You can help your dog feel warmer and more secure in his crate by sewing a cover for it. This crate cover requires only basic sewing skills. It is made from fleece, which does not ravel, so you don't need to worry about finishing seams or even making a hem at the bottom. The side seams of the crate cover are held together with Velcro, which gives you the option of flipping up one or more sides to provide varying degrees of ventilation or a view for your dog.
Measure your crate from front to back and add 1 inch. Cut one continuous strip of fabric of this width and as long as the distance from the floor on one side of the crate, up and over the top and then back down to the floor on the opposite side.
Drape this strip of fabric horizontally over the crate to cover the top of the crate and hang down equally on each side. Make 1/4-inch snips on the edge of the fabric at each of the four corners on the top of the crate. These snips will mark the placement for attaching the front and back flaps.
Measure the height and width of the front and back of the crate. Add 1 inch to the height. Cut two squares or rectangles of fabric to this measurement. For example, if your crate is 24 inches high and 30 inches wide, cut two 25-by-30-inch rectangles.
Pin the top edge of the back flap to the top back of the crate cover, overlapping 1 inch and positioning the flap between the two snips made in Step Two. Repeat for the front flap. Sew flaps in place.
Cut eight 4-inch lengths of Velcro. Pull the Velcro pieces apart and put them back together so that only 3 inches of each side overlap. Pin one set of Velcro to wrap horizontally around each bottom corner of the crate cover and halfway down each side. Sew the 1-inch overhanging ends of the Velcro sets to the crate cover.
If your dog carrier or crate has a handle at the top, slice through the fabric to allow access to the handle.
Do not substitute ribbon for Velcro to hold the sides together. Dogs may be able to reach through the crate and chew or eat the ribbons.
Tips and warnings
- If your dog carrier or crate has a handle at the top, slice through the fabric to allow access to the handle.
- Do not substitute ribbon for Velcro to hold the sides together. Dogs may be able to reach through the crate and chew or eat the ribbons.
Things you need
- Tape measure
- Fleece fabric
- Straight pins
- Sewing machine
- Velcro strips