Sew for Pets and Shelters

baby yorkie playing with a dog toy
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Sewing for pets is a great way to expand and explore your sewing skills. I have yet to hear a pet be critical of anyone's sewing skills; they just love having a new bed, blanket or toy. Sew for your own pet or sew for your local shelter. Shelters are always in need of bedding and toys for animals who have no one to care for them.

  • 01 of 07
    Make a Stack of Felt Mouse-Shaped Catnip Toys
    Mollie Johanson

    Here are a free pattern & directions to sew a cat mouse toy with catnip. The toy features a hook and loop closed bottom so fresh catnip can be added whenever it is needed and can be made using fabric scraps.

  • 02 of 07
    Sew a Dog Bone Toy
    Mollie Johanson

    Use this free sewing pattern to sew a dog bone to keep your dog busy and happy. Multiple sizes and suggestions included.

  • 03 of 07
    Finished Small Dog Coat Sewing Project
    Mollie Johanson

    This free sewing pattern to sew a weatherproof and warm dog coat is easy to sew and an economical alternative to buying a dog coat at the doggie boutique. Adjust your fabric choices to have different coats for different seasons.

  • 04 of 07
    Fish Shaped Cat Toy
    Fish Shaped Cat Toy. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to

    Use this free cat toy pattern to sew a fun fish for your cat or try mass production sewing to sew this toy for your local animal shelter.

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  • 05 of 07
    Fleece Blanket with Cotton Quilting Charm
    Fleece Blanket with Cotton Quilting Charm. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to

    I started making this blanket as a doll blanket. Our cat had other ideas the minute I set the blanket down and still owns that blanket. Couch throw, pet blanket, and doll blanket sizes are included.

  • 06 of 07
    Sew a Small Pet Bed
    Sew a Small Pet Bed. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to

    This bed is great for a cat or a small to medium sized dog. It also keeps the pet hair confined to their bed instead of the couch.

  • 07 of 07
    Sew a Large Dog Bed
    Sew a Large Dog Bed. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to

    You'll find links and variations to the free small pet bed pattern, to sew a large dog bed here.