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Creature Clothes strive to create beautiful, ethical and environmentally aware products for you, your pets, your kids and your home.  We design everything in-house, test all of our products with our intrepid team of testers before sale, and manufacture all of our goods in the UK, primarily in our Suffok workshop.
 
Founded in 1999 by designer Cosima Pole, Creature Clothes was borne out of a collar Cosi made for Vodka her black labrador out of an old necklace… every time Cosi and Vodka went anywhere, to the park, on the train, to the shops – people would ask where “that” collar came from.  Cosi went to Menorca to work with a traditionally skilled leather worker and one apprenticeship later Creature Clothes was born.
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#marchmeetthemaker | Day 17 & 20 catch up | What I’m Working On & Design Process:
This is a little video of what I am working on - a new textile to celebrate our 20th year in business. It is also a pretty good example of how I work & my design process:
1. Inspiration hits, normally on a dog walk or out running.
2. Creative madness takes over and I plough straight in. 
In this case I decided we needed to screen print a celebratory textile for our dog beds, as our very first dog beds were screen printed with the help of my lovely friend @starkeyslane. So I went out and bought a “screen print starter pack”, drew what was in my head in pencil onto the screen and then hand painted in the block ink and started to print!
3. Next up: Make a massive mess - pull out every fabric roll and bit of leather that we have and start madly making - cutting, sewing, sticking, starting again... riding the wave of inspiration to wherever it takes me.
It’s been like this since I got kicked out of Art GCSE for not being able to make a plan before diving right in.
Most of the time I design with scissors. If I’m lucky I’ll have a little sketch to (try &) keep things focused, but I’m much better with a pair of scissors than a pencil - probably a kick back from my handmade greeting card days.
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#textiledesign #silkscreenprinting #printingathome #learninghowtoprint #dogs #dog #graphics #woof #diverightin #designprocess #petproducts #dogbeds #newdesign
#inspiration #linedrawing #doggraphics #woof #creatureclothes @joannehawker
#marchmeetthemaker | Day 17 & 20 catch up | What I’m Working On & Design Process: This is a little video of what I am working on - a new textile to celebrate our 20th year in business. It is also a pretty good example of how I work & my design process: 1. Inspiration hits, normally on a dog walk or out running. 2. Creative madness takes over and I plough straight in. In this case I decided we needed to screen print a celebratory textile for our dog beds, as our very first dog beds were screen printed with the help of my lovely friend @starkeyslane. So I went out and bought a “screen print starter pack”, drew what was in my head in pencil onto the screen and then hand painted in the block ink and started to print! 3. Next up: Make a massive mess - pull out every fabric roll and bit of leather that we have and start madly making - cutting, sewing, sticking, starting again... riding the wave of inspiration to wherever it takes me. It’s been like this since I got kicked out of Art GCSE for not being able to make a plan before diving right in. Most of the time I design with scissors. If I’m lucky I’ll have a little sketch to (try &) keep things focused, but I’m much better with a pair of scissors than a pencil - probably a kick back from my handmade greeting card days. - #textiledesign #silkscreenprinting #printingathome #learninghowtoprint #dogs #dog #graphics #woof #diverightin #designprocess #petproducts #dogbeds #newdesign #inspiration #linedrawing #doggraphics #woof #creatureclothes @joannehawker
#marchmeetthemaker Day 16 - Workspace
This is the Creature Clothes Workshop. It is an old WWII aircraft hanger, then used by American airmen & their Thunderbolts, now used to make all of our dog & cat collars, beds, bandanas, bow ties... I love this photo taken during our last snowfall. .
Just down the road from our workshop is the memorial museum for the Halesworth (Holton) Airfield. It was Station 365 and was home to the 489th Bomb Group, the 56th Fighter Group & the 5th ERS. The Old Airfield as it is now known, has old bombs on display in the car park and the front of a bomber by the main gate. When we first moved in our sign was too big to add to the main board of companies on the site. Before I knew it our sign had been nailed to the front of the old bomber that welcomes all visitors. You can see that in the third pic.
