Going into this week, I already had in mind what I was going to do for the Humane Society. I had a nice plan to make some kennel covers for the cats, and then go walk some dogs today. I figured for sure since I’m so “crafty” that the tie blanket kennel covers were not going to take me long. I have made the tie blankets before, so I had an idea of what I was doing. Boy was I overestimating my crafting abilities.
When I spoke with the Humane Society’s Director, Cathy McDaniel, she spoke of the need of the no tie kennel covers for the cats, especially during the winter months. The Humane Society works with a local veterinary clinic, The Animal Health Center, for neuters/spays, and all of the vaccines and check-ups that the dogs may need while they are in their care. Cathy expressed the need for the kennel covers for the cats/small dogs that are being transported to the vet to get their spay/neuter done. These covers will help keep the pets more comfortable and warm during this blistery season!
Like I mentioned before, I have done a project similar to this. Although, I thought that this project wouldn’t take long because I had experience, it took me the entire two hours dedicated for the ILP this week. Because I had never made a “No Sew Crate Cover”, I started my journey on the internet to see if there were any vlogs or tutorials that I could use to give me a guide on how to go about this project. I found a cute little girl on YouTube named Sedona, who had the general objectives of what I needed done for the crate covers.
I felt my project ended up being a bit trickier than I had intended it to be. Cathy preferred that the kennel covers only cover the top, sides, front, and back portions of the kennel instead of encompassing the whole kennel. So, it was weird trying to figure out how to go about that. In the end I decided the best plan of attack was to use one solid long piece to cover the front of the kennel all the way to the back, and then use two separate side pieces, and just tie them on. Of course my two trusty side kicks, Nash & Moose, were there to lend a hand in the fun!
I ended up using just rough measurements for both the side and top “panels” that I was trying together. The Humane Society provided me with all of the fleece to craft my little heart out. My first kennel cover did not end up being a complete success, but I feel as if I will be able to take what I learned doing that first one and apply it to all the others I will make. This will definitely help me into making this a less time consuming project, so that I can help the Humane Society in other capacities as well.