Handmade Holidays Nov. 3: Gifts for Four-Legged Friends

on November 3 | in Handmade Holidays, Sewing Inspiration, Sewing Tutorials + Patterns | by | with 162 Comments

 For the third day of our 10th Annual Handmade Holidays series, we put together several gift ideas to make for your pets, plus another great giveaway!

Make It

Dog Collar and Leash Set
Show off your pet’s style with this boutique collar and leash set designed by Alicia for Sew 4 Home

Tweed Dog Coat
Your dog will look great and be snug and warm on walks in this tweed coat designed by Goli for Makezine.

Catnip Cat Toys
Fill this cute mouse toy (designed by “eclemo” for Woman’s Weekly) with stuffing and a pinch of catnip to give your furry feline a very happy holiday.

Dog Bed
Every pet loves a warm and cozy place to curl up and take a nap so this DIY dog bed (designed by Brett for Design Sponge) is the perfect gift.

Cat Bed
Make this adorable and unique cat bed (designed by Kate of See Kate Sew) for your cat this winter and they are sure to stay warm and cozy! 

No-Sew Dog Toys
These dog toys (designed by Alicia of Felt With Love Designs) are upcycled from old t-shirts (although you could also use fleece or flannel scraps!) and super quick to make.  

Kimono Dog Harness
Make a soft, stylish harness (designed by Jill for Sew Mama Sew) for your dog instead of the boring, store-bought designs.

Christmas Stocking Dog Toy
Make this fun, felt dog toy (designed by Stephanie of Swoodson Says) for your dog and fill it with treats for hours of playtime! 

Santa Claus Dog Outfit
This year, surprise the kids and dress up your dog as Santa (pattern designed by Mimi of Mimi and Tara)

Related tutorials you might enjoy: The Kitty Cuddle Bed, The Perfectly Portable Cushion, and The Dreaming Away Pet Bed


Win It

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Sew4Home Bags and Totes: 10 Easy, Fashionable Projects Anyone Can Sew

(US/Canada shipping only.)

Author: Liz Johnson and Anne Adams
Publisher: Fons & Porter

Hit the town, office or schoolyard with these one-of-a-kind bags and totes! In this handy beginner’s guide, the experts behind Sew4Home.com show you how to create ten hip projects, from clutches and shoulder bags to a slick yoga mat sling and a vintage kids’ book bag. No paper patterns required!

Throughout Sew4Home Bags and Totes, you’ll find step-by-step instructions and sewing tutorials. Learn to make ruffles, fussy cut fabric, add an inset zipper, and other design details to give your bag a professional finish. Thanks to authors Liz Johnson and Anne Adams, learning to sew trend-setting bags and totes has never been easier or more fashionable!

Check out our 2015 Handmade Holidays list for more fun, creative ideas.

Here are our 2016 themes:

November 2: Gifts for Travelers
November 1: Gifts for Students

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162 Responses to Handmade Holidays Nov. 3: Gifts for Four-Legged Friends

  1. Susan in MA says:

    That cat bed is fantastic! And thank you for the giveaway-book. I could really use that

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  3. Deb Martin says:

    The cat bed is very cute!

  4. Mary Beth says:

    Love the dog toy idea.
    Mary Beth in MO

  5. Katie in CA says:

    Catnip mice are brilliant!!

  6. Lydia says:

    These are great for my granddogs, Shady, Josie and Pepper.

  7. Rachel in CO says:

    I think my dog needs a custom harness!! Great idea!

  8. Sam in FL says:

    Need to make the doggie bed for my best friend.

  9. sumac in VT says:

    will be making several catnip mice

  10. That cat bed is too cute!

  11. Liz says:

    Liz in MA

  12. Liz says:

    I just made one of those cute little catnip mice, I forgot to add the ears… oops my bad but my little man loved him anyway. I couldn’t wait until Christmas to get his reaction! It was a keeper, looks like I will be making many more and keeping them in ziplock bags and giving them out for Christmas presents to my sister, niece, and friends for their kitty’s let’s hope I remember the ears! I posted my picture of my mouse and my kitty with his mouse on my IG account and told people I got the idea from your hand made Christmas ideas!

  13. Charlotte in GA says:

    Love the cat bed!!

  14. Paula in Texas says:

    I will be making tons of the little cat toys and several cat beds for my precious kitties as soon as I get all the Christmas quilt made!

  15. Maggie C says:

    I think I need to make the cat bed!!