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The challenge also asks if your workspace is tidy or messy... honest truth now. When I am not there it is beautifully clean & tidy. When I am there it turns it to a bit of a creative storm and I have a bad history of making a terrible mess by getting over excited and pulling out all of our rolls of fabric and trying to make 25 different things all at once. So a lot of the time I work from home and leave the guys in the workshop to maintain their zen calm. I’ve attached a photo of my desk on quite a boring and uninspired day - aka tidy!
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#marchmeetthemaker2019 #meetthemaker #wemakestuff #handmadeinsuffolk #madeinsuffolk #creatureclothes #oldairbase #usairbase #holton #halesworth #aircrafthangar #oldaircrafthangar #ww2history #snow #beautifulbutcold #thunderbolt #workshop #oldairplanes #jadegreen #succulents #workspace #dog #dogs #dogcollars #leatherdogcollars #handmade #handmadeintheuk #luxurydogbeds #cooldogstuff @joannehawker
#marchmeetthemaker Day 16 - Workspace This is the Creature Clothes Workshop. It is an old WWII aircraft hanger, then used by American airmen & their Thunderbolts, now used to make all of our dog & cat collars, beds, bandanas, bow ties... I love this photo taken during our last snowfall. . Just down the road from our workshop is the memorial museum for the Halesworth (Holton) Airfield. It was Station 365 and was home to the 489th Bomb Group, the 56th Fighter Group & the 5th ERS. The Old Airfield as it is now known, has old bombs on display in the car park and the front of a bomber by the main gate. When we first moved in our sign was too big to add to the main board of companies on the site. Before I knew it our sign had been nailed to the front of the old bomber that welcomes all visitors. You can see that in the third pic. . The challenge also asks if your workspace is tidy or messy... honest truth now. When I am not there it is beautifully clean & tidy. When I am there it turns it to a bit of a creative storm and I have a bad history of making a terrible mess by getting over excited and pulling out all of our rolls of fabric and trying to make 25 different things all at once. So a lot of the time I work from home and leave the guys in the workshop to maintain their zen calm. I’ve attached a photo of my desk on quite a boring and uninspired day - aka tidy! . #marchmeetthemaker2019 #meetthemaker #wemakestuff #handmadeinsuffolk #madeinsuffolk #creatureclothes #oldairbase #usairbase #holton #halesworth #aircrafthangar #oldaircrafthangar #ww2history #snow #beautifulbutcold #thunderbolt #workshop #oldairplanes #jadegreen #succulents #workspace #dog #dogs #dogcollars #leatherdogcollars #handmade #handmadeintheuk #luxurydogbeds #cooldogstuff @joannehawker
Hi! So this is me, Cosi, Cos, Cosima or Mummy depending on who’s calling. I founded Creature Clothes 20 years ago and I’m properly introducing myself for @joannehawker’s #marchmeetthemaker challenge - Day 10: YOU.
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So... me. I love adventures. And the colour red. And pandas, but that is a hangover from being 10. I’m from London via Walberswick and Menorca and was very nearly born in Covent Garden Opera House. If I had another life I think I would like to be Dave Grohl because he always seems to be having so much fun. I work with an amazing team of women at Creature Clothes who work incredibly hard to make all of our products and have endless patience for my new ideas and creative storms. When I was little I wanted to marry Kermit the Frog. The Muppets & Jim Henson are my biggest influences, and also inspired my company’s name... which brings me to:
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Day 9 - The Story Behind Your Name:
I had worked for many years under my own name and wanted a new start and something different. I was playing around with names beginning with the same letter and liked Creature Clothes as it was a bit of a link to my name with the C’s. I never had any plans to make clothes for dogs - A collar being the only Clothes a Creature needs. .
Our first logo (see the next pic) lasted for 19 years and had the stamp of approval from Vodka my dog who inspired it all - it is her paw that you can see in the middle of the logo.
