Dogs like to be stylish too! How about a coat that can be reversed?
You could do a fall print on one side and one the other a winter print, or as I have done two prints of your own choosing!
Here"s a simple sewing pattern for a dog coat that is reversible. Simple sewing skills and supplies are all you need.
Step 1: Supplies
Paper for a pattern
Ruler or yard stick
Two pieces of fabric, the length will depend on the measurement of your dog.
Step 2: Measuring and Making the Pattern.
You will want to measure you dog or cat from their neck to the base of their tail. Then from side to side keeping in mind that you may want the coat to extend beyond the side/belly of the dog or may want it shorter on the sides if your dog is active.
Using these two measurements, draw a "U" shape on to pattern paper.
From the top of the "U" to the bottom curve will be the dogs measurement from neck to tail. the side to side measurement will be the sides of the "U".
Now extend the top of your "U" several inches,enough extra to wrap around the dogs neck and overlap slightly onto the chest.
Time to finish the pattern-using the photo for reference- you will want to add the back/head/neck area and connect the "legs" of the "U" that wrap around the dogs chest.
The neck size is going to depend upon your dogs size. You may want to try the paper pattern on the dog for reference and adjust as needed.
Step 3: Patterning the Collar
Once again the size will depend on your animal. At this point you can omit the collar if you so choose. First, cut an oval shape the length you want the collar to lay around the dogs neck and the width that you prefer. Fold your collar pattern in half, fold your previously made dog coat pattern in half also, this is just to find center on both pieces. Place the coat pattern on top of the collar pattern, this will show you how much, if any you need to trim out of the collar to make it fit around the neck opening. Mark and cut the collar, it will look a bit like a bean. The difficult stuff is OVER. Time to SEW!
Step 4: Cutting Out the Pieces
You will be cutting one coat & collar from each of the two materials that you have chosen. Fold your material along the salvage edge and place your folded coat pattern on top pinning in place. You are running the length of the coat (neck to tail) along the salvage edge of the material, this will prevent any stretching and warping when sewing. The length of your material will depend upon your dog of course. Cut around pattern leaving 1/4 inch extra around for seam allowance, The collar pattern also follows the salvage edge of the material, see arrow on the photo for placement.
Do the same for both pattern pieces on both of the chosen materials. You will have four pieces when finished cutting.
Step 5: Optional Embellishments.
This next step is optional. You may want to embellish the back of the coat with a special name or design. Now is the time to do it.
I have pieced several pieces together (as shown in photo 2,3,4,& 5) to form a patch for on my coat. You may have something else in mind or even use permanent marker to write the dogs name on to a contrasting fabric and use it for you patch.
On the piece you want to embellish, find the center and mark with pins.
Next place the design or patch onto the mark and pin in place.
Using a wide zig zag stitch-close together -sew around the entire patch.
If you are not comfortable with just pinning the patch in place you could also use sew and bond to hold it in place, then
zig zag around it.
Step 6: Finally Sewing!
Collar- take both pieces of collar and place right sides together,pinning enough to hold.
The neck area that you previously cut out will NOT be sewn.
Sew from pin to pin, see photo using 1/4 " seam allowance.
Next clip curves, careful not to cut through stitches, this will help material lay flat when turned right side out.
Turn fabric, like a pillow case, through the neck opening. You may want to press with an iron or just finger press the seams down as I have done.
Now top stitch around the collar from opening to opening to hold pieces together and give a finished look.
Fold collar in half to find middle and place onto dog coat, matching center points.
Pin in place, easing material around the neck area.
Keep in mind if using two different materials on the collar, to match the right side of the collar facing up with the right side of the coat.
Step 7: Sewing Front to Back.
With the collar still pinned in place, lay the remaining coat piece, right sides together, on top and pin in place.
Next you will need to mark an opening for the belly straps,see photo. The placement of these depends on the length of the dog.
You do not want to place them too far back on the coat especially if you dog is a male, he still needs to be able to pee past the band.
Once you have these openings marked your ready to sew.
You will NOT sew the openings for the belly bands (one on either side), or ONE of the "U" legs, where the chest piece overlaps.
Sew 1/4'' seam allowance the entire way around the coat, neck included.
Clip curves and gently turn right side out through the "U" leg opening.
Pin flat or press flat, including the "u" leg opening .
Step 8: The Belly Band.
From the left over scraps of material you will need to cut strips to make a belly band to hold the coat onto the body.
Again the length of the band and width will depend upon your dog.
My strips are 2 -1/2" X 4" (small dog).
Cut yours a little longer than you think you may need, they have to overlap & more is better than not enough.
Sew right sides together on three sides of each strip.
Clip corners and turn right side out.
Finger press or iron flat and top stitch around the three sides. Once again on both strips.
Step 9: Almost DONE!
Now insert belly straps into openings pinning in place. Make sure to push enough of the strap through the opening to catch when sewing.
Top stitch around the entire coat, catching the belly straps to secure in place. You may want to do a decorative stitch instead of plain top stitching.
Step 10: Velcro Time!!
Almost done, time to attach the Velcro.
Note** DO NOT use glue on Velcro It may become a choking hazard!!
Belly Straps First.
At this point you will need to place the coat onto the dog to get accurate placement for the Velcro.
Once you have decided and marked placement all that is left is to sew in place.
If your belly strap is too long, cut it to size and sew Velcro in place, zig zagging along the cut end of the strap to finish the edge.
Step 11: This Is IT !
Now Velcro on the neck/chest piece.
After marking placement, sew into place.
Because the Velcro on the coat will overlap you can reverse this coat and use either side!
Step 12: FINISHED !
Done. The process may seem complex but once you get the pattern and measurements, you can finish a coat in less than half an hour!
This is Tucker and his owner is a HUGE Star Wars Fan.
Thank you for viewing.
I hope you may have been inspired to give it a try!