This post contains way too many photos of my dog!
They are not even very good photos!
I'm sorry! I couldn't help myself!
After Pippa, our cockapoo, got her last haircut she transformed from a shaggy black sheepdog to a skinny legged lapdog. Then temps dropped, and snow fell. I worried about Pippa getting cold during our walks so I decided to sew her a little coat. I found this free pattern that was for a very small dog:
After I printed out the PDF and did some measurements, I decided I could alter the pattern to fit Pippa. You can see I used my blue tape to tape together the pattern and the pink marker where I made the alterations:
After tracing onto some freezer paper I came up with this:
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Then I used the pattern on an old sheet and saw that I needed to make some adjustments. I moved the belly strap up closer to the neck and chopped a few inches off the back. My edited pattern looked like this:
Once I finished making the pattern, I gathered my supplies:
- Outer fabric
- Lining fabric
- Batting: Mountain Mist Batting 51055 Polyester Quilt Batting-Queen Size 90 in. x 108 in. FOB -MI (Google Affiliate Ad)
- Sew-on Velcro: Velcro Brand Industrial Strength Hook / Loop Tape - Tape (Google Affiliate Ad)
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I cut out an outer and lining fabrics, adding a 1/2 inch seam allowance:
I sewed together some scraps of quilt batting to make an insulating inner layer without the seam allowance:
I decided the quilt batting wasn't going to be warm enough, and sewing together my scraps was tedious. So I cut out an old fleece blanket (sorry Grandma!) and added that for extra warmth. You can see from the above and below pics that I did a quick zig-zag stitch around the edges of the filling to secure them together:
I safety-pinned the batting/fleece to the outer layer of fabric, laying it evenly within the seam allowances. Then I marked a grid to guide my machine quilting:
I quilted the batting to the outer layer:
I added the looped side of the Velcro to the outer tabs and the hook sides to the lining tabs. I just used some Velcro strips I had in my stash. I recommend using the sew-in, rather than the adhesive Velcro. This part wasn't too hard, but I had to sew the hooked Velcro from the the back because it keep grabbing my top thread. Here's what my Velcro looked like:
I lined up and pinned the outer and lining fabrics, right sides together, and stitched around the perimeter using a 1/2 inch seam allowance. I left a 3 inch opening to pull it all through later. I notched the curves and corners and then turned it all right side out. I top-stitched the edges and I was done:
I think that Pippa likes her coat. Well, she knows that we're going for a walk when I put it on her. Perhaps she's just tolerating it because of the walk. In any case, Pippa doesn't seem to mind wearing the coat. She was apprehensive about the sound of the Velcro pulling apart, but cockapoos are notoriously skittish dogs.
And now for more pics of Pippa:
She's pretty, isn't she?
She LOVES the snow!
One last photo:
Many of the patterns and styles were quilted all the way through the coat and the raw edges were finished with bias tape. I like the finished look of those dog coats, but didn't want to spend the time fiddling with bias tape.
I'm sure I'll be making more coats for Pippa this winter. I think I'll alter the pattern again and move the belly strap up even closer to her front legs. If you look at the pic of the inspiration pattern, you'll see that one front tab (that goes around the neck) is longer than the other, while the tabs on Pippa's coat are equal in length. I might try that out for the next coat if I remember.
I'm also thinking about a doggie Halloween costume, a coat with a ruffled edge, a coat with some "bling" like silver studs, or a using a freezer paper stencil..... Lots of possibilities for such a quick and easy sewing project.
Have any of you, my lovely readers, ever sewn a coat for your dog? Does your dog have a flashy wardrobe? And I'm really curious about this: Do you think Pippa needs some matching booties?
Happy crafting and big hugs from Montana,
P.S. One more quick thing! If you're looking for a good, affordable dog bed that can be machine washed and dried, click on this photo:
This is what Pippa uses and we love it!!! I bought two rather pricey foam rubber beds with removable covers, but Pippa totally destroyed them both. She pulled off or chewed through the covers and shredded the foam rubber to tiny bits. No joke! This bed is less than half the price of the others I brought. It is all one piece and fits perfectly inside the crate. Pippa has slept on it for 2 months now without destroying it, so she must approve as well. The other beds didn't last 2 weeks.