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Last year it felt like we needed a change so I redesigned to logo to celebrate the fact that we have been going since 1999 and have survived (and trust me, it has been a mission for survival) for so long. We were one of 2 companies making nice stuff for dogs when we first started out and to be here still is something I am very proud of ❤️
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#marchmeetthemaker2019 #womeninbusiness #coolstuffforcooldogs #luxurydog #dogs #cats #wemakethings #iliketomakestuff #workingmothers #creatureclothes
Hi! So this is me, Cosi, Cos, Cosima or Mummy depending on who’s calling. I founded Creature Clothes 20 years ago and I’m properly introducing myself for @joannehawker’s #marchmeetthemaker challenge - Day 10: YOU. . So... me. I love adventures. And the colour red. And pandas, but that is a hangover from being 10. I’m from London via Walberswick and Menorca and was very nearly born in Covent Garden Opera House. If I had another life I think I would like to be Dave Grohl because he always seems to be having so much fun. I work with an amazing team of women at Creature Clothes who work incredibly hard to make all of our products and have endless patience for my new ideas and creative storms. When I was little I wanted to marry Kermit the Frog. The Muppets & Jim Henson are my biggest influences, and also inspired my company’s name... which brings me to: . Day 9 - The Story Behind Your Name: I had worked for many years under my own name and wanted a new start and something different. I was playing around with names beginning with the same letter and liked Creature Clothes as it was a bit of a link to my name with the C’s. I never had any plans to make clothes for dogs - A collar being the only Clothes a Creature needs. . Our first logo (see the next pic) lasted for 19 years and had the stamp of approval from Vodka my dog who inspired it all - it is her paw that you can see in the middle of the logo. . Last year it felt like we needed a change so I redesigned to logo to celebrate the fact that we have been going since 1999 and have survived (and trust me, it has been a mission for survival) for so long. We were one of 2 companies making nice stuff for dogs when we first started out and to be here still is something I am very proud of ❤️ . #marchmeetthemaker2019 #womeninbusiness #coolstuffforcooldogs #luxurydog #dogs #cats #wemakethings #iliketomakestuff #workingmothers #creatureclothes
#marchmeetthemaker Day 8 - PRODUCT RANGE...
I’ve been trying to find a photo that sums up our product range but we make a lot of things so it’s pretty tricky! I think that this photo really sums up what I design and make: FUN FUN FUN! Fun and practical, hardwearing kit for dogs, cats, kids and grown ups! We started with one dog collar in 2 sizes, one to fit my dog and one to fit me when I went clubbing. Then I added a belt for me and a wrist cuff (now called the Suzi Cuff @snoozyg) all in either stars or hearts (in a similar style to my greeting cards mentioned in How I Started 2 posts ago). I never meant to make dog beds, but...
I washed the bed that my dog had at the time and it turned to mush. A big mound of lumpiness. I had to throw it away. And as an eco-warrior that was not OK. So I bought a selection of dog beds with the profits from my dog collars, and cut them up. Inside I found chocolate bar wrappers, brown tape, meters and meters of strips of white cotton fabric. Essentially they were all filled with the sweepings from duvet factory floors. There was no through stitching so the moment they were washed everything clumped together and it was adios Dog Bed. They were also so ugly that it seemed glaringly obvious that this needed addressing, and I set about creating a machine washable dog bed that was comfy, looked good and was washable. And that is what we do - we make long lasting, well designed, good looking and fun stuff for pets and their people.
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Our range now includes the neons in this pic, our classic range as in the second pic, our collaboration with @benfogle the #fogle&polecollection, treats pouches, toys, blankets, bandanas, bow ties, key tags, cushions, beanbags...
