Here is a "before" photo of his crate with blankets draped over it per his liking. HOWEVER, not to my liking! I think it looked so sloppy and we needed our blankets back. (Don't worry, he normally has a pillow in there to sleep in, it was just in the wash when I took these pictures.)
So I decided to sew something nice and tailored to cover it up in a little bit of neater fashion. Voila the finished product:
I picked out this really cute, thick black and white dog-print fabric from our local fabric outlet U-fab, and went to town with the sewing machine.
I measured the back, sides, and top of the crate, and leaving a 1/2 inch seam allowance all the way around, I pieced it together and pinned it right-sides together.
Here you can see it partially done, with the back and top sewed together and one side pinned on.
And here is the almost-finished product: at that point I just had to sew it into a 3D shape. I left off the front so he could see out.
Then I hemmed all the way around the edges...
I'm pretty sure he doesn't know the difference but I think it looks so much cleaner. The basket on the top is where we store his and Lolly's treats, brushes, etc. She sleeps on a dog bed on the floor (not so much of a fan of the crate as her brother!)
It was super easy! Let me know if anybody wants one as a christmas gift!