How to Make a Dog Snuggle Sack
Dog snuggle sacks are similar to little sleeping bags -- sized for your furry friends. Typically they have a cozy, fleece interior that cuddles and warms your pet. Simple to sew, snuggle sacks should be constructed of machine-washable fabrics. Make an extra snuggle sack for laundry day to keep your pet satisfied while the first one is in the wash. Dog snuggle sacks also make great gifts for friends and family with dogs that love to burrow and cuddle.
Things You'll Need
- Tape Measure
- 2 yards of patterned cotton fabric
- 2 yards of fleece fabric
- Straight pins
- Matching thread
- Sewing machine
Use a tape measure to measure your furry friend from the top of his head to the base of his tail to get an idea of what size your snuggle sack should be. Buy two types of fabric -- a soft, warm fleece to line the sack and a cotton fabric in a pleasing pattern. Depending upon the size of your pet, you might need to purchase at least 2 yards of each.
Lay the fleece fabric out on your table, fuzzy side down. It should be long enough to cover your pet from his hind quarters to the base of his neck and twice as wide as you want the finished sack. Place the cotton over the fleece, pattern side up. Match the edges and corners and pin it into place all along the edge.
Use your sewing machine to stitch a 1/4-inch seam the whole way around the fabric. Back-tack at the beginning and end to add durability. Remove the pins as you sew.
Fold the patterned side of the fabric under about 1 inch along one of the long sides, pin it in place and run it through the sewing machine to make a hem.
Fold the sack in half, patterned sides together. Line up the edges and corners and pin them into place along three sides. Do not pin or sew along the side with the hem -- this will be the opening of the sack.
Sew a 1/4-inch seam along three sides, back-tacking at the beginning and end and removing the pins as you sew. Remove the fabric from the machine, cut the thread and turn the whole sack right-side-out. The warm, cozy fleece should be on the inside of the sack with the pattern on the outside.
Check the sack for wayward pins, snip any hanging threads and give it to your pet to enjoy.
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