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#dogbedswithstyle #luxurydog #dogluxury #luxurydogcollars #funstuffforkids #neon #doglead #dogleash #neonleather #handmadeintheuk #handmadeinbritain #handmadeinengland #iliketomakestuff #dogs #cats #kids #handmadebelts #kidsfashion #dog #cat #dogcollar #neondogcollar #flurodogcollar #discodog #creatureclothes @joannehawker
#marchmeetthemaker Day 8 - PRODUCT RANGE... I’ve been trying to find a photo that sums up our product range but we make a lot of things so it’s pretty tricky! I think that this photo really sums up what I design and make: FUN FUN FUN! Fun and practical, hardwearing kit for dogs, cats, kids and grown ups! We started with one dog collar in 2 sizes, one to fit my dog and one to fit me when I went clubbing. Then I added a belt for me and a wrist cuff (now called the Suzi Cuff @snoozyg) all in either stars or hearts (in a similar style to my greeting cards mentioned in How I Started 2 posts ago). I never meant to make dog beds, but... I washed the bed that my dog had at the time and it turned to mush. A big mound of lumpiness. I had to throw it away. And as an eco-warrior that was not OK. So I bought a selection of dog beds with the profits from my dog collars, and cut them up. Inside I found chocolate bar wrappers, brown tape, meters and meters of strips of white cotton fabric. Essentially they were all filled with the sweepings from duvet factory floors. There was no through stitching so the moment they were washed everything clumped together and it was adios Dog Bed. They were also so ugly that it seemed glaringly obvious that this needed addressing, and I set about creating a machine washable dog bed that was comfy, looked good and was washable. And that is what we do - we make long lasting, well designed, good looking and fun stuff for pets and their people. . Our range now includes the neons in this pic, our classic range as in the second pic, our collaboration with @benfogle the #fogle&polecollection, treats pouches, toys, blankets, bandanas, bow ties, key tags, cushions, beanbags... . #dogbedswithstyle #luxurydog #dogluxury #luxurydogcollars #funstuffforkids #neon #doglead #dogleash #neonleather #handmadeintheuk #handmadeinbritain #handmadeinengland #iliketomakestuff #dogs #cats #kids #handmadebelts #kidsfashion #dog #cat #dogcollar #neondogcollar #flurodogcollar #discodog #creatureclothes @joannehawker
#marchmeetthemaker catch up Day 4: TOOLS & MATERIALS.
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I use a LOT of tools. Anyone who knows me knows I love a machine or a gadget! This is just a selection of the tools that I use for sampling. In our proper workshop you will find a hydraulic press, strip cutters, splitters, industrial sewing machines and hundreds of meters of fabric and leather. It’s a really fun and exciting place to be. But this is what I use when creating new samples: 1st pic - leather work: leather scissors, waxed thread, multi hole punch, star punch, mallet, edge bevellers, studs and rivets that are made exclusively for us, buckles, Dee rings and trigger hooks in all imaginable sizes, astronaut tape, my grandfathers pokey stick - otherwise known as a braddle, debossing tools, leather paint, leather and lots lots more.
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Pic 2: my beloved Bernina sewing machine. This is my 4th vintage Bernina in 20 years. They are the perfect mix between an industrial and a domestic machine and will go through nearly anything (not quite everything as this is my 4th...). You’re also getting a sneak peak at some new designs here. Our slip on bandanas and dog beds are all sewn by hand in our workshop, but most initial samples are made on this machine. We use zips, threads, fabrics by the hundreds... listing these things really enhances to me just how much I love what I do!
And the 3rd tool of my trade, curious creatures being nosey! .
Day 6 - FULL OR PART TIME and Day 7 - LESS GLAM SIDE: these both go together. I work around my young kids, so that means working early mornings and then the hours that they are at school, and then after they are asleep, which is the less glam side - working til I fall asleep at whatever it is I am doing! But I am very lucky to be able to be my own boss and set my own rules. #meetthemaker @joannehawker #nicestufffordogs #creatureclothes #leatherdogcollars #handmakeintheuk #dogbedswithstyle #dog #dogs #dogcollar #bespoke #toolsofmytrade #leathercraft #sewing #machines @berninauk #workshop #fabric #leather #iliketomakestuff
#marchmeetthemaker catch up Day 4: TOOLS & MATERIALS. . I use a LOT of tools. Anyone who knows me knows I love a machine or a gadget! This is just a selection of the tools that I use for sampling. In our proper workshop you will find a hydraulic press, strip cutters, splitters, industrial sewing machines and hundreds of meters of fabric and leather. It’s a really fun and exciting place to be. But this is what I use when creating new samples: 1st pic - leather work: leather scissors, waxed thread, multi hole punch, star punch, mallet, edge bevellers, studs and rivets that are made exclusively for us, buckles, Dee rings and trigger hooks in all imaginable sizes, astronaut tape, my grandfathers pokey stick - otherwise known as a braddle, debossing tools, leather paint, leather and lots lots more. . Pic 2: my beloved Bernina sewing machine. This is my 4th vintage Bernina in 20 years. They are the perfect mix between an industrial and a domestic machine and will go through nearly anything (not quite everything as this is my 4th...). You’re also getting a sneak peak at some new designs here. Our slip on bandanas and dog beds are all sewn by hand in our workshop, but most initial samples are made on this machine. We use zips, threads, fabrics by the hundreds... listing these things really enhances to me just how much I love what I do! And the 3rd tool of my trade, curious creatures being nosey! . Day 6 - FULL OR PART TIME and Day 7 - LESS GLAM SIDE: these both go together. I work around my young kids, so that means working early mornings and then the hours that they are at school, and then after they are asleep, which is the less glam side - working til I fall asleep at whatever it is I am doing! But I am very lucky to be able to be my own boss and set my own rules. #meetthemaker @joannehawker #nicestufffordogs #creatureclothes #leatherdogcollars #handmakeintheuk #dogbedswithstyle #dog #dogs #dogcollar #bespoke #toolsofmytrade #leathercraft #sewing #machines @berninauk #workshop #fabric #leather #iliketomakestuff
#marchmeetthemaker I’m coming to this a little late. I have loved seeing other people’s stories in this challenge, but I’m quite shy so it’s taken 16 days to pluck up the courage to join in... I’m here now and I hope you’re ready for an intense catch up!
