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With a few basic sewing skills you can turn an old hoodie into a great dog coat. Perfect for those cold morning walks and so much more fun than what you can buy in a pet store. Just because my dog has short hair and we live in a northern climate doesn't mean I want to dress him up like a poodle!!

There is no definate pattern to adapt a hoodie to fit your dog, you will have to fit it as you go. Just remember to keep the dog's best interests at heart. For example...

- never use straight pins while fitting the hoodie on my dog, use safety pins instead
- always check the hoodie for the dog's comfort- not too tight, full range of motion, etc
- be patient with your dog- while it is possible to knock this project out in a couple of hours your dog will quickly become bored with all the trying on and "fittings" so its best to break it up into several smaller sessions

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Step 1: You will need....

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old hoodie
sewing machine
safety pins, straight pins
measuring tape, opt.
chalk, opt.

one VERY patient dog

Step 2: First cut off the hood

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Yes you heard me. Cut the hood off. About one and a half inches below the neck seam.

I like to cut the hoods off, flip them around and stitch them on "backwards."  That way the all the images, logos, etc are "on top" of the dog as well as the pouch.

Step 3: Try the hoodless hoodie on....

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Try the hoodless hoodie on your dog.  POUCH / IMAGE side up!! You will need to shorten the "arms" of it so your dog does not trip. Exactly how short is your preference.

Cut both arms the same length and hem. You may need to try on and remove the hoodie several times to do this. 

This dog looks just like mine, other then my old man has a little white on his noise, and is a little heavier. I've used 5 T- 6T (toddler) hoodies on him. without editing, but i've also done stuff like this. So thankyou :)

love the shots with his/ her eye's closed!! so cute lol
Good idea - I used to make over sweat shirts for our grey hounds. BUT Hey, don't knock poodles, they look great, too. Smart, athletic, fun, and macho. yah. Just because a poodle has short hair doesn't mean it has to look like a boxer to have stature.
Attmos2 years ago
You know, I would love to make this because it's an awsome project. The problem for me though is that Elwood loves, loves, loves the snow and cold weather. Great project though, I love it.
gomita3 years ago
You have the cutest dog model ever! Loved it! I'm definitely making one!
Coati3 years ago
He looks just like my Josie.Great idea by the way,pet store stuff is so over priced but my other pitbull will not go out in cold/wet weather without her coat.I have noticed that breed hates cold although she does ok in water during summer.The one on the right is Josey,no outfits just wanted to show the resemblance.Thanks for the great instructable.
kasengut3 years ago
He is definitely not a "bad dog" :x If he patiently submits himself to all this trying, cutting, pinning and whatnot.... he is the sweetest dog possible!!!
Maverchick (author) 3 years ago
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ChrysN3 years ago
Cute hoodie!
What an awesome use for that old hoodie!! Come one everyone has at least one hoodie in their closet that they would not wear again-why not keep ure best friend warm with it!! I LOVE this idea!! I'm doing this!!
putty1cat3 years ago
ahh he is a cutie! I will have to try this for my girl. She is a staffie cross and gets very cold without a jumper in the winter. Thanks for the 'ible
scoochmaroo3 years ago