Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Community Service: No Sew Fleece Cat Beds

We made these cat beds last year for our pet adoption fair and the shelters loved them (I'm pretty sure the kitties were happy with them, too).  It's pretty much the same idea as the people blankets, but on a smaller scale.  They also include a little stuffing in the middle.  If you have any questions, please let me know.  Unfortunately, I didn't take any pictures of them.

No-Sew Fleece Cat Beds

Supplies needed:
Fabric scissors

Yard Stick
2 pieces of fleece fabric, 25 inches by 20 inches (can be the same pattern of fleece or you can mix and match colors and patterns)
1 piece of quilt batting (batting that can be unrolled), 19 inches by 14 inches
3 x 3 inch cardboard square

Match the two pieces of fleece together (wrong sides touching and right side facing out) and cut a 3x3 inch square from each corner.  Use the cardboard square as a guide. 

After you have cut out the corners, lay the yard stick across one of the shortest edges of the fabric from the top of each corner. Using the yard stick as a guide cut one inch wide fringe in the edge of the fabric all the way across.  I like to cut the fringe on both pieces of fabric at the same time so they will line up when you tie them together.
Do the same on the other edges of the fabric. 

After you have cut the fringe, insert the batting between the two pieces of fleece, centering it and aligning the fringe pieces on each side of the fleece.  The edge of the batting should come up to where the fringe starts.  If the piece of batting is too large in places, trim it.  Take one piece of fringe from each side of the fleece and tie them together in a knot.  I like to tie them twice so they don’t come undone.   Make sure the knot is as close to the edge of the fabric as possible.   The knot should be secure, but don’t pull it too tight.
Once all of the fringe pieces are tied together, lay the blanket on a flat surface and gently stretch out each side until it lays flat. 

Your blanket is now complete!

(You can also make this as a single layer blanket without the batting)

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