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Create for a Cause – The Snuggles Project

Each month Think Crafts will feature an organization needing handmade items from crafters – like you! This month our focus is the Snuggles Project, a program of the Hugs Society – a nonprofit 501(3)(c) charitable organization.

What is a Snuggle?

The Snuggles Project definition is “a security blanket for shelter animals.” These blankets, or other comforting projects, provide a calming effect for frightened animals which in turn makes it more likely they will be adopted. As you can see below, some animals prefer their Snuggles to the bed the animal shelter provides!

The Snuggles Project website offers crochet, knitting, sew, and no-sew patterns. Snuggles may be small blankets to be used as a blanket, mat, or bed. They can be made of yarn, fleece, or fabric.

Suggested sizes are:

  • 14″ x 14″ for cats and small animals
  • 24″ x 24″ for cats and small to medium dogs
  • 36″ x 36″ for medium to large dogs

 

Not all the donated projects need to be blankets – some are “tubbies” made of yarn…

 

or toys.

Participants in the 22-year-old Snuggles Project program make Snuggles with the intention of donating them to an animal shelter to provide comfort and security to a homeless pet. The Snuggles Project website provides a state-by-state (and international) list of animal shelters accepting Snuggles donations. There is a printable donation form to accompany the Snuggle to increase awareness of the program. The Patterns FAQs answer many questions about appropriate projects and donation sites.

Why make a Snuggle?

There is joy in making and giving something which will provide physical and psychological comfort at a time when an animal feels the most vulnerable and hopeless. Snuggles can be a family, group, and intergenerational effort – the no-sew blankets can be made by children and seniors. The Snuggles Project does offer a membership (not required) which allows participation in the Snuggles Project Facebook Group and the Members Area.

Ready for a simple, fun project? Want a quick project to try out a new stitch or technique? Imperfections won’t matter to the animals. Someone is waiting for a Snuggle!

 

DIY Baby Gifts

This month baby showers are on my mind big time. I have a new niece on the way and many friends with babies due in early spring. I’ve been a little disappointed in the baby shower gift registries because the items on those lists always seem so boring and impersonal. So, I got to thinking, what if I made some of my own baby gifts to add to those ordinary practical baby must haves – diapers, bottles, onesies, etc. Here are some really cute ideas I found to inspire my baby shower presents.

 

For those of you  who  are handy and skilled with pallets, this DIY Pallet Moon Cradle is a real treasure. I would love to build my own nursery around a cradle like this one.

DIY Pallet Moon Baby Cradle 99 Pallets 

For quilters and would be quilters out there, here is a fun Baby Shower Quilt pattern your loved ones will adore.

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Modern Yardage: Fabric for the 21st Century

By Crafts-a lot Contributor, Mable who is an avid reader of craft blogs & magazines and is always looking to improve her crafting skills. Join Mable on Facebook to socialize and share with other crafters!

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Modern Yardage Fabric

Brand new fabric company Modern Yardage is changing the way fabric is bought, sold and printed. If you’ve never heard of it and love trendy, bright fabric you need to head over to their website and browse the beautiful prints they have to offer.

Their fabric is printed as it is ordered with environmentally friendly inks and their is never any waste. It’s designed and printed right in the USA, so there is very little wait time for new prints to be available, letting designers create fabric that is right on trend. They use a high quality pre-shrunk cotton that is stronger and softer than most cotton fabric. Because the fabric is printed on demand, the colors won’t be faded and will arrive vibrant and crisp.

Modern Yardage has a team of talented designers and artists to create on trend unique fabric on the spot. They are constantly posting brand new prints from this talented group of individuals. The designers are given a freedom that is unheard of in the fabric industry. Many designs are offered in multiple scales and colors, so you can get the exact print you’re looking for.

Modern Yardage Fabric Prints

A great bonus that comes with all Modern Yardage fabric is the margin on the right hand side of the order. It’s full of lots of fun extras: designer information, fabric care instructions, even patterns and project ideas like the messenger bag in the photo below.

Modern Yardage Messenger Bag

Head over to Modern Yardage now for more information about this amazing new company! While you’re over there, be sure to check out their featured collection Earth to Sky by Katie Schrader of Wild Notions. It has a unique watercolor design that can’t be replicated with normal fabric weaving. Because it’s digitally printed, each design can include thousands of colors which gives it an authentic watercolor appearance.

Earth to Sky Collection by Kate Shrader only available at Modern Yardage

Be sure to check back on Friday for your chance to win 2 yards of the Modern Yardage fabric of your choice to try it out!

Craft a Summery Tote with Therm-O-Web

By Crafts-a lot Contributor, Mable who is an avid reader of craft blogs & magazines and is always looking to improve her crafting skills. Join Mable on Facebook to socialize and share with other crafters!

Summery Tote

Therm-O-Web’s popular Heat n’ Bond products are perfect for people who love to sew but don’t have time to fuss with pins, basting, or shifting when attaching interfacing and fleece. The fusible webbing means no pinning or basting, and perfect professional products every time! The summer tote above uses Heat n’ Bond products to give the bag extra stiffness and makes it more durable to carry everything you need!

Gather up some of our favorite Therm-O-Web products:

Heat N Bond Fusible Fleece
Spray N Bond Fusible Adhesive
Heat N Bond Craft Extra Firm

And learn the techniques used to make this fun tote over at the Therm-O-Web Blog!

Do you love Therm-O-Web as much as we do? Check back on Friday, and you could win your very own Therm-O-Web prize pack at Free Stuff Friday!

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