Thursday, December 22, 2011

Sweater sleeve dog coat

I've been meaning to post this little tutorial for some time. Over the years, I've made quite a few dog sweaters out of sweatshirts and felted sweaters. It all started on a camping trip when the weather turned cold and my poor dog Chloe was shivering her little tail off. In a pinch, I fashioned a sweater for her out of the sleeve of an old shirt the hubby had brought along. It worked so well, I kept making them. It works best for a small to medium sized dog. Sleeves (especially sweatshirt ones) stretch more than you might think.

Here is how it's done.

If you use a sweater, find an old 100% wool one and run it through the hot wash and dryer. You want it to be good and felted so that it will be less likely to unravel. You can also use and old sweatshirt arm.

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Depending on the size of your dog, you might be able to leave the sleeve cuff on. In this case, I cut a little off the cuff off to make the opening a little wider.

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Next, cut armpit side of the sleeve to make it the length that you'd like for your dog.

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I use a zig-zag stitch to sew around the raw edges. This gives the openings a little stretch.

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Next, I cut holes on either side to accommodate the dog's front legs. it is best to measure the distance between the dog's front legs and make the holes that far apart.

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Zig-zag around these holes.

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That's it. Try it on and let your pooch show off a little.

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18 comments:

Jennifer said...

Chip looks so distinquished in the sweater!

Sew DoggyStyle said...

Genius!!! hehehehe. Shared this amazing tutorial on www.facebook.com/sewdoggystyle.

xoxoxoxo,
Erika and Sebastian

Biscuit said...

Hi Brook,
This is such a great idea and Chip looks soo cute in his sweater/coat. I've blogged about this with a link to your tutorial, hope that's ok.

Scheherazade said...

Great! A fast fix coat for an unexpected cold snap! Thanks.

Jason King said...

All are Really amazing Clothes For Dogs. People can make them in a low price and efficiently. One of my aunt was also expert in this area and she also had two cute dogs. We had memorable time period with them.

Anonymous said...

Very clever...I think I will try this. Thanks for sharing

Simon Mal said...

Great post! Bringing home a new dog, whether it’s a puppy or an adult, is like bringing home a new baby – you need to be prepared, and you need supplies. So, I was looking for articles on buying clothes for dog online and then I came across yours inspiring read. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Awesome I Made one in Just a few Minutes And My Chi Chi Luvs it .. I Have shared your Blog with Fellow Chihuahua Fb Members in Australia Hope this is ok they will all Luv it Thankyou for such a Gr8 Idea

Emma Winget said...

Thanks for the amazing collection of pet apparels. It is great. I was looking for a something similar for my puppy.

Riley Schnauzer said...

We loves this I will gets my mum to makes it for me.

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Michael Davis said...

This post solves a lot of my problems. I was thinking to buy dog coat for Joss my lab as he doesn't like to move out of the house during rains and i wasn't sure of buying one for him thinking he might not like it. Many thanks once again :)

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