by Julie Mueller
Even though winter is behind us it’s still a good idea to keep smaller dogs or closely groomed dogs warm and snugly with a little coat. If you have along list of dog friends you’ll want to get started for Christmas early. Here’s a quick and easy project that you can finish in an evening, made from materials you already have around. Why not consider upscaling an old sweater or sweatshirt to make your furry friend a warm coat or use some polar fleece so you don’t have to finish any seams?
First you have to measure your friend. Fill in the attached chart and measure:
Use an old paper grocery bag or tape a few sheets of paper together and fill in the measurements as shown in the picture. Now you’re going to see how easy it is to draft your first pattern!
Mark and cut the pattern on the fold of the fabric. Use a dinner plate or saucer to make the curves at the back and neck. Add an assortment of pockets or clips for waste bags, trim, fringe or ribbons for decoration. I added some holiday holly to Jack’s coat.
Embroider -don’t worry about stabilizers because dogs don’t care about scratchy or itchy stabilizers the way a baby would. Some suggestions include: flowers on the band and pocket, stars and braid for a military style, or any combination of designs that please you, complement the fabric and appeal to your dog. My dog Jack is not too fussy because he is blind, so I can dress him up frilly or more serious.
Sew Velcro band at neck and around stomach to keep the coat on snug. Now doesn’t Jack look adorable in his holiday coat?