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« on: July 08, 2008 04:53:25 PM »

Months ago I saw this post while perusing the Crafting For Good And Not Evil board: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=212419.0 . It's a charitable project that gets shelter animals blankets for their cages and kennels.  Not only does it give them something soft and comforting in a potentially frightening and uncomfortable place, but seeing an animal on a cuddly blanket actually increases that animals chance of being adopted and becoming a pet. If I remember correctly, the blanket goes with an adopted animal and as something familiar can help it adjust to it's new home.



So shortly after seeing that post, I told The ManFlesh about it and he offered to help as he's a big old softie for animals, even if he's not the craftiest fella (he's mean in the kitchen, though). So, I hit the Goodwill Outlet and got about a dozen pounds of blankets, afghans, pillow shams, etc., we each washed and dried them and then they sat in our respective basements for months until last weekend when we got. to. town.



He did a bunch of sewing and pinking.  I did the cutting and sewed some of the more difficult blankets, as he hadn't sewn since 4H over 20 years ago.  He picked it up again real quick-like, though. They're each made of 2 different pieces, back to back.  A few have binding around the edge.

Herre are 2 of 4 large-sized:

A polar fleece teddy bear panel w/ blanket back.


A woven throw blanket with a flannel sheet back.

2 of 3 medium-sized:



All the medium sized ones are pillow shams backed with afghans.

and an example of the 4 small-sized:

The small ones are all woven blankets backed with polar fleece.

When one of us would worry over the aesthetics of them, the other would say "they're dog blankets".  Of course they're for cats, too and shelters for other types of rescued pets are also signed up for the project. None of these are fine examples of sewing or design, but there's a certain charm to the extra homely ones that reminds me of little kids who drag around ratty, one-eyed teddy bears or stained and shredded blankies.  We made 11 and while I feel all warm and fuzzy about it, I feel sad that there most certainly won't be enough for everybody.

Interested?  All the details are here: http://www.snugglesproject.org/
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« Reply #1 on: July 08, 2008 05:10:20 PM »

bravo!!!!!   I think we could all follow in your footsteps!!! easy and fun and sooo helpful
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« Reply #2 on: July 08, 2008 05:11:58 PM »

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« Reply #3 on: July 08, 2008 05:18:47 PM »

 Grin I think that woven tartan is an exact match for my car blanket!!! I also do this for my hometown shelter (mine are crocheted out of el cheapo cotton yarn)- they always seem to appreciate it and don't give me the "she must be crazy" look when I bring them in with the newspapers. I think these are awesome and that you & partner in crime get big kudos for helping out the animals that need it! Great job!!
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« Reply #4 on: July 08, 2008 06:21:42 PM »

bravo!!!!!   I think we could all follow in your footsteps!!! easy and fun and sooo helpful

 I'm blushing. Thanks!  It was fun to take some torn, stained, unloved items and turn them into something that feels like it really might make a difference.
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« Reply #5 on: July 08, 2008 06:25:12 PM »

Grin I think that woven tartan is an exact match for my car blanket!!! I also do this for my hometown shelter (mine are crocheted out of el cheapo cotton yarn)- they always seem to appreciate it and don't give me the "she must be crazy" look when I bring them in with the newspapers. I think these are awesome and that you & partner in crime get big kudos for helping out the animals that need it! Great job!!

If I crocheted, I'd probably do that, too!  I had some guilt cutting up some hand made afghans, but one was stained and the other, while SUPER charming, kinda not the best of color combinations.  Ahem.  Things end up at the Outlet because they haven't sold at the area Goodwill Stores, so hopefully I saved them from the landfill and they can be loved one more time before their time is up.

OMG!  He was so cute at the sewing machine!  Wouldn't let me use a shot with his face in it though.  Surprising since there are a couple of pictures of him in his underpants on craftster...
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« Reply #6 on: July 08, 2008 06:49:22 PM »

This is so wonderful of you to do, and such a great idea. Not to mention a very kind thing to do. Smiley

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« Reply #7 on: July 08, 2008 07:10:36 PM »

This is so sweet!  What a great idea!
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« Reply #8 on: July 09, 2008 08:15:29 AM »

HSG and jesskreck: Thanks!  I have to thank lyzard for posting about it in the first place to inspire me and The ManFlesh for keeping up the motivation and helping out.  It took a surprising amount of time for those few uncomplicated blankets.  If I were to do it again (and I just might) I'd make it simpler, I think.
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« Reply #9 on: July 10, 2008 10:32:51 AM »

Dang Girl,
I'm all tingly... you have just got it all going on here! Fabulous recycle project for a special cause. I was just hearing on NPR that because of the shitty economy and foreclosures people can no longer take care of their pets and the shelters are filling up; it's so heartbreaking  Cry I can totally believe that seeing a homeless animal on one of these lovely creations would make it much more likely to be adopted. I'm tempted just imagining it!
I'll be clicking on that link you provided and see what's going on locally. It's about time I did something in my sewing studio that wasn't completely self-indulgent.
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