If you follow me on any of my other social media channels, you know I have dogs. Many of them… and that I often make things for them. Mostly practical stuff. Dog beds. Crate covers. And now dog coats.
While the weather may have warmed up a bit here in Winnipeg, there’s no guarantee we might not have have another dip in temps in the next few weeks.
This is such a practical and easy design, you could easily tailor it to other needs. With the right fabric, you could make a rain jacket… and see my hack for an after bath robe at the end of this post!
There are lots of patterns for dog coats. I like this one because it is all in one pice.
For a warm jacket you ideally want to use a fleece fabric on the inside of the jacket. But you can use any fun fabric on the outside! I chose this fun canvas fabric.
Bailey is thrilled to model her new coat.
- One meter of fabric for exterior of coat
- One meter of fabric for inside
I used a older jacket to make a template for this one. (***Working on a pdf pattern for this!). I traced around it and added a 1/2 inch seam allowance. Use this template to cut one for each the exterior and inside fabric.
Place fabrics right sides together and pin. Leaving a 3 inch opening to use to turn the coat right-side out, stitch around the entire coat using a 5/8 inch seam allowance.
Turn jacket right side out. For the portion that was left open, turn the edges in and pin. Top stitch around the entire coat, including the portion pinned to close.
I’m using a brand new Janome Skyline S9 for this project. I just received it the other week and I can’t wait to share more about it! For now, one of the cool new features that this has over the Janome Skyline S7 that I was previously sewing on (which was also an amazing machine but I’m really excited about the embroidery features on the Janome Skyline S9) , is that it tells you when your needle becomes unthreaded!
Oops! But with the Advanced Needle Threader, this was a quick fix!
The next step is to add your velcro.
Dogs move in many different directions when they are around on a walk, so you want to make sure you use enough velcro to keep the jacket secure.
I used velcro at the neck closure and around the belly.
Note: where you have velcro on one side on the exterior fabric, on the opposite side the velcro needs to go on the interior fabric.
When you buy velcro, you can purchase either velcro that you sew on or velcro that has an adhesive backing. The velcro with adhesive backing will not be strong enough to hold up to opening and closing the jacket repeatedly. I have found that when you try to secure this type of velcro by sewing it, the adhesive really gums up your needle. My preference is to use velcro without the adhesive. Once it’s sewn in place, it’s not going anywhere!
And that’s it! You have a brand new jacket. There are many, may ways you can customize this. Once I get through some instructions on the embroidery feature of the Janome Skyline S9, I know there will be names embroidered on new jackets going forward.
I was super excited with how quickly this came together that I couldn’t resist making more. The practical side of me has been considering for a while how I could fashion some kind of “dog robe” for after baths. This pattern was the perfect solution.
I grabbed two large, lightly used towels from my stash in the basement. This project was a great way to use up some extra towels!
Using the template I made earlier, I cut out one of each the exterior and interior fabric.
The process to construct this jacket was exactly the same. With the towels right side together, stitch all along the outside of the coat, leaving a three inch opening.
Turn the towel right-side out. Turn in the raw edge from the opening and pin. Topstitch all the way around.
Pin velcro to the neck and stomach closure areas. Stitch to secure.
Give dog a bath and then wrap up to dry and keep warm! (Once again, doesn’t Bailey look thrilled?!)
Do you have dogs? Do you ever sew for them? Anyone sew for their cats?
Followers of Janomelife will be familiar with Trina’s monthly posts. We sense her excitement at the prospect of putting her new Janome Indigo Skyline S9 through its paces and we look forward to hearing more of her sewing and embroidery adventures. Ed.