutorial for a snuggle blanket with sleeves at the bottom of this post.

Check out my other DIY Dog Projects made with Fleece: Dog Cooling Pad, No-Sew Dog Bed, and Heating Mat.

Cuddle with a Dog Snuggle Blanket

Snuggle on the sofa or recliner with your dog’s head through the hole.

Think of it as a DIY Snuggie for Dogs.
cute dog in a snuggie for dogsI am pleased with how this dog snuggle blanket turned out. My son loves snuggling with Cooper in it.

I am glad that I made the dog hole on the big side because Cooper can jump through it when he gets excited by a loud noise or someone at the door.

Cooper has learned that it’s his blanket, so he will lay on it when my son isn’t around. They truly have a special bond.
boy giving a dog a treat

Yield: 1 snuggle blanket

DIY Dog Snuggle Blanket

DIY Dog Snuggle Blanket

Snuggle with your dog under this blanket that has a hole for his head

Prep Time 5 minutes
Active Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Additional Time 5 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Difficulty medium
Estimated Cost $12

Materials

  • queen-size fleece blanket

Tools

  • yardstick
  • pen
  • paper
  • scissors
  • straight pins
  • sewing machine

Instructions

  1. Gather your supplies.
  2. This pattern is meant to be a guide for where to cut your queen-size blanket.
  3. It is not meant to be printed out to actual size.
  4. Fold the blanket in half and lay out on a flat surface.
  5. Measure 24" up mark the fabric.
  6. Cut off along the 24" line.
  7. Cut that 24"x90" piece in thirds, to form three 24"x30" pieces. Two of these are the sleeves.
  8. Cut one of the thirds in half long ways to form two 12"x30" pieces. These will form the cowl neck for the dog hole.
  9. Take the piece of paper and fold it in fourths by folding half and then half again.
  10. Measure 3" from the center, fold the short way and 4.5" the long way.
  11. Using these points as a guide, cut out the 6"x9" armhole pattern piece.
  12. Fold the blanket long ways, leaving about five extra inches on one side. This is a centering line for the armholes, but it is off center of the blanket to leave room for the dog hole.
  13. Trace the oval onto the fleece.
  14. Pin both layers of the fleece together and cut out the armholes.
  15. Using that armhole piece as a guide, cut the hole for the dog. If you have a small dog, that size is plenty big. Cooper is medium-sized, so I cut a 8"x9" hole. I just slide the pattern piece over a little after tracing one side to form a wider oval.

How to Sew a Dog Snuggie

  1. Fold the sleeve piece in half long ways and sew the edges together.
  2. Repeat with the other sleeve.
  3. You can shorten the sleeve length if needed. You may also fold up and edge to form a cuff. I left mine as is.
  4. With right sides together, pin the sleeve to the arm. I had to do a slight stretching of the sleeve for it to fit.
  5. Sew the sleeve in place, removing pins as you go.
  6. Sew the 12" ends of the cowl neck pieces together to form one long rectangle.
  7. Measure the circumference of the dog hole to determine the length you need for the cowl neck.
  8. Cut the cowl length accordingly to form a circle. My dog hole was approximately 36" around, so I cut that length before sewing it together.
  9. Fold the wrong sides of the cowl together and pin to the right side of the dog hole.
  10. Stitch the cowl neck in place to complete the blanket.

Notes

machine washable

Did you make this project?

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Megan

Saturday 17th of February 2018

Aww, that is such a sweet and special bond. What a fun craft idea for your special boys! #MM

Diana Rambles

Saturday 17th of February 2018

Thank you, Megan!

Allison

Monday 5th of June 2017

This shall be bookmarked! Can't wait for winter. Summer sucks.

Diana Rambles

Saturday 10th of June 2017

Isn't this fun? Cooper just sleeps on it right cause it's too hot to snuggle.

Liz Mays

Wednesday 5th of October 2016

I have two cats so I'd love to do it for them. Actually only one likes to be under covers, so it's for her. This is adorable!

Diana Rambles

Wednesday 5th of October 2016

Thank you, Liz!

Toni | BoulderLocavore.com

Wednesday 5th of October 2016

This is really cool! I will make two of this blankets! It looks so comfortable!

Diana Rambles

Wednesday 5th of October 2016

Yes. I used a really soft blanket.

Amanda West

Tuesday 4th of October 2016

I could never make this.. but I do love how it brings our loved pets closer during those cold months. Beautiful dog you have!

Diana Rambles

Wednesday 5th of October 2016

Thank you. Cooper is very pretty!

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