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

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