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In this instructable, I will describe how you can make a t-shirt for your dog out of an old human-sized tee.
 
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Step 1: Materials

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The first thing you'll need to do is gather your materials. You will need the following:
dog
old t-shirt
pair of scissors
sewing tape measure
fabric glue
Sharpie for marking cuts (not pictured)
needle and thread (optional)
sew-on velcro (optional)

When choosing a t-shirt, it is best to pick one that has a neck roughly the same size as your dog's. That way, you won't have to deal with cutting the neck down to fit or worry about cutting off Fido's air supply.

Step 2: Measure!

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Using your tape measure, get the following measurements:
around the dog's middle (middle of chest is best)
distance from neck to tail (along the back)
distance from neck to mid-stomach
shoulder to elbow (to determine sleeve length)

Step 3: Cut #1

Decide which side of the shirt you want showing and turn that face up on your cutting surface. Your first cut will be from the neck of the shirt to the length of the dog from neck to tail. Make your mark (and make sure you leave yourself an extra 1/4 inch or so for a hem) and cut across the bottom of the shirt.

Step 4: Cut #2

Next, you'll want to cut away the extra fabric from the sides so the shirt will fit right. To do this, mark out a section at the bottom of the shirt that is half as long as the distance around Fido's middle. Make sure that this section is centered. Then start drawing a line from your marks upward. When you get near the armpit area, use a French curve or plate or some other rounded edge to continue the line around the armpit and mark off about half of the sleeve to be cut. (If your dog has particularly thick forelegs, you may need to save more of the sleeve.) Once the marks are made, just cut along the lines. Don't forget to leave room for a hem.

Step 5: Cut #3

Turn the shirt over so that you have the stomach side facing upward. Measure from the neck down to the length from the dog's neck to mid-stomach and cut across at that length. Be sure to leave yourself room for a hem.

Step 6: Cut #4 (optional)

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Depending on the length of your dog's forelegs, you may need to cut the sleeves. Go ahead and do that now if you need to.

Step 7: Glue!

Turn the shirt inside out and use the fabric glue to hem up the cut edges. To do this, put some glue down on the fabric a little ways away from the edge and then fold the edge over the glue so that the cut edge is now on the inside of the shirt. press the fabric and glue together until they set enough to stick together on their own. If you're having trouble getting some to stay together on their own, try pinning them together until they stick. You may have to do this in stages so that the glue will have time to dry. Also, for reasons that will become clear in the next step, it's not necessary to put a hem on the left and right edges of the stomach side (but don't forget to put one along the bottom edge.

If you prefer, you can use the needle and thread for this, or a sewing machine if you have one. I would just make a mess if I tried that, so I went with the much safer route of the fabric glue.

Step 9: After everything dries...

Your shirt should look something like this.

Depending on the size of your dog and how much they like to be dressed, you may find it easier to make a cut down the middle of the stomach side of the shirt and sew in some velcro tabs. You could even use buttons or snaps, but velcro seems to be the best balance of affordability, effectiveness and ease of application.
VeganEthan1 month ago

I'd like to make some of these for my dog. It takes minute for her to get used to wearing something, but then she just ignores it.

Benefits of clothes:

~She gets more attention on walks, and she freakin LOVES people.(seriously, we went to a parade&festival and she didn't tire of the pettings of 300+ people)

~She has allergies and her scratching makes her more itchy as well as making her look like she has mange or something, which gets her less pettings(see point above)

~It increases my time spent with and for her, which makes me feel closer to her and vice versa

~My fave shirts that don't fit me anymore or have little holes can go to her!

~She gets treats before and after she gets clothes put on

Cons from clothes:

~She looks at me like I'm crazy for like 30-60 seconds before being totally fine

~I have to take the time to make them, and she has a weird shape so I mess up a lot

pjack2143 months ago

I love it....not sure Dakota my dog would find it interesting though!