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Day 1: FAVOURITE TO MAKE. 
It has to be this collar, our very first ever product - a black leather collar with silver star studs. Every time I make this collar it takes me back to days spent with this wonderful dog and the inspiration behind my business, Vodka the black Labrador. I first made this collar 21 years ago. More on that in:
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Day 2: HOW YOU STARTED
I left school in 1994 with a head full of eco warrior dreams & fed up with education. My mum had a lampshade factory & they produced a lot of waste paper. I set about trying to get their waste recycled but unbelievable as it is now, it was impossible. No one was interested. So I decided to re-use the waste parchement & cut it up into stars & made Christmas decorations. I had a job for my mum wrapping and delivering lampshades and took my new samples to show Nick the lighting buyer at @libertylondon when I next delivered shades to him. Nick showed them to the Christmas buyer and she called me in for a meeting & ordered 3000! My local Business Link helped me to find a second hand fly press to cut out the stars and I started work on that first order immediately. Liberty were amazing & helped me to develop my ideas into greeting cards and my first business Scrap Ltd was born (pic 3). I sold my cards to unbelievable shops & organisations, & was commissioned by @avedauk @royalacademyarts & @virginrecords. During these years I always wore a silver star necklace. After visiting a friend at uni I got a parcel in the post - he had found a necklace with silver stars on it and figured it was mine. It wasn’t... so I cut it up and tied the stars to a black leather dog collar so that Vods and I could match. It reminded me of the fiestas horses in Menorca (pic 2) where I half grew up. So I took a much needed break and went to Menorca to do an apprenticeship in traditional leather work. @libertylondon again were my first customer & Creature Clothes was born!
#marchmeetthemaker I’m coming to this a little late. I have loved seeing other people’s stories in this challenge, but I’m quite shy so it’s taken 16 days to pluck up the courage to join in... I’m here now and I hope you’re ready for an intense catch up! . Day 1: FAVOURITE TO MAKE. It has to be this collar, our very first ever product - a black leather collar with silver star studs. Every time I make this collar it takes me back to days spent with this wonderful dog and the inspiration behind my business, Vodka the black Labrador. I first made this collar 21 years ago. More on that in: . Day 2: HOW YOU STARTED I left school in 1994 with a head full of eco warrior dreams & fed up with education. My mum had a lampshade factory & they produced a lot of waste paper. I set about trying to get their waste recycled but unbelievable as it is now, it was impossible. No one was interested. So I decided to re-use the waste parchement & cut it up into stars & made Christmas decorations. I had a job for my mum wrapping and delivering lampshades and took my new samples to show Nick the lighting buyer at @libertylondon when I next delivered shades to him. Nick showed them to the Christmas buyer and she called me in for a meeting & ordered 3000! My local Business Link helped me to find a second hand fly press to cut out the stars and I started work on that first order immediately. Liberty were amazing & helped me to develop my ideas into greeting cards and my first business Scrap Ltd was born (pic 3). I sold my cards to unbelievable shops & organisations, & was commissioned by @avedauk @royalacademyarts & @virginrecords. During these years I always wore a silver star necklace. After visiting a friend at uni I got a parcel in the post - he had found a necklace with silver stars on it and figured it was mine. It wasn’t... so I cut it up and tied the stars to a black leather dog collar so that Vods and I could match. It reminded me of the fiestas horses in Menorca (pic 2) where I half grew up. So I took a much needed break and went to Menorca to do an apprenticeship in traditional leather work. @libertylondon again were my first customer & Creature Clothes was born!
