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DIY Dog Travel Blanket – 3 Ways

Do you travel with your dog?

We don’t travel much, but we have friends who take their dogs all over the place.  Lucky pups!!

But Chrissy had one concern.  Her dogs are allowed on the furniture at home, but not everyone they visit is ok with that.  How to keep both sides happy?

Especially when you consider that she has large dogs who shed... and drool — so much drool.

One solution she came up with was to take Titan’s blanket with them everywhere. She can wash it, lay it on her host’s furniture, and protect it while respecting their seating.

Now, not every one of their hosts is ok with this, but it’s sure smoothed things out with a few!

And there’s a bonus — Titan always knows that’s HIS blanket!  So, even if it’s turned into a nest on the floor, Titan prefers his blanket over the suede couch.

Win-win!!

So, today we’re looking at a no-sew travel blanket for your Titan — big or small!!

I found this adorable and easy project at Pretty Fluffy.  You can check out Sarah’s other projects, too!

No Sew DIY Dog Blanket for Couch or Car

Pug with face sticking out of blanket

Materials:

  • Fabric (I used 1-yard gingham + 1-yard polka dots, which fits nicely on a small sofa, but feel free to go larger based on the size of your dog or sofa!)
  • Scissors
  • Hot Glue + Glue Gun
  • Pom Pom Trim (Optional)

Instructions:

  1. Take your two pieces of fabric and lay them out, one on top of the another (make sure both pieces are the same size). We are starting with the blanket inside out, so we want the bottom piece of fabric with the pattern facing up, and the top piece with the pattern facing down. If your fabric is double-sided, like mine shown, then you don’t need to worry about which way they are facing.
  2. Using your glue gun, run a line of glue along the edges between the fabric pressing the two pieces together. Do 3 sides, but leave one smaller side unglued – we need this opening in order to pull it right-side out.
  3. With your 3 sides glued and one small side still open, flip your blanket so that it is right-side out and the pattern is now showing. It should look like a pillow sham at this point. If your corners are inverted, stick your arms inside the blanket and push them out.
  4. To seal the rest of the blanket, fold the top and bottom of the open fabric inwards and place a line of glue between, pressing firmly to seal.
  5. To add some extra charm, glue a line of pom-pom trim on the edge of the blanket. If your dog likes to chew on small things, I would omit the pom poms!

For more DIY Puppy Love, check out DIY Tug Toy! and Make Chew Pillows out of Old Jeans.

No Sew Dog Blanket with Braided Edge

This project is more elegant than the typical tied edge blankets and looks nicer in your house. Adjust the size to the size of dog that you have.

Materials:

  • Two coordinating pieces of fleece
  • Yard stick or large ruler
  • Sharp scissors

Instructions:

  1. Trim off salvage edges
  2. Make sure both pieces of fleece are the same size
  3. Lay blankets right size out on top of each other
  4. Cut a 2 by 2 inch square out of the corner of each blanket
  5. Mask or place a ruler from corner to corner
  6. Cut 1 inch sections along the edge around the entire edge of the blanket
  7. Take each fringe piece and fold it in half. Make a snip for each layer (see video for details) – you’ll need these snips for braiding
  8. Take the fringe pieces on the left (both pieces) and put it through the holes on the right (both pieces)
  9. Repeat through the entire row
  10. Continue the same thing at each corner
  11. When you get to where you started do the finishing knot by threading 1 strand through the next hole and then double knotting it.

DIY Waterproof Dog Blanket

Sometimes you need a waterproof dog blanket. If your dog is incontinent, it can help or if you like to do outdoor trips and want to protect her from the moisture seeping through on the ground, this is a great project.

Materials:

  • Polyurethane coated nylon
  • Fiber pile fleece
  • Old sleeping bag for lining and insulation
  • Webbing for tie up loops

Instructions:

This video shows you how to sew a dog blanket as well as how to build and insulted and waterproof dog blanket. It results in a very nice project.

The Bottom Line on DIY Dog Travel Blankets

2 small dogs laying under blanket on bed

You can make this project as easy or complicated as you like. I personally love the braided fleece blanket, but if I was traveling with my dog outdoors I would go for the waterproof dog blanket.

Enjoy your project!

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