PS: JJ is not dead, even though she appears lifeless.
Step 1: Needs
Second, you do need a sewing machine.
Third, get your materials:
- a chamois (or shamie), the kind you dry your car with. (I got a three pack at a Wal-mart for cheap)
- Thin elastic
- Measuring tape
- Paper bag or paper towel or any paper
Step 2: Measure It!
-Remember to write it down! (Your dogs measurements, not mine!)
- measure around the waist (JJ is 9 inches around the waist)
- Measure from. . . ahem. . . butt to waist (JJ is 5 inches)
-Measure between the legs (JJ is 2.5 inches and I forgot to pic that)
Step 3: Pattern It
- Double the butt-to-waist measurement. This is the long of the diaper. I added two inches for the padding, making mine 12 inches long.
- The part labeled (front) came from the waist measurement. I shortened it by 1 inch. Making the "front" 8 inches wide on the end.
- Between her legs was 2 inches. I added 1 inch to make the middle of the diaper 3 inches.
- The butt end is 1/2 of the waist measurement. Making it 4.5 inches.
- The tabs on the "front" end are 1.5 inches.
Step 4: Cut It
IMPORTANT: Save your SCRAPS, we will use these later!
Step 5: Sew It!
-Zig-Zag around perimeter. To make my diapers a bit hearty and keep them from fraying I sewed a zig-zag stitch all the way around the perimeter of the diaper.
- Sew elastic on both sides of the "middle". (This is where the sewing skills come in. I had no idea how to work w/elastic. For this I sewed through the elastic, pulling it tight as I went)
- I used the scrap here to make a "pad". By rolling up the scraps and make a tube, then sew it in the middle of the diap. (This is not entirely necessary, but sure cuts down on "breakthrough leakage".)
-Last step is to cut and apply velcro. I sewed it on, as these will be washed multiple times and adhesive velcro wont stay very long.
-(Long velcro goes on back of "butt"; tab velcro goes on body side of "front")
Remember that perfection is not key here. These are doggy diapers!
Step 6: Hole It!
-Put your new diap on your doggy
-find where the tail should poke through.
-take diap off of doggy and snip where the tail goes through
-as an extra precaution against tearing, sew around the hole.
You are now done. Put the diap on the doggy and wait for the business.