  16. Amy in IL says:

    We don’t have any animals now and so I won’t be making any of these. But they are all super cute.

  17. Barb K in NE says:

    That cat bed looks pretty cozy!

  18. BSackrey says:

    The cat and dog beds are adorable.

  19. caroline rohrer in NV says:

    Pets are family too.

  20. Shannon in WA says:

    Hohoho! The puppy Santa suit ?

  21. Melissa in NY says:

    My cats would love that bed!

  22. Deidre from Canada says:

    Love the cat bed! Thanks for the chance to win!

  23. Morgan D. says:

    I might need to make that tweed dog coat for my dog this year!

  24. Lisa in MA says:

    I love the cat bed! They are always so expensive in the stores, and never in the colors you want!

  25. Brenda in Washington says:

    i have a beloved and spoiled cat, so the cat bed and catnip mice are what appeal to me to make.

  26. Sherry VF says:

    Every pet needs their own Christmas stocking! sjvonfumetti at yahoo dot com

  27. Jayne -TN says:

    I need to make a doggy bed! Love our pets!

  28. Laura says:

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  29. Andrea in WV says:

    That cat bed is too cute!

  30. Karen Addleman says:

    I’m a cat person so I’d love to make the cat bed!

  31. lee says:

    I have lots of friends w/ dogs – I love the tweed coat!

  32. Cary says:

    What a handsome tweed coat. I can think of a doggie who would look quite “proper” with this coat on. 🙂

  33. Heather in WA says:

    That cat shaped kitty bed looks fun and so does the book!

  34. Andi In California says:

    I love these ideas. My sister just got a new puppy so some of these will be perfect for Christmas presents.

  35. Katie says:

    Oops, forgot to say Katie in mn !!!

  36. Katie says:

    All such fantastic ideas!! The cat house is really cute!!

  37. Eileen says:

    OK!! I may have to make my new grand dog a santa outfit!! Never thought I would sew an outfit for a dog!! But he looks so cute!

  38. amber in nyc says:

    I love the cat bed and i bet my kitty will love it too. planning to use flannel on the inside.

  39. SS in NH says:

    The catnip toys are cute!

  40. Elizabethdx says:

    I would never have thought of making a dog toy out of old t-shirts! Brilliant!

  41. Melanie C in WA says:

    Super cute ideas! Love the book!

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  43. Ashley says:

    I always forget the furry friends! These are great I love the pet beds.

  44. Gina IA. says:

    My cats are going to love the mice!

  45. Shelley in La. says:

    My sewing room is almost completed, and I’ve been wanting to make my own bags for a long time. This book would be perfect!!

  46. Lynne says:

    So many great ideas for friends and family with pets. Thanks for sharing these, especially the collar ones.

  47. Kylie C in OR says:

    The cat bed is super cute.

  48. Jessica in Massachusetts says:

    Perfect ideas for our furry friends!

  49. Janelle says:

    I hope I’ll be able to use these patterns as a good start to sizing items for the pets in our life. Thanks for the good ideas.

  50. Mandi in MD says:

    Love the dog bed.

  51. Glenda in Florida says:

    My 11 year old granddaughter likes to sew with me when I visit her. A few months ago we made a football costume for her dog. I see a santa suit in our future! And a no sew dog toy, and maybe a dog bed…

  52. Carole says:

    Great ideas! Carole in OR

  53. It’s time for the pug to have a new winter coat!

  54. Mandi in CO says:

    homemade pet beds – Why have I never thought of this before?!?

  55. Claudia in CO says:

    I love the mouse toys for cats. My rather aged cats would still get into these guys with a dose of catnip from the garden

  56. Lindsay in Iowa says:

    I should totally make my parents dog a cute new collar!

  57. Jessie in NM says:

    Yes, yes, and yes! I will definitely be visiting this page again this sewing season.

  58. Brie says:

    I love making bags!

  59. Emma in FL says:

    Oh my goodness! I wish I could make some of these adorable things for my dog, but most of them are things she wouldn’t use. She is too old to go for walks now 🙁 and she prefers sleeping on the floor to a bed 🙂 But I love her and give her lots of treats to make up for not being able to go for walks 😀

  60. Amy in OR says:

    The dog Santa outfit is stinking adorable!

  61. Sandy in WA says:

    Thanks for having ideas for cats as well as dogs. The book looks awesome, would be fun to win

  62. Annette says:

    Loving these picks!