🔴AUCTION NOW CLOSED🔴
The top 2 bidders needed different size dog beds so we have all decided to make one extra dog bed in a different size, raising a whopper £315 pounds for Comic Relief!Congratulations to @sandy_and_lola & @emmapenelopehall on your very special new dog beds and thank you so much for bidding and helping us to raise money for @comicrelief 🔴

Charity auction in aid of Red Nose Day and Comic Relief! 
We have made this very special one of a kind Red Nose Day dog bed and we are auctioning it on Instagram NOW! ⚡️🔴⚡️HOW TO BID:
1. Find the comment below saying BID HERE
2. Reply to the person that you are outbidding with your bid amount.
3. The auction closes on Red Nose Day - March 15th at 6pm UK TIME - the highest bid at that point will win the bed.
4. We will pay for UK shipping, all overseas shipping will have to be paid by the winning bidder.
5. The purchase of the bed will be made via our website on a specially made listing showing the winning bid amount.
6. Creature Clothes will then donate the full purchase price of the Red Nose Day dog bed to Comic Relief, plus a donation of our own of £100 if bids exceed £100!
7. The bed will be shipped on Monday 18th March to the winner.

Specs: fully machine washable, loose cover with a zip, little dogs wearing red noses with little flappy ears and a smile, 2 separate inners that are also machine washable and guaranteed to not go lumpy. Red polar fleece on the underside, the top is a soft grey fabric and the little dogs are made in faux suede and appliquéd on to the bed. The bed is handmade in our workshop in Suffolk and is a size medium - approx 26x34”. 🔴⚡️🔴⚡️🔴 🔴 PLEASE HELP US TO SPREAD THE WORD AND RAISE AS MUCH MONEY AS WE CAN FOR THIS AMAZING CHARITY 🔴

#charityauction #rednoseday #comicrelief #comicrelief2019 #raisingmoneyforcomicrelief #dogs #dog #dogbed #machinewashable 
#supersquidgy #creatureclothes @comicrelief @rednoseday @emmafreud @benfogle
🔴AUCTION NOW CLOSED🔴 The top 2 bidders needed different size dog beds so we have all decided to make one extra dog bed in a different size, raising a whopper £315 pounds for Comic Relief!Congratulations to @sandy_and_lola & @emmapenelopehall on your very special new dog beds and thank you so much for bidding and helping us to raise money for @comicrelief 🔴 Charity auction in aid of Red Nose Day and Comic Relief! We have made this very special one of a kind Red Nose Day dog bed and we are auctioning it on Instagram NOW! ⚡️🔴⚡️HOW TO BID: 1. Find the comment below saying BID HERE 2. Reply to the person that you are outbidding with your bid amount. 3. The auction closes on Red Nose Day - March 15th at 6pm UK TIME - the highest bid at that point will win the bed. 4. We will pay for UK shipping, all overseas shipping will have to be paid by the winning bidder. 5. The purchase of the bed will be made via our website on a specially made listing showing the winning bid amount. 6. Creature Clothes will then donate the full purchase price of the Red Nose Day dog bed to Comic Relief, plus a donation of our own of £100 if bids exceed £100! 7. The bed will be shipped on Monday 18th March to the winner. Specs: fully machine washable, loose cover with a zip, little dogs wearing red noses with little flappy ears and a smile, 2 separate inners that are also machine washable and guaranteed to not go lumpy. Red polar fleece on the underside, the top is a soft grey fabric and the little dogs are made in faux suede and appliquéd on to the bed. The bed is handmade in our workshop in Suffolk and is a size medium - approx 26x34”. 🔴⚡️🔴⚡️🔴 🔴 PLEASE HELP US TO SPREAD THE WORD AND RAISE AS MUCH MONEY AS WE CAN FOR THIS AMAZING CHARITY 🔴 #charityauction #rednoseday #comicrelief #comicrelief2019 #raisingmoneyforcomicrelief #dogs #dog #dogbed #machinewashable #supersquidgy #creatureclothes @comicrelief @rednoseday @emmafreud @benfogle