A lot of dogs love to burrow under the covers on a chilly day. I know Kirby does so I've been looking for a snuggle sack. I've seen them for fifty dollars and up so I decided to make one myself. Turns out it is so easy!
You can make your snuggle sack as big or as small as you want depending on your dog and the size blanket you use. Just make sure the opening is big enough for your dog to crawl into and it's long enough for your dog to move around inside. There are many options when it comes to finding the right blanket. Is your dog hot natured? Choose one that's thin. Is he cold natured? Choose one thats thick. Just be sure you choose one that is machine washable for easy care.
I purchased two really plush baby blankets I caught on sale at Tuesday Morning. One side has a pretty pattern while the other side is a solid color.
Pin three sides together with the patterned side on the inside and stitch the edges together about an inch from the edge. This will give the sack a bumper edging when turned right side out. Don't worry if your stitching isn't perfectly straight. I promise your dog won't complain!
Turn right side out and voila, a soft cuddly sack any dog would be proud to own. Folding down the top of the blanket can make the opening easier for your dog to go into it
For a large dog use a throw blanket. I have one that's white fleece on one side and brown microsuede on the other I purchased at Wal-Mart for $15. If I wanted to make it into a snuggle sack I would fold it in half by bringing the corners of the long sides together. I would fold it so the microfiber side was on the inside then when it's done the fleece would be inside. Sew a one inch seam along the one long edge and across the short edge. Turn it rightside out and it's done.
The smaller ones, like Kirby's, can be used as a bed by placing a pillow inside. Just fold the extra material underneath. This is great for traveling or just when you need an extra bed in a room.
I've been leaving Kirby's snuggle sack on the couch and it's so cute to watch him pawing at it and then burrowing in, turning around inside, and then popping his head out the opening. I'm calling this snuggle sack a $20 success!
Notes: Choosing thick, plush fabric or fleece or even plush towels will offer stability and extra thickness to the snuggle sack.
Easy right? So go make yours cos it's getting cold and your pup needs a warm snuggly place to burrow into. Be sure to let me know how it turned out - pictures please!