Need to keep your pooch cool for long walks on hot sunny days? Well look no further for this multipurpose vest will fit the bill (and your dog)!
The basic premise for the "cooling" part is you soak the the upper layer and as it evaporates it will draw heat from the lower layer with a waterproof layer in between to keep your dog dry. And also since it has side pockets you could throw some ice cubes in there too which will melt and then evaporate. Or you could just put flexible freezer gel pads or what not in there (or bags of frozen peas for that matter).
Old worn out cargo pants
Pins (safety or otherwise)
Step 1: Cut Out Inside Seam
Step 2: Cut Out Main Shapes
Sorry I didn't take an pictures earlier, I tried to put together this picture in the later stages, but the basic shapes are similar.
You should have two cargo pocket pieces and one pant leg piece. The other pant leg and the rest of the pants aren't used (except for scraps for the fasteners later).
Step 3: Hem Edges
Step 4: Add Fasteners
These 3 locations should be enough to help keep the vest in place.
At this point you may want to try it on your dog to see how long you need to make the straps. Sew the straps to the main section and add the buttons and buttonholes as needed.
Step 5: Make Upper Layer / Pocket Layer
Step 6: Sew Together
Step 7: Insert Waterproof Layer
Now find a plastic bag around this size or just cut one to size and insert into in between the layers. Don't worry about breath-ability since dogs don't sweat through their skin like us humans, they only sweat through their paws. In essence this vest will help them cool down by "sweating" the water that we soak the upper layer with.
I guess since we have the waterproof layer this may act as a doggy raincoat as well to some extent. Bonus!
UPDATE: You can also add another layer of fabric on top of the bag for extra water capacity or a thin spongy foam (like mattress topper) to help soak in more water as well so you don't have to re-drench it as often on really hot dry days.