Picture of Canine Carhartt Coat for Your Pal!
There's nothing worse than looking out the window and seeing your poor pup shaking in the winter air, miserable because their coat isn't nearly warm enough to shield them from the chilly breeze.

That's exactly the problem that my friend Will had with his lovable pit bull Honey. Her short fur coat was perfect for the desert heat they endured through their many escapades across the country, but settling into the mountains of Virginia in late fall proved miserable for poor Honey and her short fur. With a spare Carhartt lying around, Will asked if I could transform it into a coat that Honey could wear during the cold winter months. And how could I turn down a face like hers?

So now I'm here to show to you the way to make a Carhartt coat for your own pup, whether they need the extra warmth or just want to look super stylish!
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Step 1: Materials You'll Need

Picture of Materials You'll Need
Here are the materials you'll need for this escapade:

XL Carhartt coat
black thick thread
2 x 7” zippers
stitch ripper

sewing machine

1 exceptionally patient dog
2 people (1 to hold the exceptionally patient dog, 1 to pin jacket)
jthompson-41 month ago

love it. we run the gamut here from 90lb german shepherd down to 8 lb jack russell mix and a 15 lb dachshund. between converting human clothes and used wild gingers pet cloths program . everyone is warm

Thank you for the great idea. My son has (soon to be had) this very jacket. No worries. He knows his place in the pecking order around here. Let him shiver!

I love this comment, lol its the same in my house but instead of son, its boyfriend. He even is starting to eye up the dog bed so he can stretch out because my two shepherds sleep on either side of me. lol

haha excellent

MelanieS13 months ago

Love this idea, I can never find clothes big enough for my mastiffs. The only thing I'm going to do different when I make this is how the pockets open/close. I will close off the original opening and re-locate it to up by the zipper, that way items put in will not fall out when I open the zip if dog is wearing it. Excellent tutorial BTW, and lovely pittie.

saosport2 years ago
Thanks I used this idea to make a coat for my weim out of my dads old cover halls from work. My dog is now nice and warm this winter.
saosport2 years ago
Thank you. I love the idea. I have a weimaraner who is very hard to find clothing for because there are very few coats out there for big dog and even less for skinny big dogs in cold climates. I will be heading to a second hand store tonight to get some coats to convert for him. Thanks again .
P.S. Honey is beautiful.
You did a great job on this custom-made coat! The zipper up the back is a fantastic idea. Honey is a lucky dog :)
Oh what a sweet little buddy. :D

He's looking very swanky and warm now!
booboobear2 years ago
The is the "cadillac" of dog coats! Wow!!! I've sewed most of my life and I think your instructable is awesome. Great directions, step by step photos, and Honey as the perfect dog model for showing off the well made dog jacket. I voted for you in the Sew Warm contest.
thrifitti2 years ago
How much does Honey weigh? I have a medium pit bull as well, but I just want to make sure the pattern isn't going to be too snug!
the dog is sooooooo cute!!!!
scoochmaroo2 years ago
I love this! I want a dog just for this.
That looks great on him! And it looks like he's comfortable wearing it!
That is an awesome jacket.
I was excited to see you had a new post. And your friend's choice in coat was perfect for a pit bull, somehow... I'm glad he has an innovative person like graceduval to help his Honey.
I just came here to say
Then I saw your profile pic & thought ah yes that makes sense :)
Your dog is cute & when wearing a carhart he looks like he should be on a 'roof'.