hmrk3 years ago
Nice dog))
dchall86 years ago
Of course you realize your dog already has a coat of very effective hair that make sweaters and shirts sort of redundant (except for the advertising value).
edsobo (author)  dchall86 years ago
Yeah, but... He likes wearing clothes.
I have to agree, for pugs anyway I know they LOVE to dress up. I have three pugs and they all jump around and nearly jump out of themselves with excitement when I get out their dress-up outfits. That's why there are so many costume contests at our rescue events. Its very hard to find clothes for them as they are broad chested :)
Did you ask him if he likes it or something, or is that just an assumption? I personally think it's cruel to put animals in clothes, and like dchall8 said, it's redundant.
i agree with edsobo my dogs both get excited when i grab a shirt for them to wear
edsobo (author)  nagshay18186 years ago
It's not an assumption at all. It's based on the fact that he goes over to his toy box, selects a shirt that he wants to wear and brings it over to us to put on him. Nothing cruel about it.
O.K. so you don't like your dog to were close. But I too have a small dog with very to no hair. And even in the summer she gets cold. I will say go get your sweater and she will. Going for a walk all I say you want to go for a walk and she will go get her jacket or jogging suit; she also has a winter coat . At bed time I say bed time and she gets her P.J.'s At Christmas time she also gets a stocking and gift's from Santa. Oh! right she also has winter boats to protect her little feet from the salt the we (people) put out to melt ice and then it gets between the toe's and it hurts my baby girl.But this is my dog we all have our own life to live the way we won't; Mama Bear
We have a small dachshund-beagle mix with very short hair, and she sometimes gets cold in the winter, so we'll put a small doggie shirt on her for her walks. So while most of the time clothes on a dog is redundant (and I generally don't like clothes on dogs anyway, especially the froofy ones), there are times when it's nice to have a small t-shirt for them.
jbaltrun3 years ago
I love this! My dog likes wearing clothes, he picks them up and brings them to me to put them on him. He even was brought into the rescue where I got him wearing a sweater. I'm going to make some of my old college shirts into dog shirts for him. And maybe bring some to the rescue for photo props.
my dogs just got shaved and its in the middle of spring and its 40 degrees. i need to make my dogs a t shirt and mabye some oants too!:D
i have been wanting to make my pup a t shirt.She has a batman sheet as her crate cover and i have a toddler batman shirt laying around. She is small. a beagle/basset/terrier mix.she looks like a rat terrier with long ears. I have a new sewing machine to break in so here i go. i will post a pic of Patches in her batman shirt soon. Thanks.
princefam104 years ago
OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love your pug so much and your instructable is awesome!
tannecy4 years ago
for those messy with glue and even messier with threads and needle (like me) may i suggest fabric mending strips? those little strips that can be ironed on. they are cheap to buy  and just need to be pin in, then iron over, et' voila!

thank you for this instructable - my Dudley labrador is next and thank god he loves dress ups. he is getting that dangerous gases t-shirt i have been saving for him!
Astros5 years ago
Great instructions and I don't feel like I have to be a sewing expert.  I have a 55# Weimaraner that is a freeze baby with fur the length of eyelashes.  Thanks for your help, I will be resurrecting some old t-shirts. IMHO, because we have domesticated these animals, I think we have to take some measures with comfort assistance.
Your dog is ADORABLE! Little does my beagle know he's next.
unknown245 years ago
this is great! we won't have to buy dog shirts on a pet store!
u use to "have" to buy your dog t-shirts...?
mg0930mg5 years ago
That is funny. I like the shirt too! I'll do this for my dog when I find the right shirt.
jpnikulas6 years ago
i'm gonna do this, too. if i knew this is the way to do it, i wouldn't have been so frustrated making my doxie a shirt for the rainy days.
Ben Vigil6 years ago
This is awesome! My gf loves to dress up our Japanese Chin but hates how dog clothes are so expensive. I'm going to make some skateboard Ts for my dog now.
evenmoriah6 years ago
The pug looks amazing! Good thing he's a natural model, and loves his clothing! It's always so cute when he grabs clothing and acts all happy once he's fully dressed! :)
dg86726 years ago
Thor! Good job Eddie. And yeah, he does like wearing clothes. It's the oddest thing. He's always friendly, but when he is in clothing, he acts like superdog. It's the most bizarre thing.
im gonna do this to my bird just to piss him off, lmao
bcurrie6 years ago
That's my adorable grandpug fashionplate. Great job Ed.
gmjhowe6 years ago
very nice, im not sure bout the large amount of glue tho, not the most comfortable thing! ps, i the dog is loving the posing!