I live in Florida but this winter has been really cold for my pets. They go outside to potty and come back in shivering. I decided to make them all a coat and I will show you how I did it. I made this without the use of my serger because I don't know how many people actually have these. I also cut with scissors instead of my rotary blade. I wanted to show you how anyone with a basic sewing machine can do this.
Step 1: Materials Needed
Thread and Bobbin
Industrial Strength Velco
2 different colors of Materials
Paper for creating pattern
Step 2: Prewash and iron your fabric
I always prewash my fabric to make sure that it doesn't shrink after they wear them and get dirty. The part that you should always do is iron before sewing.
Step 3: Measure your pet
Measure loosely around the neck (we don't want to choke them), measure around the body just behind the front legs and then from the back of the neck to the top of her tail.
Don't forget to write this down somewhere.
Step 4: Cutting out Pieces
Cut out both materials and batting making sure you put them on the fold. According to my measurements these pieces needed to be 11" long. The length of the jacket needed to be 20". Make sure to add 2 " for the seam allowance.
Step 5: Sewing straps and collar
Lets sew the straps and collar.
Put your materials right sides (the side you want showing) together and the batting on the bottom. Sew around the entire piece except for one end. Clip the corners avoiding any stitches.
Do this to both straps and collar.
Turn the tube that you created and the collar right sides out and then press flat. Stitch around the outside. You do not need to stitch the open end.