  63. Sandra (Canada) :) says:

    HAHA I’ve sent the link for the Santa Claus dog outfit, to my friend with a Yorkie – so cute!

  64. Judy In OR says:

    I love these ideas for gifts for pets.

  65. Julie says:

    I LOVE the cat bed! I have the perfect fabric for it. Although my niece could use the dog bed.

  66. Barb B in BC says:

    All family members need a gift or two! Thank you for rounding up these ideas.

  67. Robin says:

    Robin in MN:
    We have always included our fur babies in our Christmas giving. Since we have both cats and dogs in the family, these ideas are wonderful! And this year, there’s a new puppy so I’m in need of new gifts. Thanks for sharing!

  68. laura in OH says:

    the Kimono dog harness looks fantastic.
    I so want the book. I can never have enough bags and totes.

  69. Julie says:

    We’re getting a new puppy soon, these ideas are perfect! And I’ve been wanting that book since I first saw it! Thanks for the inspiration!

  70. Ellen M. says:

    I love the tweed dog coat – very chic!! Many thanks.

  71. Kiri says:

    So many project choices,
    thanks for chance to win

  72. Rachel in NJ says:

    That dog coat is so cute!

  73. Rachel in NJ says:

    That dog coat is adorable!

  74. Linda says:

    My cat would love the cat bed. So cute!

  75. Linda in ON says:

    The catnip mice are very cute.

  76. Gail in WI says:

    Now I know what to make for my friends with pets!

  77. Kelly Christerson Aubert says:

    I love these to make for my favorite pet people this holiday season!!!

  78. Giorgia says:

    How cute is the cat bed!

  79. Pauline says:

    That kimono dog harness looks so stylish!

  80. Mishal R WA says:

    Thus book is on my wish list.

  81. Rebecca Kuck says:

    Love the dog bed! Great patterns today!

  82. Christine says:

    These lists just keep getting better and better! Looking forward to the next one!

  83. Amelia says:

    Can’t wait to try out the dog bed tutorial

    • Amelia says:

      In ut

  84. jessicac says:

    Dying of cuteness overload on the kitty bed!

  85. Tara in ME says:

    I love the cat bed!

  86. This book is on my list too.

  87. Krista says:

    This looks like such a great book! Thanks for the giveaway!

  88. Donna says:

    I’m going to try making the dog coat – thanks!

  89. Bobby says:

    I might really need this book! That and the Santa suit for my puppy.

  90. Judi B in VA says:

    What a great giveaway! Love the unique cat bed tute.

  91. Jennifer in TX says:

    These are great options for furry friend presents! I need to get busy!

  92. Delia from VA says:

    I don’t have any cats, but would sew up the cat bed in a heart beat if we got one!

  93. Laurie says:

    A great list for pet lovers!

  94. Andrea says:

    My cats are getting new beds.

  95. Kathryn in VA says:

    I’ve always wanted to make catnip mice, but sadly I don’t have a cat anymore.

  96. The book looks like a great addition to my library!

  97. Linda Williamson says:

    Love the cat bed. My son just adopted 2 kittens and this will be perfect for Christmas. Thanks for the great ideas. Grinnie1961 @ gmail dot com. Virginia

  98. Heather in PA says:

    Santa dog is so cute!

  99. Adorable catnip mice!

  100. Debbie says:

    Never too many bags!

  101. Ramona says:

    I really like the cute tweed coat pattern for dogs. So sweet.

  102. Sue says:

    This came at just the right time, as I was asked to make a coat for my sons dog!

  103. Kathy Slaughter Cummings says:

    Yes!!! I need this book!
    Thank you.
    Kathy in Ky

  104. Karen from Indiana says:

    Love that cat bed! So would my cats!

  105. Heidi Y. says:

    Great ideas!

  106. Antoinette in TX says:

    The dog coat is cute!

  107. Kelly says:

    Would love to make the cat bed too! I wonder if my cats would use it!!

    Kelly in Az.

  108. Tammy in SC says:

    My daughter and nieces would love to play with those mice! So cute!

  109. Kathy h says:

    The Santa suit for the dog is so cute.

  110. Paige says:

    That cat bed is adorable!

  111. TinaL says:

    This book is on the to-get list. Would love to make a collection of bags for Christmas.

