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Q: I want to make some fleece blankies for shelter cats, got any tips?

April 28, 2009 | By Norrie | 8 answers | Expired: 2046 days ago

I want to make some fleece blankies for shelter cats, got any tips?

I want to buy some fleece to make some blankets for shelter cats but never having worked with fleece before I'm unsure if they need to be hemmed or not. I was planning on sewing 2 pieces together and placing and stitching a large X through both thickness but realize washing and drying can be a problem if too thick. Any positive hints would be helpful.
























***Also, what is a good size for shelters?

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Kate H.
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May 08, 2009

I worked in the cat dept at the local shelter and we would have people make "snugglies" for the cats all the time. Some people would sew us some little blankets but most of the snugglies were knitted or croqueted. They were easy enough to clean we just thru them into the wash when we did towels. They were about 12 x 12 and people made us snugglies in all different colors and for every holiday

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EBalka
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Apr 29, 2009

Don't sew, just cut 1in strips in about 3in, and place two pieces of the same size fleece together and tie, its that easy! Call the shelter you want to make them for and ask them what sizes they need :) Have fun, sounds like a great idea!!

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Jillian
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Apr 29, 2009

in place of fleece, you could use flannel. it costs a little more, but its very durable.

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M Evelyn F.
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Apr 29, 2009

With polar fleece you can also tie knots around the 2 pieces to join them. just cut strips 1 inch wide and 4 inches long, put the 2 pieces together and tie knots most of the way around, stuff and finish tieing. You can untie the knots to change stuffing.

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Chermc
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Apr 29, 2009

If you're working with polar fleece, it does not need to be hemmed, it does not fray. I've made many polar fleece blankets, for humans and furry friends. It easiest just to cut it to the size you wantand be done, but if you're using two layers that will work, too. Polar fleece dries quickly so two layers shouldn't be a big problem in the dryer. Good luck, I know the kitties will love it!!

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Lherbertson
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Apr 29, 2009

I make fleece beds for my dog. What you do is pin the wrong sides together, sew on three sides. (should look like a sack). Turn it right side out, then sew a zipper on the final edge.

I'm not sure what stuffing you are using. There's high density foam, pre-made decorator pillows, or polyfill stuffing. If it's the stuffing, find an old pillowcase and stuff that, then sew it closed.

Now you have a washable pet bed. Good luck!

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Em C.
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Apr 29, 2009

I think you have to hem the fleece.

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daryl b.
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Apr 29, 2009

thalk to kathy (kavikeeper0 she just made som e for her g pigg

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