As every dog owner knows, you can never have enough beds or blankets – especially if your pooch loves to cuddle up beside you on the couch. But spoilt pups deserve a colourful quilt to call their own, and you won’t find better than those made by Quilted 4 Paws.
The woman behind the brand is Mary Fletcher, a pilates teacher by day and quilt-making extraordinaire by night. She decided to start making bespoke dog quilts after adopting Molly, a Pomeranian and Jack Russell cross in 2012, and Romanian street dog Gracie two years later.
Buyers can choose from a range of funky colours and patterns and although hours of work goes in to each quilt, dog lover Mary donates 25% of the price to an animal charity of your choice, which is a lovely touch. When we bought our colourful patchwork quilt, Ernie and I nominated our local rescue centre, Acres Way Kennels in Essex.
The price include postage and packaging within the UK and each handmade quilt – which measures approximately 25″ (64cm) x 35″ (90cm) – comes beautifully presented, making it an ideal gift. Ours came wrapped in ribbon with a hand-stamped cardboard label and the Quilted 4 Paws tag – a sign of good quality!
Mary said: “My lovely friend Maureen Cox got me started on sewing and gave me the confidence to do this. I make the quilts for fun – it’s my release from what I do every day. Having two rescue dogs of my own, I wanted to give something back. Hopefully the quilts I make can help rescues and make a small difference to animals’ lives.”
To see more examples of Mary’s work or to place an order, visit her Facebook page by clicking here.