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DIY Dog Crate Covers

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Dog crate covers are quite beneficial to keep your canine companion calm when he/she is anxious or excited. They provide the feeling of being in a den and your pooch will have an additional sense of serenity and security. Although many commercial dog crate covers are available on the market, it’s always better to make one for your dog because you can get the exact dimensions and it will be cost-effective. Keep reading to learn how you can make a no-sew DIY dog crate cover at home.

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Best Fabric for a Dog Crate Cover

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Finding a suitable fabric for covering your dog’s crate is really important for the comfort of your pooch. Many people tend to use old blankets for this purpose, but it doesn’t make an ideal crate cover. This is because blankets will cut off the necessary ventilation and result in overheating of your dog.

Similarly, they can quickly catch fire and lead to a really serious situation. Last but not least, your pup might consider the blanket as a chew toy and will damage the crate cover. Hence, you need to find a better alternative for providing warmth to your furry friend.

The quilted fabric has proven to be one of the best options in this regard. You can either use an old quilt or make one for your dog’s crate by joining two pieces of fabric. You will need to put some batting in between the layers to get the required level of insulation.

No Sew DIY Dog Crate Cover

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No Sew DIY Dog Crate Cover

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This easy and inexpensive method will allow you to make a cozy place for your pooch without spending too much. You just need some pieces of fabric and a few household utilities (like pins and scissors) to complete this no-sew crate cover.

Materials

  • Some pieces of fabric
  • Tape measure
  • Fabric glue
  • Chalk
  • Pins
  • Scissors
  • Cording (optional)

Instructions

  1. You should start the process by measuring the crate surfaces. Begin with the top of the crate and then measure its left and right sides.
  2. After that, measure the front and back to complete the measurements. Each of these sides will be covered by a separate piece of fabric and they will be glued together.
  3. Add 1 ½ inches to all these measurements (length and width) to ensure that the crate cover is not too small.
  4. Write down the measurements and draw them on paper (and cut the pieces). Try different combinations to determine the exact dimensions of the required fabric.
  5. Mark the dimensions of each panel on the fabric (with the help of chalk). You may need to pin up the fabric to ensure the right alignment for marking and cutting.
  6. Start by pinning the pieces in the inside-out fashion. You should only attach the top end of the front panel and leave the sides unpinned to form a flap.
  7. Try the cover on the crate and make the necessary adjustments before moving on with the procedure.
  8. Now, glue the sides of the cover to the top and the back panel. Any raw edges that are not glued to another panel should be folded over by 3/4 of an inch and glued to itself.
  9. Then, glue the top part of the front panel to the top panel. Make sure that you attach the entire fabric along the edges of the front flap.
  10. After that, put two strips of Velcro (the hooked part) on the top of the cover and roll up the front panel.
  11. Once it is done, use the other half of the Velcro strips to match up with the ones on the top panel. This will keep the cover in place when the front panel is rolled up.
  12. If you want to add something extra to the cover, you can glue the cording between the panels.

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Dog Crate Cover Pattern

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