DIY Pet Coat Pattern


Yes, it's finally here...September!  The weather is cooling and our pets are ready for a new Fall wardrobe.  This is probably the easiest coat pattern you will find.  You can make it a lightweight raincoat, or a heavy snow coat with sherpa lining, you can add a hoodie or collar, you can add pockets....ohhhh, the possibilities.  eeekkkk!!!!


So, what do you need to make this pattern?  How about nothing but a paper bag, a pen, a ruler, and some scissors.  Oh, and a dog.  First things first when making a pattern...the measurements.


Measurement Instructions:
1. First measure around dog's neck and add one inch (this is for the velcro).  Sebastian is a 12, so 13 is good.
2. Measure along back from base of neck to base of tail.  Sebastian is a 10.
3. Determine desired length of jacket in front of neck. 3" long is perfect for Sebastian's size. 
4. Measure completely around mid-tummy/lower chest and back area.  Sebastian is a 15.


Now time to get drawing!



Belly Strap - This can be as thick or as thin as you want.  We did ours at 2.5" wide.  To determine how long it should be, follow below photo instructions.  

And after you get your belly strap piece drawn, we'll be adding 1/4" seam allowance around both pieces.


Now you are ready to cut out your pieces.  
You'll want to do a tester!  You can use fabric or another paper bag for this.


Staple belly straps (one on each side) of main body.  This is a good time to determine where exactly you want the straps to go...i.e., more higher or lower under the belly depending on your dog.  Belly straps will later have velcro and will overlap each other.

Then place the tester on your dog for a fitting.  I used tape to temporarily hold the neck and belly together .


Easy, right?!  


Did you see the raincoat we made using this pattern?

Click HERE for further instructions on sewing the garment together!


XOXOXOXOXO,
Erika and Sebastian

86 comments:

Chrisi said...

I so want to do this with moglie!!! She'll be thrilled with her new wardrobe :]

A Day In The Life Of A Goose said...

Domeek says "thanks for sharing this really easy but adorable jacket pattern! It will definitely come in handy for the colder weather!" I say, "Hi Sebastian, you look stylin' man!"

Anne-Lise at Rag, Tag, Bobtail said...

Goody - Tiffi needs a new winter coat. Her old one mysteriously shrunk all of a sudden!

Two French Bulldogs said...

Cute. So how do you feel about being moms model? BOL
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Xi Sandy said...

I am so excited to do this for my spikey! It will be rainy season soon, so, better be ready with some Did-it-myself raincoat for my dog.

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Sebastian you are TOO cute!!

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The "I prefer something softer" comment. Simply genius!. Very nice pattern btw

Lise said...

u could use laminate cotton to make a cool rain coat. Fleece for the winter. great project.

sanyara said...

Thank you so much for putting these pattern instructions online!

Anonymous said...

Ty for the instructions. Will Jbe making a rain coat for my mastiff. Will be such a money saver since she is so large already but no where near fully grown

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YAY!!! My Carin Terrier, Buddy, will never be cold or wet again. I'm sooo gonna get working on this!

Karen Everett said...

I will try this. I want to make a "robe" for my girls after their baths. It'll keep the water from flying when they shake, hahaha.

Thank you so much for posting this.

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Anonymous said...

Could you show one with a flap of some sort to totally cover bichons belly

carrot people said...

great pattern. I made a pattern for my lab mix Max. Now to pick the fabric and do some sewing... http://carrotpeople.blogspot.com/2013/11/nice-fall-day.html

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I'm just so excited, I finally bought a sewing machine! After seeing so many cute coats/sweaters/etc at the pet stores ($25-$30 a shot) that I want for my little ladies (that's right... 2 pups... there goes $50-$60), I can make them a whole wardrobe for those prices.. and have fun at the same time (give or take some frustration for them to stay still)! THANK YOU for your amazing guide - I have 2 days off and I'm going to try (TRY... I may be biting off more than I can chew) to get a pattern for each pup done, a coat each, and the paw ornaments (I found a diy for sculpey clay too!!!!).

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So pleased I found this, just made it and my moo loves it,added an extra belly strap with her being such a long dog (Great Dane). made a sandwich of material & 1oz wadding and a fleece liner, will keep her lovely and warm on our winter walks! thank you

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I'm making one of these for my Pharaoh Hound with a few alterations to make it my own. He's got a huge chest which is where he loses most of his heat, so I'm including what I'm calling a "T" band that is part of the front part of the coat (under the throat). It extends underneath his chest and then has two flaps that button up on the sides of his ribcage (they form the cross for the "T")
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Anonymous said...

Thanks for the great instructions. Took me less than an hour to outfit our new dachshund for winter and included 12th man (dog) pride!

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thank you for posting this! i live in a very cold climate with hairless and dogs with almost no hair!its great cuz now they can go outside a little bit without freezing!

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One question, how did you measure your half circle on #1? Does that measurement follow along the curved line?

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I'm stuck on #1. Drawing 1/2 oval. How to draw a 6.5" oval?

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