  112. Kellie Warren says:

    I have a service dog, my boxer, and two yorkies that are our “children” so I really love it when pets are remembered in our crafts and in all we do. My Boxer saved my life literally, but my little yorkies have done the same spiritually by giving me that unconditional love and trust that only they can. I love to to treat them to fun things. They are ADORABLE in clothes. And they love wearing their coats and sweaters. ILooks like a fun book!

  113. Nita says:

    It never occured to me to make my own collar or harness. I’d like to make the dog bed and the cat house thingy. 🙂

  114. Melissa in NY says:

    My kitties would love that cat bed!

  115. Dorothy says:

    Maybe we’ll upgrade to a proper dog bed this year…

    I’m excited about the book!

  116. Bridget says:

    The braided dog toys are a great idea!

  117. Nancy McKenzie says:

    I have yet to try a cat bed. This may be the time.

  118. Tina in Montana says:

    Love these, especially the dog Santa costume.

  119. cynthia says:

    my 3 have asked for every one of these (except the cat toy!)

  120. Cathie says:

    I love this book and would love to win a copy. The cat bed is now on my list of gifts.

  121. Therese. PA says:

    We are currently looking for a pet, so excited about the projects. Love the book, too!

  122. Dawn from Indiana says:

    I love the cat bed.

  123. Jeannie says:

    You had me at pet collar and leash!

  124. Sharon AUS says:

    The dog coat is a great idea, but I need to make mine waterproof as he has enough fur but it takes ages to dry him off.

  125. Kerry in WA says:

    Lots of fun ideas!

  126. Eleanor says:

    Cute ideas!

  127. Carole Williams says:

    I do not have a dog or cat, but my grandchildren do so the cat gifts are good choices for them. I also love this book.

  128. D says:

    D from Illinois – Hope to make the dog kimono harness. More hopes to win this book!!

  129. Mary Freeman says:

    My dog may get a gift!

  130. Renea says:

    I would love to win this book. Making bags/purses is one of my favorite things to make. Thanks for this giveaway.

  131. Heidi says:

    Great collection of ideas! Love the cat bed!

  132. jackie in indiana says:

    love all the toys and beds for pets so fun!

  133. Lulu says:

    Love the catnip toys!

  134. Patty says:

    Like that comfy looking dog bed

  135. Martha says:

    No pets, but that book sounds awesome!

  136. Marilyn in WA says:

    This book looks awesome, would love to have it on my bookshlef!

  137. Angie says:

    Need a new dog bed – and that cat bed makes me want a cat just so I can make it

  138. Lisa McGriff says:

    My babies need a tweed coat! How cute! Dothan, Alabama!

  139. Gweneth says:

    Good ideas for a number of my friends pets thanks!

  140. Ari in NJ says:

    That cat bed is simply adorable!

  141. I have three cats and two dogs that would LOVE many of these things.

  142. Jennifer N. in CA says:

    I need Sew Mama Sew to design a time-turner I can create so I have enough time to sew it all. I know two cats moving cross country next month who would deeply appreciate the cat bed (although they’re probably just as happy with the boxes all around the house). Thank you for sharing.

  143. Wendy in MI says:

    My aunt would love the harness for her dog.

  144. Anne Marie says:

    Great ideas for our furry friends.

  145. Susan M in AK says:

    What a snazzy dog coat!

  146. Gloria in NC says:

    I have never made a bag but have been thinking I would like to learn. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  147. Samantha says:

    I feel like you’re psychic. I was just thinking about what to do for pets this Christmas

  148. Samina in USA says:

    Great list here – I can think of a couple of things my mutts would enjoy!

  149. Mary Ann says:

    The no sew dog toys might be a good project for my daughter to work on.

  150. Kristin H says:

    That tweed dog coat is adorable! I know several short haired dogs who might need to get one this winter.

  151. Audrey says:

    I think my dogs need a new bed?

  152. Michelle S says:

    I love making bags and would love this book!

  153. Jenni in WA says:

    What cute ideas for your 4 legged friends!

  154. Anne in Tx says:

    This book is on my want list. I love the dog collar tutorial.

  155. Holly in IL says:

    I need to make my dog some of those toys.

  156. ParisGrrl at US 09777 says:

    Love this collection of ideas.

  157. Kristin says:


  158. Kay says:

    Thanks for the giveaway.

    Kay from Texas

  159. Margo in WA says:

    I love the tutorial for the leash and collar set! I would love to make a set for my dog.

  160. Kathy L in VA says:

    The cat bed is adorable.

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