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January 25, 2016

simple dog jacket

simple dog jacket DIY
Heather & Doria (our dog) share some common ground: they're both Florida born & raised. Heather's been pretty cold as we struggle through the Florida-to-Minnesota transition, & while she can't tell us one way or the other, we're pretty sure Doria is cold too. Just theorizing here based on the facts. Woof woof.

Doria the dog sporting her new homemade jacket (tutorial)

Minneapolis is a dog-friendly city, & Doria is not alone in her (forced) fashion choices. The outfits these city dogs are sporting are totally stylish - rain jackets, matching shoes, name brand gear; some days I'll spot dogs who are better dressed than I am. Doria is not a fan of clothing but with the dropping temperatures she desperately needed some extra warmth. Hence the need for a jacket!

Dog coat tutorial: Staying warm & cozy

This is a simple jacket that secures around the neck. As such it should not be left on the dog unattended as it may pose a choking hazard. I also built it for Doria specifically, & she's a medium-sized breed, so the measurements are based off her size.

To make a doggy coat, you'll need:
  • 1 yard fleece fabric (60" width)
  • Matching thread
  • Sewing machine & notions
  • Velcro
Dog coat tutorial: Cut pieces from fleece

Step 1 | Cut your fabric as seen above (measurements are in inches). These measurements are suitable for our medium-sized labrador dog. Depending on the weight & length of your dog, you may need to adjust & use this tutorial as a guide.
Dog coat tutorial: Step 2

Step 2 | Fold the "belly strap" pieces in half, wrong side out. Sew up the sides of each piece to create two rectangular pockets. Leave one side open, & turn right side out. 
Dog coat tutorial: Step 3
Step 3 | Place one of the two "jacket body" pieces wrong side down on the ground. Then place both of the sewn "belly strap" pieces a few inches from the bottom, with about an inch of overhang. The overhang side of the "belly straps" should be the open/raw side. Sandwich the second "jacket body" piece on top, right side down. Pin everything in place. Sew a 1/4" seam as seen above, leaving the top open. Turn the whole thing right side out. 

Step 4 | With the belly straps now sewn into the jacket, you can go ahead & sew on the velcro. Pin velcro on one side of one belly strap, then on the opposite side of the other strap. Use a straight stitch to sew into place. 
Dog coat tutorial: Step 5
Step 5 | Pin both "neck cuff" pieces together, wrong side out. Sew a 1/4" seam as seen above, leaving one side open to turn right side out. Fold the raw edge in about 1/2".
Dog coat tutorial: Step 6
Step 6 | Pin the sewn "neck cuff" piece to the top of the dog jacket, folding the top raw edge of the dog jacket inward on both sides (essentially sandwiching the cuff in-between the open edge of the jacket). Sew a 1/4" seam across, connecting the cuff & jacket. Feed the finished end of the neck cuff into the open end, & sew in place.

How to make a simple dog coat


P.S. Now that puppy has a jacket, why not a dapper bow tie?

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